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An English Teacher's Essential Literature - Page 6

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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The Black Jacobins
The Black Jacobins
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Black Power
Black Power
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Medical Apartheid
Medical Apartheid
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The White Album
The White Album
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The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (Kevin Young)
The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness (Kevin Young)
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The Half Has Never Been Told (Edward E. Baptist)
The Half Has Never Been Told (Edward E. Baptist)
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Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
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Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
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Annie Allen
Annie Allen
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God's Trombones:  Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (James Weldon Johnson)
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (James Weldon Johnson)
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Howl (1955) - Allen Ginsberg
Howl (1955) - Allen Ginsberg
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The Joy of Sex (Alex Comfort)
The Joy of Sex (Alex Comfort)
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Kamasutra
Kamasutra
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Brokeback Mountain (Short Story)
Brokeback Mountain (Short Story)
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A Child Called It
A Child Called It
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Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
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Heaven Is for Real (Todd Burpo)
Heaven Is for Real (Todd Burpo)
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town
The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town
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Cane (Jean Toomer)
Cane (Jean Toomer)
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I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (Maryse Conde)
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (Maryse Conde)
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American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (Rachel A. Swarns)
American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (Rachel A. Swarns)
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The Last Tycoon (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Last Tycoon (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Girl Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen)
Girl Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen)
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
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The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
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The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
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Zone One
Zone One
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Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
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Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
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Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
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Othello
Othello
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Bless Me, Ultima
Bless Me, Ultima
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Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling)
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The Secret History
The Secret History
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The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Jesmyn Ward)
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (Jesmyn Ward)
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Alabama Moon
Alabama Moon
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Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
Obasan (Joy Kogawa)
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The Middle Passage
The Middle Passage
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