Every library should have at least some classical literature on the shelves. Here is a little of what is on mine.
Dracula – Bram Stoker, 1897.
The original bad boy, if Dracula ever ran into Edward Cullen, he would have cut his head off and emptied his bladder down his neck.
The story opens with English attorney Johathan Harker traveling through the countryside of Eastern Europe. Harker’s mission is to expedite the London affairs of the Count of Transylvania. Before he knows it, Harker is in way over his head and barely escapes the castle with his life.
Harker makes his way back to England, only to find his friends and family threatened and his fiancé under seduction. Bram Stoker was a bit of rake himself, stealing and marrying Oscar Wilde’s girlfriend, and keeping Wilde as a friend. That’s some Dark Triad stuff right there.
The prose is a little dated, so for me at least it’s a slow read, but there’s a rich texture to it as we follow the protagonists working together as a team
I haven’t picked this book one up in a while. Waiting for a snowy night so I can sit by the fire place with my wolf pelt over my knees.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens, 1884.
“All modern American literature stems from this one book,” – Hemingway.
We could probably drop the microphone with this one quote, but my own ego just won’t let it go at that.
An imaginative re-creation of Clemens’ own boyhood along the Mississippi River, this work sets the standard for character development, and realistic dialogue. Clemons does not shy away from the controversies of “natural” man versus “civilized” society, or the evils of slavery.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was once a staple of elementary and middle school classrooms throughout our great nation. Tragically, this truly great book as been deemed inappropriate by our snowflake culture. The word “nigger” appears in the dialogue over 200 times, which has caused many publishers to edit the book, and many school districts to strike it from the curriculum all together. Yes. This. Happened.
The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri, 1320.
This is a long poem. Long. Did I mention it is long?
Dante presents us with a colorful vision of the afterlife as seen through the culture of the late Middle Ages of Western Europe. The work is divided into three canticas: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. As Dante traverses the dimensional planes, he his guided through Hell and Purgatory by the Roman poet Virgil, and through Heaven by his boyhood crush, Beatrice.
In Canto 28 he meets Mohamed being tormented in the circle of Hell reserved for frauds. Perhaps the area reserved for rapists of nine-year-old girls was full. Tomato/tom-Ahto.