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ENG 11: Pre-Approved Book List

Below is a list of reading materials that qualify for this assignment.  As you can tell, it is rather extensive, so there should be plenty for everyone to choose from.  No more than TWO people may sign up for the same book; there will be a sign-up sheet in my room.  Be sure to research your book just a bit before you begin reading (check the web, ask me or another teacher about suggestions) so that you're not bored with your choice halfway through. You are not limited to books on this page, but ALL choices must be approved by me.

The two links below are the sources used to compile this list; check them out for more information on each book.  Both links contain books not included on this page; almost any of them would be acceptable, but ask first. No one can do a book review over the novels read in class (Huck Finn and The Great Gatsby).

The books in purple are some of my personal favorites. Click the link to the CHS Media Center to find out if the library has the book you want.

Idiots Guide: American Literature: An Essential Reading List

 

College-Bound Reading List (list of books with a brief description of each)


Washington Irving (1783–1859)

Rip Van Winkle

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Alhambra

The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

 

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851)

The Last of the Mohicans

The Deerslayer

The Pathfinder

 

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)

The Scarlet Letter

The House of Seven Gables

 

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

 

Frederick Douglass (1817–1882)

Life of an American Slave

 

Herman Melville (1819–1891)

Moby Dick

Bartleby the Scrivener

 

Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888)

Little Women

 

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) (1835–1910)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

The Innocents Abroad

The Prince and the Pauper

 

Henry James (1843–1916)

The American

The Europeans

The Portrait of a Lady

The Turn of the Screw

 

Kate Chopin (1851–1904)

The Awakening

 

O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) (1862–1910)

Cabbages and Kings

The Heart of the West

Options

Roads of Destiny

The Voice of the City

Whirligigs

 

Edith Wharton (1862–1937)

The Age of Innocence

The House of Mirth

Ethan Fromme

 

Stephen Crane (1871–1900)

The Red Badge of Courage

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

 

Theodore Dreiser (1871–1845)

An American Tragedy

Sister Carrie

 

Willa Cather (1873–1947)

Alexander’s Bridge

My Antonia

Death Comes to the Archbishop

O Pioneers!

The Professor’s House

The Song of the Lark

 

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

Tender Buttons

Three Lives

The Making of Americans

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Portraits and Prayers

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950)

Tarzan of the Apes

The Gods of Mars

The Land That Time Forgot

The Warlord of Mars

 

Jack London (1876–1916)

The Call of the Wild

 

Upton Sinclair (1878–1968)

The Jungle

 

Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)

Main Street

Babbitt

Dodsworth

Arrowsmith

Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)

Beyond the Horizon (Play)

Long Day’s Journey into Night (Play)

Mourning Becomes Electra (Play)

The Iceman Cometh (Play)

Desire Under the Elms (Play)

The Hairy Ape (Play)

 

Raymond Chandler (1888–1959)

The Big Sleep

Farewell, My Lovely

The Long Goodbye

 

Henry Miller (1891–1980)

Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Capricorn

 

Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973)

The Good Earth

The Proud Heart

Command the Morning

The Living Reed

 

Dashiell Hammett (1894–1962)

Red Harvest

The Maltese Falcon

The Glass Key

The Thin Man

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)

This Side of Paradise

Tender Is the Night

 

William Faulkner (1897–1962)

Light in August

The Sound and the Fury

As I Lay Dying

 

 

 

Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Our Town (Play)

 

Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)

The Sun Also Rises

A Farewell to Arms

The Old Man and the Sea

A Moveable Feast

 

Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938)

Look Homeward, Angel

You Can’t Go Home Again

 

Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949)

Gone with the Wind

 

John Steinbeck (1902–1968)

The Grapes of Wrath

 

Zora Neale Hurston (1903–1960)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989)

All the King’s Men

 

Richard Wright (1908–1960)

Native Son

Black Boy

 

Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)

The Glass Menagerie (Play)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Play)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Play)

The Rose Tattoo (Play)

Suddenly Last Summer (Play)

The Night of the Iguana (Play)

 

John Hersey (1914–1993)

A Bell for Adano

Hiroshima

The War Lover

White Lotus

 

William Burroughs (1914–1997)

Naked Lunch

 

 

Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)

Invisible Man

 

Saul Bellow (1915–2005)

The Adventures of Augie March

Herzog

Mr. Sammler’s Planet

 

Arthur Miller (1915–2005)

All My Sons (Play)

Death of a Salesman (Play)

The Crucible (Play)

After the Fall (Play)

A View from the Bridge (Play)

The Price (Play)

 

Herman Wouk (1915– )

The Caine Mutiny

Marjorie Morningstar

Youngblood Hawke

Don’t Stop the Carnival

 

J. D. Salinger (1919– )

Catcher in the Rye

Franny and Zooey

 

Ray Bradbury (1920– )

The Martian Chronicles

Fahrenheit 451

 

James Jones (1921–1977)

From Here to Eternity

Some Came Running

The Pistol

The Thin Red Line

 

Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)

On the Road

About On the Road

The Subterraneans

 

Kurt Vonnegut (1922– )

Slaughterhouse-Five

Breakfast of Champions

 

Joseph Heller (1923–1999)

Catch-22

 

Norman Mailer (1923– )

The Naked and the Dead

The Armies of the Night

 

Truman Capote (1924–1984)

Other Voices, Other Rooms

In Cold Blood

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

Flannery O’Connor (1925–1964)

Wise Blood

Gore Vidal (1925– )

Williwaw

The City and the Pillar

A Search for the King

The Judgment of Paris

Visit to a Small Planet

The Best Man

 

William Styron (1925–2006)

The Confessions of Nat Turner

Lie Down in Darkness

 

Edward Albee (1928– )

The Zoo Story (Play)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Play)

A Delicate Balance (Play)

Tiny Alice (Play)

Seascape (Play)

Three Tall Women (Play)

 

Ursula LeGuin (1929– )

The Lathe of Heaven

Dancing at the Edge of the World

The Dispossessed

 

Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)

A Raisin in the Sun (Play)

 

E. L. Doctorow (1931– )

The Book of Daniel

Ragtime

 

Toni Morrison (1931– )

Beloved

The Bluest Eye

Song of Solomon

 

Tom Wolfe (1931– )

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Right Stuff

 

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

The Bell Jar

 

John Updike (1932– )

Rabbit Run

Rabbit Redux

Rabbit is Rich

Rabbit at Rest

The Centaur

 

Cormac McCarthy (1933– )

The Road

Outer Dark

Child of God

Blood Meridian; or, the Evening Redness in the West

All the Pretty Horses

No Country for Old Men

 

Philip Roth (1933– )

Portnoy’s Complaint

The Great American Novel

American Pastoral

 

John Kennedy Toole (1937–1969)

A Confederacy of Dunces

 

Joyce Carol Oates (1938– )

Them

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

 

Alice Walker (1944– )

The Color Purple

 

August Wilson (1945– )

The Piano Lesson (Play)

Fences (Play)

Sherman Alexie (1966- )

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

 

David Mamet (1947– )

Glengarry Glen Ross (Play)

Speed the Plow (Play)

 

Tony Kushner (1956– )

Angels in America (Play)