Over on listography, I have "read the classics" as a life goal. I've been trying to find the perfect list before finally deciding to cull one together myself . . . Am I missing any of the great ones? Are there any I should take off? I have crossed through the ones I have read. How embarrasingly few. I am working on Wuthering Heights right now.

Interesting how Vox numbered them.

  1. A Death in the Family, James Agee
  2. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  3. A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
  4. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  7. Aesop's Fables, Aesop
  8. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
  9. Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte
  10. All the King’s Men, Robert P. Warren
  11. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  12. The Ambassadors, Henry James
  13. An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
  14. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  15. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  16. Antigone, Sophocles
  17. The Arabian Nights, Anonymous
  18. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  19. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  20. The Beautiful and Damned, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  21. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  22. Beowulf, Anonymous
  23. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  24. The Bostonians, Henry James
  25. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  26. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  27. The Call of the Wild and White Fang, Jack London
  28. Candide, Voltaire
  29. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
  30. Catch 22, Joseph Heller
  31. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  32. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  33. The Collected Oscar Wilde, Oscar Wilde
  34. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson
  35. Common Sense and Other Writings, Thomas Paine
  36. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
  37. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. I, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  38. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. II, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  39. Confessions, St. Augustine of Hippo
  40. A Connecticut Yankee in King Authur's Court, Mark Twain
  41. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  42. The Crucible, Arthur Miller
  43. Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand
  44. Daisy Miller, Henry James
  45. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  46. Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
  47. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  48. The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy
  49. The Diary of Anne Franks, Ann Frank
  50. The Divine Comedy, Dante
  51. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
  52. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
  53. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  54. Emma, Jane Austen
  55. The Enchanted Castle, Edith Nesbit
  56. Essays and Poems, Ralph Waldo Emerson
  57. Essential Dialogues , Plato
  58. Essential Fiction and Poems, Edgar Allan Poe
  59. Ethan Frome and Selected Stories, Edith Wharton
  60. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  61. Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen
  62. Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev
  63. For Who the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  64. The Four Feathers, A.E.W. Mason
  65. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  66. The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams
  67. Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
  68. The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
  69. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  70. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  71. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  72. Grimm's Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  73. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
  74. Hamlet, Shakespeare
  75. Hard Times, Charles Dickens
  76. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  77. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  78. The House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
  79. The House of the Dead and Poor Folk, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  80. The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  81. Howards End, E. M. Forster
  82. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
  83. The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  84. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  85. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet A. Jacobs
  86. The Inferno, Dante
  87. Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
  88. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
  89. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne
  90. Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
  91. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
  92. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
  93. Kim, Rudyard Kipling
  94. King Solomon's Mines, H. Rider Haggard
  95. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  96. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
  97. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving
  98. Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Choderlos de Laclos
  99. Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
  100. The Life of Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell
  101. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  102. Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
  103. Lost Illusions, Honore de Balzac
  104. Macbeth, Shakespeare
  105. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  106. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis
  107. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  108. The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy
  109. The Metamorphoses, Ovid
  110. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  111. Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare
  112. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  113. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  114. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe
  115. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  116. My Ántonia, Willa Cather
  117. My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass
  118. Nana, Emile Zola
  119. Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Sojourner Truth
  120. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass
  121. Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
  122. Night, Elie Weisel
  123. Night and Day, Virginia Woolf
  124. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  125. Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  126. The Odyssey, Homer
  127. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
  128. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  129. O Pioneers!, Willa Cather
  130. The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
  131. Our Town, Thornton Wilder
  132. Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
  133. Paradise Lost, John Milton
  134. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  135. Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
  136. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  137. The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan
  138. Poetics and Rhetoric, Aristotle
  139. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  140. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  141. The Possessed, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  142. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  143. The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
  144. The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain
  145. Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mark Twain
  146. Purgatorio, Dante
  147. Pygmalion and Three Other Plays, George Bernard Shaw
  148. The Red and the Black, Stendhal
  149. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
  150. Republic, Plato
  151. The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy
  152. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  153. Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
  154. A Room with a View, E. M. Forster
  155. Sailing Alone Around the World, Joshua Slocum
  156. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  157. The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
  158. The Secret Agent, Joseph Conrad
  159. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  160. Selected Stories, O. Henry
  161. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  162. Sentimental Education, Gustave Flaubert
  163. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  164. Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
  165. Six Plays, Henrik Ibsen
  166. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  167. Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
  168. The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
  169. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  170. Sula, Toni Morrison
  171. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust
  172. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  173. Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
  174. Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  175. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  176. Three Lives, Gertrude Stein
  177. Three Theban Plays, Sophocles
  178. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  179. Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche
  180. The Time Machine, H. G. Wells
  181. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  182. Tom Jones, Henry Fielding
  183. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  184. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
  185. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
  186. Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  187. Utopia, Thomas More
  188. Vanity Fair, William Thackeray
  189. The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf
  190. Walden and Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau
  191. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  192. The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
  193. Ward No. 6, Anton Chekhov
  194. The Waste Land , T. S. Eliot
  195. The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
  196. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  197. The Wings of the Dove, Henry James
  198. Wives and Daughters, Elizabeth Gaskell
  199. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  200. Women in Love, D. H. Lawrence
  201. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
  202. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

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