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The Big American 100

A subjective list of what are, in my view, the 100 best American novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. No Faulkner because I haven't read him. No Hawthorne because I have. Some here are widely famous, others barely known at all, but all are worth your time.
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A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
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BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY
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In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
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Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes
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Sister Carrie
Sister Carrie
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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
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The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West
The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West
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The Gift of the Magi
The Gift of the Magi
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The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
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The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
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The Magic Christian
The Magic Christian
12
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
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Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass
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The Easter Parade (Richard Yates)
The Easter Parade (Richard Yates)
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Mom Kills Kids and Self (Alan Saperstein)
Mom Kills Kids and Self (Alan Saperstein)
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Howl (Allen Ginsberg)
Howl (Allen Ginsberg)
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Collected  Works of Ambrose Bierce (Ambrose Bierce)
Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce (Ambrose Bierce)
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Maryland: The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)
Maryland: The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler)
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My Antonia (Antonia Shimerda)
My Antonia (Antonia Shimerda)
20
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
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21
The Natural (Bernard Malamud)
The Natural (Bernard Malamud)
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The Magnificent Ambersons (Booth Tarkington)
The Magnificent Ambersons (Booth Tarkington)
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
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Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
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Forty Stories (Donald Barthelme)
Forty Stories (Donald Barthelme)
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The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)
The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)
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Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
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Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe)
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe)
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Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson)
Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Emily Dickinson)
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The Girls (Emma Cline)
The Girls (Emma Cline)
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A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (Ernest Hemingway)
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (Ernest Hemingway)
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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber (Ernest Hemingway)
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber (Ernest Hemingway)
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The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
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A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway - 1929)
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway - 1929)
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The Iceman Cometh (Eugene O'neill)
The Iceman Cometh (Eugene O'neill)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
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The Black Stallion (Farley, Walter)
The Black Stallion (Farley, Walter)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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