Genrefied Classics

A Guide to Reading Interests in Classic Literature

by Tina Frolund


Re-discover the classics—and use the genre approach to promote classic literature to readers.

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December 2006

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 392
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Grade 9-College
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Readers' Advisory and Leisure Reading
  Reference and Information Services and Tools/Arts and Humanities Literature Reference Tools

Rediscover the classics—and help readers do the same! The Count of Monte Cristo is a rip-roaring adventure. Pride and Prejudice is an endearing romance. Howard Fast's April Morning is fascinating historical fiction and a moving war story. The list goes on. The trick is to find the right book for the reader. Frolund's guide can help. By identifying the genre characteristics of more than 400 classic fiction works, and organizing titles according to those features, it helps readers find the types of books they enjoy; and it helps you promote classics to teen (and adult!) readers. Includes information on hundreds of film and audio versions and other adaptations, a chronology, and a grade-level index. Grade 9 through adult.


  • The primary purpose of this book is to provide a readers' advisory tool for those working with teens and preteens in public and school libraries. A secondary purpose is to help educators and librarians promote classic literature to readers of all ages. Teachers in particular will find it a useful complement to college bound and AP reading lists.
Series Description

Genreflecting Advisory Series

Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.


"As a reference work, this is well organized and easy to use, and it includes a chronology of the listed titles, a list of titles by reading level, and author/title index, and a subject index. This would be a valuable addition to high school library collections, particularly to assist senior English and AP English students in choosing books for independent projects. Because of the inclusion of classic young adult and children's titles, it would also be useful in middle school libraries at schools that have an academic focus on classic literature....Highly recommended for professional and student use in high schools and middle schools that have an academic focus on classic literature."—Teacher Librarian

"This book will serve as a resource for those interested in a great books reading experience and is likely to be particularly useful for homeschoolers. School library media specialists at middle and high school needing a resource for classic titles suitable for classroom use will find this meets their needs....Genrefied Classics is recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist/RA Corner

"A librarian in Las Vegas, Nevada, Frolund offers school and public librarians who work with young adults an annotated bibliography of classic literary works arranged within genre classifications. She cites fictional works written between 800 BC and 1985 that have transcended the scene of their creation and display multiple levels of meaning, literary merit, and popular appeal."—Reference & Research Book News

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