Classic Literature Online


Crome Yellow by Aldous HuxleyWhen I check my web pages for statistics, I notice that the classic fiction I’ve read are the reviews with the highest hit counts. I’m sure a lot of that is students doing book reports trying to plagiarize other people’s ideas. But hopefully there are other interested people as well.

I just finished Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley. I knew what I was getting out of the books – lots of philosophical ideas – and wondered what others thought. I happened to stumble across a new site that is very helpful for the people checking out the classics in their reading.

The Literature Network has “over 1900 full books and over 3000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors”. They also have a quotation database with over 8,500 quotes. Crome Yellow is one of the novels available online.

Since most of my reading is mostly surface reading stories, it was heartening to see that I had read this short novel correctly. I was finding the depths of the tale. Of course, I think it would be very difficult to miss it – Crome Yellow has little in the way of action and a lot in the way of talk and ideas. I also discovered that although this book was written over 80 years ago, the ideas are still fresh and discussed today.