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Harold Bloom's 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now - Page 5

"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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Ceremony in Lone Tree (Wright Morris)
Ceremony in Lone Tree (Wright Morris)
162
Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison)
163
New Selected Poems (Howard Moss)
New Selected Poems (Howard Moss)
164
Small Congregations: New and Selected Poems (Thylias Moss)
Small Congregations: New and Selected Poems (Thylias Moss)
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165
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
166
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
167
The Women of Brewster Place (Gloria Naylor)
The Women of Brewster Place (Gloria Naylor)
168
Them
Them
169
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Conner (Flannery O'Conner)
The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Conner (Flannery O'Conner)
170
The Violent Bear It Away (Flannery O'Connor)
The Violent Bear It Away (Flannery O'Connor)
171
Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
172
Selected Poems (Frank O'Hara)
Selected Poems (Frank O'Hara)
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173
Collected Stories (John O'Hara)
Collected Stories (John O'Hara)
174
Appointment in Samarra (John O'Hara)
Appointment in Samarra (John O'Hara)
175
The Maximus Poems
The Maximus Poems
176
Collected Poems (Charles Olson)
Collected Poems (Charles Olson)
177
Lazarus Laughed (Eugene O'neill)
Lazarus Laughed (Eugene O'neill)
178
The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh
179
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Eugene O'neill)
Long Day's Journey Into Night (Eugene O'neill)
180
Envy, or Yiddish in America (Cynthia Ozick)
Envy, or Yiddish in America (Cynthia Ozick)
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181
The Messiah of Stockholm (Cynthia Ozick)
The Messiah of Stockholm (Cynthia Ozick)
182
The Little Disturbances of Man
The Little Disturbances of Man
183
The Moviegoer (Walker Percy)
The Moviegoer (Walker Percy)
184
Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter
185
Literary Essays of Ezra Pound (Ezra Pound)
Literary Essays of Ezra Pound (Ezra Pound)
186
The Cantos (Ezra Pound)
The Cantos (Ezra Pound)
187
Personæ (Ezra Pound)
Personæ (Ezra Pound)
188
V by Thomas Pynchon
V by Thomas Pynchon
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189
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
190
The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
191
Streamers (David Rabe)
Streamers (David Rabe)
192
Selected Poems (John Crowe Ransom)
Selected Poems (John Crowe Ransom)
193
Mumbo Jumbo (Ishmael Reed)
Mumbo Jumbo (Ishmael Reed)
194
Selected Poems (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
Selected Poems (Edwin Arlington Robinson)
195
The Collected Poems (Theodore Roethke)
The Collected Poems (Theodore Roethke)
196
Straw for the Fire
Straw for the Fire
197
Call It Sleep (Henry Roth)
Call It Sleep (Henry Roth)
198
Operation Shylock (Philip Roth)
Operation Shylock (Philip Roth)
199
My Life as a Man
My Life as a Man
200
Patrimony (Philip Roth)
Patrimony (Philip Roth)
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