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The Alternative 278 Books You Should Have Read by Now

This is what Everything2's web contributor "18thCandidate" posted in response to Harold Bloom's list of 278 potentially canonical works of 20th century American literature (click on the link below to challenge yourself with Bloom's list).
"The list by Harold Bloom ... is perhaps the most pretentious and self-absorbed list of its kind that I've ever seen. While most of the books in it are good, to call it a list of books you should have read by now and include six titles by John Ashbery smacks of a world of self-absorbed cultural irrelevance. These aren't 278 books you should have read by now, these are 278 books that a pretentious literary twat should have read by now."
Do you prefer 18thCandidate's alternative version of "278 Books You Should Have Read By Now"? The source article, with justifications, is available at "https://everything2.com/title/278+Books+You+Should+Have+Read+By+Now".
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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41 Stories by O. Henry (O. Henry)
41 Stories by O. Henry (O. Henry)
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Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Dario Fo)
Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Dario Fo)
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The Acts of the Apostles (.)
The Acts of the Apostles (.)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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The Aeneid (Virgil)
The Aeneid (Virgil)
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Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
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All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)
All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)
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All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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13
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
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American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
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An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
An American Tragedy (Theodore Dreiser)
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The Analects (Confucius)
The Analects (Confucius)
17
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
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Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
20
Bang the Drum Slowly (Mark Harris)
Bang the Drum Slowly (Mark Harris)
21
The Basketball Diaries (Jim Carroll)
The Basketball Diaries (Jim Carroll)
22
Battle Royale (Koushun Tatami)
Battle Royale (Koushun Tatami)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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25
The Bible
The Bible
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Blankets (Craig Thompson)
Blankets (Craig Thompson)
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The Blind Watchmaker (Richard Dawkins/KENYA/UK)
The Blind Watchmaker (Richard Dawkins/KENYA/UK)
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The Border Trilogy (Cormac McCarthy)
The Border Trilogy (Cormac McCarthy)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
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A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
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The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Dee Brown)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Dee Brown)
35
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
36
Candide (Voltaire)
Candide (Voltaire)
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37
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller, Jr.)
38
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
39
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
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Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
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