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The English Teacher Lists Books That Have Been Ruined for Readers by English Teachers

Our maverick English Teacher and contrarian considers the disturbing possibility that he and his colleagues have done as much harm as they have good in the ways that they have taught literature. Using "academically approved " lesson plans, discussions with fellow teachers, and his own years of experience for support, he has created a list of works that consistently have been taught poorly and misguidedly. He feels that by so doing, many teachers and educators have failed in their responsibility to their students, and have contributed to the steady decline in reading among young people today. Some of these works need to be approached in completely different ways,; others need to be removed from curricula entirely. (NOTE: Since he teaches at the secondary level, our compiler has focused on works usually assigned, either whole or in part, during high school.)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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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 Awakening
The Awakening
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Beowulf (Anonymous)
Beowulf (Anonymous)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)
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The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
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Complete Tales and Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Tales and Poems, by Edgar Allan Poe
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Complete Works of Shakespeare
Complete Works of Shakespeare
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The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
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Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
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Dubliners (Joyce)
Dubliners (Joyce)
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Emma
Emma
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The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh
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Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Grendel (John Gardner)
Grendel (John Gardner)
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Heart of Darkness (Signet)
Heart of Darkness (Signet)
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The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
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The Iliad
The Iliad
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The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
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Night (Elie Wiesel)
Night (Elie Wiesel)
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The Odyssey (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
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Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
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The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovtich
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Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
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A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce)
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Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw)
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Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
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The Red Badge of Courage & Other Stories (Stephen Crane)
The Red Badge of Courage & Other Stories (Stephen Crane)
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
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A Rose for Emily (William Faulkner)
A Rose for Emily (William Faulkner)
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Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
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Silas Marner
Silas Marner
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