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An English Teacher's Essential Literature

A complete list of the books I believe are essential to one's understanding of literature. These works, which have all helped to shape American culture in some way, are referenced and read often, and all have stood the test of time.
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Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
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Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
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The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Ntozake Shange)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Ntozake Shange)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God (Janie Crawford)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Janie Crawford)
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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
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The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass
The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass
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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
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The Giver
The Giver
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The Firm (John Grisham)
The Firm (John Grisham)
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Citizen (Claudia Rankine)
Citizen (Claudia Rankine)
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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Assata
Assata
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Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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Chamber of Secrets
Chamber of Secrets
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21
Prisoner of Azkaban
Prisoner of Azkaban
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Goblet of Fire
Goblet of Fire
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Half Blood Prince
Half Blood Prince
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Deathly Hallows
Deathly Hallows
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A Series of Unfortunate Events Series (Lemony Snicket)
A Series of Unfortunate Events Series (Lemony Snicket)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
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Frankenstein
Frankenstein
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Bram Stoker'S Dracula
Bram Stoker'S Dracula
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Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun
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The Awakening
The Awakening
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Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
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MacBeth
MacBeth
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Native Son (Richard Wright)
Native Son (Richard Wright)
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Kindred (Octavia Butler)
Kindred (Octavia Butler)
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Jazz by Toni Morrison
Jazz by Toni Morrison
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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
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