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Title

 

AP Exam Years

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Pages

 

 

Achebe, Chinua

Things Fall Apart

1890s portraying the clash between Nigeria’s white colonial government and the traditional culture of the indigenous Igbo people

91,97,03

7.2

236

 

 

Aeschylus

Eumenides, The

Eumenides, the climactic play of the only surviving complete Greek tragic trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus.

96

 

320

PLAY

 

Aeschylus

Oresteia, The

The most famous series of ancient Greek plays, and the only surviving trilogy, is the Oresteia of Aeschylus, consisting of Agamemnon, Choephoroe, and Eumenides.

90,94

 

232

PLAY

 

Albee, Edward

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

This modern American play watches an evening with two couples and the lies they fabricate about themselves to keep on living. It is a vicious and haunting drama.

88,94,00, 04

 

242

PLAY

 

Albee, Edward

Zoo Story, The

The Zoo Story is a confrontation between middle-class America and the outcasts of society. Set in central park, Peter, an average American, is confronted by Jerry, a lonely man from the wrong side of the park.

82,01

 

 

PLAY

 

Albee, Edward

Sandbox, The

Deals with conflicts within a tense marriage.

71

 

 

PLAY

 

Anaya, Rudolfo

Bless Me, Ultima

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a "curandera," one who cures with herbs and magic.

94, 96, 97, 99, 04

5.4

262

 

 

Aristophanes

Lysistrata

Aristophanes' great anti-war drama, with comedic overtones, glorifies the power of fertility in the face of destruction

87

 

64

PLAY

 

Arnow, Harriette

Dollmaker, The

Strong-willed, self-reliant Gertie Nevel's peaceful life in the Kentucky hills was devastated by the brutal winds of change.

91

 

606

 

 

Atwood, Margaret

Alias Grace

Grace has been convicted for her involvement in two vicious murders. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. Is Grace a female fiend?

00, 04

6.9

552

 

 

Atwood, Margaret

Cat's Eye

Painter Elaine Risley's return to Toronto, the city of her youth, evokes a flood of memories and allows her at long last to reconcile with her past.

94

6.1

445

 

 

Atwood, Margaret

Handmaid's Tale, The

In the futuristic Republic of Gilead, which is being ruled and policed by men, women are divided into classes based on their household functions.

92

5.4

395

 

 

Austen, Jane

Emma

This classic novel is about a self-assured young lady whose capricious behavior is dictated by romantic fancy.

96

9.3

353

 

Y

Austen, Jane

Mansfield Park

Fanny, a shy and sweet-tempered girl adopted by wealthy relations, is an outsider looking in on an unfamiliar and often inhospitable world. Fanny eventually wins the affection of her benefactors, endearing herself to the Bertram family.

91, 03

12

420

 

 

Austen, Jane

Persuasion

This is a tale of love lost and renewed amid England's complicated upper society.

83,88,90,92,94

12

204

 

 

Austen, Jane

Pride and Prejudice

This classic story about eighteenth-century England features a glamorous, proud heroine and a dashing, prejudiced hero, whose worth is slowly discovered.

83,88,92,94,97

12

332

 

Y

Baldwin, James

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Using as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a Saturday night service in a Harlem storefront church, Baldwin lays bare the secrets of a tormented black family during the depression.

88,90

6.5

224

 

Y

Beckett, Samuel

Waiting for Godot

This is Beckett's "theatre of the absurd" play of Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for the arrival of the mysterious Godot

77, 85, 86, 89, 94, 01

5.4

111

PLAY

 

Brecht, Bertolt

Mother Courage and Her Children

the work is a chronicle play of the Thirty Years' War

85,87

 

126

PLAY

 

Bronte, Charlotte

Jane Eyre

In this stormy, intense, introspective novel of the mid-nineteenth century. Jane Eyre is a plain, yet spirited, governess whose virtuous integrity, keen intellect, and perseverance break through class barriers to reach the man she loves.

76, 77, 78, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97, 01, 03, 04

7.9

488

 

Y

Bronte, Emily

Wuthering Heights

A tale of love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of passion between Catherine and Heathcliff

71,77,78,79,82,83,86,89,90,91,92,96,97,99,01

11.3

370

 

Y

Bulosan, Carlos

America is in the Heart

This autobiography of the well-known Filipino poet describes his boyhood in the Philippines, his voyage to America, and his years of hardship and despair as an itinerant laborer following the harvest trail in the rural West.

95

 

327

 

 

Camus, Albert

Fall, The

In Amsterdam, the ex-lawyer Jean-Baptiste Clamence meets a fellow Frenchman in a seedy bar, and proceeds to give a account of his fall from social eminence.

81

 

160

 

 

Camus, Albert

Plague, The

Set in Algiers, in northern Africa, this is a powerful study of human life and its meaning in the face of a deadly virus that sweeps dispassionately through the city, taking a vast percentage of the population with it.

02

8.2

308

 

 

Camus, Albus

Stranger, The

Camus asks if there is a God or just a cold, indifferent universe in this story of the trial of a man who commits a pointless murder.

79,82,86,04

6.8

123

 

Y

Cao, Lan

Monkey Bridge

Monkey Bridge charts the unmapped territory of the Vietnamese American experience in the aftermath of war.

00

 

260

 

 

Cather, Willa

My Antonia

In this portrait of a pioneer woman, the strengths and passions of America's early settlers are memorably rendered.

94,03

6.9

372

 

Y

Cervantes, Miguel de

Don Quixote

This book chronicles the adventures of Don Quixote, the errant Knight, and his faithful servant Sancho Panza. A humorous and thought-provoking parody of chivalry.

92,01, 04

13.2

1090

 

Y

Chekov, Anton

Cherry Orchard, The

Classic of world drama concerns the passing of the old semifeudal order in turn-of-the-century Russia, symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame Ranevskaya.

71, 77,83

 

64

PLAY

 

Chopin, Kate

Awakening, The

This book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threaten to consume her.

87,88,91,92,95,97,99,02, 04

8.5

218

 

 

Congreve, William 

Way of the World, The

This knowing comedy of manners depicts the scheming of a nest of shallow, deceitful aristocrats to prevent two lovers from marrying.

71

 

80

PLAY

 

Conrad, Joseph

Heart of Darkness

A man travels up the Congo River by steamer, manages to survive an unforgiving land and persistent disease, and uncovers his own true nature.

76,91,94,96,99,00,01,02, 03, 04

9

146

 

Y

Conrad, Joseph

Lord Jim

A haunted sailor, driven from port to port, from island to island, Lord Jim is a man in search of identity.

78,82,83,86,00,03

9.1

317

 

Y

Conrad, Joseph

Victory

Baron Axel Heyst and his lover, Lena, a woman he saved from a sordid life, share an idyllic existence on the island of Samburan, until three intruders from Lena's past threaten to destroy their happiness.

83

 

432

 

 

Davies, Robertson

Fifth Business

This first novel of the Deptford Trilogy centers around the mystery of the relationship of Dunstan, Boy Staunton, and the Dempsters.

00

7.5

266

 

 

de Crevecoeur

Letters from an American Farmer

Written by an emigrant French aristocrat turned farmer, the Letters from an American Farmer (1782) posed the famous question: "What, then, is the American, this new man?", as a new nation took shape before the eyes of the world.

76

 

288

 

 

DeBalzac, Honore

Pere Goriot

This fine example of the French realist novel contrasts the social progress of an impoverished but ambitious aristocrat with the tale of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters leads to his personal and financial ruin.

02

 

304

 

 

Defoe, Daniel

Moll Flanders

Defoe's eighteenth-century novel of a woman's eventual escape from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society since her birth.

76,86,87,95

 

368

 

 

Dickens, Charles

Bleak House

The mysteries of Esther Summerson's birth and Mr. Tulkinghorn's murder are worked out against the backdrop of the Jarndyce lawsuit in England's Chancery Court

94, 00, 04

8.8

990

 

 

Dickens, Charles

David Copperfield

Story of the comic delights, tender warmth, and tragic horror of childhood. [Judged by many to be Dickens' masterpiece because of unforgettable characters and incidents.

78,83

8.8

990

 

Y

Dickens, Charles

Great Expectations

A tiny orphan boy named Pip acquires a mysterious benefactor who sponsors him to become a gentleman. Years later, Pip confronts his past heartaches and illusions that his "great expectations" have brought upon him.

79,80,88,89,92,94,95,96,00,01,02, 03,04

9.2

528

 

Y

Dickens, Charles

Hard Times

The author creates the Victorian city of Coketown in Northern England to critique the industrialist economy he believes exploited the lives of the working class, destroying human creativity and joy in the process.

87,90

9.3

338

 

 

Dickens, Charles

Our Mutual Friend

The basic plot is vintage Dickens: an inheritance up for grabs, a murder, a rocky romance or two, plenty of skullduggery, and a host of unforgettable secondary characters.

90

8.8

884

 

 

Dickens, Charles

Tale of Two Cities, A

Life in Paris and London during the oppressive and turbulent years leading up to the French Revolution are revealed in Dickens's classic story.

82,91,04

9.7

367

 

 

Doctorow, E.L.

Ragtime

Ragtime captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War

03

 

270

 

 

Dostoevsky,  Fyodor

Brothers Karamazov, The

This classic Russian novel is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the wicked and sentimental.

90

10.4

796

 

 

Dostoevsky,  Fyodor

Notes from Underground

this classic novel recounts the apology and confession of a minor nineteenth-century official, an almost comical account of the man's separation from society and his descent "underground."

89

 

160

 

 

Dostoevsky, Fyodor

Crime and Punishment

Nietzschean hero Raskolnikov has committed a murder. Will he confess? Will the authorities break him?

76,80,82,88,96,99,00,01,02,03

8.7

542

 

Y

Dreiser, Theodore

American Tragedy, An

This novel reveals the corruption and destruction of one man who forfeits his life in desperate pursuit of success.

81, 82,95,03

8.5

828

 

Y

Dreiser, Theodore

Sister Carrie

Young Caroline Meeber leaves home for the first time and experiences work, love, and the pleasures and responsibilities of independence in late-nineteenth-century Chicago and New York

87,84,02

6.4

489

 

 

Eliot, George

Middlemarch

This is a portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life.

95, 04

10.4

826

 

 

Eliot, George

Mill on The Floss, The

Maggie Tulliver is torn between a code of moral responsibility and her hunger for self-fulfillment. Rebellious by nature, she causes friction, both among the townspeople of St. Ogg's and in her own family, particularly with her brother, Tom.

90,92, 04

9.9

627

 

 

Eliot, George

Silas Marner

Disappointed in friendship and love and embittered by a false accusation, weaver Silas Marner retreats from the world with his loom, but soon finds his monastic existence disturbed by the arrival of a golden-haired child.

02

9.7

205

 

 

Eliot, T. S.

Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Deals with spiritually exhausted people who exist in the impersonal modern city. Prufrock is a representative character who cannot reconcile his thoughts and understanding with his feelings and will.

85

 

 

POEM

 

Eliot, T. S.

Wasteland, The

The Waste Land expresses with great power the disillusionment and disgust of the period after World War I.

81

 

200

POEM

 

Eliot, T.S.

Murder in the Cathedral

A dramatization in verse of the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury

76,80,85,95

 

96

PLAY

 

Ellison, Ralph

Invisible Man

A black man fervently searches for his identity.

76,78,82,83,85,86,87,88,89,91,94,95,96,97,01

7.2

581

 

 

Erdich, Louise

Love Medicine

multigenerational saga of two extended families who live on and around a Chippewa reservation in North Dakota

95

 

384

 

 

Euripides

Medea

Medea, whose magical powers helped Jason and the Argonauts take the Golden Fleece, remains one of the strongest female characters ever to appear on stage

82,92,95,01,03

 

64

PLAY

 

Faulkner, William

Absalom, Absalom

This is the story of Thomas Sutpen and his ruthless, single-minded pursuit of his grand design -- to forge a dynasty in Jefferson, Mississippi, in 1830.

76,00

9.3

313

 

 

Faulkner, William

As I Lay Dying

This novel portrays the story of Addie Bundren of Mississippi, her sons, and the family trip to bury her.

78,89,90,94,01, 04

5.4

267

 

 

Faulkner, William

Light in August

This novel is about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality that features some of Faulkner's most memorable characters.

71,79,81,82,83,85,91,94,95,99,03

6.7

512

 

 

Faulkner, William

Sound and the Fury

This stream-of-consciousness tale of the Compson family of Jefferson is also the tale of the South.

77,86,97,01

4.4

326

 

Y

Faulkner, William 

Bear, The

The story of a young man's development against a background of vanishing wilderness.

94

 

193

 

 

Fielding, Henry

Joesph Andrews

Footboy Joseph loses his place when he rejects Lady Booby's advances, commencing a comic odyssey of robbery, poverty, and sexual viciousness

91, 99

 

288

 

 

Fielding, Henry

Joseph Andrews

Joseph Andrews, and Joseph—in the company of his old tutor, Parson Adams sets out from London to visit his sweetheart, Fanny. Along the way, the two travelers meet with a series of adventures—some hilarious, some heartstopping—in which through their own innocence and honesty they expose the hypocrisy and affectation of others.

99

 

248

 

 

Fielding, Henry

Tom Jones

This is the adventures of the rambunctious and randy Tom Jones.

90,00

13.8

856

 

 

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Great Gatsby

This story deals with the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, set during 1925.

82,83,88,91,92,97,00,02, 04

 

 

 

Y

Flaubert, Gustave

Madame Bovary

His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair.

80,85, 04

 

320

 

 

Ford, Ford Madox

Good Soldier, The

Ford's novel revolves around two couples that are on display as they pass parts of a dozen pre-World War I summers together in Germany, conceals the fissures in each marriage.

00

 

352

 

 

Forster, E. M.

Room with a View, A

Lucy Honeychurch is an innocent abroad -- a conventional middle-class English girl doing the Grand Tour of the European continent. But the "improving" effects of Europe's great art and architecture are soon overshadowed by a startling encounter with violent death and the distractions of an awakening passion.

03

 

224

 

 

Forster, E.M.

Passage to India, A

This account captures the clash of two cultures, East and West, in British India after the turn of the century.

71, 77, 78, 83, 88, 91, 92

7.7

361

 

 

Friel, Brian

Dancing at Lughnasa

This is the story of the summer of 1936 and a family of a poor irish family making their way through it.

01

 

71

PLAY

 

Fugard, Athol

Master Harold...and the Boys

Beautifully executed one-act on the consequences of racism (in South Africa)-- not just for the victims of racism, but for everyone.

03

 

60

PLAY

 

Gaines, Ernest

Gathering of Old Men, A

This book depicts the racial tension that arises over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man, in Louisiana during the 1970s.

00

4.4

217

 

 

Gaines, Ernest

Lesson before Dying, A

Two black men--one a teacher, the other a death-row inmate--struggle to live and die with dignity.

99

4.4

256

 

 

Garcia, Cristina

Dreaming in Cuban

The story of four strong-willed women of the del Pino family of Havana and of Brooklyn who are divided by conflicting political loyalties.

03

6.5

245

 

 

Glaspell, Susan

Trifles

Develops a feminist critique of social role

00

 

 

PLAY

 

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von

Faust

The story of the wandering conjuror who accepts Mephistopheles's offer of a pact, selling his soul for the devil's greater knowledge;  he produced one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature.

02,03

 

240

 

 

Golding, Willaim

Lord of the Flies

Shipwrecked English schoolboys set up their own civilization, but savagery finally emerges.

85,92

5

187

 

Y

Greene, Graham

Brighton Rock

A masterpiece of psycho-realism, this fascinating study of evil, sin, and the "appalling strangeness of the mercy of God" withholds easy judgement as a narrative takes us through the moral question of what is simultaneously fascinating and repellent.

79

 

338

 

 

Greene, Graham

Power and the Glory, The

This is a suspenseful story about a hunted, driven desperate priest in Mexico.

95

5.9

240

 

Y

Greene, Graham

Heart of the Matter, The

Scobie, a police officer serving in a war-time West African state, is distrusted, being scrupulously honest and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in doing so is forced to betray everything he believes in, with tragic consequences.

71

 

242

 

 

Guterson, David

Snow Falling on Cedars

Portrays the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that continued to persist after World War II was long over.

00

7

345

 

 

Hamilton, Alexander

Federalist Papers, The

Considered one of the most authoritative explanations of the provisions of the Constitution in existence

76

 

648

 

 

Hansberry, Lorraine

Raisin in the Sun, A

This play is a drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class, black family living on the South Side of Chicago

87,90,92,94,96,99

5.5

135

 

Y

Hardy, Thomas

Jude the Obscure

Victorian novel of Jude Fawley, who dreams of life and knowledge beyond his birthright. Ultimately, his own family and ideals are destroyed from within.

76,80,85,87,91,95, 04

8.9

514

 

Y

Hardy, Thomas

Mayor Of Casterbridge, The

Set in Wessex, England, shortly before 1830, this story is about the blind energies and defiant acts that bring an ambitious man to power, but can also destroy him.

94,99,00,02

9.5

416

 

Y

Hardy, Thomas

Tess of D'ubervilles

Victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy, Tess is a woman whose intense vitality flares unforgettably against the bleak background of a dying rural society.

82,91,03

9.5

432

 

 

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

House of Seven Gables, The

This story is of four relatives who live in an evil house cursed through the centuries by a man hanged for witchcraft.

89,96

11

288

 

Y

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Scarlet Letter, The

A novel of shame, guilt, and pride as Hester Prynne is branded an adulteress and finds love only in her child, Pearl.

71,77,78,83,88,91,99,02,04

11.7

241

 

Y

Heller, Joseph

Catch-22

Vulgarly, bitterly, savagely funny. A powerful account of World War II bombing missions

82,85,87,98,94,01, 03,04

7.1

455

 

 

Hellman, Lillian

Little Foxes, The

Brilliant display of a family driven to disaster by overwhelming greed and desire.

85,90

 

81

PLAY

 

Hellman, Lillian

Watch on the Rhine

Tells the story of a man who, in attempting to return to the United States during World War II, is blackmailed by a Nazi sympathiser.

87

 

 

PLAY

 

Hemingway, Ernest

Farewell to Arms, A

Set in World War I Italy, this is one of the most poignant love stories ever written.

91,99

6

332

 

Y

Hemingway, Ernest

For Whom the Bell Tolls

This timeless epic of the Spanish Civil War portrays every facet of human emotions.

03

5.8

471

 

Y

Hemingway, Ernest

Sun Also Rises, The

A brilliant profile of the Lost Generation, Hemingway's first bestseller captures life among the expatriates on Paris's Left Bank during the 1920s, the brutality of bullfighting in Spain, and the moral and spiritual dissolution of a generation.

85,91,95

4.4

222

 

 

Homer

Iliad, The

This story, filled with heroism and treachery, tells of the terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy.

80

11.3

454

 

 

Homer

Odyssey, The

The hero Odysseus encounters Poseidon the sea god, fights monsters, and loses his crew as he returns to Ithaca.

86,94

10.3

365

 

Y

Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

An American classic about a young black woman and her coming to an understanding about love and happiness.

88,90,91,94,96,04

5.6

195

 

 

Huxley, Aldous

Brave New World

This novel is a shocking look at a frightening tomorrow.

89

7.5

267

 

Y

Ibsen, Henrik

Doll's House, A

The story of Nora and her husband, Torvald, is told just as the secret Nora has been hiding for years is finally revealed. In the process, Nora discovers her importance as a person.

71,83,88,94,95,00

5.9

124

 

Y

Ibsen, Henrik

Enemy of the People, An

A medical officer is charged with inspecting the public baths on which the prosperity of his native town depends. He finds the water to be contaminated. When he refuses to be silenced, he is declared an enemy of the people.

76, 80, 87, 99, 01

 

 

PLAY

 

Ibsen, Henrik

Ghosts

Powerful psychological drama (1881) exposes hypocrisy of social conventions and society’s moral codes.

00, 04

 

64

PLAY

 

Ibsen, Henrik

Hedda Gabler

Readers will discover in the shocking events Hedda Gabler precipitates, a masterly exploration of the nature of evil and the potential for tragedy that lies in human frailty.

79,92,02,03

 

80

PLAY

 

Ibsen, Henry

Wild Duck, The

The idealistic son of a corrupt merchant exposes his father’s duplicity, but in the process destroys the very people he wishes to save.

78

 

 

PLAY

 

Ishigura, Kazuo

Remains of the Day, The

A story about an English butler who has spent his whole life serving anothers' needs who now faces old age and memories that rise up out of a deep self-deception.

00,03

7.9

245

 

 

James, Henry

Portrait of a Lady

Story of intense poignancy, Isabel's tale of love and betrayal still resonates with modern audiences.

88,92,96,03

 

656

 

 

James, Henry

Turn of the Screw, The

In this classic tale of terror and obsession, imagination weaves a fascinating tale of the lives of two children, a governess in love, and a country house.

92,94,00,02, 04

8.5

191

 

Y

James, Henry

Washington Square

An heiress favored by neither beauty nor brilliance, her proud and pitiless father, and her fortune-hunting suitor are portrayed through shifting relationships and a series of confrontations.

90

7.2

258

 

 

James, Henry

Daisy Miller

This book is about a captivating young American, Daisy Miller, whose behavior causes conflicting feelings in the mind of would-be suitor, Winterbourne.

97,03

8.6

126

 

 

Jen, Gish

Typical American

Three Chinese students in New York become trapped in the United States when the Communists assume control of China in 1948. Banding together, the three of them innocently plan to achieve the American dream, while retaining their Chinese values.

02,03

 

304

 

 

Johnson,  James Weldon

Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, The

Remarkable novel relates events in the life of an American of mixed ethnicity whose exceptional abilities allow him to move freely in society—from the rural South to the urban North and eventually, Europe.

02

 

192

 

 

Jones, Leroi (Amiri Baraka)

Dutchman

Centered squarely on the Negro-white conflict,  literally a shocking play--in ideas, in language, in honest anger.

03

 

 

PLAY

 

Jonson, Ben

Volpone

The plot concerns a wealthy, lecherous old man who feigns a mortal illness in order to solicit bribes from greedy acquaintances who hope to inherit his fortune.

83

 

122

 

 

Joyce, James

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

This book portrays Stephen's Dublin childhood and youth and, in doing so, provides an oblique self-portrait of the young James Joyce.

76,80,81,83,86,88,96,99

8.7

329

 

 

Joyce, James

Dead, The

Presents the thoughts and actions of one man, Gabriel Conroy, on a night he and his wife attend a party given by his two aunts.

97

 

 

 

 

Kafka, Franz

Metamorphosis

This is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man.

78,89

10.5

201

 

 

Kafka, Franz

Trial, The

A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him.

88,89,00

 

312

 

 

Kesey, Ken

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

The story of a mental patient and his struggle not to conform, especially to the rules of the head nurse

01

6.2

272

 

Y

Kingston, Maxine Hong

Woman Warrior

This book distills the dire lessons of a mother's mesmerizing "talk-story" tales of a China where girls are worthless, tradition is exalted and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upward.

91

5.7

209

 

 

Knowles, John

Separate Peace, A

Two adolescents come to understand each other and themselves after a tragic accident.

82

6.9

196

 

Y

Kogawa, Joy

Obasan

 The story of what happened to a Japanese family in Canada during World War II.

94,95,97,04

6.6

300

 

 

Laurence,  Margaret

Diviners, The

Morag Gunn, a middle aged writer who lives in a farmhouse on the Canadian prairie, struggles to understand the loneliness of her eighteen-year-old daughter.

95

 

389

 

 

Laurence, Margaret

Stone Angel, The

At 90, Hagar Shipley looks back at her life--a girlhood dominated by her father, a bad marriage, and her relationship with her sons.

96, 04

4.8

316

 

 

Lawrence, D.H.

Sons and Lovers

The novel revolves around Paul Morel, a sensitive young artist whose love for his mother, Gertrude, overshadows his romances with two women

83,90

 

394

 

 

Lee, Chang-Rae

Gesture Life, A

First, as a native-born Korean, he bends over backwards to fit into Japanese culture, circa 1944. Then he attempts a similar bit of environmental adaptation in postwar America--more specifically, in the slumbering New York suburb of Bedley Run. But in neither case does he quite succeed, which gives the novel its peculiar, faltering sense of tragedy.

04

 

356

 

 

Lee, Chang-Rae

Native Speaker

Espionage acts as a metaphor for the uneasy relationship of Amerasians to American society in this eloquent, thought-provoking tale of a young Korean-American's struggle to conjoin the fragments of his personality in culturally diverse New York City.

99,03

 

349

 

 

Lewis,Sinclair

Main Street

Showcases the humdrum existence of a small American town and its inhabitants.

87

8.6

439

 

 

MacLeish, Archibald

J.B.

Modern poetic version of the biblical Book of Job which attempts to relate the concept of goodness to contemporary life.

81,94

 

160

PLAY

 

MacLennan, Hugh

Watch that Ends the Night, The

Describes the political climate amongst the intelligentsia in the 1930's and it also offers a glimpse of what Montreal was like during the great depression.

92

 

372

 

 

Mailer, Norman

Armies of the Night

The book, subtitled History as a Novel, The first part is Mailer's first-hand account of the 1967 March on the Pentagon.The second part is compiled from other accounts of the events leading up to the March.

76

 

282

 

 

Marlowe, Christopher

Doctor Faustus

Marlowe's classic treatment of the myth of man's greed and ambition has contemporary reverberations that make it compelling drama.

79,86,99,04

 

64

PLAY

 

Marquez, Gabriel García

One Hundred Years of Solitude

This is the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo as told through the history of the Buendia family.

89,94,04

8.7

416

 

 

Marshall, Paule

Praisesong for the Widow

Recently widowed Avey (Avatara) Johnson, a wealthy, middle-aged African-American woman, undergoes a spiritual rebirth and finds a vital connection to her past while visiting an island in the Caribbean.

96

 

256

 

 

McCarthy, Cormac

All the Pretty Horses

John Grady Cole is too young to be given charge of the family ranch and is cut off from the only life he has ever imagined wanting.

95, 96

4.9

301

 

 

McCullers, Carson

Member of the Wedding, The

Frankie Addams is a bored twelve-year-old madly jealous of her brother's impending marriage. Frankie is transformed into F. Jasmine and as F. Jasmine, she looks sixteen and accepts a date with a red-haired soldier.

97

6.3

153

 

Y

Melville, Herman

Benito Cereno

A harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship.

89

 

112

PLAY

 

Melville, Herman

Billy Budd

This book is a legal parable in which reason and intellect prove incapable of preserving innocence in the face of evil.

79,81,82,83,85,99,02, 04

10.6

265

 

 

Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

This American epic tells a tale about a captain of a whaleship and his obsession to catch the whale named Moby Dick.

76,78,79,80,83,89,94,96,01,03,04

10.3

822

 

Y

Melville, Herman

Redburn, His First Voyage

The hardships of life at sea and the realities of distant cities provide young Redburn with a startling introduction to the world.

87

 

443

 

 

Miller, Arthur

All My Sons

Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men.

85,90

 

84

PLAY

 

Miller, Arthur

Crucible, The

A dramatization of the events in the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials in Salem, and the furor caused by witchcraft accusations.

71, 83, 86, 89, 04

4.9

152

PLAY

Y

Miller, Arthur

Death of a Salesman

A not-too-successful traveling salesman rears his sons on platitudes to his and their undoing.

86,88,94,03, 04

6.2

139

PLAY

Y

Miller, Arthur

View from the Bridge, A

Inspired by the true story of a Brooklyn dockworker who informed on two illegal immigrant.

94

 

86

PLAY

 

Milton, John

Paradise Lost

poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and ranging across huge tracts of space and time. And yet, in putting a charismatic Satan and naked Adam and Eve at the centre of this story, he also created an intensely human tragedy on the Fall of Man.

85,86

 

512

 

 

Mistry, Rohinton

Fine Balance

In India in 1975, the government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

03

5.8

603

 

 

Moliere

Tartuffe

Moličre's satirical examination of religious hypocricy: a controversial classic

87

 

180

PLAY

 

Moliere

Misanthrope, The

sophisticated comic drama which elicited enormous controversy with its religious irreverence

92

 

 

PLAY

 

Momaday, N. Scott

House Made of Dawn

In this fictional story based on the lives of the author's Indian ancestors, a young American Indian is torn between two worlds--his ancestors' and the modern world.

95

6.2

212

 

Y

Morrison, Toni

Beloved

 In post-Civil War Ohio, the past continues to haunt the ex-slave Sethe and the surviving members of her family.

90,94,99,01,03

6

275

 

Y

Morrison, Toni

Bluest Eye, The

This is a story of a young black girl, abused by her drunken father, who wishes to have blue eyes so she can be beautiful

95

5.2

215

 

 

Morrison, Toni

Song of Solomon

A literary masterpiece about four generations of black life in America.

81,88,96,00,04

5

337

 

 

Morrison, Toni

Sula

This is a sorrowful, touching, sometimes funny tale of two women who share everything as childhood friends in their small, segregated Ohio town, but are later torn apart by the radically different paths they choose to follow.

92,97,02,04

6.4

174

 

 

Murkerjee,  Bharati

Jasmine

This novel relates both the odyssey and the metamorphosis of a young immigrant from rural India.

99

 

256

 

 

Nabokov, Vladimir

Pale Fire

A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.

01

 

321

 

 

Nabokov, Vladimir

Pnin

Pnin is a professor of Russian at an American college who takes the wrong train to deliver a lecture in a language he cannot master.

97

 

208

 

 

Naipaul,  V. S.

Bend in the River, A

This book explores an isolated African town caught between the modern worlds, as seen through the eyes of an uprooted Indian who comes to live there.

03

6.7

439

 

 

Ng, Fae M.

Bone: A Novel

Explores the aspirations, struggles and emotional scars of a family living in San Francisco's Chinatown

03

 

208

 

 

O'Brien, Tim

Going after Cacciato

This novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris.

01

4.6

352

 

 

O'Brien, Tim

In the Lake of the Woods

John Wade finds his political future derailed by revelations about his past as a soldier in Vietnam. The election lost, John and his wife, Kathy, retreat to a small cabin on the shores of a Minnesota lake, from which Kathy mysteriously disappears.

00

5.2

303

 

 

O'Brien, Tim

Things They Carried, The

Neither a novel nor a short story collection, it is an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters, in the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later.

04

5.8

272

 

 

O'Connor, Flannery

Wise Blood

Savage satire of America's secular, commercial culture, as well as the humanism it holds so dear

82,89,95

 

232

 

 

Odaatjie, Michael

Coming through Slaughter

This book tells the story of Buddy Bolden, the first of the great cornet players--some say the originator of jazz--who was, in any case, the genius, the guiding spirit, and the king of that time and place.

01

5.8

160

 

 

Okada, John

No-No Boy

This isn't simply a Japanese-American internment story, but a rich analysis of what it means to be non-white in the United States, and all the pain and joy that accompanies such an identity.

95

 

260

 

 

O'Neill, Eugene Gladstone

Desire under the Elms

In this play Ephraim Cabot abandons his farm and his three sons, who hate him.

81

 

 

PLAY

 

O'Neill, Eugene Gladstone

Hairy Ape, The

Tells of an animalistic stoker, who, spurned by a society woman, breaks out of the engine room and goes in search of himself in the "real" world.

89

 

 

PLAY

 

O'Neill, Eugene Gladstone

Long Days Journey into Night

This was the environment, respectably middle class on the surface, obsessed and tortured inside, out of which our most gigantic writer of tragedy emerged

90,03

 

192

 

 

Orwell, George

1984

Eternal warfare is the price of bleak prosperity in this satire of totalitarian barbarism.

87,97

8.9

268

 

Y

Paine, Thomas

Crisis, The

A plain spoken commentary outlining obstacles the colonies faced in the struggle with Britain

76

 

 

ESSAY

 

Paton, Alan

Cry the Beloved Country

This book is a beautifully told and profoundly compassionate story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absalom, set in the troubled and changing South Africa of the 1940s.

85,87,91,95,96

6.2

283

 

Y

Pielmeier, John

Agnes of God

Agnes, 21, a deranged nun accused of murdering her newborn. A court-appointed psychiatrist, an atheist, and the Mother Superior spar ineffectively on theology and miracles and discuss their lives.

00

 

109

PLAY

 

Pinter, Harold

Caretaker, The

The story of three men - Mick is the proprietor of a shabby house in the countryside. Aston, his brother, is always busy with something but never accomplishes anything. Finally there is Davies, some kind of a hobo, adopted by Aston who gives him a place to sleep and - after a while - asks him if he wants a job as the caretaker.

85

 

 

PLAY

 

Pinter, Harold

Homecoming, The

Sexual deviance, abuse, name calling, assault and torture: these are the norm. The play is twisted and as much a psychological journey as anything else.

78,90

 

 

PLAY

 

Pinter, Harold

Birthday Party, The

A young man lives with his mother at a run-down boarding house near the beach. Two visitors come and shake things up. They don't do anything wild or unusual, but they question and intimidate the young man, until the reader becomes unsure what sinister plans the two men have in mind.

89,97

 

 

PLAY

 

Pope, Alexander

Rape of the Lock, The

Mock-epic poem in heroic couplets recounts the story of a young woman who has a lock of hair stolen by an ardent young man.

81

 

 

POEM

 

Potok, Chaim

My Name is Asher Lev

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.

03

 

384

 

 

Proulx, Annie

Shipping News, The

Family life and domestic turmoil in a Newfoundland harbor town.

97

4.8

337

 

Y

Racine, Jean

Phaedre

A lean, high-tension version of a classic tragedy. The myth of Phaedra is one of the most powerful in all of classical mythology.

92,03

 

88

PLAY

 

Rhys, Jean

Wide Sargasso Sea

Details the life of Antoinette Mason (known in Jane Eyre as Bertha). Locked in a loveless marriage and settled in an inhospitable climate, Antoinette goes mad and is frequently violent.

89,92

 

190

 

 

Richardson, Samuel

Pamela

As its heroine became an icon of feminine virtue, so she also became the subject of vicious parody.

86

 

592

 

 

Richler, Mordecai

Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The

Duddy, the third generation of a Jewish immigrant family, is combative, amoral, scheming, and a liar. From his street days tormenting teachers to his time hustling four jobs at once in a grand plan to "be somebody," Duddy learns about living.

94

4.2

384

 

 

Rolvaag, Ole Edvart

Giants in the Earth

This powerful novel depicts the challenges of pioneer life in America

94

8.4

560

 

Y

Salinger, J.D.

Catcher in the Rye, The

A cynical teenager explains the events following his expulsion from prep school and subsequent nervous breakdown.

01

4.7

277

 

Y

Saroyan, William

Human Comedy, The

This captivating novel tells the story of a gentle California community during World War II.

94

5.8

192

 

 

Sartre, Jean Paul

No Exit

Kimo is caught stealing and is taken to Dieous, the owner of the store.

86

3.6

32

PLAY

 

Shaffer, Peter

Equus

Along Dysart's (the psychiatrist who must discover why Alan has cruelly blinded six horses) and the reader's journey through Alan's tortured life and mind, the reader comes to partially understand and all but accept Alan's deed as a man's faith betraying him.

92,94,99,00,01

 

 

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Antony and Cleopatra

The legendary romance between an irresistible siren and great general comes to dramatic life in one of Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedies.

80,91

 

288

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

As You Like it

 This play has two principal settings: the court that Frederick has usurped from his brother, the rightful Duke, and the Forest of Arden, where the Duke and his followers (including the disgruntled Lord Jaques and the jester Touchstone) are living.

92

9.2

263

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Hamlet

In this classic play about royal murder, Hamlet is caught in a web of family intrigue.

88, 92,94,97,99,00

10.5

287

PLAY

Y

Shakespeare, William

Henry IV, Parts I and II

King Henry IV realizes political gratitude is short lived, and Richard's prediction of Henry IV's trials comes true.

80,90

9.6

612

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Henry V

Shakespeare's most famous "war play" describes the life of Henry V.

02

11.9

294

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Julius Caesar

In Shakespeare's tale of political conflict and intrigue set in ancient Rome, Brutus and others conspire to assassinate Julius Caesar

82,97

10.8

138

PLAY

Y

Shakespeare, William

King Lear

The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, allotting each a portion in proportion to the eloquence of her declaration of love.

77,78,82,83,88,89,90,94,96,01,03, 04

10.8

316

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Macbeth

Beguiled by the prophesies of the "weird sisters," and urged on by his wife, Macbeth acts on his intense political ambition, with tragic consequences.

83,99,03

10.9

135

PLAY

Y

Shakespeare, William

Merchant of Venice, The

This is the story of a young merchant, Antonio, who cannot repay a debt to vindictive money lender, Shylock.

85,91,95,02,03

10.5

233

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Midsummer Night's Dream, A

This is a play about love and that love is a dream or perhaps a vision that is irrational. Love is not a feeling that can necessarily be defined.

91

10.9

204

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Much Ado About Nothing

Claudio is deceived by his jealous cousin into believing that his lover, Hero, is unfaithful--a plot unveiled by the bumbling constables Dogberry and Verges.

97

10.9

246

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Othello

This is a tale of love and betrayal, secrets, passions, and intrigue. Psychology and wit pit strength and virtue against jealousy and evil agendas. The results leave no winners, only tragedy.

79,85,88,92,95,03,04

8.4

314

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Richard III

Richard of Gloucester crosses and double-crosses friends and foes alike in a no-holds-barred effort to solidify control of the throne once occupied by his brother, Edward IV. His antics prove fruitful until one final battle with Henry, Earl of Richmond.

79

9.5

368

 

 

Shakespeare, William

Romeo and Juliet

This a tragic play where two star-crossed teenagers take their lives for the name of love.

90,92,97

12.5

281

PLAY

Y

Shakespeare, William

Tempest, The

Set on an enchanted island where humans, monsters, and fairies meet, William Shakespeare's most magical play will delight readers in this spirited retelling.

71,78, 96, 03

10.9

218

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Twelfth Night

This comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity.

85,94,96

10.5

222

PLAY

 

Shakespeare, William

Winter's Tale

Shakespeare's tale of jealousy and repentance

82,86,89,95

8.5

292

PLAY

 

Shaw, Bernard

Mrs. Warren's Profession

Shaw pits a clever heroine against a memorable gallery of rogues in this superbly intelligent and still shocking comedy, banned for eight years from the English stage

87,90,95,02

 

112

PLAY

 

Shaw, George Bernard

Candida

Candida's husband and a young poet both adore her, in quite different ways and for quite different reasons, and she is attracted to them for their very different qualities. They both forget she is her own woman.

80

 

59

PLAY

 

Shaw, George Bernard

Major Barbara

Andrew Undershaft, a millionaire armaments dealer, loves money and despises poverty. His energetic daughter Barbara, however, is a devout major in the Salvation Army.

79,96, 04

 

156

PLAY

 

Shaw, George Bernard

Pygmalion

A Cockney flower girl's metamorphosis into a lady has a lot to say about class, money, freedom, and women's independence.

92,03

7

133

PLAY

Y

Shaw, George Bernard

Saint Joan

Modern classic drama portraying conflict between personal virtue and political expediency.

95

7.3

163

PLAY

 

Shaw, George Bernard

Man and Superman

In this caustic satire of romantic conventions, Shaw provides a wonderfully original twist on the Don Juan myth.

81

 

264

 

 

Shelley, Mary

Frankenstein

This novel tells the classic tale of a terrible monster, eight feet tall, capable of deeds guaranteed to make the blood run cold.

89,00,03

12.4

265

 

Y

Silko, Leslie Marmon

Ceremony

A young Native American fights to defeat the demons that have followed him since his return from WWII.

94,96,97,99,01, 03

 

262

 

 

Sinclair, Upton

Jungle, The

Poverty, disease, and despair are depicted in this story of the barbarous working conditions in the slaughter houses of Chicago in 1900.

77, 78, 82, 88, 89, 90, 96

8.0

352

 

 

Sophocles

Antigone

Antigone concerns that part of the Oedipus story that occurs after Eteocles and Polyneices have killed each other over the succession to the throne of Thebes. Antigone's uncle Kreon succeeds to the throne.

79,80,90,94,99,03

5.2

101

PLAY

 

Sophocles

Oedipus Rex

Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother.

77,83,88,00,03,04

 

65

PLAY

 

Spark, Muriel

Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The

The elegantly styled classic story of a young, unorthodox teacher and her special--and ultimately dangerous--relationship with six of her students.

90

 

160

 

 

Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath, The

This powerful social document exemplifies the plight of "Okies" during the 1930s.

81,85,87,95, 03

4.9

555

 

Y

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

Rough-tongued, ribald men yearn for land of their own while working on a ranch in California's Salinas Valley.

01

4.5

107

 

Y

Sterne, Laurence

Tristram Shandy

Narrated by Shandy, the story begins at the moment of his conception and diverts into endless digressions, interruptions, stories-within-stories, and other narrative devices.

86

 

752

 

 

Stoppard, Tom

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

A beautiful play giving ta totally different perspective of Hamlet from two side characters, friends of Hamlet, Rosencratz and Guildenstern.

81,94,00,04

 

126

PLAY

 

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The story that awakened the conscience of the nation to life under the slave system.

87

9.3

637

 

Y

Strindberg, August

Father, The

The Father is a feverish nightmare of the struggle he saw between defiant masculinity and the "treacherous weakness" of women.

01

 

73

PLAY

 

Swift, Jonathan

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver travels to fantastic lands to discover very different cultures and their peculiarities.

87,88,01, 04

13.5

318

 

Y

Tan, Amy

Joy Luck Club, The

This book chronicles the lives of four Chinese women, their forty-year friendship, and how the death of one brings her daughter into the fold and creates a new understanding for each.

97, 03

5.7

332

 

Y

Thoreau, Henry David

Civil Disobedience

Many world leaders, including Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., drew inspiration from this classic treatise on passive, nonviolent resistance.

76

 

 

ESSAY

 

Tolstoy, Leo

Anna Karenina

A great realistic novel of modern social criticism with two plots set in nineteenth- century Russia.

80,91,99,02,03,04

9.6

873

 

Y

Tolstoy, Leo

Death of Ivan Ilyic, The

The story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

86

 

128

 

 

Trollope, Anthony

Warden, The

It tells of a dispute that arises between the Church of England and reformers over the rights of the warden of a hospital to the excess proceeds of the land which funds the hospital

96

 

336

 

 

Turgenev, Ivan

Fathers and Sons

When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith."

90

 

296

 

 

Twain, Mark

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The

Huck and Jim encounter life on the Mississippi in one of the great works of American Literature.

80,82,85,91,92,9495,96,99

6.6

366

 

Y

Tyler, Anne

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

With her grown children gathered around her, the dying Pearl Tull recalls the difficult years she spent raising them after their father's abrupt departure.

97

 

320

 

 

Updike, John

Centaur, The

In a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1940s, schoolteacher George Caldwell yearns to find some meaning in his life. Alone with his teenage son for three days in a blizzard, Caldwell sees his son grow and change as he himself begins to lost touch with his life.

81

 

320

 

 

Valdez, Luis

Zoot Suit

Focuses on the Sleepy Lagoon case and the Zoot Suit/Servicemen Riots and a bad memory of the virulent racism against Mexicans.

95

 

 

PLAY

 

Villarreal,  Jose Antonio

Poncho

Set in Depression-era California, the novel focuses on Richard, a young pocho who experiences the intense conflict between loyalty to the traditions of his family's past and attraction to new ideas.

02

 

192

 

 

Voltaire

Candide

A gentle man is pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, but clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds."

80, 86, 87, 91, 95, 96, 04

7.3

122

 

 

Vonnegut, Kurt

Slaughterhouse Five

From the World War Two firebombing of Dresden to the distant planet called Tralfamadore, the reader follows Billy Pilgrim in his attempt to understand the natures of time and existence.

91,04

6

215

 

 

Walker, Alice

Color Purple, The

Life was not easy for Celie. But she knew how to survive, needing little to get by. Finally, she gains the courage to ask for more out of her life

91,92,94,86,97

4

251

 

Y

Wang, David Henry

M. Butterfly

Looks at the life and loves of Rene Gallimard, who learns that his Chinese mistress of twenty years is actually a man and a Communist spy.

95

 

112

PLAY

 

Warren, Robert Penn

All the Kings Men

Horrifying expose of corruption, power, and privilege on the American political scene

00,02

6.8

438

 

Y

Waugh, Evelyn

Brideshead Revisited

Tells the story of the difficult loves of insular Englishman Charles Ryder, and his peculiarly intense relationship with the wealthy but dysfunctional family that inhabited Brideshead.

94,96

 

351

 

 

Waugh, Evelyn

Loved One, The

The setting is the L.A. funeral industry, where Whispering Glades provides deluxe service to deceased stars and their families, and the Happier Hunting Ground does the same for dead pets.

89

 

176

 

 

Welch, James

Winter in the Blood

An extraordinary, evocative novel about a young Native American coming to terms with his heritage--and his dreams.

95

 

192

 

 

Welty,  Eudora

Delta Wedding

Young Laura spends an exciting week with her cousins, the Fairchilds, at their estate on the Mississippi Delta in the early 1920s.

97

 

336

 

 

Welty, Eudora

Optimist's Daughter, The

Character study of a middle-aged woman who returns from Chicago to Mississippi to care for her dying father.

94

5.6

180

 

Y

West, Nathanael

Miss Lonelyhearts

It concerns a male advice columnist  (Miss Lonleyhearts) whose attempts to give advice to the lovelorn end in tragedy.

89

 

141

 

 

Wharton, Edith

Age of Innocence, The

New York society in the 1870s is portrayed, where money counted for less than manners and morals.

97,02, 03

8.8

369

 

Y

Wharton, Edith

Ethan Frome

This tragic love story, with its setting in remote New England, has become one of the classics of twentieth-century American literature.

80,95,03

7.6

158

 

Y

Wharton, Edith

House of Mirth, The

Lily knows that she must marry, her expensive tastes and mounting debts demand it, and, at twenty-nine, she has every wile at her disposal to secure that end.

04

9.7

324

 

 

Wideman, John Edgar

Sent for You Yesterday

Reimagining the black neighborhood of his youth Homewood, Pittsburgh -Wideman creates a dazzling and evocative milieu.

03

 

208

 

 

Wilde, Oscar

Picture of Dorian Gray, The

Dorian's outward innocence conceals corruption deep enough to charm those about him into a life of wanton sensuality.

02

7.7

221

 

Y

Wilder, Thornton

Our Town

Illuminating that which is extraordinary about the ordinary aspects of daily life, this play has become one of the most unforgettable of this century.

86,97

3.9

121

PLAY

Y

Williams, Tennesse

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The play exposes the emotional lies governing relationships in the family of a wealthy Southern planter of humble origins.

00

 

158

PLAY

 

Williams, Tennesse

Glass Menagerie, The

This play is a tender, despairing portrait of two women, one lost in the past, the other in herself.

90,94,97,99,02

5.3

70

PLAY

Y

Williams, Tennesse

Streetcar Named Desire, A

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play shows a woman's descent into oblivion following her inability to deal with desire and death

91,92,01,04

5.7

142

PLAY

Y

Wilson, August

Fences

Troy Maxson, a strong, hard man who has learned how to be black and proud in the 1950s, finds the changing spirit of the 1960s hard to deal with.

02,03

3.5

101

 

 

Wilson, August

Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Wilson's play is set in the early 1920's in Pittsburgh. The play is about African Americans migrating North and away from slave states towards better, or different opportunity.

00, 04

 

94

PLAY

 

Wilson, August

Piano Lesson, The

This book dramatizes the struggles of an African-American family as they consider selling a prized possession, an ornate upright piano, in order to buy the tract of land upon which they were once enslaved.

96,99

3.6

108

 

 

Wolfe, Thomas

You Can't Go Home Again

George Webber, a writer, Wolfe sees and captures America and the world in an dramatic time in history. The time is the period just before the great stock market crash and it stretches through the Depression and into Germany during the rise of Nazis.

94

 

720

 

 

Woolf, Virginia

Mrs. Dalloway

This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life.

94,97,04

 

216

 

 

Woolf, Virginia

Room of One's Own

Speculating on the imaginary life of Shakespeare's equally talented sister, she posits the necessity of "a room of one's own" (and a fixed income) for the writer to pursue her craft.

76

 

114

 

 

Woolf, Virginia

To the Lighthouse

This story describes a family gathered at a house on the Scottish coast, where in later years only caretakers live. Then, the house is again filled with surviving family members.

77,83,86,88

7.2

228

 

 

Woolf, Virginia

Orlando: A Biography

Orlando enters the book as an Elizabethan nobleman and leaves the book three centuries and one change of gender later as a liberated woman of the 1920s.

04

 

333

 

 

Wright, Richard

Native Son

Bigger, a young black man in Chicago, kills his first victim in a moment of panic. He then goes on to kill again. The book describes the feelings of freedom and identity Bigger gains from these acts.

79,82,85,87,89,01,04

6.2

398

 

Y