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100 Important books

Snagged from firecat via supergee, the College Boards list of the 100 most important books, I've bolded the ones I've read:

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart(a non-European author! - this is a story of the effect of culture loss in Africa)
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 (In translation)
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 (in bits and pieces)
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 (Read many of his short stories though)
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(May not have read all the stories)
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 (well, I didn't make it all the way through)
Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan: Gulliver's Travels (I don't think I read the whole thing - Lilliput, Brobinag and horse people)
Thackeray, William: Vanity Fair (Unfortunately)
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(hated it; I read the whole thing but remember almost nothing)
Wright, Richard: Native Son

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