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Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)

       

Esther

 

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Nelson Algren (1909 -1981)

 

The Man With the Golden Arm

 

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Sherwood Anderson (1876 - 1941)

 

Winesburg, Ohio

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The Triumph of the Egg

 

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Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

 

The Complete Stories Vol. 1

 

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The Complete Stories Vol. 2

 

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Saul Bellow 1 (1915 - 2005)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1976

 

Ravelstein

 

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Humboldt's Gift

 

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Editors

 

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The Adventures of Augie March

 

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Mr. Sammler's Planet

 

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Henderson the Rain King

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Seize the Day

 

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Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories

 

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More Die of Heartbreak

 

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The Dean's December

 

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Him With His Foot in His Mouth: And Other Stories

 

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The Actual

 

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The Victim

 

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Paul Bowles (1910 - 1999)

 

The Sheltering Sky

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Without Stopping: An Autobiography

 

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The Spider's House

 

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Collected Stories, 1939-1976

 

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Their Heads Are Green and Their Hands Are Blue

 

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Hundred Camels in the Courtyard

 

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Let It Come Down

 

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Ray Bradbury (1920)

 

Fahrenheit 451

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The Martian Chronicles

 

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Joseph Brodsky 2 (1940 - 1996)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1987

 

Watermark

 

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A Part of Speech

 

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So Forth

 

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Collected Poems in English

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Pearl S. Buck (1892 - 1973)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1938

 

The Good Earth

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Sons

 

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A House Divided

 

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The House of Earth

 

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William S. Burroughs (1914 - 1997)

 

The Naked Lunch

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Junky

 

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Speed / Kentucky Ham : Two Novels

 

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Cities of the Red Night

 

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Truman Capote (1924 - 1984)

 

Other Voices, Other Rooms

 

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The Muses Are Heard

 

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A Tree of Night

 

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

 

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In Cold Blood

 

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A Christmas Memory

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The Thanksgiving Visitor

 

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Stephen Crane (1871 - 1900)

 

The Red Badge of Courage

 

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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

 

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The Open Boat

 

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The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

 

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The Blue Hotel

 

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Don DeLillo (1936)

 

Players

 

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Running Dog

 

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The Names

 

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White Noise

 

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Libra

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Mao II

 

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Underworld

 

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Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

 

Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

 

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Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) (1886 - 1961)

 

HERmione

 

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Helen in Egypt

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Collected Poems

 

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Theodore Dreiser (1871 - 1945)

 

Sister Carrie

 

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An American Tragedy

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Ralph Ellison (1914 - 1994)

 

Invisible Man

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William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1949

 

Intruder in the Dust

 

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As I Lay Dying

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Absalom, Absalom!

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The Sound and the Fury

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Collected Stories of William Faulkner

 

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940)

 

The Great Gatsby

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This Side of Paradise

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The Beautiful and Damned

 

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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

 

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Flappers and Philosophers

 

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The Jazz Age

 

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The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

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Tender is the Night

Three and a half

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Babylon Revisited

 

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The Love of the Last Tycoon

 

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Zelda Fitzgerald (1900 - 1948)

 

The Collected Writings of Zelda Fitzgerald

 

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Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

 

Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged

 

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Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

 

The Scarlet Letter

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The House of the Seven Gables

 

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Joseph Heller (1923)

 

Catch-22

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Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1954

 

Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923)

 

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In Our Time (1925)

 

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Torrents of Spring (1925 - 26)

 

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The Sun Also Rises (1926)

 

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Men Without Women (1927)

 

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A Farewell to Arms (1929)

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Death in the Afternoon (1932)

 

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Winner Take Nothing (1933)

 

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Green Hills of Africa (1935)

 

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To Have and Have Not (1937)

 

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The Fifth Column (1938)

 

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First 49 Stories (1938)

 

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For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

 

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Men at War (edited by E. H.,1942)

 

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Across the River and Into the Trees (1950)

 

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The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

One Heart

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A Moveable Feast (ph. 1964)

 

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By-line: Ernest Hemingway (ph. 1967)

 

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Islands in the Stream (ph. 1970)

 

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88 Poems (ph. 1979)

 

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E. H.: Selected Letters (ph. 1981)

 

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The Dangerous Summer (ph. 1985)

 

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The Garden of Eden (ph. 1986)

 

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The Complete Short Stories of E. H. (ph. 1987)

 

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True at First Light (ph. 1999)

 

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O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) (1862 - 1910)

 

Whirligigs

 

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Patricia Highsmith (1921 - 1995)

 

Strangers on a Train

 

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Those Who Walk Away

 

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The Cry of the Owl

 

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This Sweet Sickness

 

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John Irving (1942)

 

The Cider House Rules

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The World According to Garp

 

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Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)

 

Rip Van Winkle

 

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

 

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Shirley Jackson (1919 - 1965)

 

The Haunting of the Hill House

 

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The Lottery and Other Stories

 

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Henry James 3 (1843 - 1916)

 

The Portrait of a Lady

 

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The Ambassadors

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Robinson Jeffers (1887 - 1962)

 

Tamar and Other Poems

 

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Cawdor

 

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Thurso's Landing

 

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Be Angry at the Sun

 

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Euripides' Medea (an adaptation by R. Jeffers)

 

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James Jones (1921 - 1977)

 

From Here To Eternity

 

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Barbara Kingsolver (1955)

 

Homeland and Other Stories

 

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The Bean Trees

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Prodigal Summer

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The Poisonwood Bible

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Animal Dreams

 

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Pigs in Heaven

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Another America

 

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Jack London (1876 - 1916)

 

White Fang

 

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Call of the Wild

 

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Collected Short Stories

 

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Harper Lee (1926)

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Jeffrey Lent

 

In the Fall

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Lost Nation

 

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Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1930

 

Main Street

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Babbitt

 

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Edgar Lee (E.L.) Masters (1868 - 1950)

 

Spoon River Anthology

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Cormac McCarthy (1933)

 

The Orchard Keeper

 

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Outer Dark

 

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Child of God

 

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Suttree

 

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Blood Meridian

 

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     The Crossing

 

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     Cities of the Plain

 

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Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

 

Moby Dick

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Billy Budd

 

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Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

 

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Benito Cereno

 

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Bartleby the Scrivener

 

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Arthur Miller (1915)

 

Death of a Salesman

 

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The Crucible

 

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Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

 

Tropic of Cancer

 

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Tropic of Capricorn

 

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Toni Morrison (1931)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1993

 

The Bluest Eye

 

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Sula

 

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Song of Solomon

 

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Tar Baby

 

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Beloved

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Jazz

 

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Paradise

 

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Vladimir (Dmitri) Vladimirovich Nabokov 4 (1899 -1977)

 

The Defense

 

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Despair

 

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Invitation to a Beheading

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Pnin

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Lolita

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King, Queen, Knave

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Ada

 

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Pale Fire

 

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Laughter in the Dark

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Frank Norris (1870 - 1902)

 

McTeague: A Story of San Francisco

 

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The Pit: A Story of Chicago

 

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The Octopus: A Story of California

 

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Joyce Carol Oates (1938)

 

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Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888 -1953)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1936

 

Long Day's Journey into Night

 

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Desire Under the Elms

 

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Strange Interlude

 

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Mourning Becomes Electra

 

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Beyond the Horizon

 

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Anna Christie

 

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The Hairy Ape

 

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A Moon for the Misbegotten

 

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The Iceman Cometh

 

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The Emperor Jones

 

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The Long Voyage Home

 

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Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)

 

The Collected Poems

 

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The Bell Jar

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

 

Dead Brides (Vampire Tales)

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The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

 

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Best Known Works of Poe

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Katherine Anne Porter (1890 - 1980)

 

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

 

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Pale Horse, Pale Rider

 

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Ship of Fools

 

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Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

 

Personae: The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound

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Exultations

 

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ABC of Reading

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Quia Pauper Amavi - Homage to Sextus Propertius

 

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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

 

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The Cantos

 

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Thomas Pynchon (1937)

 

Mason & Dixon

 

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Gravity's Rainbow

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The Crying of Lot 49

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V

 

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Henry Roth (1906 - 1995)

 

Call It Sleep

 

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Philip Roth (1933)

 

Goodbye Columbus

 

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Portnoy's Complaint

 

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The Professor of Desire

 

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The Ghost Writer

 

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American Pastoral

 

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The Human Stain

 

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Sabbath's Theatre

 

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I Married a Communist

 

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Patrimony: A True Story

 

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The Great American Novel

 

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J. D. Salinger (1919)

 

Catcher in the Rye

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter / Seymour: an Introduction

 

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Nine Stories (including For Esmé - with Love and Squalor)

 

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Franny and Zooey

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Irwin Shaw (1913 - 1984)

 

Two Weeks in Another Town

 

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Evening in Byzantium

 

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Beggarman, Thief

 

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Upton Sinclair (1878 - 1968)

 

The Jungle

 

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I, Candidate for Governor and How I Got Licked

 

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Boston: A Documentary Novel of the Sacco-Vanzetti Case

 

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Dragon Harvest

 

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Mental Radio

 

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Wide Is the Gate

 

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Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

 

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Dragon's Teeth

 

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Between Two Worlds

 

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A World to Win

 

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Presidential Mission

 

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Affectionately Eve

 

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John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968)  Nobel Prize in Literature, 1962

 

Cup of Gold (1929)

 

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The Pastures of Heaven (1932)

 

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To a God Unknown (1933)

 

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The Long Valley (?)

 

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The Tortilla Flat (1935)

 

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The Dubious Battle (1936)

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Of Mice and Men (1937)

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Blood is Strong (1938)

 

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The Red Pony (1938)

 

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The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

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Forgotten Village (1941)

 

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The Moon is Down (1942)

 

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The Cannery Row (1945)

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The Pearl (1947)

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The Wayward Bus (1947)

 

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Burning Bright (1950)

 

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Viva Zapata! (1952)

 

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East of Eden (1952)

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Sweet Thursday (1954)

 

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The Short Reign of Pippin IV (1957)

 

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Once There Was a War (1958)

 

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Winter of Our Discontent (1961)

 

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Travels With Charley (1962)

 

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America and Americans (1966)

 

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The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (ph. 1976)

 

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Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

 

Harmonium

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Stevens' Ideas of Order

 

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The Man with the Blue Guitar

 

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Parts of a World

 

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Transport to Summer

 

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Esthétique du mal {Aesthetic of Evil}

 

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The Auroras of Autumn

 

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Collected Poems

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Opus Posthumous (edited by Samuel French Morse)

 

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Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896)

 

Uncle Tom's Cabin

 

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Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

 

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

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Gore Vidal 5 (1925)

 

Myra Breckenridge / Myron

 

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Duluth

 

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Live From Golgotha

 

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Kalki

 

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Visit to a Small Planet

 

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The Best Man

 

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Julian

 

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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922)

 

Player Piano

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Slaughterhouse Five

 

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Cat's Cradle

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Breakfast of Champions

 

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Slapstick

 

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The Sirens of Titan

 

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Welcome to the Monkey House

 

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Galapagos

 

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Mother Night

 

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God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

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Timequake

 

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Bluebeard

 

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Alice Walker (1944)

 

The Color Purple

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David Foster Wallace (1962)

 

The Broom of the System

 

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Girl with Curious Hair

 

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Infinite Jest

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

 

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Oblivion: Stories

 

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Robert Penn Warren (1905 - 1989)

 

All the King's Men

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World Enough and Time

 

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Nathanael West (1903 - 1940)

 

The Day of the Locust

 

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The Dream Life of Balso Snell

 

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Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)               Magnifying Glass

 

Sanctuary (1903)

 

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The House of Mirth (1905)

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Ethan Frome (1911)

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Reef (1912)

 

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The Custom of the Country (1913)

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Summer (1917)

 

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The Age of Innocence (1920)

 

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The Old New York Tetralogy (1924)

 

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Twilight Sleep (1927)

 

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Hudson River Bracketed (1929)

 

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The Gods Arrive (1932)

 

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The Buccaneers (1938)

 

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Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

 

Leaves of Grass

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Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983)

 

A Streetcar Named Desire

 

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

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The Glass Menagerie

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The Night of the Iguana

 

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Suddenly Last Summer

 

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Sweet Bird of Youth

 

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The Collected Stories of Tennessee Williams

 

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Richard Wright (1908 - 1960)

 

Native Son

 

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1. Saul Bellow was born in Lachine near Montreal, Canada. His parents had emigrated in 1913 from Russia to Montreal. When Bellow was nine years old they moved to Chicago.

2. Joseph Brodsky was born in Leningrad (now Saint Peterburg). He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1972. Thereafter, he lived in the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1977.

3. Henry James was a naturalized English citizen in the last two years of his life. He died in London.

4. Vladimir Nabokov was born in Russia. He left Russia in 1919, when he was 20 years of age. In 1945, he became a US citizen.

5. Gore Vidal is most famous with his American Chronicle Series (Lincoln / Burr / 1876 / Washington D.C. / Empire / Hollywood / The Golden Age / The American Precidency) that are written in the form of historical fiction. Since readliterature.com focuses mostly on literary fiction, and some of these books read as political essays, I am going to keep them off the main list for now. However, if you care about these books enough to write reviews, then I will gladly move them up and place them with Vidal's other books. Write a review for a Vidal historical fiction!