2013 - Classics, VOLUME 6

Karen Swallow Prior – Writers on the Classics #2

Page 2: Karen Swallow Prior on the Classics

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1619492733″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/411DtWWDhYL.jpg” width=”222″] [easyazon-link asin=”1619492733″ locale=”us”]Jude the Obscure[/easyazon-link] by Thomas Hardy

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The most pessimistic novel by a pessimistic writer Jude the Obscure—the last novel Hardy ever wrote after he was widely criticized on account of the book’s bleak treatment of marriage, children, and the church—is not for the faint of heart. But you will be profoundly moved.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1936594668″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51wI2DXEBSL.jpg” width=”216″] [easyazon-link asin=”1936594668″ locale=”us”]The Death of Ivan Ilyich[/easyazon-link] by Leo Tolstoy

Don’t let the short length of this novella fool you: it covers a lot of thematic and literary territory. It’s a great introduction to classic Russian literature, accessible but rich.

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1420930508″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iUmsretCL.jpg” width=”214″] [easyazon-link asin=”1420930508″ locale=”us”]The Tenant of Wildfell Hall[/easyazon-link] by Anne Bronte

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This is my second-favorite Bronte novel. (The first is Jane Eyre: see Booked.) It has all the requisite elements of a riveting story, but also is a literary pioneer in its sustained, novelistic treatment of feminist, domestic, and modern social themes.

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Considered Austen’s most “evangelical” novel, Janeites tend to either like this one best or least among her works.  Either way, it shouldn’t be missed.

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