Novels: Timeless classics
Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead & Atlas Shrugged
These two novels are in a class all by themselves and nothing compares to them, ever. While I may admit that Atlas Shrugged may possibly be literarily better, my favorite is still The Fountainhead. This should be The Bible for all creative people!
William Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White
Aside from Ayn Rand's novels, this is possibly my all- time favorite novel. A fascinating Victorian-age mystery story and some great characters — unforgettable! His The Moonstone is also very enjoyable.
Victor Hugo: Toilers of the Sea
The Hugo novel I have enjoyed the most — could make a great movie! My second favorite by Hugo is Ninety-Three.
Alexandre Dumas: The Count of Monte Christo
I haven't read this since I was 12, but still love my memories of it — and shall reread it soon.
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter
On my re-read list!
Henryk Sienkiewicz: Quo Vadis
On my re-read list!
More Novels: Great reads!
Rafael Sabatini: Scaramouche
Fabulous light romantic swashbuckling, set in the early days of the French revolution. A wonderful read! Sabatini wrote a lot of novels, of uneven quality, but of the half dozen I have now read I also highly recommend The Sea Hawk and Captain Blood .
Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison
This is the novel where the charming and clever Lord Peter Wimsey first meets the charming and clever Harriet — good crime mystery, splendid writing! Sayers' other novels are all very well written, though many of her mystery plots fail to grab my interest.
Agatha Christie: misc.
I have gobbled up a lot of Agatha Christie mysteries over the years and find them all very pleasant — though I can rarely remember them!
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
While I have not been able to finish her other novels (too dry and boringly told), this one is very charming.
Frost, Kipling, Keats, Poe, Shakespeare, Shelly, Tennyson, Wordsworth
Oscar Wilde: Lady Windermeres's Fan & The Importance of Being Earnest
Very well-plotted and sizzlingly written plays — Wildean witticisms galore! His other plays are very enjoyable, too, as is his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray .
Henrik Ibsen: The Lady from The Sea
My justly famous countryman's most loveable play — it even has a happy ending. Sadly, the world has largely ignored this play, focusing instead on his morbid and gloomy plays. Luckily, I can enjoy his great handling of the Norwegian language in the original. :-)
Maurice Materlinck: Monna Vanna
Almost unknown now, this is splendid!
G. B. Shaw: Pygmalion & Saint Joan
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