I’m an unlettered savage

The College Board has a list of 101 Great Books they recommend for all ages. Bloggers have been posting the list after highlighting the books they’ve read. I’ll join in, embarassing as it may be.
Beowulf
Achebe, Chinua:  Things Fall Apart
Agee, James:  A Death in the Family
Austin, Jane:  Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James:  Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel :  Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul :  The Adventures of Augie March
Bronte, Charlotte:  Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily:  Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert:  The Stranger
Cather, Willa:  Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cervantes, Miguel de:  Don Quixote
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
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
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
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 Garcia:  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 Allen:  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
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
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
Walker, Alice:  The Color Purple
Warton, 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
Oh, well … I guess I should retract my application to teach Literature 101 at Harvard.

4 comments

  1. Scott

    You’ve got me beat, I’ve only read nine of them.
    But I have heard of most of them….that’s gotta count for something.

  2. Backcountry Conservative

    101 Great Books

    The College Board has published a list of 101 Great Books recommended for all ages. Other bloggers have been listing the books and noting which ones they’ve read (Link via Brain Shavings.) Here’s the list (with ones I’ve read in…

  3. Paulie

    I assume you mean: not just as a student in grade school:
    Jane Eyre
    Wuthering Heights
    Last of Mohicans
    Red Badge of Courage
    Crusoe
    Two Cities
    Douglass Autobio
    Three Musketeers
    Sound and Fury
    Tom Jones
    Gatsby
    Lord of the Flies
    Tess
    Scarlet Letter
    Catch 22
    Farewell to Arms
    Hunchback
    Brave New World
    Turn of the Screw
    Mockingbird
    One Hundred Years
    Moby Dick
    WHY WOULD ANYONE READ TONI MORRISON?????
    Animal Farm
    All Quiet
    Catcher in the Rye
    All the listed Shakespeare
    Frankenstein
    The Sophocles in College
    All of Steinbeck’s novels
    Gulliver
    I own Walden but haven’t cracked it.
    Slaughterhouse Five
    Half of Native Son
    Parts of Gulag Archipelage (not listed)
    In high school or college:
    Glass Menagerie
    Doria Gray
    Candide
    Cyrano
    WHY WOULD ANYONE READ TONI MORRISON?????
    Iliad and Odyssey
    Many of Emerson’s Essays
    Pride and Prejudice
    One can’t just sit on the Metro reading The Weekly Standard. Sorry to seem boastful. Ed. Hersch in “Cultural Literacy” has a few words to say about this topic.