100 Most-Often-Recommended Works

Novels and Short Stories


Austin, Jane, Pride and Prejudice  (BR, 1813)


Baldwin, James, Go Tell It on the Mountain  (AM, 1953)


Bellow, Saul, Seize the Day (AM, 1956)


Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre (BR, 1847)


Bronte, Emily, Wuthering Heights (BR, 1847)


Camus, Albert, The Stranger (FR, 1942)


Carroll, Lewis, Aliceís Adventures in Wonderland, (BR, 1865)


Cather, Willa, My Antonia (AM, 1918)


Cervantes, Miguel de, Don Quixote (SP, 1605, 1617)


Chopin, Kate, The Awakening (AM, 1899)


Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness, (BR, 1902)


Crane, Stephen, The Red Badge of Courage (AM, 1895)


Defoe, Daniel, Robinson Crusoe (BR, 1719)


Dickens, Charles, Great Expectations, (BR, 1860-61)


Dostoevski, Feodor, Crime and Punishment, (RU, 1866)


Eliot, George, The Miller on the Floss (BR, 1860)


Ellison, Ralph, Invisible Man, (AM, 1947)


Faulkner, William, The Sound and the Fury, (AM, 1929)


Fielding, Henry, Tom Jones (BR, 1749)


Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby (AM, 1925)

Flaubert, Gustave, Madame Bovary (FR, 1857)


Forster, E. M., A Passage to India (BR, 1924)


Garcia, Marquez, Gabriel, One Hundred Years of Solitude (CO, 1967)


Golding, William, Lord of the Flies (BR, 1954)


Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the DíUrbervilles (BR, 1891)


Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The Scarlet Letter (AM, 1850)


Hemingway, Ernest, A Farewell to Arms (AM, 1929)


Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God (AM, 1937)


Huxley, Aldous, Brave New World (BR, 1932)

James, Henry, The Turn of the Screw (AM, 1898)

Joyce, James, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, (IR, 1916)

Kafka, Franz, The Trial (CZ, 1925)

Lawrence, D. H., Sons and Lovers  (BR, 1913)

Lewis, Sinclair, Babbit (AM, 1922)

Malamud, Bernard, The Assistant (AM, 1957)

Mann, Thomas, Death in Venice (GE, 1912)

Melville, Herman, Moby-Dick (AM, 1951)

Morrison, Toni, Sula (AM, 1973)

OíConnor, Flannery, A Good Man Is Hard to Find  (AM, 1955)

Olsen, Tillie, Tell Me A Riddle (AM, 1956-60)


Novels and Short Stories - continued

Orwell, George, Animal Farm (BR, 1945)

Paton, Alan, Cry, the Beloved Country (BR, 1948)

Poe, Edgar Allan, Great Tales and Poems (AM, 1839-45)

Salinger, J. D., The Catcher in the Rye (AM, 1951)

Scott, Sir Walter, Ivanhoe (BR, 1820)

Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein (BR, 1818)

Steinbeck, John, The Grapes of Wrath (AM, 1939)

Swift, Jonathan, Gulliverís Travels (BR, 1726)

Thackeray, William Makepeace, Vanity Fair (BR, 1847-48)

Tolstoy, Leo, War and Peace (RU, 1865-69)

Turgenev, Ivan, Fathers and Sons (RU, 1862)

Twain, Mark, The Adventures of Hucklebery Finn (AM, 1886)

Updike, John, Rabbit, Run (AM, 1961)

Voltaire, Candide (FR, 1759)

Vonnegut, Kurt, Slaughterhouse Five (AM, 1969)

Walker, Alice, The Color Purple (AM, 1982)

Welty, Eudora, Thirteen Stories (AM, 1965)

Wharton, Edith, The Age of Innocence (AM, 1920)

Woolf, Virginia, To the Lighthouse (BR, 1927)

Wright, Richard, Native Son (AM, 1940)



Aeschylus, Orestia (GR, 458 BC)

Aristophanes, Lysistrata (GR, 411 BC)

Beckett, Samuel, Waiting for Godot (IR, 1952)

Brecht, Bertolt, Mother Courage and Her Children (GE, 1941)

Chekhov, Anton, The Cherry Orchard (RU, 1904)

Euripides, Medea (GR, 431 BC)

Goethe, Johann von, Faust, Part I (GE, 1808)

Ibsen, Henrik, A Dollís House (NO, 1879)

Marlowe, Christopher, Doctor Faustus (BR, 1604)

Miller, Arthur, Death of a Salesman (AM, 1949)

Moliere, The Misanthrope (FR, 1666)

OíNeil, Eugene, Desire Under the Elms (AM, 1924)

Shakespeare, William, Hamlet (BR, 1600)

Shaw, George Bernard, Pygmalion (BR, 1913)

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (GR, 430 BC)

Wilde, Oscar, The Importance of Being Earnest (BR, 1895)

Wilder, Thornton, Our Town  (AM, 1938)

Williams, Tennessee, The Glass Menagerie (AM, 1945)






Allison, Alexander, Ed., Norton Anthology of Poetry (Shorter Edition)

Anonymous, Beowulf (BR, c 700 AD)

Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales (BR, c 1387-1400)

Dante, Inferno (IT, c 1320)

Homer, The  Odyssey (GR, c 9th century BC)

Milton, John, Paradise Lost (BR, 1667)

Vergil, The Aeneid (IT, c 18 BC)

Whitman, Walt, Leaves of Grass (AM, 1855)