15 (Short) Classics

This list is for those of us who periodically give ourselves the challenge “This (year…summer…winter…vacation…whatever…insert your word here) I’m going to read the classics!”  What follows is a list of 15 short (sometimes very short) classics. Some can be read in a weekend…some in one sitting. (The number of pages sited varies by edition).


  1. The Stranger by Albert Camus (123 pages)
  2. Animal Farm by George Orwell (140 pages)
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (180 pages)
  4. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (77 pages)
  5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (180 pages)
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (182 pages)
  7. O Pioneers! By Willa Cather (128 pages)
  8. Pearl by John Steinbeck (96 pages)
  9. Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (88 pages)
  10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (166 pages)
  11. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (64 pages)
  12. Daisy Miller by Henry James (64 pages)
  13. Night by Elie Wiesel (109 pages)
  14. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (136 pages)
  15. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (160 pages)



Authors of Amish Fiction

           Wanda E. Brunstetter

           Barbara Cameron

           Mindy Starns Clark

           Amy Clipston

           Dale W. Cramer

           Suzanne Woods Fisher

           Charlotte Hubbard

           Cynthia Keller

           Beverly Lewis

          Beth Wiseman

          Cindy Woodsmall

          Elizabeth Byler Younts






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