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Harold Bloom's 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now - Page 6

"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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Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy and Epilogue
Zuckerman Bound: A Trilogy and Epilogue
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Portnoy's Complaint (Philip Roth)
Portnoy's Complaint (Philip Roth)
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The Counterlife (Philip Roth)
The Counterlife (Philip Roth)
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Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
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205
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
206
Solo Faces
Solo Faces
207
Light Years (James Salter)
Light Years (James Salter)
208
Collected Poems (James Schuyler)
Collected Poems (James Schuyler)
209
Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge
Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge
210
Seven Plays
Seven Plays
211
New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 (Charles Simic)
New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012 (Charles Simic)
212
No Nature: New and Selected Poems (Gary Snyder)
No Nature: New and Selected Poems (Gary Snyder)
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213
Three Lives (Gertrude Stein)
Three Lives (Gertrude Stein)
214
The Geographical History of America (Gertrude Stein)
The Geographical History of America (Gertrude Stein)
215
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
216
Tender Buttons (Gertrude Stein)
Tender Buttons (Gertrude Stein)
217
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
218
Collected Poems (Wallace Stevens)
Collected Poems (Wallace Stevens)
219
The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination (Wallace Stevens)
The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination (Wallace Stevens)
220
Opus Posthumous
Opus Posthumous
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221
The Palm at the End of the Mind (Wallace Stevens)
The Palm at the End of the Mind (Wallace Stevens)
222
A Flag for Sunrise
A Flag for Sunrise
223
Dog Soldiers (Robert Stone)
Dog Soldiers (Robert Stone)
224
The Continuous Life (Mark Strand)
The Continuous Life (Mark Strand)
225
New Selected Poems (Mark Strand)
New Selected Poems (Mark Strand)
226
Dark Harbor
Dark Harbor
227
The Long March
The Long March
228
New & Selected Things Taking Place (May Swenson)
New & Selected Things Taking Place (May Swenson)
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229
In Other Words (May Swenson)
In Other Words (May Swenson)
230
Collected Poems (Allen Tate)
Collected Poems (Allen Tate)
231
The Mosquito Coast (Paul Theroux)
The Mosquito Coast (Paul Theroux)
232
Harlem Gallery (Melvin B. Tolson)
Harlem Gallery (Melvin B. Tolson)
233
Cane (Jean Toomer)
Cane (Jean Toomer)
234
The Witches of Eastwick
The Witches of Eastwick
235
Myra Breckinridge (Gore Vidal)
Myra Breckinridge (Gore Vidal)
236
Lincoln (Gore Vidal)
Lincoln (Gore Vidal)
237
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
238
All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)
All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)
239
Worlds Enough and Time (Robert Penn Warren)
Worlds Enough and Time (Robert Penn Warren)
240
Selected Poems (Robert Penn Warren)
Selected Poems (Robert Penn Warren)
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