Help WD Choose Our Next Annotated Classic. We're Considering Huck Finn, Treasure Island, Sherlock Holmes, and More!

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. Right now, we need help picking the next classic to annotate. To formally vote, take our short survey (2 questions).
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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.

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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