Early 20th Century Classics I Recommend

Early 20th Century I Recommend

Early 20th Century Classics I Recommend

I recently did a post about 19th-century classics I recommend, and I’m following that series on with early 20th-century classics I recommend. Early 20th century titles were published between 1900 and 1949.

Here are my top recommendations.

Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton

First up is a novella set in a British boarding school. James Hilton created a beloved character in Mr Chips, a loyal and loveable if irascible, teacher who loves his students. He’s funny and caring and his story is very moving, particularly his romance with his wife which ends tragically. It’s a tiny book that can be read in an afternoon with a cup of tea and some biscuits.

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

There are plenty of Agatha Christie novels to choose from in this period, but I selected Death on the Nile which is my favourite Poirot mystery. It was the first TV adaptation of Poirot I watched in full and I love the twist, the characters, and the setting.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

A favourite author of mine is Daphne Du Maurier, I’ve only read two of her books to date but I first read Rebecca when I was sixteen and it made a big impression on me. It’s part romance, part mystery and part psychological thriller. Its gothic setting of Manderley and the gaslighting of the main character who is never named is so intriguing to read about.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I’ve only read one George Orwell novel and that’s Animal Farm but I really enjoyed it. The story is an allegory for the Russian Revolution, which makes it all the more clever bearing the characters are farmyard animals. You’d think it would be ridiculous but it’s brilliant.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

A light-hearted read, written with pure innocence. The character of Anne Shirley-Cutherbert is beloved and it’s completely understandable why. The setting of Prince Edward Island and the Green Gables home is beautifully realised. It’s real treasure to escape into.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Another story that is an allegory for the story of Christ – which I choose to ignore – is the Chronicles of Narnia. If read without any analysis it’s purely a wonderful collection of children’s stories. I listened to a radio drama compilation on Audible from the 1980s, which I really enjoyed.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

And finally, my first ever classic and my favourite is The Secret Garden. I read this when I was twelve years old and it ignited my love of stories and classics. The main character, Mary, is extremely unlikeable but you root for her and her companions, as she discovers the joy of gardening and the freedom of being outdoors.

What is your favourite early 20th Century Classic? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Ellie x

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