School in a Book: Classic Fiction: Older Kids and Adults

Did you ever wonder what the best thing in the world is? Well, pay attention, because I know the answer: it’s reading. Reading is the best thing. Here is my list of the best books in the world that aren’t true, besides the ones in my classic children’s literature list.

Introductory Classic Fiction

  • The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan (1628-1688)
  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
  • Gulliver’s Travels, Johnathan Swift (1667–1745)
  • The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss (1743–1818)
  • Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
  • Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (1775–1817)
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1775–1817)
  • Emma, Jane Austen (1775–1817)
  • Mansfield Park, Jane Austen (1775–1817)
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving (1783-1859)
  • Rip van Winkle, Washington Irving (1783-1859)
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1797–1851)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas (1802–1870)
  • The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas (1802–1870)
  • The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)
  • The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (1816–1855)
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (1818–1848)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne (1828–1905)
  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (1828–1905)
  • From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne (1828–1905)
  • Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne (1828–1905)
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (1835–1910)
  • Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson, Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker (1847–1912)
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
  • The Awakening, Kate Chopin (1850–1904)
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
  • Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle (1853–1911)
  • The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry (1862–1910)
  • The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1862–1937)
  • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton (1862–1937)
  • Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936)
  • The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (1866–1946)
  • The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells (1866–1946)
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux (1868–1927)
  • The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane (1871–1900)
  • Twelve Men, Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)
  • The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford (1873–1939)
  • The Ball and the Cross, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
  • The Innocence of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
  • The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
  • The Wisdom of Father Brown, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
  • The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann (1875–1955)
  • Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann (1875–1955)
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London (1876-1916)
  • To Build a Fire, Jack London (1876-1916)
  • White Fang, Jack London (1876-1916)
  • Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941)
  • A Room with a View, E. M. Forster (1879–1970)
  • You Know Me Al, Ring Lardner (1885–1933)
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie (1890–1976)
  • Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (1890–1976)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie (1890–1976)
  • The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973)
  • The Lord of the Rings series, J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973)
  • The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
  • Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)
  • Our Town, Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (1898–1970)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series, C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
  • Out of the Silent Planet and the rest of the Space Trilogy, C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
  • The Once and Future King, T. H. White (1899-1985)
  • Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949)
  • The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900–1944)
  • Lost Horizon, James Hilton (1900–1954)
  • Stranger In A Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)
  • Magic, Inc., Robert Heinlein (1907–1988)
  • Waldo, Robert Heinlein (1907–1988)
  • A Death in the Family, James Agee (1909–1955)
  • Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee (1909–1955)
  • The Lord of the Flies, William Golding (1911–1993)
  • You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You, John Ciardi (1916-1986)
  • The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger (1919–2010)
  • Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger (1919–2010)
  • Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger (1919–2010)
  • Books by Isaac Asimov (1920–1992)
  • Dune, Frank Herbert (1920–1986)
  • Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose (1920-2002)
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (1920–2012)
  • Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)
  • The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)
  • The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote (1924–1984)
  • Music for Chameleons, Truman Capote (1924–1984)
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms, Truman Capote (1924–1984)
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin (1924–1987)
  • A Separate Peace, John Knowles (1926–2001)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee (1926–)
  • The complete works of John Knowles (1926–2001)
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (1927–2014)
  • The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass (1927–2015)
  • The American Dream, Edward Albee (1928–)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee (1928–)
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera (1929–)
  • My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potak (1929–2002)
  • The Chosen, Chaim Potak (1929–2002)
  • The Promise, Chaim Potak (1929–2002)
  • No Longer At Ease, Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)
  • The Princess Bride, William Goldman (1931–)
  • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Hannah Green (1932–)
  • Rabbit, Run, John Updike (1932–2009)
  • Rabbit Revisited, John Updike (1932–2009)
  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines (1933–)
  • Summer of My German Soldier, Bette Greene (1934–)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (1935–2001)
  • Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller (1944–)
  • The Color Purple, Alice Walker (1944–)
  • The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton (1948–)
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (1951–)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (1952–2001)
  • The Trumpet of the Swans, E.B. White
  • The Walking Drum, Louis L’Amour
  • Walden Two, B.F. Skinner
  • The Way of a Pilgrim, Anonymous
  • The Seven Story Mountain, Thomas Merton
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
  • The Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
  • Ben Hur, Lew Wallace
  • Selected poems by Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  • The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
  • The complete stories and poetry of Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)
  • The complete works of E. E. Cummings (1894–1962)
  • The complete works of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)
  • The Pilgrim Continues His Way, Anonymous
  • The Song of Hiawatha, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Intermediate Classic Fiction

  • The Illiad, Homer
  • The Odyssey, Homer
  • The Aeneid, Virgil (70–19 BCE)
  • The Metamorphosis, Ovid (43 BCE–17 CE)
  • Beowulf, Anonymous (c. 975-1025)
  • The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (c. 1265–1321)
  • The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer (c. 1343–1400)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Anonymous (c. 1300s)
  • La Morte Darthur, Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415–1471)
  • The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527)
  • Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
  • The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–1599)
  • Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Macbeth, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Othello, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
  • Paradise Lost, John Milton (1608–1674)
  • Paradise Regained, John Milton (1608–1674)
  • The Sufferings of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
  • Don Juan, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
  • Les Miserables, Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
  • Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (1812–1870
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
  • Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
  • Moby Dick, Herman Melville (1819–1891)
  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881)
  • The Brothers Karamozov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881)
  • Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881)
  • The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881)
  • The Man Without a Country, Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909)
  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)
  • Green Mansions, William Henry Hudson (1841–1922)
  • The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James (1843–1916)
  • The Golden Bowl, Henry James (1843–1916)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
  • The Seagull, Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)
  • The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)
  • Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)
  • The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)
  • Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)
  • Siddhartha, Herman Hesse (1877–1962)
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce (1882–1941)
  • Ulysses, James Joyce (1882–1941)
  • A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)
  • Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)
  • Jacob’s Room, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)
  • To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)
  • The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka (1883–1924)
  • The Trial, Franz Kafka (1883–1924)
  • The Castle, Franz Kafka (1883–1924)
  • Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
  • Women In Love, D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)
  • The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • Ah! Wilderness, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • Strange Interlude, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • Anna Christie, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • Desire Under the Elms, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • Morning Becomes Electra, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)
  • The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand (1905–1982)
  • Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1905–1982)
  • Anthem, Ayn Rand (1905–1982)
  • Night of January 16th, Ayn Rand (1905–1982)
  • We The Living, Ayn Rand (1905–1982)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)
  • The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)
  • The Stranger, Albert Camus (1913–1960)
  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1923–1999)

Classic Poetry

  • The poetry of William Blake (1757–1827)
  • The poetry of William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
  • The poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
  • The poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
  • Selected works by Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–1542)
  • The Book of Margery Kempe, Margery Kempe (c. 1373–after 1438)
  • Poetry of John Donne (1572–1631)
  • Selected poetry of John Hopkins (1675–)
  • The poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
  • The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
  • The complete works of W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)
  • The poetry of Ezra Pound (1885–1972)
  • Eight Sonnets, Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and other poems by Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

Additional Classic Fiction

  • The Orestia Trilogy, Aeschylus (c. 525–c. 456 BCE)
  • Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus (c. 525–c. 456 BCE)
  • The Oedipus Plays, Sophocles (c. 497–405 BCE)
  • Medea, Euripedes (c. 480–406 BCE)
  • The Bacchae, Euripedes (c. 480–406 BCE)
  • The Trojan Women, Euripedes (c. 480–406 BCE)
  • Hippolytus, Euripedes (c. 480–406 BCE)
  • Lysistrata, Aristophanes (c. 446–386 BCE)
  • The Frogs, Aristophanes (c. 446–386 BCE)
  • The Clouds, Aristophanes (c. 446–386 BCE)
  • Odes, Horace (65–8 BCE)
  • The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, Epictetus (c. 55–135)
  • Cur Deus Homo, Anselm (c. 1033–1109)
  • The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375)
  • Mabinogion, Anonymous (c. 1350-1410)
  • Orlando Furioso, Ludovico Ariosto (1474–1533)
  • Utopia, Sir Thomas More (1478–1535)
  • The Schoolmaster, Roger Ascham (1515–1568)
  • Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
  • Faust, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
  • Volpone, Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
  • The Alchemist, Ben Johnson (1572–1637)
  • Tamburlaine the Great, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
  • The Jew of Malta, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
  • Every Man in His Humour, Ben Johnson (1572–1637)
  • The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster (c. 1580–c. 1634)
  • Life is a Dream, Calderon de la Barca (1600–1681)
  • Pensees, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
  • Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem, John Dryden (1631–1700)
  • Oroonoko: The Royal Slave, Aphra Behn (1640–1689)
  • The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe (c. 1660–1731)
  • The Bassett Table, Susana Centlivre (c. 1667 to 1670–1723)
  • The Way of the World, William Congreve (1670–1729)
  • The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay (1685–1732)
  • The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
  • Satires and Epistles of Horace Imitated, Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
  • The Dunciad, Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
  • Pamela, Samuel Richardson (1689–1761)
  • Fantomina, Eliza Haywood (c. 1693–1756)
  • The Bourgeois Gentleman, Moliere (1622–1673)
  • The Misanthrope, Moliere (1622–1673)
  • Tartuffe, Moliere (1622–1673)
  • Candide, Voltaire (1694–1778)
  • The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774)
  • Sartor Resarus, Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
  • Pere Goriot, Honore de Balzac (1799–1850)
  • Tom Jones, Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
  • Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Lawrence Stern (1713–1768)
  • Erotica Romana, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
  • Hermann and Dorothea, Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832)
  • Edmond, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)
  • Charlotte: A Tale of Truth, Susana Rowson (1762–1824)
  • The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal (1783–1842)
  • The Red and the Black, Stendhal (1783–1842)
  • The Deerslayer, James Fennimore Cooper (1789–1851)
  • Mr. Midshipman Easy, Captain Frederick Marryat (1792–1848)
  • Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852)
  • The poetry of Robert Browning (1812–1889)
  • The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot (1819–1880)
  • Adam Bede, George Eliot (1819–1880)
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot (1819–1880)
  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)
  • Sentimental Education, Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)
  • The Inspector-General, Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852)
  • Henry Esmond, William Thackeray (1811–1863)
  • Vanity Fair, William Thackeray (1811–1863)
  • Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana (1815–1882)
  • The Small House at Allington, Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)
  • Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope (1815–1882)
  • Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev (1818–1883)
  • The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (1824–1889)
  • The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins (1824–1889)
  • The Egoist, George Meredith (1828–1909)
  • The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, George Meredith (1828–1909)
  • The Rise of Silas Lapham, W. D. Howells (1837–1920)
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
  • Tess of the D’ubervilles, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
  • The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce (1842–c. 1914)
  • Looking Backward, Edward Bellamy (1850–1898)
  • The Hound of Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930)
  • The Virginian, Owen Wister (1860–1938)
  • What Every Woman Knows, J.M. Barrie (1860–1937)
  • The Petty Demon, Fyodor Sologub (1863–1927)
  • The Three-Cornered World, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)
  • Kokoro, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)
  • I Am a Cat, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)
  • The Pastoral Symphony, Andre Gide (1869–1951)
  • The Pit, Frank Norris (1870–1902)
  • The Octopus, Frank Norris (1870–1902)
  • Sarra, Leonid Andreyev (1871–1919)
  • The Seven Who Were Hanged, Leonid Andreyev (1871–1919)
  • The Life of Man, Leonid Andreyev (1871–1919)
  • Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)
  • An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)
  • Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust (1871–1922)
  • My Antonia, Willa Cather (1873–1947)
  • O Pioneers!, Willa Cather (1873–1947)
  • Death Comes For the Archbishop, Willa Cather (1873–1947)
  • Of Human Bondage and other selected works by W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)
  • The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)
  • Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)
  • The writings of Amy Lowell (1874–1925)
  • Giants in the Earth, O.E. Rolvaang (1876–1931)
  • Many Marriages, Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941)
  • Demian, Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)
  • Red Roses for Me, Sean O’Casey (1880–1964)
  • Finnegans Wake, James Joyce (1882–1941)
  • Dubliners, James Joyce (1882–1941)
  • Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)
  • Giant, Edna Ferber (1885–1968)
  • Main Street, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)
  • Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)
  • The Key, Junichiro Tanizaki (1886–1965)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff (1887–1947) and James Norman Hall (1887–1951)
  • The Horse’s Mouth, Joyce Cary (1888–1957)
  • At the Bay, Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)
  • In a German Pension, Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)
  • Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Katherine Anne Porter (1890–1980)
  • The Sea of Grass, Conrad Richter (1890–1968)
  • Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak (1890–1960)
  • The Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter (1890–1968)
  • Black Spring, Henry Miller (1891–1980)
  • Johnny Tremain, Ester Forbes (1891–1967)
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth, Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)
  • The Maltese Falcon, Dashiel Hammett (1894–1961)
  • The Citadel, A. J. Cronin (1896–1981)
  • The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos (1896–1970)
  • Nineteen, Nineteen, John Dos Passos (1896–1970)
  • Three Soldiers, John Dos Passos (1896–1970)
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (1897–1962)
  • Light in August, William Faulkner (1897–1962)
  • Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner (1897–1962)
  • Sanctuary, William Faulkner (1897–1962)
  • The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)
  • Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972)
  • The Sound of the Mountain, Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972)
  • You Can’t Go Home Again, Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938)
  • Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther (1901–1970)
  • Selected works of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991)
  • Too Late the Philanthrope, Alan Paton (1903–1988)
  • The Day of the Locust, Nathaniel West (1903–1940)
  • God’s Little Acre, Erskine Caldwell (1903–1987)
  • The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene (1904–1991)
  • The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene (1904–1991)
  • Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt (1907–2001)
  • Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank (1908–1964)
  • The Ox-Bow Incident, Walter van Tillburg Clark (1909–1971)
  • Free Fall, William Golding (1911–1993)
  • The Inheritors, William Golding (1911–1993)
  • The Assistant, Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
  • The Fixer, Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
  • Dangling Man, Saul Bellow (1915–2005)
  • Herzog, Saul Bellow (1915–2005)
  • All My Sons, Arthur Miller (1915–2005)
  • The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk (1915–)
  • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (1917–1967)
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (1917–1993)
  • The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Muriel Spark (1918–2006)
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008)
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck (1928–)
  • Selected books by Toni Morrison (1931–)
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest J. Gaines (1933–)
  • Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya (1937–)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard (1937–)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Nora Hurston
  • Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
  • Nana, Zola
  • Modern Love, George Meredith (1828–1909)
  • The complete works of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)
  • The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
  • Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
  • The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
  • Miss Julie, August Strindberg (1849–1912)
  • The complete works of George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
  • The Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)
  • As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner (1897–1962)
  • Everyman, Anonymous (1909)
  • The Bald Soprano, Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994)
  • The Lesson, Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994)
  • Jack, or the Submission, Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994)
  • The Chairs, Eugene Ionesco (1909–1994)
  • No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980)
  • Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
  • Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)
  • Endgame, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)
  • All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989)
  • Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler (1905–1983)
  • Act Without Words, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)

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