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Harold Bloom's 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now - Page 7

"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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The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty
The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty
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Delta Wedding (Eudora Welty)
Delta Wedding (Eudora Welty)
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The Robber Bridegroom (Eudora Welty)
The Robber Bridegroom (Eudora Welty)
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The Ponder Heart (Eudora Welty)
The Ponder Heart (Eudora Welty)
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245
A Cool Million
A Cool Million
246
Miss Lonelyhearts (Nathanael West)
Miss Lonelyhearts (Nathanael West)
247
The Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)
The Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)
248
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
249
Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton)
Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton)
250
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
251
The Custom of the Country
The Custom of the Country
252
The Collected Short Stories (Edith Wharton)
The Collected Short Stories (Edith Wharton)
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253
Collected Poems of John Wheelwright (John Wheelwright)
Collected Poems of John Wheelwright (John Wheelwright)
254
Forgetting Elena (Edmund White)
Forgetting Elena (Edmund White)
255
Nocturnes for the King of Naples
Nocturnes for the King of Naples
256
New and Collected Poems (Richard Wilbur)
New and Collected Poems (Richard Wilbur)
257
Modern Baptists
Modern Baptists
258
Three Plays
Three Plays
259
The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)
The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)
260
Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams
Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams
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261
A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
262
Spring and All (William Carlos Williams)
Spring and All (William Carlos Williams)
263
Paterson (William Carlos Williams)
Paterson (William Carlos Williams)
264
The Collected Poems: Volume I, 1909-1939 (William Carlos Williams)
The Collected Poems: Volume I, 1909-1939 (William Carlos Williams)
265
Fences (August Wilson)
Fences (August Wilson)
266
Joe Turner's Come and Gone (August Wilson)
Joe Turner's Come and Gone (August Wilson)
267
The Shores of Light: A Literary Chronicle of the Twenties & Thirties (Edmund Wilson)
The Shores of Light: A Literary Chronicle of the Twenties & Thirties (Edmund Wilson)
268
Patriotic Gore (Edmund Wilson)
Patriotic Gore (Edmund Wilson)
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269
The World of the Ten Thousand Things (Charles Wright)
The World of the Ten Thousand Things (Charles Wright)
270
Above the River: The Complete Poems (James Wright)
Above the River: The Complete Poems (James Wright)
271
Dimensions of History (Jay Wright)
Dimensions of History (Jay Wright)
272
The Double Invention of Komo (Jay Wright)
The Double Invention of Komo (Jay Wright)
273
Selected Poems (Jay Wright)
Selected Poems (Jay Wright)
274
Elaine's Book (Jay Wright)
Elaine's Book (Jay Wright)
275
Boleros (Jay Wright)
Boleros (Jay Wright)
276
Native Son (Richard Wright)
Native Son (Richard Wright)
277
Black Boy (Richard Wright)
Black Boy (Richard Wright)
278
Last Poems of Elinor Wylie
Last Poems of Elinor Wylie
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