American Classics Checklist

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How many of these have you read?

Thank you Jess’ Reading Nook for putting together this list of American classics! (You can check out her list here) Go ahead and join in! Copy and paste this list onto a post and highlight the books you have read in a different color (and don’t forget to give Jess a shout out in your post). Post in the comments below a link to your post so I can see your list.

 Read:      27 /50      TBR:      11/50 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote *

My Antonia by Willa Cather

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane *

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave by Frederick Douglas

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison *

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J.  Gaines

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway *

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston *

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Moby Dick by Herman Melville *

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell *

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath *

The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthem by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand *

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger *

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut *

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Native Son by Richard Wright


(Check out my list of British literature classics here)

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4 thoughts on “American Classics Checklist

  1. I read a lot of these in college, Good list! I wonder if this will ever change? As the years pass, will some of the more recent books ever make it onto a list like this or a similar list?

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  2. Thank you so much for participating! 🙂 I hope you enjoy Invisible Man and Slaughterhouse Five when you read them. They are a few of my favorites!

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