December 2021 Crossword: Classic Books Theme


Maggie Schneider

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1. “Pictured” character in an Oscar Wilde novel

7. Brontë character, who famously said “Reader, I married him.”

11. Period for some memorable scenes in The Remains of the Day

12. Avian species that’s a sin to kill, in one modern classic

17. Optimistic Charles Dickens work?

18. Party-planner in a Virginia Woolf novel

19.  ’20s character with a tendency to say “old chap”

20. Prequel of 7-Across


2. James Baldwin novel dealing with love and shame

3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter author Carson

4. Destination in The Grapes of Wrath

 5. Setting for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

6.  Protagonist in The Color Purple

8. Richard Wright autobiography

9. Book in which the main character is, contrary to the title, made “of substance, of flesh”

10. Eldest daughter in Little Women

13. Green Gables girl

14. Subject matter for Things Fall Apart

15. Modernist novel that might be accompanied by 600 pages of annotations

16. Semi-autobiographical work with the line “’I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.”

Answer Key


1) Dorian Gray

7) Jane Eyre

11) Sunset

12) Mockingbird

17) Great Expectations

18) Mrs. Dalloway

19) Jay Gatsby

20) Wide Sargasso Sea


2) Giovanni’s Room

3) McCullers

4) California

5) Mental Hospital

 6) Celie

8) Black Boy

9) Invisible Man

10) Jo March

13) Anne

14) Colonialism

15) Ulysses

16) The Bell Jar