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In planning our “Gread Reads” article,
we were reminded that, back in 1994, the Scene had published the “To Read Next” list that the late English Professor Jonathan Kistler had compiled for his English 251 class years before — more than 300 titles of superb literature. How many of these books have you read? Check them off and add more titles to your “to-read list.” You can comment on the “Great Reads” books and post your own reading recommendations here!

 

  Abe, Woman in the Dunes

  Adams, A., The Hudson

  Adams, H., The Education of Henry Adams

  Adler, R., Speedboat

  Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes

  Allen, C., A Mountain in Tibet/Plain Tales from the Raj

  Alther, Kinflicks

  Ambler, A Coffin for Dimitrios

  Amis, Lucky Jim

  Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

  Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  Arnold, In China

  Auchincloss, Powers of Attorney

  Austen, Emma/Pride and Prejudice

  Bagnold, National Velvet

  Baker, Young Man with a Horn

  Barash, The Whisperings Within

  Barber, Trial of the Templars

  Barrett, Irrational Man

  Barrow, Lavengro

  Bates, The Purple Plain

  Beattie, Falling in Place

  Bebbington, London Street Names

  Beckett, Waiting for Godot

  Belfrage, Flowers of Emptiness

  Bellow, Deep Readers of the World,
        Beware!
/Humboldt’s Gift

  Benet, John Brown’s Body

  Bennett, Old Wives’ Tale

  Berlin, Against the Current

  Billington, The Icon and the Axe

  Blunden, Undertones of War

  Bogarde, Voices in the Garden

  Boyd, W., A Good Man in Africa

  Braine, Room at the Top

  Braudel, The Mediterranean/The Structures
        of Everyday Life

  Brontë, C., Jane Eyre

  Brontë, E., Wuthering Heights

  Brown, H., A Walk In the Sun

  Buber, I and Thou

  Buchheim, The Boat

  Burgess, Enderby/Clockwork Orange

  Busch, Manual Labor/The Mutual Friend

  Butor, A Change of Heart

  Calvino, Baron in the Trees

  Camus, The Stranger

  Caputo, A Rumor of War

  Carell, Hitler Moves East/Scorched Earth

  Case, This Very Tree

  Cather, My Ántonia

  Caulaincourt, With Napoleon in Russia

  Chekhov, Short Stories/The Cherry Orchard

  Chevallier, Clochemerle-les-Bains

  Christianson, Northern Crusades

  Clark, The Ox-Bow Incident

  Cloethe, Turning Wheels

  Colette, Cheri and Claudine

  Collier, 1940: The Avalanche

  Connell, Mr. Bridge

  Conrad, Youth/Heart of Darkness

  Coover, Universal Baseball Association

  Coward, Play Parade

  Cozzens, Guard of Honor/The Just and the Unjust

  Crichton, Great Train Robbery

  Davies, R, Fifth Business/The Manticore

  Day, Journey of the Wolf

  de St. Exupery, Night Flight

  deBeer, Hannibal

  deMontherlant, Pity for Women

  Des Pres, Survivors

  deSegur, Napoleon’s Russian Campaign

  Dickens, Bleak House/Hard Times

  Dickey, Deliverance

  Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

  Donleavy, The Ginger Man

  DosPassos, USA

  Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment/
        The Brothers Karamazov

  Douglas, South Wind

  Drabble, A Writer’s Britain

  Dreiser, Sister Carrie

  Drury, Advise and Consent

  Duras, The Square

  Durrell, Justine

  Eiseley, The Immense Journey

  Eliot, Middlemarch

  Ellison, Invisible Man

  Ellman, James Joyce

  Faulkner, Light in August

  Fielding, Tom Jones

  Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  Flaubert, Madame Bovary

  Forester, The Ship

  Forster, A Passage to India/Howards End

  Friedman, Polygamist

  Fruttero, The Sunday Woman

  Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga

  Gardner, Grendel

  Garland, Son of the Middle Border

  Gibbons, Old Comport Farm

  Giovene, The Book of Giuliano Sansevero

  Gladkov, Cement

  Gogol, Dead Souls

  Golding, The Inheritors

  Gould, Such Good Friends

  Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

  Graves, Hercules, My Shipmate/Wife to Mr. Milton

  Green, H., Loving/Concluding

  Green, P, Xerxes at Salamis

  Greene, The Comedians/The Quiet American

  Grey, R.M., I, Yahweh: A Novel in the Form of an
        Autobiography

  Grubb, The Night of the Hunter

  Guthrie, The Big Sky

  Halasz, Captain Dreyfus

  Hamsun, Growth of the Soil

  Hardy, Tess of the D’Uurbervilles

  Hartley, Lost Country Life

  Hawkes, Blood Oranges/Cannibal

  Hazzard, Transit of Venus

  Hearne, Land of the Living

  Heinemann, Close Quarters

  Heller, Catch 22

  Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises/A Farewell to Arms

  Herr, Dispatches

  Hibbert, Days of the French Revolution

  Homer, Iliad/The Odyssey (tr. Rouse)

  Horne, The Fall of Paris/The Price of Glory/
      To Lose a Battle
/A Savage War of Peace

  Household, Rogue Male

  Howe, Classics of Modern Fiction, (ed.)/
      World of Our Fathers

  Hughes, Richard, A High Wind in Jamaica

  Hughes, Robert, Heaven and Hell in Western Art

  Huxley, Antic Hay/Point Counterpoint/Brave New World

  Illyes, People of the Puszta

  James, The Spoils of Poynton/The Portrait of a Lady

  Jaspers, Reason and Existence

  Jennings, Aztec

  Jensen, The Long Journey

  Jhabvala, The Householder

  Johnson, Anniversaries

  Jones, From Here to Eternity

  Joyce, The Dead/Ulysses/Dubliners/
        A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  Jung, Man and his Symbols

  Kafka, The Penal Colony/The Trial

  Kawabata, Snow Country



  Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

  Keegan, The Face of the Battle

  Kennedy, L., Pursuit

  Kennedy, M., Constant Nymph

  Kerouac, On the Road

  Klinkowitz (ed.), Writing Under Fire

  Knowles, A Separate Peace

  Kundera, Laughter and Forgetting

  Lampedusa, The Leopard

  Lardner, Round-Up

  Larteguy, The Centurions

  Lash, Helen Keller and Teacher/Roosevelt and Churchill

  Lawrence, Lady Chatterly’s Lover/Sons and Lovers

  LeCarre, Smiley’s People/Little Drummer Girl/
        Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  Lessing, Martha Quest

  Levi, Christ Stopped at Eboli

  Lewis, Out of that Silent Planet/The Screwtape Letters

  Lowry, Under the Volcano

  Lurie, The War Between the Tates

  MacInnes, Three Years to Play

  Mailer, The Naked and the Dead

  Malraux, Man’s Fate

  Manchester, American Caesar

  Mann, Magic Mountain

  Mariceron, The French Revolution

  Marquand, The Late George Apley

  Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

  Maugham, Of Human Bondage

  McCarthy, The Groves of Academe

  McCullers, Member of the Wedding/
      The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

  McGahern, Getting Through

  McKenney, My Sister Eileen

  McPhee, Coming into the Country

  Melville, Moby Dick

  Meredith, The Egoist

  Miller, Death of a Salesman

  Millgate, Thomas Hardy

  Mishima, Forbidden Colors

  Mitford, N., Love in a Cold Climate/The Blessing

  Monteilhet, Murder at the Frankfurt Book Fair

  Morley, Kitty Foyle

  Morrison, Naval Warfare in the Pacific

  Morrison, T., Tar Baby

  Murasaki, The Tale of Genji

  Murdoch, The Bell

  Nabokov, Pnin/Look at the Harlequins

  Naipaul, An Area of Darkness

  Niebuhr, The Children of Light...

  Nossack, To the Unknown Hero

  Noyes, My Father’s House

  Connor, Complete Stories

  Brien, Going After Cacciato

  Casey, I Knock at the Door

  Hare, Appointment in Samarra

  Orwell, 1984

  Osborne, The Associates

  Ovid, Metamorphoses (tr. Humphries)

  Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

  Pinchin, Alexandria Still

  Pirandello, The Naked Truth

  Plievier, Stalingrad

  Porter, Noon Wine

  Powell, The Acceptance World

  Powys, A Glastonbury Romance

  Price, A Long and Happy Life

  Priestley, The Good Companions

  Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

  Quennel, The Wanton Chase

  Rao, Kanthapura

  Renault, Bull from the Sea

  Rexroth, One Hundred Poems from the Japanese

  Robbe-Grillet, Jealousy/The Voyeur

  Roberts, Northwest Passage

  Rozanov, Dostoyevsky and the Legend of the Grand Inquisitor

  Saki, Collected Short Stories

  Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

  Sartre, Nausea

  Sevareid, Not So Wild a Dream

  Shakespeare, The Complete Signet Edition

  Shaw, Nine Plays

  Sillitoe, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

  Silone, Bread and Wine

  Singer, An Isaac Bashevis Singer Reader/Satan in Goray

  Singh, Train to Pakistan

  Smith, W.J., Army Brat

  Solzhenitsyn, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

  Sontag, I, Etcetera

  Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle

  Sorentino, Mulligan Stew

  Spackman, Presence with Secrets

  Steegmuller, Flaubert and Madame Bovary

  Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma

  Sterne, Tristram Shandy

  Stoppard, Dirty Linen/New-Found-Land

  Storey, Flight into Camden

  Suckow, The Folks

  Sullivan, Symbols of Eternity

  Synge, Playboy of the Western World/Riders to the Sea

  Tanizaki, Some Prefer Nettles

  Terraine, Trafalgar

  Thackeray, Vanity Fair

  Theroux, The Family Arsenal

  Thurber, Let Your Mind Alone

  Toland, The Rising Sun

  Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych

  Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

  Trilling, L., A Liberal Imagination,
        The Experience of Literature
(ed.),

  Troyat, Tolstoy

  Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

  Tuchman, Guns of August

  Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

  Vailland, The Law

  Vassilikos, The Harpoon Gun

  Verga, The House by the Medlar Tree

  Voltaire, Candide

  Von Frisch, Animal Architecture

  Wain, Hurry On Down

  Warner, The Medieval Castle

  Warren, All the King’s Men

  Waterhouse, Billy Liar

  Waugh, A Handful of Dust/Decline and Fall

  Webb, Precious Bane

  Weber (ed.), Paths to the Present

  Wells, Tono-Bungay/Time Machine

  Welty, Delta Wedding/Collected Short Stories

  West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

  Wharton, Age of Innocence/Ethan Frome

  White, Charlotte’s Web

  Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel/The Lost Boy

  Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway/To the Lighthouse

  Wouk, The Caine Mutiny/War and Remembrance

  Wright, Native Son

  Yates, The Easter Parade

  Yeats, Collected Poems

  Zola, The Downfall/The Sin of Father Mouret

  Zweig, Case of Sergeant Grischa

 

for children:

  Rawlings, The Yearling

  Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods/
        Little House on the Prairie/On the Banks of Plum Creek


 




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