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Classic Novels

5 New Books To Read Based On Your Favorite Classics

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books

Listen, we're all for reading classics here at HuffPost Books. Those books are classics for a reason! But we also believe in supporting writers who ar...

QUIZ: How Many Classic Books Have You ACTUALLY Read?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books

...Or did you just skim your way through English lit?

15 Books That Will Help Get You Out Of Your Reading Slump

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

For lit lovers, the dark times endured between great books can be a drag. What are you supposed to do with your free time, or while waiting for a frie...

Jane Austen and Zombies: Old Novels, New Insights

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

As bookshelves (and e-readers) continue to groan with knock-offs of Seth Grahame-Smith's knock-off, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it seems worth asking: are zombies and ninjas the only way to make the novels of previous centuries relevant again?

Green Lights, Yo! 'The Great Gatsby' Is All The Rage Again

Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

I don't know how it happened, but after 80 years F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel "The Great Gatsby" has become the coolest, most talked about thing in the world.

'Second Bananas' Who Were First-Rate Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Why do some 19th-century novelists resemble the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox or some current singers other than Adele? This post will explain!

Literary Mixtape: Harriet The Spy

Flavorwire | Posted 02.21.2012 | Women

If you've ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble,...

10 Reading-Related Resolutions for 2012

Dave Astor | Posted 02.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

As New Year's Day nears, it's time for some book-related resolutions!

Reading Iconic Novels Later in Life: Worth the Wait?

Dave Astor | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

As a teen and young adult, I managed to polish off some famous books. But, for various reasons, other renowned novels remained tantalizingly in my future.

'On The Rocky Road' And Other Junk Food Novels

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books

Sure, we've heard of Proust's Madeleine, that little lemon cookie that packs a punch, and the enticing dinner parties Mrs. Ramsey is known for whippin...

A Dearth of Mirth at the End of Many Great Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

After just finishing The House of Mirth, I'm reminded once again that many great novels don't have happy endings.

Sexpert Susie Bright: The Novel I Read a Million Jillion Times

Susie Bright | Posted 11.08.2011 | Books
Susie Bright

How did reading get to be such a faster-pussycat-hurry-up activity? We listen to favorite songs over and over without apology or distraction. They make us feel good, no explanation necessary. But with books, there's this myth that it takes a "long time".

Loving Jane Austen

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.31.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Jane Austen is so popular these days she's probably been a write-in candidate in more than one election. Who knows, she might even have won some of them. I'd vote for her.

How's That Novel of Yours Doing?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Terence Clarke

The wish for fame, so illusory a thing, can kill you. Or at least, it can kill your novel.

The Art of Not Finishing a Famous Book

Dave Astor | Posted 10.12.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

I realize that continuing to slog through a novel that says "stop reading me" after 100 pages may pay dividends when I reach the end of the book. Dense can turn into sophisticated, confusing into illuminating.

The Best Two Half-Decades in Literary History

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

They were unplanned "Five-Year Plans" for the ages: the amazing proliferation of classic novels published from 1846 to 1851 and from 1922 to 1927. And, believe it or not, one author had a book in both those periods!

Lucas Kavner

Vonnegut Library And ACLU Respond To Missouri School's Book Banning

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.05.2011 | Books

In response to the Republic, Mo., school board's controversial decision last week to remove "Slaughterhouse-Five" from its high school library and cur...