Tomorrow’s Classics

A "Tomorrow's Classic" which is still around today.

A “Tomorrow’s Classic” which is still around today.

In the back of a Bantam paperback (1977), I found two wonderful lists.

Here’s the first one:

READ TOMORROW’S LITERATURE–TODAY

The best of today’s writing bound for tomorrow’s classics.

PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT    Philip Roth

BEING THERE    Jerry Kosinski

RAGTIME   E. L. Doctorow

THE SUMMER BEFORE THE DARK    Doris Lessing

MEMOIRS OF HECATE COUNTY    Edmund Wilson

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH    Solzhenitsyn

THE END OF THE ROAD    John Barth

AUGUST 1914    Solzhenitsyn

THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK    Doris Lessing

AMERICAN REVIEW # 25    Theodore Solotaroff, ed.

THE SOT-WEED FACTOR    John Barth

THE PAINTED BIRD     Jerry Kosinski

GRAVITY’S RAINBOW    Thomas Pynchon

V    Thomas Pynchon

Most of these are still in print, and most are considered classics.

Here’s another fun list in the back of this paperback.

READ THE WOMEN WHO TAKE STANDS AND ACT ON THEM.

THE AMERICAN WOMEN’S GAZETEER   Sherry & Kazickas

THE DIALECTIC OF SEX    Shulamith Firestone

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN, Volume I:  Girlhood.  Helene Deutsch

LESBIAN/WOMAN    Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

THE DESCENT OF WOMAN   Elaine Morgan

THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK    Doris Lessing

VAGINAL POLITICS    Ellen Frankfort

COMBAT IN THE EROGENOUS ZONE    Ingrid Benges

THE FEMALE EUNUCH    Germaine Greer

THE FUTURE OF MARRAIGE    Jessie Barnard

THE GENTLE TAMERS:  Women of the Old Wild West    Dee Brown

THE BELL JAR    Sylvia Plath

THE FEMINIST PAPERS:  FROM ADAMS TO DE BEAUVOIR    Dr. Alice S. Rossi, editor

I only know four of these, but Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch and Lessing’s The Golden Notebook are definitely classics.  It’s amazing how many feminist books were published in the ’70s.

Who are your Tomorrow’s Classics?  Or Women Who Make Stands and Act on Them?

Lists are so much fun.

4 thoughts on “Tomorrow’s Classics

  1. The trouble I have is not reading much that’s contemporary. I have ignored the passing of time in that I read what feels current to me but in fact most people regard at best as a ‘modern classic’ or at worst a ‘classic’! I guess this is the problem with ageing….

  2. Karen, I used to keep up with contemporary literature, and some of it, I think, will hold up. Others I loved are already out of print! I can’t predict…

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