A lot to read before I die revisited

Eight years ago I posted:

A lot to read before I die: Part 1

15 JUL 2007

You may have noticed* I borrowed 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die from Surry Hills Library. Now I have been reading for the best part of sixty years, so I don’t have much time left. How am I going? How many of the 1001 have I managed?

Here is a list of the ones I have read, as distinct from read about.

Author/ Title

  1. Aesop Aesop’s Fables (some)
  2. Ovid Metamorphoses (some, and in Latin!)
  3. Apuleius The Golden Ass
  4. The Arabian Nights (some)
  5. Cervantes Don Quixote
  6. Bunyan The Pilgrim’s Progress
  7. Swift The Tale of a Tub
  8. Defoe Robinson Crusoe
  9. Defoe Moll Flanders
  10. Swift Gulliver’s Travels
  11. Swift A Modest Proposal
  12. Fielding Joseph Andrews
  13. Richardson Pamela
  14. Richardson Clarissa (one volume out of four!)
  15. Smollett Roderick Random
  16. Fielding Tom Jones
  17. Smollett Peregrine Pickle
  18. Fielding Amelia
  19. Voltaire Candide
  20. Rousseau Emile
  21. Sterne Tristram Shandy
  22. Sterne A Sentimental Journey
  23. Smollett Humphrey Clinker
  24. Austen Sense and Sensibility
  25. Austen Pride and Prejudice
  26. Austen Mansfield Park
  27. Austen Emma
  28. Scott Rob Roy
  29. Austen Persuasion
  30. Austen Northanger Abbey
  31. Shelley Frankenstein
  32. Scott Ivanhoe
  33. Hogg The Private Memoirs of a Justified Sinner
  34. Cooper The Last of the Mohicans
  35. Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  36. Dickens Oliver Twist
  37. Dickens Nicholas Nickleby
  38. Poe The Fall of the House of Usher
  39. Dickens A Christmas Carol
  40. Poe The Pit and the Pendulum
  41. Poe The Purloined Letter
  42. Dumas The Three Musketeers
  43. Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo
  44. C Bronte Jane Eyre
  45. E Bronte Wuthering Heights
  46. Dickens David Copperfield
  47. Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter (as did The Rabbit 🙂 )
  48. Melville Moby Dick
  49. Dickens Bleak House
  50. Dickens Hard Times
  51. Gaskell North and South
  52. Dickens A Tale of Two Cities
  53. Eliot The Mill on the Floss
  54. Dickens Great Expectations
  55. Eliot Silas Marner
  56. Carroll Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
  57. Trollope The Last Chronicles of Barset
  58. Collins The Moonstone
  59. Tolstoy War and Peace
  60. Eliot Middlemarch
  61. Le Fanu In a Glass Darkly
  62. Verne Around the World in Eighty Days
  63. Eliot Daniel Deronda
  64. Hardy The Return of the Native
  65. James The Portrait of a Lady
  66. Stevenson Treasure Island
  67. Tolstoy The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  68. Twain Huckleberry Finn
  69. Haggard King Solomon’s Mines
  70. Stevenson Kidnapped
  71. Stevenson Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  72. Haggard She
  73. Stevenson The Master of Ballantrae
  74. Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray
  75. Hardy Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  76. Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  77. Wells The Time Machine
  78. Stoker Dracula
  79. James The Turn of the Screw
  80. Conrad Lord Jim
  81. Kipling Kim
  82. Doyle The Hound of the Baskervilles
  83. Conrad Heart of Darkness
  84. Childers The Riddle of the Sands
  85. Conrad Nostromo

That’s enough for now. I’ll explore the rest of the 20th (and even the 21st) century in another post!

Observant people will note some surprising gaps there…

*  1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die ed by Peter Boxall with an Australian preface by Jennifer Byrne (ABC 2006). You can see the list on that link. I am enjoying it.

That 1001 Books list is still there, and my follow-up post is A lot to read before I die: Part 2 — 20th century on. Most of the books listed in both posts were read between 1955 and 1999, very many in my university undergraduate days 1960-1964. How much do I recall of them all? Quite a lot in many instances. Some of course I have read more than once. Looking at the 1001 list I see I have added since 2007 to what I have read there, but not all that many. My reading these days is quite eclectic.

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