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From Scibbling Woman (via The Little Professor), and at the risk of revealing how illiterate I am, bold the titles you’ve read. Nope, I’ve never read Beowulf, Dante, or Goethe. Been meaning to. Really. 71 out of 100. That’s a C-, right?

Beowulf
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
Bront, Charlotte Jane Eyre
Bront, Emily Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert The Stranger
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop
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
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
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
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
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 [But I’ve read Les Miserables!]
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House
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
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
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
Marquez, Gabriel Garca One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur The Crucible
Morrison, Toni Beloved
O’Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find
O’Neill, Eugene Long Day’s Journey into Night
Orwell, George Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel Swann’s Way
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49 [But I’ve read everything else! Bonus points for saving unread Pynchon for some much needed later time in life?]
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
Shakespeare, William Hamlet
Shakespeare, William Macbeth
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night’s Dream
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
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 [But I’ve read Anna Karenina!]
Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire Candide
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. SlaughterhouseFive
Walker, Alice The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard Native Son

Further: Pulitzer Winners

1918 His Family by Ernest Poole
1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1921 The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton
1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather
1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
1925 So Big by Edna Ferber
1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
1928 Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1929 Scarlet Sister Maryby Julia M. Peterkin
1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver LA Farge
1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling
1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
1935 Now in November by Josephine W. Johnson
1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
1937 Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1938 The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1940 The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
1943 Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair
1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
1947 All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener
1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
1950 The Way West by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.
1951 The Town by Conrad Richter
1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1955 A Fable by William Faulkner
1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
1958 A Death in the Family by James Agee
1959 The Travels of Jaimie by Robert Lewis Taylor
1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner
1965 The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
1966 Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter by Katherine Anne Porter
1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
1970 Collected Stories of Jean Stafford by Jean Stafford
1972 Angle Of Repose by Wallace Earle Stegner
1973 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
1976 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
1980 The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1982 Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1984 Ironweed by William J. Kennedy
1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Hillsman Taylor
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison
1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
1990 The Mambo Kings Play by Oscar Hijuelos
1991 Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain: Stories by Robert Olen Butler
1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford
1997 Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones

More numbers:

Larry McCaffery list: 42
Phobos Top 100: 40
Modern Library Top 100: 46
National Book Ward Winners (since 1950, total possible is 54): 16

Gotta get reading, it looks like.

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  1. Well, I’d hardly say “illiterate” could possibly apply…is there anything special about the top grouping of books other than their popularity? The second group I see are Pulitzer prize winners.

    Here’s what I’ve read – some of them are favorites of mine and some of them I found dreadfully boring (ugh…Faulkner). I have nowhere near 71.

    Dante Inferno
    Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
    Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury
    Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust
    Golding, William Lord of the Flies
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
    Heller, Joseph Catch 22
    Homer The Iliad
    Homer The Odyssey
    Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis
    Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
    London, Jack The Call of the Wild
    Morrison, Toni Beloved
    Orwell, George Animal Farm
    Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
    Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales
    Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye
    Shakespeare, William Hamlet
    Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet
    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
    Thoreau, Henry David Walden
    Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. SlaughterhouseFive
    Walker, Alice The Color Purple
    Wright, Richard Native Son

    Further: Pulitzer Winners

    1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison

  2. Ha! I’m sure you probably among the top 2% of well-read Americans. How you’ve missed One Hundred Years of Solitude is the only real surprising one. I put it in my top 5 novels of all time, maybe top 3.
    There are a few I’d have thought you’d have read in school: The Awakening, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Uncle Tom’s Cabin . . . if it wasn’t for high school, I doubt I would have read those. Overall you have me beat. I didn’t count, but it looks like I’ve probably read about half.

  3. How well read are you?

    There is a new “meme” running through the lit blog community (see here and here) that involves revealing how many literary “classics” you have read. I did this awhile back with the Modern Library’s top 100 English language novels. To…

  4. How well read are you?

    There is a new “meme” running through the lit blog community (see here and here) that involves revealing how many literary “classics” you have read. I did this awhile back with the Modern Library’s top 100 English language novels. To…

  5. The Great Books List

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