Ankit the Reviewer recently asked me to create a top ten list of my favorite classic novels. As this is limited to only what I have read (or am reading, in the case of Dickens), I am adding Canon-loving literary critic Harold Bloom’s list as well, taken from his book How to Read and Why. Hopefully, this will help Ankit out, as well as anyone else looking for classics recommendations.

My Top Classic Novels (very tough to narrow down to ten)

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (1811, British)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813, British)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (1847, British)

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (1853, British)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884, American)

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

6. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881, American)

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

7. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920, American)

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

8. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939, American)

Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell

9. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949, British)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953, American)

cat's cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

11. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (1963, American)

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

12. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (1990, American)

How to Read and WhyHarold Bloom’s List (from How to Read and Why)

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605 and 1615, Spanish)

The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1839, French)

Emma by Jane Austen (1815, British)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861, British)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866, Russian)

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1881, American)

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913-1929, French)

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (1924, German)

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851, American)

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930, American)

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanel West (1933, American)

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon (1966, American)

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (1985, American)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952, American)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977, American)

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