Today I’m going to do my best to narrow down my favorite classic authors to just five…
I don’t mean to be pessimistic…
But the chances of me having ONLY five is slim…to none…
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this (maybe not so) short selection!
#5 Arthur Miller
Death of a Salesman was a very well written piece, although not particularly my most favorite book ever. Perhaps the primary reason I didn’t like this book was because of how depressing it was – how depressing and seemingly purposeless the main character’s life was. Nevertheless, Miller was a good writer because he portrayed the meaningless of life without Christ so vividly, and for this reason, I would recommend this book for anyone ages 15 and up. I have also heard that Miller’s The Crucible is also a good book, but I have yet to read it myself.
#4 F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have only had the privilege of reading Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, but that was enough to demonstrate to me his prowess as a writer. Fitzgerald created a believable setting with relatable characters. Perhaps the greatest aspect of this book was the internal struggle that each character had. Fitzgerald did a superb job bringing out the best and worst in each character through actions, not so much direct description.
#3 Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Oliver Twist are just some of my most beloved classics written by Charles Dickens. His writing style is so engaging and descriptive that the reader can do nothing else but lose themselves in his words, in his story, in his setting, in his characters.
#2 Herman Melville, Jack London, George Bernard Shaw, P.L. Travers, & Mary Mapes Dodge
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. Together with his super duper long sentences and extremely precocious vocabulary, Melville easily keeps readers riveted in the story of the infamous white whale. I strongly recommend this read – especially if you would like to further your vocabulary.
Jack London’s Call of the Wild and White Fang were two of my favorite reads when I was younger. Buck and White Fang were my dream dogs for the longest time, thanks to London. The stories made me laugh and cry in turns, and on more than one occasion, I finished the book and simply started over. London will win your heart with the sweet characters of Buck and White Fang.
George Bernard Shaw is on this list because he brought to life one of my favorite fictional characters of all time – Eliza Doolittle. The story of the girl who was raised from rags to splendid English never gets old, and I have replayed the book Pygmalion and the movie My Fair Lady in my head more times than I care to confess.
P.L. Travers is one of my favorites because she gave life to one of my dearest and most beloved fictional ladies – Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in ever way. Enough said…
Finally, Mary Mapes Dodge is on this list because of Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates. Originally, when I was reading this book, I hated it. I thought it was slow – I mean why is she spending all this time in a random art museum? I simply didn’t see the value in it. But my mom made me read the entire thing, and boy am I glad she did! Now that I am older, I see the value in the vivid description that Dodge employed, and now it is one of my favorites!
#1 Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice. Mansfield Park. Northanger Abbey. Persuasion. Sense and Sensibility. Emma. All these novels have one thing in common – they were all written by the wonderful and intelligent Jane Austen. Although I have only read the first two books in this list, I have seen the movies for the other four. And I have been in love with Jane Austen’s writings since I discovered them more than a year ago. She is without a doubt one of my favorite authors of all time. These are the kind of books you can read and re-read and never tire of. I very dearly hope that you read all of these, but if you can only read one, read Pride and Prejudice above all – I promise you will fall in love with the Bennets and Mr. Darcy in a heartbeat.
Well, that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this selection! Come back next week for the next genre!
Which of these are your favorite?
Which of the above authors’ books have you read?
Which are on your TBR list?
Who are your favorite Classic Authors?