Welcome to Chronolit, a blogging site for my (and hopefully your) journey through 4,000 years of classic literature. Each week I will try to read a classic work of literature, starting from the earliest works and reading in chronological order (hence the name of the blog), comment on it, and invite you to comment too. I am NOT an English Literature professor, I can’t read languages other than English, and I do work full time, so if I can do this, so can you. My comments won’t be full of obscure literary analysis, so it is meant for everyone to join in. Read with me, or check in every now and then to see where I am.
I will start with the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is presently the oldest known piece of literature, dating back to somewhere around 2000 BC. Then I will move through the Ancient Greek world with a few diversions along the way to India and China.
I have the advantage of access to a University Library collection of literature, so I don’t need to buy every title (although I might buy copies of those I like the best) If you would like to buy each title as we go along, I guess you will need $10-$20 per week, plus enough shelf space for a few thousand books if you go with paper. 🙂
Other options would be
- investigate your local library’s holdings
- become a special borrower of your nearest University library (you will have to enquire if they charge a small annual fee)
- rely on free online copies of the texts, such as Project Gutenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/ , Hathi Trust http://www.hathitrust.org/home or Great Books and Classics http://www.grtbooks.com/
By the way, the last mentioned site Great Books and Classics can be sorted chronologically and that will form the basis of our journey to start with. I found the site while searching last night so I haven’t had a lot of experience with it, but it looks very comprehensive for our purposes.
That’s enough for now. All going well, my comments on Gilgamesh will appear in the next few days. Also the occasional surprise diversion may well appear, or any interesting lists I come across and want to share. (I love lists!) I hope you will join me.