M.A. Reading List: American Literature


M.A. Reading List: American Literature





  1. Benjamin Franklin:  The Autobiography, Poor Richard’s Almanack


  1. Washington Irving:  “Rip Van Winkle,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”


  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:  Nature, “The American Scholar,” The Divinity School Address


  1. Henry David Thoreau:  Walden, “Civil Disobedience”


  1. Edgar Allan Poe:  “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Purloined Letter”


  1. Nathanial Hawthorne:  The Scarlet Letter


  1. Herman Melville:  “Bartleby the Scrivener,” “Billy Budd”


  1. Walt Whitman:  “Song of Myself,” “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”


  1. Mark Twain:  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


  1. Emily Dickinson:  “I taste a liquor never brewed--,” “Some keep the Sabbath going to Church--,” “I heard a Fly buzz—when I died--,” “I like to see it lap the Miles—“


  1. Kate Chopin:  The Awakening


  1. Henry James:  Daisy Miller, “The Beast in the Jungle,” Portrait of a Lady


  1. Stephen Crane:  “The Open Boat,” “The Blue Hotel”


  1. Mary Austin:  Land of Little Rain


  1. Willa Cather:  My Antonia


  1. Susan Glaspell:  Trifles


  1. Robert Frost:  “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “Mending Wall”


  1. Eugene O’Neill:  Desire Under the Elms


  1. T.S. Eliot:  The Waste Land, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”


  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald:  The Great Gatsby


  1. William Faulkner:  Light in August, “A Rose for Emily,” “Barn Burning”


  1. Ernest Hemingway:  For Whom the Bell Tolls


  1. Langston Hughes:  “Harlem,” “Theme for English B”


  1. John Steinbeck:  The Grapes of Wrath


  1. Richard Wright:  Native Son


  1. Eudora Welty:  Delta Wedding, “Why I Live at the P.O.,” “A Worn Path”


  1. Tennessee Williams:  The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire


  1. Tillie Olsen:  “I Stand Here Ironing”


  1. Ralph Ellison:  Invisible Man


  1. Flannery O’Connor:  “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” “Everything That Rises Must Converge”


  1. Lorraine Hansberry:  A Raisin in the Sun


  1. Sylvia Plath:  “Ariel,” “Daddy,” “Edge,” “Lady Lazarus,” “Metaphors”


  1. John Updike:  “A & P”


  1. Cormac McCarthy:  Blood Meridian


  1. N. Scott Momaday:  The Way to Rainy Mountain


  1. Rodolfo Anaya:  Bless Me, Ultima


  1. Maxine Hong Kingston:  The Woman Warrior


  1. Bobbie Ann Mason:  “Shiloh”


  1. Alice Walker:  The Color Purple, “Everyday Use,” “Beauty:  When the Other Dancer Is the Self”


  1. Annie Dillard:  Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


  1. Tim O’Brien:  “The Things They Carried”


  1. Leslie Marmon Silko:  Ceremony


  1. Sandra Cisneros:  The House on Mango Street


44. Edith Wharton:  The Age of Innocence