Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Oh, Why Not?

If you people don't start posting on your blogs soon, I'm actually going to write that damn book one of these days... In the meantime, looky what I found at Penguin Drawing... I have a feeling I'm going to look bad after this. Those bolded are the ones I've read (or could fake my way through if I had to teach Freshmen).


Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart

Agee, James - A Death in the Family

Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice

Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain

Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot

Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March

Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre

Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights

Camus, Albert - The Stranger

Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop (no, but I've taught My Antonia-- does that count for something?)Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales

Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard

Chopin, Kate - The Awakening

Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness

Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans

Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage

Dante - Inferno

de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote

Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities (it was the best of books, it was the worst of books...)

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment

Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (some)Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy

Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers

Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss

Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man

Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays

Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury (I actually have taught this to Freshmen)

Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones (oh, yes, actually, but I don't remember it very well)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby (Tender is the Night is better)

Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary

Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust

Golding, William - Lord of the Flies

Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph - Catch 22

Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms

Homer - The Iliad

Homer - The Odyssey

Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God

Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World

Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House (I'd get beaucoup points if they listed all of Ibsen's plays. I think I've read every one).

James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady

James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw

Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (No, but I have read Finnegan's Wake! I'm going to add stuff to this list).

Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis (of course!)

Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior

Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird

Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt

London, Jack - The Call of the Wild

Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain (no, but I've read other stuff)Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude (ouch!)

Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener

Melville, Herman - Moby Dick

Miller, Arthur - The Crucible

Morrison, Toni - Beloved (ouch ouch!)

O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find (G-d, who hasn't? Taught this one too).

O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night (taught this one too)

Orwell, George - Animal Farm

Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago (great flick, though)

Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar (I make it a personal policy to stay out of the Bell Jar)

Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales

Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way (Never ever going to read more Proust again)Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49

Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front

Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac (GREAT movie)

Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep

Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye (Philip met him!)

Shakespeare, William - Hamlet

Shakespeare, William - Macbeth

Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream (but I might be able to fake it)

Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet

Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion

Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein

Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (might be able to fake it)Sophocles - Antigone

Sophocles - Oedipus Rex

Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath

Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island

Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin

Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels

Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair

Thoreau, Henry David - Walden

Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace

Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons

Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (ouch, I know!)

Voltaire - Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five

Walker, Alice - The Color Purple

Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth

Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories (didn't she write that one about Roman Fever?)Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass (I sing the body electric)

Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray

Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie

Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse (No, but I read The Hours)

Wright, Richard - Native Son

Where the hell is Milan Kundera on that list?????

And what about Sartre? J'ai lit Huis Clos en francais for crying out loud! Ionesco? Guy de Maupassant? Harold Pinter? T.S. Freaking Eliot? Not even a little Prufrock? Oh, come on!

I think this list is faulty.


  1. I don't see these on your list -
    Fox In Socks
    Desmond The Dog Detective
    The Crucible... well, I read most of it (which sucked cause I had to write a book report on it and the teacher didnt believe my ending)

    If it's more than a paragraph, I am not interested.

  2. And I blogged like 3 whole blogs so long ago and it took someone this long to read them :( I will try again...

  3. Okay, I see the Crucible on your list. Never mind. But the other two?? How 'bout those??

  4. What is this a list of? Dubya's Cliff's Notes.

  5. I've read seven on that list. Seven. Isn't that sad? Of course, there were several more there that I was supposed to have read for various classes, including Moby Dick, but you can imagine how that turned out. ;)

    You should make a point to journey into the Bell Jar. You may recognize more than you think.

  6. I will never go into the bell jar.