November 2, 2009

CCLaP's newest book is here!

The CCLaP 100: Volume 1

Sample page from the CCLaP 100: Volume 1

Sample page from the CCLaP 100: Volume 1

Happy day! CCLaP's newest original book is here! It is in fact the fourth installment of the center's "white paper" series, minor books which collect up longer material that's already appeared at the site in the past; it's for this reason that I forgo the usual "pay what you want" rigmarole that I use with CCLaP's brand-new books, and instead just put the direct download links right on the page for the book's online headquarters. In this case it's finally a bound collection of the popular "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays I've been publishing here since winter of 2008, which has easily turned out to be the most popular thing I post here at the website; this first volume collects the first 33 essays in the series, covering writers from ancient Greece to postmodernist hipsters and everyone in between, all-new edits in many cases that incorporate reader comments from the original web posts, as well as a brand-new introduction written specifically for the book, covering the surprising things I've learned in the last two years concerning the entire subject of "literary classics."

Anyway, you can stop by cclapcenter.com/100book to download a copy for yourself; as usual with CCLaP's electronic books, it comes in six different formats, covering a wide range of devices and applications, including...

PDF for American laserprinters (8.5 by 11 inches)
PDF for European laserprinters (A4)
PDF for Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and Sony Reader (8 by 6 inches, or 4x3)
PDB for Apple iPhone and PalmOS (free eReader required)
EPUB for Apple iPhone and other mobile devices (free Stanza required)
MOBI for Apple iPhone and other mobile devices (free Mobipocket required)

And don't forget, there's also a link there to CCLaP's Paypal account, if you particularly enjoy the book and would like to make a voluntary payment; your donation can and does have a profound effect on the center's activities, and actively helps provide a situation where more books like these can be put out in the first place. (Oh, and don't forget as well that this first volume of the CCLaP 100 has its own listing at Goodreads too; I'd love to hear what my fellow members of that ltierary social network thought of it, so I encourage you to post your comments there whenever you have a chance.) I know that a lot of you have really enjoyed these classics essays as they've been posted individually to the site over the last two years, so I hope that you'll especially like this first bound collection of them, and that they allow you to easily catch up with the essays you may have originally missed. As always, feel free to report problems or ask questions directly to me at cclapcenter at gmail.com. Happy reading!

P.S. And while we're on the subject, by the way, I thought I'd take the publishing of this first volume as an opportunity to look over the entire CCLaP 100 title list in general, and to make some changes; after all, I now know a lot more about the history of literature than I did when first putting this list together two years ago, and I've also discovered since listing these titles chronologically for the first time that the original list presented several glaring holes regarding various time periods in history. And that's why I recently decided to remove the following 17 books from the CCLaP 100's original reading list...

Advise and Consent, by Allen Drury
The Blithedale Romance, by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
Dubliners, by James Joyce*
A Fire Upon the Deep, by Vernor Vinge
Guard of Honor, by James Gould Cozzens
House Made of Dawn, by N Scott Momaday
The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain*
The Keepers of the House, by Shirley Ann Grau
The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
Martin Dressler, by Steven Millhauser
Radetzky March, by Joseph Roth
The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad*
Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen*
The Town, by Conrad Richter
The Trial, by Franz Kafka*
The Winds of War, by Herman Wouk

(*Denotes authors who already have another title being reviewed as part of this series)

...and instead replace them with the following 17 books, which I hope you'll agree not only make for much more intriguing reading but also present a much more balanced look at the entire history of written literature...

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
The Ambassadors, Henry James
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
The Masterpiece, Emile Zola
Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory
A Passage to India, EM Forster
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

As always, your comments are welcome, either here at the site, over at Goodreads, or at CCLaP's Facebook page.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 4:25 PM, November 2, 2009. Filed under: CCLaP 100 | CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Literature | Reviews |