Classics Retold




Apr 11-May 25:
Blogger sign up!
Interested bloggers wishing to participate sign up for one classic story to represent (multiple bloggers may work together or separately on the same story) at the coordinating blog.  Bloggers wishing to read any American or Misc Classic may comment below with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Link to the blog on which you’d be posting your contribution to the project
  3. Name of classic story which you’d like to review

Sept 1-30: Classics Project!
Bloggers will post their classic-related reviews, giveaways, read-alongs, and other posts on their blog.  Please note, you do NOT have to devote the ENTIRE month to the classic.  A master list will be available on each of the host blogs, according to category (so, for instance, a list of all the American or Misc Classic-related posts will be available here at Excellent Library)



  • Read and review the classic story itself (this is the only required element)
  • Read and review sequels, modern retellings, and spin-offs
  • Read and review biographies about the author
  • Watch and review a movie based on the classic
  • Find other references to your classic in music, TV, or other literary works
  • Write and share your own short story, poem, or flash fiction based on the classic 


Feel free to add your own; this is a preliminary list based on stories in the American/Misc category that I know have 2 or more retellings.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rip van Winkle by Washington Irving
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emma Orczy


Reminder – Up to 3 bloggers can choose the same classic and may choose to work independently or together.  Please post your name, a link to your blog, and the classic you prefer in the comments section below to sign up for an American/Misc Classic.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald – WNK @ ExcellentLibrary
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – Michelle @ Texas Book Lover
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Lisa @ Should Be Knitting
And Then There Were None – Anahera @ Anahera Reads
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – Belle @ Dilettantish Reader


35 responses to “Classics Retold”

  1. Charlene says :

    Hello Wendy! I saw that you have Sherlock Holmes on the list, but I also have it on my list for 19th Century classics. You probably have it on the list because some of it was written in the 1900s? If you want I can take it off my list. 🙂

  2. Michelle Lancaster says :

    I’d like to review The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    • WNK says :

      Great! I’ll mark you down! I’ll also have a post coming up this weekend w/ a list of Scarlet Letter retellings that might help you out!

  3. Michelle Lancaster says :

    That’s great! Thank you

  4. Lisa @ Should Be Knitting says :

    I would love to do The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  5. Anahera says :

    Hi there! I was wondering if I could please sign up for some Agatha Christie books? I’ll add “And There Were None” to my list but I was also thinking of doing some stories that were adapted into the Poirot and Marple TV episodes. 😀

    Name: Anahera
    Link to blog:
    Classic: And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
    Tentative: Murder in the Mews and maybe a few more as I find what’s available to me 🙂

  6. Belle Read says :

    Hi. This is a great idea. I would like to review Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I have some lovely ideas for a post. Thank you for hosting.

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