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Yes, a meme, because I haven't been writing here much lately. I nabbed this from 19_crows and firecat (and, hey! I just used the word "firecat" in the fanfic chapter I wrote today! hee).

The College Board's list of the 100 most important books. Ones I've read are in boldface. Ones I've read part of are in italic.


Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart
Agee, James A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice (I've read this one many times)
Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte Jane Eyre (my favorite book in 6th grade)
Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert The Stranger

Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales (yep, I've read the whole lot of them ... in the original Middle English)
Camus, Albert The Stranger
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 (brilliant stuff)
Golding, William Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d'Urbervilles
(oh so very melodramatic!)
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms (I LOATHE Hemingway)
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
(I loathe Henry James)
James, Henry The Turn of the Screw (Have I mentioned that I loathe Henry James?)
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (this book totally freaked me out when I was 17)
Kafka, Franz "The Metamorphosis"
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior
(one of my favorite books)
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 (another of my favorite books)
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 (I've read this so many times that I know sections of it almost by heart)
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 (the original king of inside jokes)
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 (but I've read a lot of other Vonnegut)
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

So ... whatever that means ... that's the definition of an English B.A. degree, I guess. I also did some lit work in grad school, but it was all much more esoteric stuff and so is not listed on this "canonical" list. Still, allow me to briefly laud Max Frisch's Man in the Holocene -- by far the best book I read in grad school.
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