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Harold Bloom's 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now - Page 2

"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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Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories (Raymond Carver)
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories (Raymond Carver)
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My Antonia (Willa Cather)
My Antonia (Willa Cather)
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The Professor's House (Willa Cather)
The Professor's House (Willa Cather)
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A Lost Lady (Willa Cather)
A Lost Lady (Willa Cather)
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45
The Stories of John Cheever (John Cheever)
The Stories of John Cheever (John Cheever)
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Bullet Park (John Cheever)
Bullet Park (John Cheever)
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Westward
Westward
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Spanking the Maid
Spanking the Maid
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A Call in the Midst of the Crowd (Alfred Corn)
A Call in the Midst of the Crowd (Alfred Corn)
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Complete Poems, Selected Letters and Prose (Hart Crane)
Complete Poems, Selected Letters and Prose (Hart Crane)
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The Revisionist
The Revisionist
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Little, Big (John Crowley)
Little, Big (John Crowley)
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53
Aegypt (John Crowley)
Aegypt (John Crowley)
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Love and Sleep
Love and Sleep
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The Complete Poems of E. E. Cummings (E. E. Cummings)
The Complete Poems of E. E. Cummings (E. E. Cummings)
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Tatlin! (Guy Davenport)
Tatlin! (Guy Davenport)
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Running Dog
Running Dog
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Libra (Don Delillo)
Libra (Don Delillo)
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Mao II (Don Delillo)
Mao II (Don Delillo)
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White Noise (Don Delillo)
White Noise (Don Delillo)
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61
The Early Motion
The Early Motion
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The Central Motion
The Central Motion
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On Wings of Song (Thomas M. Disch)
On Wings of Song (Thomas M. Disch)
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The Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel
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World's Fair (E.L. Doctorow)
World's Fair (E.L. Doctorow)
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Selected Poems (Hilda Doolittle)
Selected Poems (Hilda Doolittle)
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U.S.A. (John Dos Passos)
U.S.A. (John Dos Passos)
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Selected Poems (Rita Dove)
Selected Poems (Rita Dove)
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69
Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
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An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
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Bending the Bow (Robert Duncan)
Bending the Bow (Robert Duncan)
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Collected Poems (Richard Eberhart)
Collected Poems (Richard Eberhart)
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The Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot
The Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot
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Selected Essays (T.S. Eliot)
Selected Essays (T.S. Eliot)
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The Living End
The Living End
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Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
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Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
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Light in August (William Faulkner)
Light in August (William Faulkner)
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As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
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Sanctuary (William Faulkner)
Sanctuary (William Faulkner)
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