drwhooo's "Recommended Reading List for the Well Educated Adult"

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When I was in high school 9th and 12th Grade English Teacher had a "Recommended Reading List for the Well Educated Adult". I had the list for several years after and liked that I had a list of classics and quality books, both fiction and non-fiction. Sometime in the last 5 years I lost the list. This list is an attempt to re-create it and have a major lists of books folks should read.

This list has been compiled from various lists which can be found online and also from my own personal input. Hopefully it will not be easy to tell which is which.

Accept no substitute. :)


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  1. 201.
    Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)
    by Ole Edvart Rolvaag

  2. 202.
    Cyrano de Bergerac (French Edition)
    by Edmond Rostand

  3. 203.
    Call It Sleep: A Novel
    by Henry Roth

  4. 204.
    The Catcher in the Rye
    by J.D. Salinger

  5. 205.

  6. 206.
    Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years
    by Carl Sandburg

  7. 207.
    The Human Comedy
    by William Saroyan

  8. 208.
    No Exit and Three Other Plays
    by Jean-Paul Sartre

  9. 209.
    The Nine Tailors
    by Dorothy L. Sayers

  10. 210.
    Ivanhoe (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Walter Scott

  11. 211.
    Hamlet ( Folger Library Shakespeare)
    by William Shakespeare

  12. 212.
    Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare

  13. 213.
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare

  14. 214.
    Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
    by William Shakespeare

  15. 215.
    Man and Superman (Penguin Classics)
    by George Bernard Shaw

  16. 216.
    Pygmalion (Penguin Classics)
    by George Bernard Shaw

  17. 217.
    Saint Joan (Penguin Classics)
    by George Bernard Shaw

  18. 218.
    Frankenstein (Penguin Classics)
    by Mary Shelley

  19. 219.
    The School for Scandal (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  20. 220.
    On the Beach
    by Nevil Shute

  21. 221.
    The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition
    by Upton Sinclair

  22. 222.
    Ceremony (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
    by Leslie Marmon Silko

  23. 223.
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (Signet Classics)
    by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  24. 224.
    Antigone (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Sophocles

  25. 225.
    Oedipus Rex (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Sophocles

  26. 226.
    Of Mice and Men
    by John Steinbeck

  27. 227.
    The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
    by John Steinbeck

  28. 228.
    Treasure Island (Signet Classics)
    by Robert Louis Stevenson

  29. 229.
    Uncle Tom's Cabin (Bantam Classics)
    by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  30. 230.
    Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Classics)
    by Jonathan Swift

  31. 231.
    The Joy Luck Club
    by Amy Tan

  32. 233.
    Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)
    by William Makepeace Thackeray

  33. 234.
    The Poems of Dylan Thomas, New Revised Edition [with CD]
    by Dylan Thomas

  34. 235.
    Walden; Or, Life in the Woods (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Henry David Thoreau

  35. 236.
    Tocqueville: Democracy in America (Library of America)
    by Alexis de Tocqueville

  36. 237.
    Anna Karenina
    by Leo Tolstoy

  37. 238.
    War and Peace (Modern Library Classics)
    by Leo Tolstoy

  38. 239.
    A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
    by Barbara W. Tuchman

  39. 240.
    Fathers and Sons (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Ivan Turgenev

  40. 241.

  41. 242.
    Rabbit, Run
    by John Updike

  42. 243.
    The Aeneid (Penguin Classics)
    by Virgil

  43. 244.
    Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)
    by Voltaire

  44. 245.
    by Kurt Vonnegut

  45. 246.
    The Color Purple
    by Alice Walker

  46. 247.
    All the King's Men
    by Robert Penn Warren

  47. 248.
    Brideshead Revisited
    by Evelyn Waugh

  48. 249.
    by Elie Wiesel

  49. 250.
    The Time Machine
    by H. G. Wells

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Created by drwhooo on Jul 25, 2007.


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