New Year Resolution #2: Read more stuff

Several months ago I ran across a list of purported great literature, which I of course copied into a spreadsheet and reviewed.  I don’t recall the source, except that it was a major US university, but it is admittedly not a bad list.

I feel I have to preface the list by pointing out that these are primarily (but not exclusively) great works originally written in English, so this is Western by nature.  And there are some serious omissions here as well, as there is not a bit of Nabokov, and Cather’s My Antonia is much better than the title listed below.

On the bright side, I was surprised by pleased to see Theodore Dreiser’s brilliant (if painful) work represented.  He is too often overlooked!

The bolded titles are those I’ve read.  So I have many trips to the library ahead of me this winter.

  • — 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
  • 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
  • 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. Slaughterhouse-Five
  • 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

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