When we receive the same question twice in one week, we take note! Here’s what two of your neighbors recently asked:
I haven’t read more than one or two of the classic American novels. Now I’m ready, but I don’t know which are most important. Also, do you have them as audiobooks?
We understand this can be overwhelming. Not only are there differing opinions about the most essential, there are different definitions of classic! Here we’ll suggest American classics in three categories to help you find your gateway.
Shorter American Classics
If delving into classic literature is new for you, try one that is not only short in length but also accessible in story and writing:
American Classics by Authors of Color
Too many lists of classics limit the rosters to those authored by white men. Make the choice to invest in other perspectives.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
The Souls of Black Folk
W.E.B. Du Bois
Most Cited American Classics
If your goal is to be familiar with books likely to be referenced in conversation or in other writing, here are three to know:
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Catcher in the Rye
Audiobooks are a great way to experience the classics! Let a talented voice actor bring great writing to life for you. Click for a sampling of American classics on audio. Lists of British classics and World classics are also available.