Classic English literature
May 10, 2009 7:51 PM Subscribe
Help me find classic English literature!
posted by coolnik to writing & language (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
As a non-native English speaker, I started using English in my day-to-day business only after the age of 22. Now I am 30, and working in the US in the profession where I have to deal with a whole lot of scientific writing in English. Since I started so late, I almost bypassed developing my skills as a student of English language itself. As a consequence, I have no clue whatsoever as to what are the highly recommended / must read classic English literature works.
I realize that in all probability, reading classic literature may not directly contribute to enhancing my reading/writing skills---though I am inclined to believe in a more indirect influence. The work that I have read and that comes closest to the classics is J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the rye.
Thanks in advance to the hivemind.