Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

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1984

George Orwell, 1949
Famous for: Big Brother, doublethink, and some of the 20th century's most memorable quotes: …

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain, 1884
Famous for: Larger-than-life characters, a searing message about slavery, and language that …

Animal Farm

George Orwell, 1946
Famous for: Fighting pigs,"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than other…

The Awakening

Kate Chopin, 1899
Famous for: A free-thinking leading lady who refused to be caged by society's expectations.…

Beowulf

Unknown, 600*
Famous for: Monsters that could rival some of Hollywood’s; a hero like the world has never k…

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley, 1932
Famous for: Sex, drugs, sex, drugs, sex, drugs...

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger, 1951
Famous for: Extreme teen angst, "phoniness,” Holden’s red hunting cap.

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1867
Famous for: Very little crime but a whole lotta punishment.

The Crucible

Arthur Miller, 1953
Famous for: Midnight dancing in a Puritan forest, hysteria, super-twisted religion.

East of Eden

John Steinbeck, 1952
Famous for: More riffs on the story of Cain and Abel than you ever thought possible.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury, 1953
Famous for: A psychotic mechanical dog, a flamingly-obvious message about censorship.

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley, 1818
Famous for: Frankenstein’s monster, of course. And a mad chase toward the North Pole.

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck, 1939
Famous for: Heart-wrenching descriptions of human suffering and a whole lotta wrath.

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens, 1860
Famous for: Miss Havisham and her house of decaying bridal memorabilia, more plot twists tha…

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
Famous for: Wild parties, loads of cocktails, the green light at the end of the dock, a hit-…

Hamlet

William Shakespeare, 1603
Famous for: Some of the most memorable lines in English literature—“To be, or not to be: tha…

Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad, 1902
Famous for: THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë, 1847
Famous for: Gothic atmosphere, feminist statements, and a crazy lady locked away in a tower.

King Lear

William Shakespeare, 1608
Famous for: Betrayal, madness, death … and the squelching of freshly-plucked eyes.

Lord of the Flies

William Golding, 1954
Famous for: The Beast, a talking pig’s head on a stake, a horrific descent into chaos and sa…

Macbeth

William Shakespeare, 1603
Famous for: Excessive bloodshed, a world gone mad, “Double, double toil and trouble” and oth…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare, 1600
Famous for: Quarreling lovers, mischievous fairies, and a guy who’s a real, um, donkey.

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare, 1600
Famous for: Verbal sparring, taking note, and a whole lot of little lies … some with nearly …

Night

Elie Wiesel, 1960
Famous for: Unflinching descriptions of Holocaust brutality, a search for faith, survival.

The Odyssey

Homer, 700*
Famous for: Monsters, meddling gods, and some major bloodbaths.

Oedipus Rex

Sophocles, 430*
Famous for: Twisted family relationships and some stomach-turning eye-gouging.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck, 1937
Famous for: Bunnies, an “interesting” perspective on women, a horrible, tragic ending.

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen, 1813
Famous for: Simpering fools, a spunky heroine, perhaps the greatest love story of all time.

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare, 1597
Famous for: Feuding families, a potion that mimics death, the lovers’ double-suicide.

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850
Famous for: That scarlet letter “A”, the tormented Reverend Dimmesdale, and fiendish husband…

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams, 1947
Famous for: Stella!, …the kindness of strangers, and a dramatic descent into insanity.

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens, 1859
Famous for: A bloody cask of wine, dozens of rolling heads, and TWO of just about everything…

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
Famous for: Three husbands, two very different narrative voices, and one terrifying rabid do…

The Turn of the Screw

Henry James, 1898
Famous for: AMBIGUITY. And some pretty creepy encounters with some pretty creepy ghosts.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee, 1960
Famous for: Boo Radley, Atticus’s rifle skills, a ham costume.

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë, 1847
Famous for: Ghosts, violence, and relationships that no marriage counseling could ever fix.
 
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