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Harold Bloom's 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now

"Which twentieth-century American writers will last? Here's ....... an eminent critic's long-awaited, monumental list of the greatest literary works of all time." (Esquire magazine; September, 1994).
Impressive hyperbole. Anyway, you've had almost a quarter of a century to tackle the books on this list. in 1994 Harold Bloom, literary critic & compiler of the now infamous "The Western Canon", came up with a list of 278 works by American writers published in the 20th century. He concludes the article: "In this catalog of canonical authors of [the 20th] century, I have ventured a modest prophecy as to survival possibilities." Do you agree these works should survive?
For an alternative list of 278 works (with TIRADE) click on the link.
A somewhat mangled & incomplete version of the list is available at "https://everything2.com/title/278+Books+You+Should+Have+Read+By+Now". Or you can read the source as one of a few free articles on offer from the Esquire archives (that's what I did).
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Alphabetical Africa
Alphabetical Africa
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Eclipse Fever
Eclipse Fever
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How German Is It (Walter Abish)
How German Is It (Walter Abish)
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I Am the Dust Under Your Feet (Walter Abish)
I Am the Dust Under Your Feet (Walter Abish)
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Poems: A Selection (Leonie Adams)
Poems: A Selection (Leonie Adams)
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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Agee)
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Agee)
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Permit Me Voyage (James Agee)
Permit Me Voyage (James Agee)
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Collected Poems (Conrad Aiken)
Collected Poems (Conrad Aiken)
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Collected Poems (A.R. Ammons)
Collected Poems (A.R. Ammons)
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Selected Longer Poems (A.R. Ammons)
Selected Longer Poems (A.R. Ammons)
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Sphere: The Form of a Motion
Sphere: The Form of a Motion
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Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
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Death in the Woods and Other Stories
Death in the Woods and Other Stories
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River Writing: An Eno Journal (James Applewhite)
River Writing: An Eno Journal (James Applewhite)
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Selected Poems (John Ashbery)
Selected Poems (John Ashbery)
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Flow Chart (John Ashbery)
Flow Chart (John Ashbery)
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And the Stars Were Shining (John Ashbery)
And the Stars Were Shining (John Ashbery)
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Hotel Lautreamont
Hotel Lautreamont
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The Double Dream of Spring (John Ashbery)
The Double Dream of Spring (John Ashbery)
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Houseboat Days
Houseboat Days
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The Price of the Ticket (James Baldwin)
The Price of the Ticket (James Baldwin)
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The Floating Opera (John Barth)
The Floating Opera (John Barth)
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The End of the Road
The End of the Road
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The Sot-Weed Factor (John Barth)
The Sot-Weed Factor (John Barth)
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Forty Stories (Donald Barthelme)
Forty Stories (Donald Barthelme)
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The Dead Father
The Dead Father
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Seize the Day (Saul Bellow)
Seize the Day (Saul Bellow)
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Herzog (Saul Bellow)
Herzog (Saul Bellow)
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The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow)
The Adventures of Augie March (Saul Bellow)
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Collected Poems (John Berryman)
Collected Poems (John Berryman)
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Collected Poems (Elizabeth Bishop)
Collected Poems (Elizabeth Bishop)
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The Blue Estuaries: Selected Poems
The Blue Estuaries: Selected Poems
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Living Together: New and Selected Poems (Edgar Bowers)
Living Together: New and Selected Poems (Edgar Bowers)
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The Sheltering Sky
The Sheltering Sky
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Three Short Novels (Kay Boyle)
Three Short Novels (Kay Boyle)
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Stories in an Almost Classical Mode
Stories in an Almost Classical Mode
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Counter-Statement
Counter-Statement
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A Rhetoric of Motives
A Rhetoric of Motives
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The Rise of David Levinsky
The Rise of David Levinsky
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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