Monday, March 3, 2014

The Classics Club March Meme.

Every month, The Classics Club hosts a monthly meme with a question for members to respond to. This month, the question is:

"What is your favorite “classic” literary period and why?"

 I'm going to cheat and narrow it down to 2 periods.

The first period is the Victorian Era. I used to hate the Victorians because of a bad experience with Great Expectations in high school, but I have since matured in my reading tastes and have come to realize that I love this era! So many of my favorites are here-Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, the Brontes...and the list goes on. No matter what kind of mood I'm in, a Victorian novel will usually fit the bill.

Beyond the Victorian era, my other favorite era is that of American realism. Writers like Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Mark Twain, and Theodore Drieser come to mind. I love how these writers capture the American spirit in their own diverse ways! I'm also a fan of how these writers also influenced some of my other favorites (realism blends into a few other American periods) like Henry James and John Steinbeck.

However, I should really be honest and admit that I really love all periods. It's hard to distinguish writers between movements at times, since they blend together and writers tend to experiment with style. So if you're looking to dive in, start anywhere. :)


  1. Those are spot-on for me as well -- I adore most Victorian literature (though I've had a hard time with Thomas Hardy and some of the Bronte works). Trollope is brilliant, so sad that he's underrated here in the U.S. And I agree also about the Americans. I can't be bothered with experimental stuff. Steinbeck and Wharton for me!

  2. I have to agree with you. I do love some Modernist literature as well, particularly written by British women (hello, Virginia Woolf!)

  3. I also love Victorian literature, I don't think I've ever read anything that has truly let me down. And it was the era of Wilkie who I can never resist! Edwardian literature is also a favourite of mine, particularly as it feeds into Modernist lit.

  4. Like you I enjoy American realism and, in addition to the authors you named, I like Frank Norris, Stephen Crane and William Dean Howells. It was a rich era that encompassed many wonderful novels. My favorite "classic" literary period would have to be Ancient Greece.

  5. I picked the Victorian era too. So many of my favorites fall into that category!

  6. I definitely agree with you - it's just too hard to narrow it down to one period. The Victorian era is a very interesting one for literature; Dickens, Eliot and the Brontes definitely make it onto my 'favourites' list as well.

  7. I can't even begin to answer this question; I am way too all over the place, and so much depends on my mood.

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