Master List of AP Lit Readings

Master List of AP Readings

(So Far)
Chisnell's Book ListsBloom's Western Canon

Fiction Writers

  • Abbott, Flatland
  • Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God
  • Agee, A Death in the Family
  • Akutagawa, “In a Grave”
  • Alcott, Little Women, Little Men
  • Amis, Lucky Jim
  • Anaya
  • Anderson, S. Winesburg, Ohio, “The Egg”
  • Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, “You Begin,” Wilderness Tips, Surfacing
  • Austen, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma
  • Baldwin, Another Country, “Sonny’s Blues,” Go Tell It On the Mountain
  • Balzac, Pere Goriot
  • Barth, “Life Story,” Sot-weed Factor
  • Barthelme
  • Bellow, Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Seize the Day
  • Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary
  • Boccacio, Decameron
  • Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
  • Borges
  • Bradbury, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, August 2002”
  • Bronte, A. Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Bronte, C. Jane Eyre, Villette
  • Bronte, E. Wuthering Heights
  • Buck, Good Earth
  • Butler, The Way of All Flesh
  • Camus, The Stranger, The Plague
  • Capote, In Cold Blood, Other Voices, Other Rooms
  • Carver
  • Cather, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
  • Cheever
  • Chopin, Awakening, “Story of an Hour”
  • Cisneros, House on Mango Street
  • Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey, “The Star,” “Nine Billion Names of God”
  • Colette, Gigi, Sido
  • Collins, Moonstone
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, Lord Jim, Nigger of the Narcissus, Secret Sharer, Victory
  • Crane, “Experiment in Misery,” “Open Boat,” “Blue Hotel” Red Badge of Courage
  • Danticot, Krick? Krak!
  • Davies, Fifth Business
  • Dazai, No Longer Human
  • Defoe, Moll Flanders
  • Desai, In Custody
  • Dickens, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, Hard Times, Oliver Twist
  • Dinesen, Out of Africa
  • Doctorow, Ragtime, City of God
  • Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment, The Possessed, Notes from the Underground, Brothers Karamazov, “Grand Inquisitor”
  • Doyle
  • Dreiser, American Tragedy
  • Eliot, T. S. “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (essay), Murder in the Cathedral
  • Eliot, George, Adam Bede, Middlemarch, Mill on the Floss, Silas Mariner
  • Ellison, H. “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”
  • Ellison, R. Invisible Man, Juneteenth, Shadow and Act
  • Erdrich, Love Medicine, Tracks, Beet Queen
  • Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, Intruder in the Dust, Sound and the Fury, A Light in August, “Barn Burning,” “The Bear,” “Rose for Emily,” Absalom, Absalom
  • Fielding, Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews
  • Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night
  • Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • Ford, F.M., Good Soldier
  • Forster, Passage to India, Room With a View
  • Fowles, French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Magus
  • Fuentes, Death of Artemio Cruz, Change of Skin, “Aura”
  • Galsworthy, Forsyte Saga
  • Gardner, Grendel
  • Golding, The Spire, Lord of the Flies
  • Gogol, “The Overcoat,” Diary of a Madman
  • Greene, Power and the Glory, Heart of the Matter
  • Hardy, Madding Crowd, Return of the Native, Jude the Obscure, Tess of the D’Uberbervilles, Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, “Young Goodman Brown,” House of Seven Gables
  • Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Heller, Catch-22, Something Happened
  • Hemingway, Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Old Man and the Sea
  • Henry, O.
  • Hersey, A Single Pebble
  • Hesse, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Demian
  • Hugo, Les Miserables
  • Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Huxley, Brave New World
  • Irving, Legends of the Alhambra, Ciderhouse Rules
  • Ishiguro, Remains of the Day
  • Jackson, S.
  • James, Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, Portrait of a Lady, “Birthplace,” “Beast in the Jungle,” The American
  • Jewett, Country of the Painted Firs
  • Joyce, Dubliners, “Araby,” “The Dead,” Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Kafka, “Hunger Artist,” Metamorphosis, The Trial, Amerika, Castle
  • Kawabata, Master of Go, etc.
  • Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible
  • Kingston, M.H., Woman Warrior, “No Name Woman”
  • Kipling, Gunga Din, Kim, “They,” “Man Who Would Be King”
  • Koestler, Darkness at Noon
  • Kogawa
  • Lawrence, D.H., Sons and Lovers, “Rocking Horse Winner”
  • LeGuin, Dispossessed, Left Hand of Darkness
  • Lessing, Martha Quest
  • Lewis, Babbitt, Main Street, Arrowsmith
  • Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley
  • London, Call of the Wild
  • Mailer, Naked and the Dead
  • Malamud, The Natural, The Fixer, The Pawnbroker
  • Mann, Doktor Faustus, Magic Mountain, “Death in Venice,” Buddenbrooks
  • Mansfield, “Garden Party”
  • Marlowe, Dr. Faustus
  • Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Mason, Four Feathers
  • Matheisson, The Snow Leopard
  • Maugham, Of Human Bondage
  • Maupassant
  • McCullers, Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  • Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” Moby Dick, Billy Budd, Typee
  • Michener, The Source
  • Miller, H. Tropic of Cancer
  • Momaday
  • Monsarrat, Cruel Sea
  • Morrison, Beloved, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Sula, Bluest Eye, Jazz, Paradise
  • Mukherjee
  • Murakami, Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Hard-Boiled Wonderland, Norwegian Wood
  • Nabokov, “Signs and Symbols,” Pale Fire
  • O’Brien, T. Things They Carried
  • O’Connor, Frank, “Guests of the Nation”
  • Olson, Yonnondio
  • Ondaatge, In the Skin of a Lion
  • Orwell, 1984, Animal Farm
  • Ozida, Cannibal Galaxy
  • Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, “Conversation With My Father”
  • Parker, D.
  • Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
  • Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Piercey, Woman on the Edge of Time
  • Porter, K.A., Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Ship of Fools
  • Potok, Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev
  • Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
  • Rand, Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, Anthem
  • Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
  • Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight, Wild Sargasso Sea
  • Robbe-Grillet
  • Rolvaag, Giants in the Earth
  • Rushdie, Shame, Midnight’s Children
  • Salinger, Franny and Zooey, Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories
  • Saroyan, Human Comedy, Time of Your Life
  • Sayers, Nine Tailors
  • Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Sheridan, School for Scandal
  • Shute, On the Beach
  • Silko, Ceremony
  • Sinclair, Jungle
  • Singer, “Gimpel the Fool”
  • Smiley, All-Time True Adventures of Lidie Newton, A Thousand Acres
  • Stafford, J.
  • Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, Tortilla Flat, Pearl
  • Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Styron, Sophie’s Choice
  • Swift, Guliver’s Travels, “A Modest Proposal” (essay)
  • Thackeray, Vanity Fair
  • Thomas, D.
  • Thurber
  • Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Trollope, Barchester Towers
  • Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
  • Twain, Huck Finn, Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Tyler, A. Accident Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
  • Unamuno, Mist, “St. Emmanuel, Martyr”
  • Updike, Rabbit, Run, “A&P”
  • Uris, Trinity, Exodus
  • Valenzuela
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
  • Walker, Color Purple
  • Warren, All the King’s Men
  • Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, Handful of Dust
  • Welty, Thirteen Stories, Optimist’s Daughter
  • Wharton, Ethan Frome, Age of Innocence
  • White, E.B.
  • White, T.H. Once and Future King, Sword in the Stone
  • Wideman
  • Wilde, Importance of Being Earnest, Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Wilkie, W. Woman in White
  • Wilson, A. Jitney
  • Wolfe, Look Homeward Angel
  • Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Mrs. Dalloway, “Shakespeare’s Sister,” To the Lighthouse
  • Wouk, The Caine Mutiny
  • Wright, Native Son, Black Boy

 

Essayists and Philosophers

  • Addison
  • Anzaldoc
  • Aristotle
  • Arnold, M.
  • Augustine
  • Bacon
  • Baldwin
  • Beerbohm
  • Benedict, Patterns of Culture
  • Boswell
  • Camus
  • Carlysle
  • Cather
  • Churchill
  • Colin
  • Darwin
  • Descartes
  • Dewey
  • Dillard
  • Douglass, F.
  • Eliot
  • Emerson
  • Freud
  • Hazlitt
  • Hegel
  • Heidegger
  • Hobbes
  • Hume
  • James, W.
  • Johnson
  • Kant
  • Kierkegaard
  • King, Jr. M.L.
  • Lamb
  • Locke
  • Mailer
  • Marx
  • McCarthy, M.
  • Mencken
  • Mill
  • Montaigne
  • Nietzsche
  • Orwell
  • Plato
  • Rousseau
  • Russell
  • Santayana
  • Sartre
  • Schopenhauer
  • Skinner
  • Spinoza
  • Steele
  • Thomas, D.
  • Thoreau
  • Walker, A.
  • Whitehead
  • Wittgenstein
  • Wollstonecraft
  • Woolf

Dramatists

  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound
  • Albee, The Zoo, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tiny Alive
  • Anouilh, Antigone, The Lark
  • Baraka, Dutchman, “Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note” (poem)
  • Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Endgame
  • Checkhov, Uncle Vanya, Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, “Medved”
  • Congreve, Way of the World
  • Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral
  • Euripides, Medea
  • Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
  • Hansberry, Raisin in the Sun
  • Hellman, The Little Foxes
  • Huang, Madame Butterfly
  • Ibsen, Peer Gynt, Enemy of the People, Doll’s House, Ghosts, Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, Master Builder
  • Ionesco, The Rhinoceros
  • Jonson, Every Man in His Humour, “To Celia” (poem)
  • Miller, Death of a Salesman, Crucible
  • Moliere, Les Precieuses Ridicules, The Misanthrope, Le Tartuffe
  • O’Casey, June and the Paycock
  • O’Neill, Hairy Ape, Desire Under the Elms, Strange Interlude, Mourning Becomes Electra, Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night
  • Pinter, Dumb Waiter, Birthday Party
  • Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Sartre, No Exit
  • Schiller, Mary Stuart
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet, Othello, Tempest, King Lear, Henry IV, Julius Caesar, MacBeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, Richard III, “Rape of Lucrece”
  • Shaw, Major Barbara, Arms and the Man, Man and Superman, Pygmalion, St. Joan
  • Shepard, Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child
  • Sheridan, School for Scandal
  • Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Antigone, Electra
  • Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead, Real Thing
  • Valdez
  • Wilde, Importance of Being Earnest, Picture of Dorian Gray (novel)
  • Williams, T. Glass Menagerie, Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Wilson, Hot l Baltimore, Talley’s Folly

Poets

  • Ai
  • Auden
  • Baraka
  • Bible (Old and New Testaments)
  • Bishop
  • Blake
  • Bradstreet
  • Brathwaite
  • Brooks
  • Browning
  • Byron
  • Cervantes
  • Chaucer
  • Coleridge
  • Collins
  • Dante
  • Dickinson
  • Donne
  • Eliot
  • Frost
  • Ginsberg
  • H.D.
  • Hanjo
  • Heaney
  • Herbert
  • Homer
  • Hongo
  • Hopkins
  • Hughes
  • Jonson
  • Keats
  • Kerouac
  • Koznesensky
  • Larkin
  • Lowell
  • Marvell
  • Milton
  • Moore
  • Nemerov
  • Petrarch
  • Plath
  • Poe
  • Pope
  • Reed
  • Rich
  • Shakespeare
  • Shelley
  • Silko
  • Spenser
  • Stevens
  • Sung
  • Tennyson
  • Walcott
  • Whitman
  • Wilbur
  • Williams, W.C.
  • Wordsworth
  • Yeats