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An English Teacher's Essential Literature - Page 3

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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A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
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Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
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Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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85
Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)
Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)
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Old Yeller
Old Yeller
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Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind
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A Little Princess
A Little Princess
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
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The Kite Runner (Khalid Hosseini)
The Kite Runner (Khalid Hosseini)
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A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
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93
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
95
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
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Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart
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Persepolis
Persepolis
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Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
99
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois
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The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
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101
The White Boy Shuffle
The White Boy Shuffle
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The Women of Brewster Place (Gloria Naylor)
The Women of Brewster Place (Gloria Naylor)
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The Weary Blues
The Weary Blues
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Women, Race & Class (Angela Davis)
Women, Race & Class (Angela Davis)
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Les Mis
Les Mis
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Animal Farm
Animal Farm
107
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
108
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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109
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
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The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
112
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
113
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
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The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories (O. Henry)
The Gift of the Magi and Other Short Stories (O. Henry)
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Lolita
Lolita
116
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
117
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
118
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
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