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List Of Classic Literature Titles For Essays

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  • Top 100 Works in World Literature

    The editors of the Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute, polled a panel of 100 authors from 54 countries on what they considered the “best and most central works in world literature.” Among the authors polled were Milan Kundera, Doris Lessing, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, John Irving, Nadine Gordimer, and Carlos Fuentes. The list of 100 works appears alphabetically by author. Although the books were not ranked, the editors revealed that Don Quixote received 50% more votes than any other book.

    Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute
  • Great Books of the Western World

    Great Books of the Western World is a series of books originally published in the United States in 1952 by Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. to present the western canon in a single package of 54 volume...

    Great Books Foundation
  • Biblioteca

    38 Argentinean Authors were polled by the Argentinean government for their favorite books. This is a tally of all books with more than 1 vote.

  • El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors

    El Pais ran A Poll of 100 Spanish Authors and Their Favorite Books. This is summary of all the books

    El Pais
  • Finest Works of Fiction

    In Novels and Novelists, A Guide to the World of Fiction (1980) Seymour-Smith and the other contributors selected about 55 works of fiction as receiving full marks on the four criteria used for evaluation: Readability, Characterization, Plot, and Literary Merit. These represent, for the contributors, the finest works of fiction that have been written.

    Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors
  • For The Love of Books

  • Top 100 American Literature Titles

    Listed below are the top 100 titles for the American literature classroom, ranked in order of popularity, chosen by American literature teachers from across the country.

    1. The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    2. The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    3. The Adventures
    of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain


    4. Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck

    5. To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

    6. The Catcher
    in the Rye

    J.D. Salinger


    7. The Grapes
    of Wrath

    John Steinbeck

    8. Their Eyes
    Were Watching God

    Zora Neale Hurston

    9. The Crucible

    Arthur Miller


    10. The Things
    They Carried

    Tim O’Brien

    11. The Awakening

    Kate Chopin

    12. Ethan Frome

    Edith Wharton


    13. Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury

    14. A Raisin
    in the Sun

    Lorraine Hansberry

    15. The Red Badge
    of Courage

    Stephen Crane


    16. The House
    on Mango Street

    Sandra Cisneros

    17. The Jungle

    Upton Sinclair

    18. A Separate Peace

    John Knowles


    19. The Sun
    Also Rises

    Ernest Hemingway

    20. Anthem

    Ayn Rand

    21. The Old Man
    and the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway


    22. As I Lay Dying

    William Faulkner

    23. The Color Purple

    Alice Walker

    24. A Farewell
    to Arms

    Ernest Hemingway


    25. The Secret
    Life of Bees

    Sue Monk Kidd

    26. Invisible Man

    Ralph Ellison

    27. Native Son (abridged)

    Richard Wright


    28. My Antonia

    Willa Cather

    29. Narrative of the
    Life of Frederick
    Douglass, an
    American Slave

    Frederick Douglass

    30. Beloved

    Toni Morrison


    31. Hiroshima

    John Hersey

    32. Moby Dick

    Herman Melville

    33. One Flew over
    the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Ken Kesey


    34. Black Boy

    Richard Wright

    35. Bless Me, Ultima

    Rudolfo Anaya

    36. Death of
    a Salesman

    Arthur Miller


    37. In Cold Blood:
    A True Account of
    a Multiple Murder
    and Its Consequences

    Truman Capote

    38. A Lesson
    Before Dying

    Ernest J. Gaines

    39. Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut


    40. The Poisonwood Bible

    Barbara Kingsolver

    41. The Bluest Eye

    Toni Morrison

    42. The Sound
    and the Fury

    William Faulkner


    43. The Adventures
    of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain

    44. Catch-22

    Joseph Heller

    45. The Chosen

    Chaim Potok


    46. East of Eden

    John Steinbeck

    47. I Know Why
    the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

    48. Walden and
    Other Writings

    Henry David Thoreau


    49. The Bean Trees

    Barbara Kingsolver

    50. Billy Budd

    Herman Melville

    51. The Color of
    Water: A Black
    Man's Tribute to
    His White Mother

    James McBride


    52. The Fall of the
    House of Usher
    and Other Tales

    Edgar Allan Poe

    53. Song of Solomon

    Toni Morrison

    54. The Turn of the
    Screw and Other
    Short Novels

    Henry James


    55. Alas, Babylon

    Pat Frank

    56. The Glass Menagerie

    Tennessee Williams

    57. The Call
    of the Wild

    Jack London


    58. Cold Mountain

    Charles Frazier

    59. Fallen Angels

    Walter Dean Myers

    60. For Whom
    the Bell Tolls

    Ernest Hemingway


    61. The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck

    62. Into the Wild

    Jon Krakauer

    63. The Last of
    the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


    64. A Prayer
    for Owen Meany

    John Irving

    65. Pudd’nhead Wilson

    Mark Twain

    66. The Road

    Cormac McCarthy


    67. The House of
    the Seven Gables

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    68. When I Was Puerto Rican:
    A Memoir

    Esmeralda Santiago

    69. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Carson McCullers


    70. The Absolutely
    True Diary of
    a Part-Time Indian

    Sherman Alexie

    71. All the
    Pretty Horses

    Cormac McCarthy

    72. Ceremony

    Leslie Marmon Silko


    73. The Five People
    You Meet in Heaven

    Mitch Albom

    74. Life on the Mississippi

    Mark Twain

    75. Johnny Got
    His Gun

    Dalton Trumbo


    76. The Light
    in the Forest

    Conrad Richter

    77. O Pioneers!

    Willa Cather

    78. Out of the Dust

    Karen Hesse


    79. McTeague

    Frank Norris

    80. The Lone Ranger
    and Tonto Fistfight
    In Heaven

    Sherman Alexie

    81. Dreaming
    in Cuban

    Cristina Garcia


    82. Before We
    Were Free

    Julia Alvarez

    83. The Autobiography
    of Malcolm X

    Malcolm X with Alex Haley

    84. The Autobiography
    of Miss Jane Pittman

    Ernest J. Gaines


    85. The Member
    of the Wedding

    Carson McCullers

    86. The Pearl

    John Steinbeck

    87. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

    Edgar Allan Poe


    88. Fences

    August Wilson

    89. A Gathering
    of Old Men

    Ernest J. Gaines

    90. The Glass Castle

    Jeanette Walls


    91. Going After Cacciato

    Tim O’Brien

    92. How the Garcia
    Girls Lost Their

    Julia Alvarez

    93. Kindred

    Octavia E. Butler


    94. Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott

    95. A Streetcar Named Desire

    Tennessee Williams

    96. A Yellow Raft
    in Blue Water

    Michael Dorris


    97. Our Town

    Thornton Wilder

    98. Go Tell It
    on the Mountain

    James Baldwin

    99. Mule Bone:
    A Comedy
    of Negro Life

    Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston


    100. If Beale Street Could Talk

    James Baldwin

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