Classics Club Meme: Preferred Classics
- What Kinds of Classic Books Do You Prefer?
- Who are your favourite authors?
What Kind Of Classic Books Do You Prefer:
This is quite a tough question as I read across time, geographical area and genre when it comes to classic literature. I do have two favourites that stand out though: Russian Literature (namely the 19th Century but I love Solzhenitsyn as well) and Ancient Greek Literature (the four great playwrights and the philosophers). I'm not quite sure why I love those two types of literature the most: might be because they incorporate history and fiction which are my two great loves or because I love tragedy, character studies, myth and realism in the stories I read. I also am quite partial to Gothic literature of any kind. As much as I do love the Victorians I don't love them as much as a majority of the Classics Community does but I do love Austen and the Brontes.
Who Are Your Favourite Authors:
This is a difficult question as I have so many different writers I admire and respect from all different kinds of genres and time periods but the top three, which will surprise no one that knows me, are Ivan Turgenev, Virginia Woolf and Euripides. There is something about their stories which, to borrow from Wentworth, pierce my soul. I also love Emily and Anne Bronte and I respect Jane Austen and think she has so much to say beyond simply writing "romantic fiction". Keeping with the women in fiction theme I also think Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft are incredible writers and even more interesting women.