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SWW Essential Reading List – The Classics

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This list evolved from a post on Facebook where I asked SWW members for essential reading suggestions.
Below is a tentative list of those suggestions, minus non-fiction. Please continue making suggestions. Some of these books on the list are probably too recent to be ‘classics’. An essential ‘modern’ reading will come later.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Addams
Little Women, LM Alcott
Illusions, Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolano
Death of the Heart At Swim-Two-Birds, Elizabeth Bowen
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Something Wicked this Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Heart of a Dog, Mikhail Bulgakov
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
The Plague, Albert Camus
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
The Awakening, Kate Chopin
The Alchemist, Paolo Coehlo
Underworld, Don DeLillo
White Noise, Don DeLillo
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The World as I Found It, Bruce Duffy
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Four Quartets / The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Howard’s End, EM Forster
Of Human Bondage, EM Forster
The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass
Hunger, Knut Hamsun
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
The Odyssey, Homer
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
Brave New World, Aldus Huxley
The World According to Garp, John Irving
Ulysses, James Joyce
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundra
Sons and Lovers, D.H. Lawrence
The Golden Notebook, Doris May Lessing
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Billy Budd: Sailor, Herman Melville
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Paradise Lost, John Milton
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
1984, George Orwell
Manhattan Transfer; Dos Passos, John Roderigo
USA Trilogy, Dos Passos
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust
Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Jewel in the Crown, Paul Scott
The Works of Shakespeare
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman; Laurence Sterne
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, Dylan Thomas
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Native Son, Richard Wright

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January 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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