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400 Years of American Literature Reading List

New Classic Works of American Fiction, Poetry, Theater and Non-Fiction Writing
• From 1607 to the Present •
400 Years of American Literature
2007 marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, and coincidently, the humble beginning of American literature. Below are our picks, categorized by decade, of the most significant works of American literature, poetry, stage drama and nonfiction writing since Captain John Smith first started scribing his notes in 1607. Please check back soon for links to writer biographies, plot outlines, critical reviews, study guides and e-books (for those works in the public domain).

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1607-1609
A True Relation of Occurences and Accidents in Virginia by John Smith
Discourse on Virginia by Edward Maria Wingfield

1610s
A Description of New England by John Smith
A Map of Virginia by John Smith
Letter to Queen Anne regarding Pocahontas by John Smith

1620s
Mayflower Compact
Mourt's Relation by William Bradford
New England's Trials by John Smith
The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith

1630s
A Model of Christian Charity by John Winthrop
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut by John Hooker
God's Promise to His Plantation by John Cotton
New English Canaan by Thomas Morton

1640s
A Key into the Language of America by Roger Williams
An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord 1647 by Samuel Danforth
Autobiography by Thomas Shepard
Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
The Tenth Muse by Anne Bradstreet
The True Constitution of a Particular Visible Church by John Cotton
The Way of the Churches of Christ in New England by John Cotton

1650s
Catechism in the Indian Language by John Eliot
Lea and Rachel (a.k.a. The Two Fruitfull Sisters, Virginia and Maryland) by John Hammond
To the Town of Providence by Roger Williams
Wonder-Working Providence of Sion's Saviour in New England by Edward Johnson

1660s
Brief Description of the Province of Carolina by Robert Horne
The Day of Doom by Michael Wigglesworth
The Indian Grammar by John Eliot
The Unhappy Transported Felon by James Revel

1670s
A Brief History of the War with the Indians in New England by Increase Mather
A Brief Recognition of New-Englands Errand into the Wilderness by Samuel Danforth
Manifesto Concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia by Nathaniel Bacon
New Englands Crisis by Benjamin Tompson
New Englands Tears by Benjamin Tompson
Poems by Anne Bradstreet (posthumous compilation)

1680s
A Monumental Memorial for Marine Mercy by Richard Steere
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson
Fruits of Solitude by William Penn
Gods Determinations touching his Elect by Edward Taylor
Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions by Cotton Mather
Remarkable Providences by Increase Mather

1690s
A Brief and True Narrative of Some Remarkable Passages Relating to Sundry Persons Afflicted by      Witchcraft by Deodat Lawson
Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits by Increase Mather
Jonathan Dickinson's Journal by Jonathan Dickinson
The Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather

1700s
History and Present State of Virginia by Robert Beverley, Jr.
Magnalia Christi Americana by Cotton Mather
The Good Old Way by Cotton Mather
The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion by John Williams
The Selling of Joseph by Samuel Sewall
The Sot-Weed Factor by Ebenezer Cook
To the Reader, in Vindication of This Book by Elizabeth Sowle Bradford

1710s
Bonifacius by Cotton Mather
The Daniel Catcher by Richard Steere

1720s
Dogood Papers by Benjamin Franklin
God's Mercy Surmounting Man's Cruelty, Exemplified in the Captivity and Redemption of Elizabeth Hanson
History of the Five Indian Nations by Dr. Cadwallader Colden
Poetical Meditations, Being the Improvement of Some Vacant Hours by Roger Wolcott
Preparatory Meditations by Edward Taylor (not published until 1960)
Sewall's Diary by Samuel Sewall (posthumous compilation)

1730s
A Journey from Patapsko to Annapolis, April 4, 1730 by Richard Lewis
A Witch Trial at Mount Holly by Benjamin Franklin
Poems on Several Occasions by William Dawson
Poor Richard's Almanac by Benjamin Franklin

1740s
Bars Fight by Lucy Terry (not published until 1855)
Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
The Speech of Polly Baker by Benjamin Franklin

1750s
Founding of New Sweden by Israel Acrelius
New Experiments and Observations on Electricity by Benjamin Franklin
Solitude by James Grainger
The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin

1760s
A Discourse on the Christian Union by Ezra Stiles
A Short Narrative of my life by Samson Occom
A Vindication of the British Colonies by James Otis
An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Penitential Cries by Jupiter Hammon
Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania by John Dickinson
The Female Patriots by Milcah Martha Moore
The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy by Thomas Godfrey
The Sugar-Cane by James Grainger

1770s
A Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs by Samson Occom
Articles of Confederation
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms by John Hancock
Declaration of Independence
Poems on Various Subjects by Phillis Wheatley
The Candidates (a.k.a The Humours of A Virginia Election) by Robert Munford
The Crisis (1st edition) by Thomas Paine
The Group by Mercy Otis Warren
The Journal of John Woolman by John Woolman

1780s
Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur
Notes on the State of Virginia by Thomas Jefferson
Poems by Philip Freneau (a compilation)
Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America by Benjamin Franklin
The Contrast by Royall Tyler
The Federalist Papers
The Honey Suckle by Philip Freneau
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
The Power of Sympathy by William Hill Brown
The United States Elevated to Glory and Honor by Ezra Stiles
United States Bill of Rights
United States Constitution

1790s
A Word of Remembrance and Caution to the Rich by John Woolman
Alcuin by Charles Brockden Brown
American Poems, Selected and Original by Elihu Hubbard Smith
Arthur Mervyn by Charles Brockden Brown
Bartram's Travels by William Bartram
Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson
Edgar Huntly by Charles Brockden Brown
Edwin and Angelina by Elihu Hubbard Smith
Greenfield Hill by Timothy Dwight
On the Equality of the Sexes by Judith Sargent Murray
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Coquette (a.k.a. The History of Eliza Wharton) by Hannah Webster Foster
The Emigrants by Gilbert Imlay
The Gleaner by Judith Sargent Murray
The Hapless Orphan (a.k.a. Innocent Victim of Revenge) by "an American Lady"
The Hasty Pudding by Joel Barlow
The Posthumous Works of Ann Eliza Bleecker
Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown

1800s
History of New York by Washington Irving
History of the American Revolution by Mercy Otis Warren
Memoires of Carwin the Biloquist by Charles Brockden Brown
The Columbiad by Joel Barlow
The Indian Princess by James N. Barker
The Salmagundi Papers by Washington Irving

1810s
Poems by Philip Freneau
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
She Would be a Soldier by Mordecai Noah
Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant
The Diverting History of John Bull and Brother Jonathan by James Kirke Paulding
The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
To a Waterfowl by William Cullen Bryant

1820s
A New-England Tale by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
A Visit from St. Nicholas (a.k.a. Twas The Night Before Christmas) by Clement Clarke Moore (disputed)
Al Araaf, Tamerlane, and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hobomok: A tale of Early Times by Lydia Child
Hope Leslie (a.k.a. Early Times in the Massachusetts) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Tales of a Traveller by Washington Irving
Tales of a Traveller by Washington Irving
The Journal of Madam Knight by Sarah Kemble Knight (posthumous compilation)
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Pilot by James Fenimore Cooper
The Pioneers by James Fenimore Cooper
The Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving
The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper

1830s
A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett by Davy Crockett
A New Home--Who'll Follow? by Caroline Kirkland
An Oration (a.k.a. The American Scholar) by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Autobiography of Makataimeshekiakiak (Black Hawk)
Georgia Scenes by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
On To The Alamo by Richard Penn Smith
Roger Malvin's Burial by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Self Culture by William Ellery Channing
The Crockett Almanacs - A Pretty Predicament by Davy Crockett
The Crockett Almanacs - Crockett's Daughters by Davy Crockett
The Crockett Almanacs - Sunrise in His Pocket by Davy Crockett
The Death of Schiller by William Cullen Bryant
The Falcon by John Tanner
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe
The Yemassee by William Gilmore Simms
Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne

1840s
Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Essays, First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essays, Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
Poems by John Greenleaf Whittier
Some Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs by Johnson Jones Hooper
The Birth-Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life by Francis Parkman
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Sarah Margaret Fuller

1850s
English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journal of Henry David Thoreau
Leaves of Grass (1st Edition) by Walt Whitman
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
The Confidence Man by Herman Melville
The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Minister's Wooing by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Walden by Henry David Thoreau

1860s
Drum-Taps by Walt Whitman
Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
Hans Brinker (a.k.a. The Silver Skates) by Mary Mapes Dodge
Leaves of Grass (3rd Edition) by Walt Whitman
Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter by Ann S. Stephens
Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty by John William DeForest
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger
Tales of a Wayside Inn by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
The Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale
The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Walking by Henry David Thoreau
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd by Walt Whitman

1870s
A Foregone Conclusion by William Dean Howells
A Passage to India by Walt Whitman
Daisy Miller by Henry James
Deephaven by Sarah Orne Jewett
Democratic Vistas by Walt Whitman
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Poems by Bret Harte
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Society and Solitude by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tales of the Argonauts and Other Sketches by Bret Harte
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The American by Henry James
The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches by Bret Harte

1880s
A Century of Dishonor by Helen Hunt Jackson
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Democracy: An American Novel by Henry Adams
Ester by Henry Adams
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Poems by Sydney Lanier
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail by Theodore Roosevelt
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Bostonians by Henry James
The Idyl of Red Gulch by Bret Harte
The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank R. Stockton
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P. Hale
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells
The White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett
Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris

1890s
A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce
Désirée's Baby by Kate Chopin
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
McTeague by Frank Norris
Poems by Emily Dickinson
Poems, Second Series by Emily Dickinson
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Complete Works of James Russell Lowell by James Russell Lowell
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic
The Open Boat and Other Tales of Adventure by Stephen Crane
The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson & Those Extraordinary Twin by Mark Twain
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

1900s
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Call of the Wild by Jack London
History of the Standard Oil Company by Ida Tarbell
Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain
Martin Eden by Jack London
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
The Ambassadors by Henry James
The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James
The Golden Bowl by Henry James
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The Iron Heel by Jack London
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
The Octopus: A California Story by Frank Norris
The Sea-Wolf by Jack London
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois
The Talented Tenth by W. E. B. DuBois
The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
Whilomville Stories by Stephen Crane
White Fang by Jack London

1910s
A Boy's Will by Robert Frost
Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
North of Boston by Robert Frost
Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis
Summer by Edith Wharton
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
The Financier by Theodore Dreiser
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Worlds and I by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

1920s
A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O'Neill
Billy Budd by Herman Melville (published posthumously)
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
Light in August by William Faulkner
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
So Big! by Edna Ferber
Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft
The Professor's House by Willa Cather
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
This Side Of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

1930s
ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
Anthem by Ayn Rand
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara
Experience And Education by John Dewey
God's Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Studs Lonigan by James T. Farrell
Tender by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
The Devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benet
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
The U.S.A. Trilogy (The 42nd Parallel, 1919 and The Big Money) by John Dos Passos
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

1940s
A Curtain of Green by Eudora Welty
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Dragon's Teeth II (World's End) by Upton Sinclair
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Grimes
Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill
Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
Native Son by Richard Wright
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Storm by George R. Stewart
Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neil
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams

1950s
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
A Death in the Family by James Agee
A Fable by William Faulkner
A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence
Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Katherine by Anya Seton
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Lonely Night by Mickey Spillane
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
Selected Poems by Ezra Pound
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams
The Ugly American by William J. Lederer
The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

1960s
Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Herzog by Saul Bellow
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
King Rat by James Clavell
Myra Breckinridge by Gore Vidal
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Rabbit, Run by John Updike
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
The Andromeda Strain by author Michael Crichton
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
The Reivers by William Faulkner
The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
Thurber: Writings and Drawings (1929-1961) by James Thurber
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

1970s
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
Deliverance by James Dickey
Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
Everyday Use by Alice Walker
Falconer by John Cheever
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
If I Die in a Combat Zone : Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O'Brien
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Play It As It Lays: A Novel by Joan Didion
Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
Rabbit Redux by John Updike
Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
Sophie's Choice by William Styron
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
The Shining by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King
The Stories of John Cheever
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

1980s
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon
Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Fences by August Wilson
Fools Crow by James Welch
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Ironweed by William Kennedy
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Magician by Raymond Feist
Misery by Stephen King
Neuromancer by William Gibson
'night, Mother by Marsha Norman
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike
Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury
Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
The Running Man by Stephen King
The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
White Noise by Don DeLillo

1990s
A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Holes by Louis Sachar

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Álvarez
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner
Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by "Anonymous" (later revealed as Joe Klein)
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
Secret History by Donna Tartt
Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The Firm by John Grisham
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Wood Wife by Terri Windling
Under The Red Flag by Ha Jin
Waiting by Ha Jin
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean

2000s
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
March by Geraldine Brooks
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

 

 

 

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