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An English Teacher's Essential Literature - Page 2

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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Emma
Emma
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The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
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The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
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Paradise Lost (John Milton)
Paradise Lost (John Milton)
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd)
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd)
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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Paradise Regained
Paradise Regained
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
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Ethan Frome
Ethan Frome
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Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales & Poems
Edgar Allan Poe Complete Tales & Poems
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A Small Place (Antigua and Barbuda)
A Small Place (Antigua and Barbuda)
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, by Alvin Schwartz
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The Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde)
The Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde)
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Dutchman (Leroi Jones)
Dutchman (Leroi Jones)
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The Street
The Street
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Home to Harlem
Home to Harlem
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Passing (Nella Larsen)
Passing (Nella Larsen)
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The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
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The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
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Night
Night
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Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair
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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
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The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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The Crucible
The Crucible
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Doctor Faustus
Doctor Faustus
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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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Roots Alex Haley
Roots Alex Haley
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
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Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
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