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Goodreads Favourite Novels About Professors or University Types

A surprisingly wide range of books, from poignant to hilarious.
Criteria for inclusion: 300+ ratings and 2+ votes (and a captain's pick at 200)
Almost word-for-word from the script of Seinfeld, Season 6, Episode 6, as spoken by a female Romanian gymnast: "In my country, they speak of a man so virile, so potent, that to spend a night with such a man is to enter a world of such sensual delights most women dare not dream of. This man is known as the 'Academic'."
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The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
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Possession (A.S. Byatt)
Possession (A.S. Byatt)
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Stoner (John Williams)
Stoner (John Williams)
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Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis)
Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis)
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Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
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The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
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The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
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Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
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Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
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Gabriel's Inferno (Sylvain Reynard)
Gabriel's Inferno (Sylvain Reynard)
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Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Harry Potter and the Philoshoper's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Philoshoper's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
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13
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark)
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Pnin (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pnin (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Straight Man (Richard Russo)
Straight Man (Richard Russo)
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee)
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Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
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Matilda (Roald Dahl)
Matilda (Roald Dahl)
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Villette (Charlotte Brontë)
Villette (Charlotte Brontë)
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Faust: First Part (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
Faust: First Part (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
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21
White Noise (Don Delillo)
White Noise (Don Delillo)
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Gaudy Night (Dorothy L. Sayers)
Gaudy Night (Dorothy L. Sayers)
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Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)
Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)
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To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
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Herzog (Saul Bellow)
Herzog (Saul Bellow)
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Dead Poets Society (N.H. Kleinbaum)
Dead Poets Society (N.H. Kleinbaum)
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The Professor's House (Willa Cather)
The Professor's House (Willa Cather)
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29
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
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The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
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Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner)
Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner)
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A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood)
A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood)
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The Magus (John Fowles)
The Magus (John Fowles)
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On Beauty (Zadie Smith)
On Beauty (Zadie Smith)
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Changing Places (David Lodge)
Changing Places (David Lodge)
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The Rebel Angels (Robertson Davies)
The Rebel Angels (Robertson Davies)
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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (James Hilton)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (James Hilton)
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A Discovery of Witches (Deborah Harkness)
A Discovery of Witches (Deborah Harkness)
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Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)
Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)
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The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
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