Who is your favorite classic literary author?

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Who is your favorite classic literary author?

Post by hsimone » 01 Aug 2018, 07:14

  • Do you happen to have a favorite author who has written at least one classic book?
  • What makes her/him your favorite?
  • Is there a specific book you loved from this author?
  • Who would you recommend this author to?
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Post by CJHeigelmann » 01 Aug 2018, 12:22

Mark Twain. Simple, common sense on the surface, but introspectively profound on many levels, i.e. social, emotional. His work is as relevant today, as when he penned it a century ago.

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Post by Jessica Reehl » 03 Aug 2018, 19:27

I don't particularly like most classic literature. But, my favorites are Jack London and Harper Lee.

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Post by JHuschle519 » 04 Aug 2018, 22:36

For me, nothing will ever beat Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. There's something about the story that just makes the characters come to life, and even if you didn't grow up during that time frame or in that area you can still relate to them. I know that not long ago she released a sequel, but I haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I'm sure it's fantastic, but the original didn't leave me wanting anything more. It's been quite some time since I was in high-school, but I hope this one is still required reading.

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Post by Athena612 » 05 Aug 2018, 12:08

JHuschle519 wrote:
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For me, nothing will ever beat Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. There's something about the story that just makes the characters come to life, and even if you didn't grow up during that time frame or in that area you can still relate to them. I know that not long ago she released a sequel, but I haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I'm sure it's fantastic, but the original didn't leave me wanting anything more. It's been quite some time since I was in high-school, but I hope this one is still required reading.
This is one of my daughter's favorite books of all time. She read it so many times, the book fell apart.

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Post by Athena612 » 05 Aug 2018, 12:11

I made a goal several years back to read one classic novel a year. I haven't been the greatest but I did find some amazing stories along the way.

I love The Count of Monte Cristo and all of the Lord of the Rings series.

Is it cliche to say I really do enjoy Jane Austen novels?

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Post by JHuschle519 » 05 Aug 2018, 18:45

Athena612 wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 12:08
JHuschle519 wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 22:36
For me, nothing will ever beat Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. There's something about the story that just makes the characters come to life, and even if you didn't grow up during that time frame or in that area you can still relate to them. I know that not long ago she released a sequel, but I haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I'm sure it's fantastic, but the original didn't leave me wanting anything more. It's been quite some time since I was in high-school, but I hope this one is still required reading.
This is one of my daughter's favorite books of all time. She read it so many times, the book fell apart.
That is great to hear! Has she, or you, reas the sequel? I am considering reading it, but I really don't want to be dissapointed if it doesn't measure up to the original.

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Post by Athena612 » 06 Aug 2018, 16:04

JHuschle519 wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 18:45
Athena612 wrote:
05 Aug 2018, 12:08
JHuschle519 wrote:
04 Aug 2018, 22:36
For me, nothing will ever beat Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. There's something about the story that just makes the characters come to life, and even if you didn't grow up during that time frame or in that area you can still relate to them. I know that not long ago she released a sequel, but I haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I'm sure it's fantastic, but the original didn't leave me wanting anything more. It's been quite some time since I was in high-school, but I hope this one is still required reading.
This is one of my daughter's favorite books of all time. She read it so many times, the book fell apart.
That is great to hear! Has she, or you, reas the sequel? I am considering reading it, but I really don't want to be dissapointed if it doesn't measure up to the original.
We own it, but neither of us have tried to read it. I have heard it is different from the first, which doesn't bother me. I am worried that we won't enjoy the style of writing.

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Post by Gravy » 07 Aug 2018, 07:13

I'm a sucker for Jane Austen, though I've only read one. (I know! I know! You guys can take turns yelling at me!)

I also have found that I quite enjoy H.G Wells. And (of course) Poe.

I think I am in need of a classic read. Perhaps that would stomp out my current slump. :lol:
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Post by gali » 07 Aug 2018, 07:40

Gravy wrote:
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I'm a sucker for Jane Austen, though I've only read one. (I know! I know! You guys can take turns yelling at me!)

I also have found that I quite enjoy H.G Wells. And (of course) Poe.

I think I am in need of a classic read. Perhaps that would stomp out my current slump. :lol:
Ditto!

I love Jane Austen, especially her "Pride and prejudice" book.
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Post by Beth KG » 10 Aug 2018, 10:44

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It would be impossible to choose just one! The first few that come to mind are Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, Mark Twain and Harper Lee. I would recommend any of their books to anyone! :geek2:

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Post by Gravy » 11 Aug 2018, 22:18

gali wrote:
07 Aug 2018, 07:40
Gravy wrote:
07 Aug 2018, 07:13
I'm a sucker for Jane Austen, though I've only read one. (I know! I know! You guys can take turns yelling at me!)

I also have found that I quite enjoy H.G Wells. And (of course) Poe.

I think I am in need of a classic read. Perhaps that would stomp out my current slump. :lol:
Ditto!

I love Jane Austen, especially her "Pride and prejudice" book.
I've yet to read that one. :)


I realized I've been missing my classics, so I started The Island of Dr. Moreau. Very good so far. I'm about halfway through. :)
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Post by HollandBlue » 27 Aug 2018, 13:03

CJHeigelmann wrote:
01 Aug 2018, 12:22
Mark Twain. Simple, common sense on the surface, but introspectively profound on many levels, i.e. social, emotional. His work is as relevant today, as when he penned it a century ago.
I totally agree!
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Post by sarbearah » 02 Sep 2018, 18:19

I love Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird . They are both such amazing pieces of fiction - both coming-of-age novels that deal with loss and social commentary. Probably why I loved them so much when I first read them in middle school and why I love them so much today.

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Post by Kareka88 » 11 Sep 2018, 23:11

JRR Tolkien is by far my favorite classical author. He created a different world and language. His stories are the basis that all other fantasy writers base their writings.
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