RIFFLE EDITOR'S CHOICE: ESSENTIAL CLASSIC BOOKS FOR AUGUST 2015
Although it's obviously difficult to come up with a list of classics coming out in the month of August, there are a ton of books being published that a lover of classics should enjoy. I came up with a really varied collection of books; this list includes translation, biography, literary criticism, and fiction in various lengths. Hopefully there's something here for everyone! Happy reading!
LET ME TELL YOU is a posthumous collection of Shirley Jackson's work, including a vast amount of writing that has never been published. There are dozens of creepy, fantastic short stories in these pages waiting to be enjoyed, and I for one am thrilled about it.
1 / 8
BROWSINGS is a collection of essays and musings on literary criticism from the renowned critic Michael Dirda. However, it's not simply some lofty literary criticism; the book ranges across a vast range of topics that all writers and classics readers will find fascinating, from anecdotes of writers' lives to the experience of writer's block.
2 / 8
This biography tracks the wild life of Joan Didion, the author of THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, PLAY IT AS IT LAYS, SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM, and numerous others. Besides having led a fascinating life, Didion is well on her way towards joining the English literary canon.
3 / 8
This edition of BEOWULF, translated by the great J.R.R. Tolkien, has just been published in paperback. The book includes some of Tolkien's own commentary from 1930 and is not to be missed for fans of the Old English classic or of The Lord of the Rings series.
4 / 8
JOY by Abigail Santamaria is the biography of the wife of C.S. Lewis, and includes great insight into their relationship and the THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE author himself. However, the book beautifully encapsulates the story of the poet and activist herself, telling of a valuable life that has been partially lost to time.
5 / 8
VILLA AMERICA is a novel, but the cast includes some of the great members of the Lost Generation, including Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds. The novel walks a fine line between fact and fiction, but it is an absorbing look at some of the authors behind the novels we know so well.
6 / 8
Wind/Pinball are two novels by the beloved author Haruki Murakami published earlier this month. Like Didion, I have no doubt that Murakami is going to be on our list of classic authors in the next century.
7 / 8
RUTH'S JOURNEY follows the character of Mammy from GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell. Mitchell's estate authorized this prequel, and I'm hoping it can have the same impact on GONE WITH THE WIND that WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys had on Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE.
8 / 8