The Book List

c 8-1100 Beowulf
c 13– Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
1485 Morte D’Arthur Sir Thomas Mallory
1588 Tamburlaine Christopher Marlowe
1590 The Faerie Queen Edmund Spenser
1599 Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare
1606 Volpone Ben Johnson
1606 King Lear William Shakespeare
1607 Macbeth William Shakespeare
1611 The Tempest William Shakespeare
1623 As You Like It William Shakespeare
1637 New English Canaan Thomas Morton
1647 Of Plymouth Plantation William Bradford
1662 The Day of Doom Michael Wigglesworth
1667 Pardise Lost John Milton
1679 Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan
1682 Narrative of Captivity Mary Rolandson
1693 The Old Bachelor William Congreve
1694 The Double Dealer William Congreve
1695 Love For Love William Congreve
1700 The Way of the World William Congreve
1719 Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
1722 A Journal of the Plague Year Daniel Defoe
1729 A Modest Proposal Jonathon Swift
1748 Clarissa Samuel Richardson
1749 Tom Jones Henry Fielding
1764 The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole
1766 The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
1770 Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne
1773 She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
1778 Eveline Fanny Burney
1784 Elegiac Sonnets Charlotte Turner
1786 Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect Robert Burns
1786 Poems William Freneau
1788 Emmeline Charlotte Turner
1790 Poems Sarah Wentworth Morton
1791 Charlotte Temple Susanna Rowlandson
1794 Book of Urizen William Blake
1798 Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth and Coleridge
1813 Poems William Cullen Bryant
1818 The Heart of Midlothian Sir Walter Scott
1818 Childe Harolde Lord Byron
1818 The Fall of Hyperion John Keats
1819 Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving
1819 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving
1820 Prometheus Unbound Percy Bysse Shelley
1824 Don Juan Lord Byron
1826 Last of the Mohicans James Fenimoore Cooper
1827 Hope Leslie Catharine Maria Sedgwick
1830 Poems John Greenleaf Whittier
1836 Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson
1841 The Big Bear of Arkansas TB Thorpe
1847 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
1847 Evangeline Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1849 Stories Edgar Allan Poe
1850 David Copperfield Charles Dickens
1851 House of Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne
1851 Moby Dick Herman Melville
1852 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
1854 Ruth Hall Fanny Fern
1855 Fra Lippo Lippi Robert Browning
1855 A Gramarian’s Funeral Robert Browning
1855 Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
1859 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
1860 Poems Emily Dickenson
1860 Circumstance Harriet Prescott Spofford
1861 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Anne Jacobs
1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
1866 Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Gaskell
1866 A Long Fatal Love Chase Louisa May Alcott
1870 Daniel Deronda George Eliot
1871 Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll
1871 Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
1872 Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Hardy
1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
1878 The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
1883 For the Major Constance Fennimore Cooper
1883 Life Among the Paiutes Sarah Winnemucca
1884 A Country Doctor Sarah Orne Jewett
1885 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
1885 The Squater and the Don Maria Ruiz de Burton
1855 Song of Hiawatha Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1885 The Rise of Silas Lapham William Dean Howells
1886 The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
1887 The Woodlanders Thomas Hardy
1889 The Awakening Kate Chopin
1889 The Conjure Woman Charles W. Chesnutt
1889 The Marrow of Tradition Charles W. Chesnutt
1890 Stories Charlotte Perkins Gilman
1891 Stories Ambrose Pierce
1893 Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane
1896 George’s Mother Stephen Crane
1896 Ode to Ethiopia Paul Laurence Dunbar
1896 Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
1897 Poems Edwin Arlington Robinson
1900 Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
1901 Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
1901 Kim Rudyard Kipling
1903 The Land of the Little Rain Mary Austin
1903 The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DuBois
1906 The Jungle Upton Sinclair
1906 Peter Pan J. M. Barrie
1910 Howards End E.M. Forster
1910 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T.S. Eliot
1912 The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man James Weldon Johnson
1913 Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence
1913 O’Pioneers Willa Cather
1914 Dubliners James Joyce
1916 Poems Amy Lowell
1916 A Jury of Her Peers Susan Glaspell
1916 A Trifle Susan Glaspell
1920 A Few Figs From Thistles Edna St. Vincent Millay
1920 Kora in Hell William Carlos Williams
1920 Beyond the Horizon Eugene O’Neil
1920 This Side of Paradise F. Scott Fitzgerald
1922 Ulysses James Joyce
192- Poems ee cummings
1922 Rootabago Stories Carl Sandburg
1923 Spring and All William Carlos Williams
1923 The Great American Novel William Carlos Williams
1923 Poems Wallace Stevens
1923 Cane Jane Toomer
1925 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
1926 The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
1928 Orlando Virginia Woolf
1928 Lady Chatterly’s Lover D.H. Lawrence
1928 Quicksand Nella Larsen
1929 The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
1929 A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway
193- Poems Langston Hughes
1930 Memories of an Infantry Officer Seigfried Sassoon
1930 Alison’s House Susan Glaspell
1931 Good Earth Pearl S. Buck
1931 Mourning Becomes Electra Eugene O’Neil
1932 Black Elk Speaks Black Elk
1933 Southern Road Sterling Brown
1934 Tender Is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
1936 Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner
1939 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
194- Poems Carlos Bolosan
194- Poems HD
194- Poems Marriane Moore
1940 For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
1940 You Can’t Go Home Again Thomas Wolfe
1941 A Curtain of Greene Eudora Welty
1942 Dust Tracks on a Road Zora Neal Hurston
1944 Collected Stories Katherine Anne Porter
1945 Black Boy Richard Wright
1946 The Iceman Cometh Eugene O’Neil
1946 All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren
1946 Poems Robert Penn Warren
195- Poems Charles Olson
1951 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
1952 Wise Blood Flannery O’Connor
1952 East of Eden John Steinbeck
1953 The Waking Theodore Roethke
1953 The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
1954 Poems Randall Jarell
1955 A Good Man Is Hard to Find Flannery O’Connor
1955 A Journey to Love William Carlos Williams
1955 The Quiet American Graham Greene
1955 Howl Allen Ginsberg
1955 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams
1956 Poems Elizabeth Bishop
1957 Poems Richard Wilbur
1960 The Country Girls Edna O’Brien
1960 Poems Robert Lowell
1962 The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
1962 One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Ken Kesey
1962 Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems William Carlos Williams
1963 Paterson William Carlos Williams
1963 Poems Robert Creeley
1963 Poems Sylvia Plath
1964 Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey
1964 Herzog Saul Bellow
1964 Dream Songs John Berryman
1965 Everything that Rises Must Converge Flannery O’Connor
1966 Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys
1967 Poems Anne Sexton
1968 King, Queen, Knave Vladimir Nabokov
1968 The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Tom Wolfe
1968 Stories Donald Barthelme
1968 Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone James Baldwin
197- Poems Denise Levertov
1970 Poems Robert Hayden
1970 Poems Michael S. Harper
1971 Old Times Harold Pinter
1971 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Annie Dillard
1971 The Lives of Women and Girls Alice Munroe
1972 Gorilla My Love Toni Cade Bambera
1972 Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 Hunter S. Thompson
1972 The Optimist’s Daughter Eudora Welty
1973 Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon
1973 Poems A. R. Ammons
1973 Poems Gallway Kinnel
1973 Collected Works Grace Paley
1973 Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut
1974 High Windows Philip Larkin
1974 Poems Adrienne Rich
1974 The Woman Warrior Maxine
1975 Turtle Island Gary Snyder
1975 The Changing Light at Sandover James Merrill
1976 Poems John Ashberry
1976 Love Story Erich Segal
1977 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
1977 Ceremony Leslie Mormon Silko
1979 The Stories of John Cheever
1980 Waiting for the Barbarians J. M. Coetzee
1981 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Raymond Carver
1981 Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
1981 Poems Simon J Ortiz
1982 The Color Purple Alice Walker
1982 The Real Thing Tom Stoppard
1982 Poems Cathy Song
1984 Love Medicine Louise Erdich
1984 Cathedral Raymond Carver
1987 Beloved Toni Morrison
1987 Where I’m Calling From Raymond Carver
1988 Speed-the-Plow David Mamet
1988 Bad Behavior Mary Gaitskill
1990 The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
1991 Woman Hollering Creek Sandra Cisneros
1993 Poems Louise Gluck
1993 Arcadia Tom Stoppard
1994 The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Sherman Alexie
1995 Billy Collins Poems
1995 Poems Li-Young
1996 Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
1997 Underworld Don DeLillo
1999 Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahi
2000 City of God E. L. Doctorow
2000 Fasting, Feasting Anita Desai
2002 Coast of Ethiopia Tom Stoppard
2006 The Beet Queen Louise Erdich
2008 Lavinia Ursula K Le Guin
2008 A Mercy Toni Morrison
2009 A Gate at the Stairs Lorrie Moore
2009 The Plague of Doves Louise Erdich
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10 thoughts on “The Book List

  1. Koala, I will add Infinite Jest!

    Simone, good question. I compiled it myself using Norton Anthologies of English and American Literature as guides. I also threw in a few things I have always wanted to read. For example, Kurt Vonnegut does not appear in the Norton Anthology of American Literature! I have been meaning to read Breakfast of Champions, so I added it.

  2. You have Gravity’s Rainbow, that’s all that matters. If you’d like, add Underworld by Don DeLillo and Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth.

  3. So this means that you haven’t read ANY Fitzgerald before? How on earth do you get to be 27 and not have read, at the very least, Gatsby? I’m astonished.
    PS please add ‘Sometimes A Great Notion’ by Ken Kesey. It’s wonderful, you will love it.
    Also, is there no Steinbeck on your list because you’ve read it all? If it’s just an omission, you should add ‘East of Eden’, because it’s probably the most important, and ‘Travels With Charley’, because it’s thoroughly enjoyable.

  4. Keep it together, Claire. I have read Gatsby twice. I didn’t like it either time. Everyone and their dog claims to love that book so, I put it on the list cuz I want to give it one last shot.

    There’s a couple other things on the list that are rereads for me.

    I’m not sure how Steinbeck got left off. I will remedy that when I update the list, which should be today or tomorrow.

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