Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Classic Fiction

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Dear kids,

I already told you how much I love reading nonfiction. But other than children’s books and Agatha Christie mysteries, classic novels were my first written-down loves.

In fact, for nearly ten years, I read classic fiction almost exclusively. I tracked my reading in dated lists and carefully refined my collection. What follows is a result of those efforts: a list of the finest fiction classics I’ve encountered. All of these books are culturally and historically important, and the majority are also a lot of fun to read.

Two caveats: One, my focus in these lists is clearly on English-language literature. Two, I have not read all of the books in the Younger Readers sections—yet. This is the classics reading list I plan to use with you guys when you’re older and we’re doing the homeschooling thing.

I very much look forward to it.

I’ve placed asterisks next to the books I personally love the most. But hey—feel free to read everything on this list. I won’t stop you.

By the way, in order to better facilitate contextual understanding, I have listed the works in chronological order. I know, I know: Best mom ever.

Much love,

Mom

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Classic Fiction

Adaptations of Classics for Younger Readers
Classics for Younger Readers
Classics for Readers of High School Age and Beyond

Adaptations of Classic Fiction for Younger Readers:

Tales of Ancient Egypt, Roger Lancelyn Green
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, Henry Barker
Mara, Daughter of the Nile, Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw
Tales from China, Cyri Birch
The Five Chinese Brothers, Claire Bishop
Tales from Japan, Helen McAlpine and William McAlpine
Tales from India, J. E. B. Gray
Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India, Aaron Shepherd
Tales from Africa, Kathleen Arnott
The Adventures of Spider, Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
Greek Myths, Olivia Coolidge
Myths and Legends, Anthony Horowitz
The Children’s Homer, Padraic Colum
The Odyssey, Geraldine McCaughrean
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of Greek Myths, Bernard Evslin
The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, Padraic Colum
Tales of Greek Heroes, Roger Lancelyn Green
The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors, Roger Lancelyn Green
The Trojan War, Olivia Coolidge
Black Ships Before Troy, Rosemary Sutcliff
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus, Aliki
Pandora, Robert Burleigh
Trojan Horse, David Clement-Davies
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
King Midas: The Golden Touch, Demi
Pegasus, Marianna Mayer
An Illustrated Treasury of Read-Aloud Myths and Legends, Joan Verniero
Favorite Greek Myths, Mary Pope Osborne
Atlanta’s Race: A Greek Myth, Shirley Climo
In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid, Penelope Lively
Aesop’s Fables, Ann Mcgovern
The Last Days of Socrates, Plato and Hugh Tredennick
Caesar’s Gallic Wars, Olivia Coolidge
Cleopatra, Peter Vennema and Diane Stanley
The Golden Goblet, Eloise Jarvis Mcgraw
The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare
Outcast, Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff
The Silver Branch, Rosemary Sutcliff
Beowulf: Grendel the Ghastly, Michelle Szobody
Beowulf: A New Telling, Robert Nye
The Canterbury Tales, Geraldine Mcaughrean and Geoffrey Chaucer
St. George and the Dragon, Geraldine McCaughrean
Geoffrey Chaucer of England: A Masterful Recreation of Chaucer’s Life and Art, Marchette Gaylord Chute
Morte d’Arthur (audiobook), Derek Jacobi and Sir Thomas Malory
Knights of the Round Table, Gwen Gross
The Boys’ King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, Sidney Lanier and Sir Thomas Malory
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Rosemary Sutcliff
The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur, Margaret Hodges
Ben Jonson of Westminster, Marchette Gaylord Chute
Shakespeare Stories, Leon Garfield
The Shakespeare Can Be Fun series, Lois Burdett
Tales from Shakespeare, Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
Stories from Shakespeare, Marchette Gaylord Chute

Classic Fiction for Younger Readers:

Ancient Chinese poetry
Ancient Japanese poetry
Traditional Chinese folk tales
Traditional Japanese folk tales
Traditional Indian folk tales
Traditional African folk tales
Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (a modern version), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)
French Fairy Tales, Charles Perrault (1628–1703)
Pilgrims Progress, John Buyan (1628-1688)*
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)*
Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving (1783-1859)*
Rip van Winkle, Washington Irving (1783-1859)*
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (1785–1863 and 1786–1859)
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1797–1851)*
The poetry of Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)*
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)*
Norwegian Folk Tales, Peter Asbjornsen (1812-1885
Arabian Nights, vol. 1: The Marvels and Wonders of the Thousand and One Nights, Richard F. Burton (1821–1890)
Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi (1826-1890)
Around the World in Eighty Days, 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)*
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne (1828–1905)*
Other novels by Jules Verne (1828–1905)*
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)*
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)*
Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)*
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (1835–1910)*
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (1835-1910)*
Pudd’nhead Wilson, Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Green Mansions, William Henry Hudson (1841-1922)*
The Blue Fairy Book, Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
The Orange Fairy Book, Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
The Lilac Fairy Book, Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
Dracula, Bram Stoker (1847–1912)*
The Secret Garden and other novels by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)*
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)*
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)*
Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
Peter Pan, James Barrie (1860-1937)
The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry (1862–1910)
The Anne of Green Gables series, Lucy Maud Montgomery (1865-1947)*
Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936)
Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936)
Kim, Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936)
The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling (1865- 1936)
The Scarlet Pimpernell, Emma Orczy (1865–1947)
The stories of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)
The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (1866–1946)*
The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells (1866–1946)*
The novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)
The poems of Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
The Complete Father Brown Stories, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)*
The poetry of Robert Frost (1874-1963)*
The Call of the Wild, Jack London (1876-1916)*
White Fang, Jack London (1876-1916)*
The Sea-Wolf, Jack London (1876-1916)*
To Build a Fire and Other Stories, Jack London (1876-1916)*
The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
Traditional Irish Fairy Tales, James Stephens (1880-1950)
The Story of My Life, Helen Keller (1880–1968)*
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)*
Other novels by Agatha Christie (1890–1976)*
The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)*
The Yearling, Marjorie Rawlings (1896–1953)*
Our Town, Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)*
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)*
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900–1944)
Summer of the Monkeys, Wilson Rawls (1913–1984)*
Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (1913–1984)*
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and other books by Beverly Cleary (1916–)*
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You, John Ciardi (1916-1986)
A Wrinkle In Time and other books by Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007)*
Novels by Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)
Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose (1920-2002)*
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell (1920-2002)*
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee (1926-)*
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson (1927–2013)*
The Bears’ House and other books by Marilyn Sachs (1927–)*
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (1927–2014)*
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1929-1945)*
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein, (1930-1999)*
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Hannah Green (1932–)*
Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Patterson (1932–)
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Patterson (1932–)*
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 Outsiders, S.E. Hinton (1948-)*
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (1951–)*
The White Stallion, Elizabeth Shub*
Other books from the list of recommendations for kids reading at the first- through fourth-grade level in The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Other books listed in Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson

Classic Fiction for Readers of High School Age and Beyond:

The Illiad, Homer
The Odyssey, Homer
Aesop’s Fables (c. 620–564 BC)
Oedipus Rex and other works of Sophocles (c. 497–405 BC)*
Selected writings of Euripedes (c. 480–406 BC)
The complete works of Thucydides (c. 460–400 BC)
The complete works of Aristophanes (c. 446–386 BC)
The Aeneid, Virgil (70–19 BC)
Odes, Horace (65–8 BC)
The Metamorphosis, Ovid (43 BC–AD 17/18)
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, Epictetus (c. 55–135)
Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus (c. 525/524– c. 456/455 BC)
The Oresteia Trilogy: Agamemnon, The Libation-Bearers, The Furier, Aeschylus (c. 525/524–c. 456/455 BC)
Aesop’s Fables (c. 620–564 BC)
The Analects, Confucius (551–479 BC)
The complete works of Aeschylus (c. 525–455 BC)
The Aeneid, Virgil (70 BC – September 21, 19 BC)
Cur Deus Homo, Anselm (c. 1033–1109)
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (c. 1090–1164)
The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (c. 1265–1321)
The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375)
The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer (c. 1343–1400)
The Book of Margery Kempe, Margery Kempe (c. 1373–after 1438)
La Morte Darthur, Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1415–1471)
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527)
Mandragola, Niccolo Macchiavelli (1469–1527)
Orlando Furioso, Ludovico Ariosto (1474–1533)
Utopia, Sir Thomas More (1478–1535)
Other works by Sir Thomas More (1478–1535)
Selected works by Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–1542)
The Schoolmaster, Roger Ascham (1515–1568)
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616)
The Faerie Queeene, Edmund Spenser (c. 1552–1599)
The complete works of Shakespeare (1564–1616)
Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
Faust, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
Tamburlaine the Great, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
The Jew of Malta, Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)
The complete poetry of John Donne (1572–1631)
Volpone, Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
The Alchemist, Ben Johnson (1572–1637)
Every Man in His Humour, Ben Johnson (1572–1637)
Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy, Ben Johnson (1572–1637)
The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster (c. 1580–c. 1634)
Life is a Dream, Calderon de la Barca (1600–1681)
Paradise Lost, John Milton (1608–1674)
Paradise Regained, John Milton (1608–1674)
The Bourgeois Gentleman, Moliere (1622–1673)
The Misanthrope, Moliere (1622–1673)
Tartuffe, Moliere (1622–1673)
Other plays by Moliere (1622–1673)
Pensees, Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan (1628–1688)
Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem, John Dryden (1631–1700)
Oroonoko: The Royal Slave, Aphra Behn (1640–1689)
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe (c. 1660–1731)*
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe (c. 1660–1731)
Gulliver’s Travels, Johnathan Swift (1667–1745)*
The Bassett Table, Susana Centlivre (c. 1667 to 1670–1723)
The Way of the World, William Congreve (1670–1729)*
Selected poetry of John Hopkins (born 1675)*
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)
Candide, Voltaire (1694–1778)*
Tom Jones, Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding (1707–1754)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Lawrence Stern (1713–1768)
The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774)
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss (1743–1818)*
The Sufferings of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)*
Edmond, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
Erotica Romana, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
Hermann and Dorothea, Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749–1832)
The poetry of William Blake (1757–1827)*
A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)
Charlotte: A Tale of Truth, Susana Rowson (1762–1824)
The poetry of William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
The poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)*
The complete works of Jane Austen (1775–1817)*
The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal (1783–1842)
The Red and the Black, Stendhal (1783–1842)
Don Juan, Lord Byron (1788–1824)
The Last of the Mohicans, James Fennimore Cooper (1789–1851)
The Deerslayer, James Fennimore Cooper (1789–1851)
Mr. Midshipman Easy, Captain Frederick Marryat (1792–1848)
The poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)*
Sartor Resarus, Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
Pere Goriot, Honore de Balzac (1799–1850)
The complete works of Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas (1802–1870)
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo (1802–1885)*
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas (1802–1870)
The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)*
The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)*
The Blithedale Romance, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864)
The poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852)
The Inspector-General, Nikolai Gogol (1809–1852)
The Professor at the Breakfast Table, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)*
Henry Esmond, William Thackeray (1811–1863)
Vanity Fair, William Thackeray (1811–1863)
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)*
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)*
Other works by Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
The poetry of Robert Browning (1812–1889)*
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)
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte (1816–1855)*
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (1818–1848)*
Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev (1818–1883)
The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx (1818–1883)
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (1819–1892)*
The complete works of Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
Moby Dick, Herman Melville (1819–1891)*
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, Flaubert (1821–1880)
The complete works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881)*
The Man Without a Country, Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909)
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)
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)*
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)*
Modern Love, George Meredith (1828–1909)*
The complete works of Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)*
The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler (1835–1902)
The Rise of Silas Lapham, W. D. Howells (1837–1920)
The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
Tess of the D’ubervilles, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)
The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce (1842–c. 1914)
The complete works of Henry James (1843–1916)*
Miss Julie, August Strindberg (1849–1912)
The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett (1849–1909)*
Looking Backward, Edward Bellamy (1850–1898)
The Awakening, Kate Chopin (1850–1904)*
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Howard Pyle (1853–1911)*
The complete works of Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)*
The complete works of George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)*
The Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (1857–1924)
In His Steps, Charles Sheldon (1857–1946)*
The Hound of Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930)*
The complete works of Anton Chekhov (1860–1904)*
The Virginian, Owen Wister (1860–1938)
What Every Woman Knows, J.M. Barrie (1860–1937)
The complete works of Edith Wharton (1862–1937)*
The Petty Demon, Fyodor Sologub (1863–1927)
The complete works of W.B. Yeats (1865–1939)*
Kokoro, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)*
I Am A Cat, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)*
The Three-Cornered World, Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)*
The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux (1868–1927)*
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)
Twelve Men, Theodore Dreiser (1871–1945)
The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane (1871–1900)*
The Good Soldier, Ford Maddox Ford (1873–1939)*
My Antonia, Willa Cather (1873–1947)*
Death Comes For the Archbishop, Willa Cather (1873–1947)
O Pioneers!, Willa Cather (1873–1947)*
Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)
The complete works of W. Somerset Maugham (1874–1965)*
The writings of Amy Lowell (1874–1925)
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)
The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)*
The Ball and the Cross, G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)*
Daylight and Nightmare, G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)*
Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann (1875–1955)*
The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann (1875–1955)*
Giants in the Earth, O.E. Rolvaang (1876–1931)
Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941)*
Many Marriages, Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941)*
Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)*
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse (1877–1962)*
Demian, Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)*
The complete works of E. M. Forster (1879–1970)*
Red Roses for Me, Sean O’Casey (1880–1964)*
Ulysses, James Joyce (1882–1941)
Dubliners, James Joyce (1882–1941)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce (1882–1941)*
Finnegans Wake, 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 complete works of Franz Kafka (1883–1924)*
The poetry of Ezra Pound (1885–1972)*
Main Street, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)
Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)
Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951)
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)*
Giant, Edna Ferber (1885–1968)
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)
The complete works of T. S. Eliot (1888–1965)*
At the Bay, Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)
In a German Pension, Katherine Mansfield (1888–1923)
The complete works of Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)*
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill (1888–1953)*
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)
Johnny Tremain, Ester Forbes (1891–1967)
Black Spring, Henry Miller (1891–1980)
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973)*
The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973)*
Selected works of Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)*
Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)*
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)*
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiel Hammett (1894–1961)*
The complete works of E. E. Cummings (1894–1962)*
The complete works of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)*
The Citadel, A. J. Cronin (1896–1981)
The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos (1896–1970)
The Big Money, John Dos Passos (1896–1970)
Nineteen, Nineteen, John Dos Passos (1896–1970)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner (1897–1962)
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)
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (1898–1970)*
The complete works of C.S. Lewis (1898–1963)*
The complete works of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961)*
The Sound of the Mountain, Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972)
Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972)
You Can’t Go Home Again, Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938)
Lost Horizon, James Hilton (1900–1954)*
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949)*
Death Be Not Proud, John Gunther (1901–1970)
Selected works of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991)
The Pearl, John Steinbeck (1902–1968)*
The complete works of John Steinbeck (1902–1968)*
Too Late the Philanthrope, Alan Paton (1903–1988)
The Day of the Locust, Nathaniel West (1903–1940)
Animal Farm, George Orwell (1903–1950)*
1984, George Orwell (1903–1950)*
God’s Little Acre, Erskine Caldwell (1903–1987)
The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1904–1991)
The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene (1904–1991)
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene (1904–1991)
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)*
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren (1905–1989)
Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler (1905–1983)
The complete works of Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980)*
Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)*
Endgame, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)*
Act Without Words, Samuel Beckett (1906–1989)
Waldo, Robert Heinlein (1907–1988)*
Magic, Inc., Robert Heinlein (1907–1988)*
Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt (1907–2001)
Stranger In A Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)*
Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank (1908–1964)*
The Ox-Bow Incident, Walter van Tillburg Clark (1909–1971)
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)
A Death in the Family, James Agee (1909–1955)*
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee (1909–1955)*
The complete works of Tennessee Williams (1911–1983)*
The Lord of the Flies, William Golding (1911–1993)*
Free Fall, William Golding (1911–1993)
The Inheritors, William Golding (1911–1993)
The complete works of Albert Camus (1913–1960)*
The complete works of Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)
Child of the Dark, Carolina Maria de Jesus (1914–1977)
The Assistant, Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
The Fixer, Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)
Dangling Man, Saul Bellow (1915–2005)
All My Sons, Arthur Miller (1915–2005)*
The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk (1915–)
Herzog, Saul Bellow (1915–2005)
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (1917–1967)
Selected works of Robert Lowell (1917–1977)
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (1917–1993)
The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Muriel Spark (1918–2006)
The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008)
The complete works of J. D. Salinger (1919–2010)*
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (1920–2012)*
Dune, Frank Herbert (1920–1986)*
The complete works of Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)*
On the Road, Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)*
The Dharma Burns, Jack Kerouac (1922–1969)*
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer (1923–2007)
Catch-22, Joseph Heller (1923–1999)*
Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin (1924–1987)*
A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt (1924–1995)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote (1924–1984)*
Music for Chameleons, Truman Capote (1924–1984)*
Other Voices, Other Rooms, Truman Capote (1924–1984)*
The complete works of John Knowles (1926–2001)*
A Separate Peace, John Knowles (1926–2001)*
The complete works of Gunter Grass (1927–2015)*
The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass (1927–2015)*
A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck (1928–)
The American Dream, Edward Albee (1928–)*
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee (1928–)*
My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potak (1929–2002)*
The Chosen, Chaim Potak (1929–2002)*
The Promise, Chaim Potak (1929–2002)*
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera (1929–)*
No Longer At Ease, Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)*
The Princess Bride, William Goldman (1931–)*
Selected books by Toni Morrison (1931–)
Rabbit, Run, John Updike (1932–2009)*
Other works by John Updike (1932–2009)*
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)*
A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines (1933–)*
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest J. Gaines (1933–)
Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya (1937–)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard (1937–)
The Color Purple, Alice Walker (1944–)*
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (1952–2001)*
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Nora Hurston
Go Ask Alice, Anonymous*
Walden Two, B.F. Skinner*
Selected works of J.D. Wyss
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
Nana, Zola
The Pilgrim Continues His Way, Anonymous
Everyman, Anonymous
Mabinogion
Beowulf, Anonymous
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Anonymous
The Way of a Pilgrim, Anonymous

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These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday

Kids, here it is. Have at it.

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Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.

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