Thursday, September 30, 2010

English Faculty Book Picks

Are you ready for two really long lists?

During my final semester at BYU-I, I had an assignment to pick one book from three lists and then put together a presentation for each of the three books. The lists were comprised of books in the canon, recommended books, and nonfiction books related to English/writing. My professor put the lists together by asking all the English faculty what one book in each category they thought everyone should read. So, looking for a good book to read or perhaps just wondering what books you should read before you die, here's some titles to consider.

Recommended Booklist

·         The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth
·         The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
·         The Ambassadors by Henry James
·         An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
·         Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
·         Arabella by Anonymous
·         Best American Short Stories
·         Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
·         The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
·         Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
·         The Brothers K by David James Duncan
·         Bungay Castle by Elizabeth  Bonhote
·         Candide by Voltaire
·         Century of the Wind by Eduardo Galeano
·         Collapse by Jared Diamond
·         The Color Purple by Alice Walker
·         Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
·         The Conjure Woman by Charles Chestnutt
·         The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
·         Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
·         Field Guide by Robert Hass
·         Five Skies by Ron Carlson
·         Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor
·         Geography III by Elizabeth Bishop
·         The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
·         God: Stories edited by C. Michael Curtis
·         Good Omens:  The Nice and Accurate Prophecies by Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaimon and Terry Prachett
·         The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
·         Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
·         The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
·         How to Read Literature Like a Professor:  A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines  by Thomas C. Foster
·         In Memoriam A.H.H by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
·         Jane Kenyon’s Collected Poems by Jane Kenyon
·         The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
·         The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
·         Language as Symbolic Action by S.I. Hawakawa
·         The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
·         The Light Princess by George MacDonald
·         Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
·         Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
·         Master Harold and the Boys by Athol Fugard
·         Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
·         Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
·         The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
·         Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery by Richard Selzer
·         Mrs. Mike: The Story of Katherine Mary Flannigan by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
·         My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
·         Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
·         Night by Elie Wiesel
·         The Octopus by Frank Norris
·         A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
·         Persuasion by Jane Austen
·         The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
·         A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
·         Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
·         Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
·         The Road by Cormac McCarthy
·         The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe
·         A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
·         Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler
·         The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
·         Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
·         The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
·         The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
·         Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
·         Story by Robert McKee
·         Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
·         Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard
·         The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
·         The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber
·         The Tree of Man by Patrick White
·         The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
·         The World is Flat:  A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman
·         These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prince by Nancy E. Turner
·         This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
·         Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
·         Translation by Brian Friel
·         Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
·         Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
·         White Boys by Reginald McKnight
·         Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
·         Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
·         Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre

The Canon

·         Absolom, Absolom by William Faulkner
·         Adam Bede by George Eliot
·         The Aeneid  by Virgil
·         All My Sons by Arthur Miller
·         Anatomy of Criticism by Northrop Frye
·         Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
·         Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
·         As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
·         Beloved by Toni Morrison
·         Beowulf
·         Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
·         Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
·         The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
·         Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
·         The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
·         Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
·         Crucible by Arthur Miller
·         Cry, the Beloved Country  by Alan Paton
·         David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
·         Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
·         A Death in the Family by James Agee
·         Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
·         Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri
·         A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
·         Dream Songs by John Berryman
·         Ecclesiastical History of the English People by Bede
·         The Efficacy of Prayer by C.S. Lewis
·         An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
·         For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
·         Frankenstein   by Mary Shelley
·         Go Down, Moses by William Faulkner
·         Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
·         Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
·         Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
·         Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
·         Hamlet  by William Shakespeare
·         Collected poems of Thomas Hardy
·         Collected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne
·         Heart of Darkness  by Joseph Conrad
·         Holy Bible
·         Huckleberry Finn  by Mark Twain
·         Illiad   by Homer
·         Imagining America: Stories From the Promised Land edited by Wesley Brown
·         Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
·         Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
·         Jane Eyre  by Charlotte Brontë
·         Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
·         Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
·         Collected poems of John Keats
·         King Lear  by William Shakespeare
·         Life and Times of Fredrick Douglass in His Own Words by Fredrick Douglass
·         Life of King Alfred by Asser, Bishop of Sherborne
·         Light in August by William Faulkner
·         Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill (If you choose this option, the play to pair it with would be Ah, Wilderness)
·         Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth
·         Macbeth by William Shakespeare
·         Merchant of Venice  by William Shakespeare
·         Middlemarch by George Eliot
·         Midsummer Night’s Dream  by William Shakespeare
·         Moby Dick by Herman Melville
·         Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
·         Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf
·         My Antonia by Willa Cather
·         Odyssey  by Homer
·         Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
·         Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
·         One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
·         One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
·         Othello by William Shakespeare
·         Paradise Lost  by John Milton
·         Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge
·         Portrait of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
·         The Prelude by William Wordsworth
·         Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
·         Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
·         The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
·         Riders to the Sea by J. M Synge
·         Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
·         Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
·         Scarlet Letter  by Nathaniel Hawthorne
·         Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
·         The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
·         Selected Tales and Sketches by Nathaniel Hawthorne
·         Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
·         Silas Marner by George Eliot
·         Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
·         Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
·         A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
·         Tempest by William Shakespeare
·         Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
·         Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
·         Till We All Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
·         To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
·         To the Lighthouse  byVirginia Woolf
·         Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
·         Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
·         Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
·         Walden by Henry David Thoreau
·         The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
·         Winesberg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
·         Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
·         Collected Poems of William Wordsworth
·         Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

That should keep you going for awhile :)

Actually, come to think of it, looks like I've got a lot of reading to do!

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