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An Appalling High School Reading List From 50 Years Ago

This is a combined reading list in English subjects from 1968-1973 in my typical suburban Boys Only High School. Or at least those I can remember having read. Can you work out which country we are in?
BTW, the country is NOT England. So quite an appalling insult to my country's home-grown literature. I suspect RK2MAX & Sean Harding may find the list both bewildering and amusing (that's a clue).
Update: My high school mate Eens and I have recalled some extra books that make the snub even worse. They are Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Animal Farm and the poetry of Robert Frost.
BTW, I've put the answer in the Comments.
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The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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The Guns of Navarone (Alistair Maclean)
The Guns of Navarone (Alistair Maclean)
3
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
4
King Lear (William Shakespeare)
King Lear (William Shakespeare)
5
MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
MacBeth (William Shakespeare)
6
The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare)
The Merchant of Venice (William Shakespeare)
7
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
8
The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
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9
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
10
Reach for the Sky (Paul Brickhill)
Reach for the Sky (Paul Brickhill)
11
Saint Joan (George Bernard Shaw)
Saint Joan (George Bernard Shaw)
12
Sons and Lovers (D. H. Lawrence)
Sons and Lovers (D. H. Lawrence)
13
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Ray Lawler)
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Ray Lawler)
14
The Tempest (William Shakespeare)
The Tempest (William Shakespeare)
15
The Tree of Man (Patrick White)
The Tree of Man (Patrick White)
16
A Man for All Seasons (Robert Bolt)
A Man for All Seasons (Robert Bolt)
17
Sammy Going South (W.H. Canaway)
Sammy Going South (W.H. Canaway)
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