Book Club for Life
February 26, 2011 2:39 PM Subscribe
I'm 30. Each year until I'm 60 I want to read a masterpiece by an author the same age as I am when s/he wrote it. Help compile my list.
posted by grrarrgh00 to Writing & Language (41 answers total) 263 users marked this as a favorite
This is for a sort of lifetime book club I'm planning with a dear friend who lives halfway across the world.
We don't mind cheating a little bit; even if the author wasn't exactly our age when the book was first published, it's fine as long as s/he attained that age in the year of publication. (So The Mysteries of Udolpho would be an acceptable choice for this year, for example, even though it was published in May 1794 and Ann Radcliffe didn't turn 30 until July of that year.)
No limitations on genre, and we'll consider works of poetry and music if they're epic enough to sustain a year of contemplation and conversation.