somewherelse'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. 2.
    Things Fall Apart
    by Chinua Achebe

  2. 3.
    Watership Down
    by Richard Adams

  3. 4.
    Aesop's Fables (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Aesop

  4. 5.
    A Death in the Family
    by James Agee

  5. 6.
    The House of the Spirits
    by Isabel Allende

  6. 7.
    Winesburg, Ohio (Bantam Classic)
    by Sherwood Anderson

  7. 8.
    And Still I Rise
    by Maya Angelou

  8. 9.
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    by Maya Angelou

  9. 10.
    Days of Grace
    by Arthur Ashe

  10. 11.
    The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth
    by David Attenborough

  11. 12.
    Emma (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  12. 13.
    Northanger Abbey (Modern Library Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  13. 14.
    Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  14. 15.
    Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)
    by Jane Austen

  15. 16.
    Go Tell It on the Mountain
    by James Baldwin

  16. 17.
    Pere Goriot (Signet Classics)
    by Honore de Balzac

  17. 18.
    Growing Up (Plume)
    by Russell Baker

  18. 19.
    Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts
    by Samuel Beckett

  19. 20.
    Looking Backward: 2000 - 1887 (Broadview Literary Texts)
    by Edward Bellamy

  20. 21.
    Seize the Day (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
    by Saul Bellow

  21. 24.
    A Man for All Seasons: A Play in Two Acts
    by Robert Bolt

  22. 25.
    Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
    by Jorge Luis Borges

  23. 26.
    Fahrenheit 451
    by Ray Bradbury

  24. 27.
    Mother Courage and Her Children
    by Bertolt Brecht

  25. 28.
    The Ascent of Man
    by Jacob Bronowski

  26. 29.
    Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
    by Charlotte Brontë

  27. 30.
    Wuthering Heights (Penguin Classics)
    by Emily Brontë

  28. 31.
    Selected Poems (Perennial Classics)
    by Gwendolyn Brooks

  29. 33.
    Robert Browning: Poems (Highbridge Classics)
    by Robert Browning

  30. 34.
    The Good Earth (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Pearl S. Buck

  31. 35.
    The Way of All Flesh (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
    by Samuel Butler

  32. 36.
    The Power of Myth
    by Joseph Campbell

  33. 37.
    The Plague
    by Albert Camus

  34. 38.
    The Stranger
    by Albert Camus

  35. 39.
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    by Lewis Carroll

  36. 40.
    Death Comes for the Archbishop (Vintage Classics)
    by Willa Cather

  37. 41.
    My Antonia
    by Willa Cather

  38. 42.
    Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)
    by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  39. 43.
    The Canterbury Tales
    by Geoffrey Chaucer

  40. 44.
    The Cherry Orchard (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Anton Chekhov

  41. 45.
    The Awakening
    by Kate Chopin

  42. 46.
    The Ox-Bow Incident (Modern Library Classics)
    by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

  43. 47.
    The Moonstone (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Wilkie Collins

  44. 48.
    Go Ask Alice
    by Anonymous

  45. 49.
    Heart of Darkness (Dover Thrift Editions)
    by Joseph Conrad

  46. 50.
    Alistair Cooke's America
    by Alistair Cooke

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Created by somewherelse on Nov 15, 2007.


Untitled — 5 weeks ago

Very nice list.

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