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Help WD Choose Our Next Annotated Classic: Will it be Huck Finn? Sherlock Holmes? You Tell Us.

Have you ever wondered how your favorite literary classic became a celebrated work of fiction, or how the works of Dickens, Twain, or Conan Doyle have stood the test of time? With Writer’s Digest Annotated Classics, you can explore the most memorable and important works in literature through the lens of a writer. By studying the authors’ uses of plot, structure, theme, character, setting, dialogue, and more—and by assessing how each decision affected and influenced the story—you’ll learn valuable lessons you can apply to your own novels.

We’ve already shared Dracula and Jane Eyre, but we’re ready to roll out more. Right now, we need help picking the next classic to annotate. To formally vote, click here to go to our short survey (2 questions).

The choices are:

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  2. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  5. The collected works of Edgar Allan Poe

Have a favorite? Want to suggest something else? Take WD’s new survey.

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brian-klems-2013Brian A. Klems is the online editor of Writer’s Digest and author of the popular gift book Oh Boy, You’re Having a Girl: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters.

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