Monday, April 27, 2009

Great Literature

I had a conversation with several students today about good literature and they asked for recommendations. I provided them with a list of several dozen off the top of my head. I decided - in my small and vain attempt to get all of us to read more good fiction - I will provide a list of good novels (mostly) that all have a redeeming value to them. In other words, they can be good for the spirit as well as the mind. Of course, this list is incomplete and full of my own personal bias. It spans a broad spectrum of books - from ancient to modern - foreign to domestic - children to adult - easy to difficult - provocative to simple.
  • The Brothers Karamozov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (my favorite of all novels)
  • The Power and The Glory – Graham Greene
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • The Catcher in The Rye – JD Salinger
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beacher Stowe
  • The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
  • The Lord Of The Rings – JRR Tolkien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Anything by Shakespeare
  • Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • The Iliad - Homer
  • The Odyssey - Homer
  • The Aeneid - Virgil
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (a series of books) - CS Lewis
  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
  • A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
  • Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
  • Don Quixote – Cervantes
  • Dune – Frank Herbert
  • Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
  • David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  • Moby Dick - Herman Melville
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
  • The Complete Works of Shakespeare
  • The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
What did I miss or what should I be reading?


Secret said...

Les Miserables and the Three Musketeers....oh and the O'Brien books, Fr. Elijah etc.

Jenny said...

A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt.

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel.

'Til We Have Faces and the Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. His "An Experiment in Criticism" is also exceptionally good, although not fiction.

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (personal favorite)

Any play by Henrik Ibsen. The Wild Duck was particularly good.

I could keep writing all day, but those are my absolute favorites that were missed.

wichitacatholic said...

I'd add Jude the Obscure or most anything by Thomas Hardy.