"What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, or something else entirely?"
My first thought is a fiction classic. I'm old school, believing literature to be a creative work of beautiful prose. An emphasis is on the language of the story. Charles Dickens novels are literature; Fifty Shades of Grey is not literature (there will be those readers who will disagree).
Non-fiction can be literature when its writing has a novel type atmosphere.
Charles Dickens is my favorite author. I've read the following novels by him: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Hard Times, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities.
I'm currently reading Our Mutual Friend, for a reading project which lasts until November 2015. It's a slow reading, 32 pages in the month of May. The project is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the story.
David Copperfield, is my number one favorite book.
It's filled with vivid and dramatic characters, memorable quotes, villains and heroes, and a protagonist that I would like to swaddle tight in a blanket and cart away to safety.
Reading David Copperfield, is like visiting a dear friend and I feel at home.
A second favorite author is George Eliot, also known as Mary Ann Evans. She wrote the following books: The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch, Adam Bede, and Daniel Deronda. I've read The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner. I have Middlemarch, on the bookshelf, but unread. Also unread is a biography of George Eliot by Rosemary Ashton.
|George Eliot, Mary Ann Evans|
A third and fourth favorite authors are Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte. An interesting bit of trivia, both were friends, Gaskell wrote a biography of Charlotte Bronte entitled: The Life of Charlotte Bronte. This book is a favorite of mine, it paints the life story of Charlotte, but also tells me how people lived in the early to mid 1800s in England.
By the way the kindle price of The Life of Charlotte Bronte is $2.99!
Charlotte Bronte's novels are: Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, The Professor, Emma Brown (finished and published by Clare Boylan). I've read all of them except The Professor. I've also read some of Charlotte's poetry.
Elizabeth Gaskell's novels are: Mary Barton, Cranford, Ruth, North and South, Sylvia's Lovers, and Wives and Daughter's. She has a lengthy list of novellas, short stories, and non-fiction work. I've read Ruth, and have tried to read Sylvia's Lovers (the language is difficult). I'm hoping this year to read North and South, and Wives and Daughter's (I've seen the BBC film).