Quite often, when they hear “the big classics”, they think of the British classics. Hah, the Jane Austens and Charles Dickens’ of this world… But here’s the thing – and it’s something that’s been made very clear from taking a couple of classes on American Literature – the norther part of the America’s? They have some serious classics as well. So here’s my favorites of those American classics!
Quick explanation: for the sake of this video, I’m counting “America” as both the USA and Canada. Because, you know… Geography is such a good way to limit the span of a culture, right? :p
1. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
2. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
I’m not usually a fan of these “great American writers”. That’s probably a direct consequence of being force fed all of them for about 6 years straight. I randomly came across this poem when I was going through some of my old school books. Long story short: I read it, I fell in love with it, and I honestly feel like this might just be the best introduction to T.S. Eliot’s work ever. (Goodreads)
3. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
This might be a gross overstatement, but I do think this is true: this is probably the only thing I had to read for my courses on American Literature that I actually liked. Is it just a bit pretentious? Yes. But it is so worth a read! (Goodreads)
4. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
So, this is a classic I actually didn’t have to read. And guess what – I loved it. I will tell you that I read this when I wasn’t necessarily in the best frame of mind. Now, as far as I can see, there’s two options. Either that is not something I would recommend (because it might make the frame of mind worse). Or, and this is a big or: maybe that was exactly why I could appreciate it. Either way – I liked it. Even though it was a bit pretentious :p (Goodreads)
5. Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Ah, the Canadian entry. Also known as: one of the first classics I ever read because they were recommended to me as such. I still haven’t finished the series completely, but every single book of it I have read? Equally amazing as the one before!
And there you have it! That’s 5 of my favorite American classics. I feel like a majority of what I read is probably American, but there’s not too many classics in there. So, do you have any recommendations? Any great American classics I should probably get to? Be sure to let me know below!