The answer to the recent literary meme is The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.
Incidentally, Radcliffe’s novel is featured in Dr. Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I had a look through the list and after a quick calculation I realised I’ve only read roughly 9% of the books listed. So I went back through the list and found ten books that I’ve promised myself to have read by this time next year:
Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
The Bell – Iris Murdoch
In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
Quartet – Jean Rhys
At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
Lord of the Flies – William Golding (I know!)
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (I know, I know!)
I didn’t spend too long on my choices. I think I just need to get reading.
By the way, I wouldn’t say that this is the definitive list, but who can?