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Harold Bloom's 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now - Page 4

"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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Selected Poems of Robinson Jeffers (Jeffers)
Selected Poems of Robinson Jeffers (Jeffers)
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Angels
Angels
123
Jesus' Son (Denis Johnson)
Jesus' Son (Denis Johnson)
124
Fiskadoro (Denis Johnson)
Fiskadoro (Denis Johnson)
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125
New and Selected Poems (Donald Justice)
New and Selected Poems (Donald Justice)
126
The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees (Weldon Kees)
The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees (Weldon Kees)
127
Ironweed (William Kennedy)
Ironweed (William Kennedy)
128
The Albany Cycle
The Albany Cycle
129
Selected Poems (Galway Kinnell)
Selected Poems (Galway Kinnell)
130
Seasons on Earth (Kenneth Koch)
Seasons on Earth (Kenneth Koch)
131
Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
132
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K Le Guin)
The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula K Le Guin)
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133
Selected Poems (Philip Levine)
Selected Poems (Philip Levine)
134
Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis)
Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis)
135
It Can't Happen Here (Sinclair Lewis)
It Can't Happen Here (Sinclair Lewis)
136
Collected Poems (Vachel Lindsay)
Collected Poems (Vachel Lindsay)
137
Collected Poems of Robert Lowell (Robert Lowell)
Collected Poems of Robert Lowell (Robert Lowell)
138
Advertisements for Myself (Norman Mailer)
Advertisements for Myself (Norman Mailer)
139
Ancient Evenings
Ancient Evenings
140
The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer)
The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer)
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141
The Stories of Bernard Malamud (Bernard Malamud)
The Stories of Bernard Malamud (Bernard Malamud)
142
The Fixer (Bernard Malamud)
The Fixer (Bernard Malamud)
143
Speed the Plow by David Mamet
Speed the Plow by David Mamet
144
American Buffalo (David Mamet)
American Buffalo (David Mamet)
145
H. M. Pulham, Esquire
H. M. Pulham, Esquire
146
Spoon River Anthology
Spoon River Anthology
147
Children of Darkness (Edwin Justus Mayer)
Children of Darkness (Edwin Justus Mayer)
148
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
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149
Child of God (Cormac McCarthy)
Child of God (Cormac McCarthy)
150
Suttree (Cormac McCarthy)
Suttree (Cormac McCarthy)
151
The Rest of the Way (J.D. McClatchy)
The Rest of the Way (J.D. McClatchy)
152
Time Remaining
Time Remaining
153
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
154
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
155
From the First Nine
From the First Nine
156
The Changing Light at Sandover (James Merrill)
The Changing Light at Sandover (James Merrill)
157
W.S. Merwin Collected Poems 1996-2011
W.S. Merwin Collected Poems 1996-2011
158
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
159
Up in the Old Hotel - Joseph Mitchell
Up in the Old Hotel - Joseph Mitchell
160
Complete Poems (Marianne Moore)
Complete Poems (Marianne Moore)
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