rick & 1j13
Saturday, April 24, 2004
Got this from a friend of a friend, and thought it might be fun. My wife's not here right now, but when she (the english major and drama teacher) returns I'll get her to go through and mark those she's read with an asterisk or something.

  • = My wife's list

    College Board’s 101 Greatest Works of Literature:
    [bold those you have read, italics for those you want to read]

  • Beowulf
    Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
    Agee, James - A Death in the Family
  • Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
    Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
    Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
  • Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
  • Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights
  • Camus, Albert - The Stranger (in both English and French)
    Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
  • Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
  • Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
  • Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
    Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
  • Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
    Dante - Inferno
    de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
    Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
  • Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
    Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
    Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
    Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
  • Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
    Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
    Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
    Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
    Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
    Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust
  • Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
  • Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
    Heller, Joseph - Catch-22
    Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
  • Homer - The Iliad
  • Homer - The Odyssey
    Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
  • Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll’s House
    James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
    James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
  • Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
    Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
  • Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
    Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
    London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
    Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
  • Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
  • Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
    Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
    Morrison, Toni - Beloved
    O’Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • O’Neill, Eugene - Long Day’s Journey into Night
    Orwell, George - Animal Farm
    Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
    Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
  • Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales
    Proust, Marcel - Swann’s Way
    Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
    Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
    Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac (in French)
    Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
  • Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
  • Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
  • Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
  • Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
    Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
  • Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
    Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
  • Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Sophocles - Antigone
  • Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
  • Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
    Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
    Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver’s Travels
    Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
  • Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
    Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
    Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
  • Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Voltaire - Candide
    Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - George Bergeron
    Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
    Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
    Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
  • Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
  • Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie
    Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
  • Wright, Richard - Native Son

    I’ve read 36 of the 101, almost all of those were for in middle and high school and in college. And the word "read" might be misleading, at least until I got to college. Trust me, if it was boring and there were Cliffs Notes available, I "read" the abbreviated versions.

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