The Bloom Boxall Great Fiction List--Read 'Em Or Else Vol. I: Pre-1800
I cross-referenced Harold Bloom’s Western Canon with the Peter Boxall "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" (2006 and 2008 versions, inclusive) to come up with this Must-Read list to end all Must-Read lists. It will be split into three volumes by century. PLEASE DON’T ADD OR DELETEANYTHING. Create your own, or adopt mine and leave me a comment if I have omitted something. Please remember that Bloom is hopelessly stuffy (H. G. Wells is "serious" literature and Jules Verne isn’t; Waugh’s political satire is worthwhile and "Brideshead Revisited" is fluff) and that his "canon" doesn’t include anything from the past 20 years or so. Boxall’s lists are almost entirely comprised of novels.