Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Must Reads?

Are there certain books we all should read? It's a fun conversation. Here, for my records, are the ones I think we'd all do well to try. Of course, like all good arbitrary lists, the total is 100.

It is also hierarchical, in a snooty way, with definite presumptions of taste. Truly, there's something for everyone.


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Old Goriot by Honore de Balzac
Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
The Plague by Albert Camus
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih


A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
Eagle or Sun? by Octavio Paz
Epic of Gilgamesh
Monkey’s Raincoat by Matsuo Basho
The Inferno by Dante
La Jeune Parque by Paul Valery
Mathnawi by Rumi
The Odyssey by Homer
Poet in New York by Gabriel Garcia Lorca
Selected Poems of Du Fu
Selected Poems of Li Bai
Sister My Life by Boris Pasternak
Two-Part Prelude by William Wordsworth
The Wasteland by TS Eliot


The Bacchae by Euripides
Betrayal by Harold Pinter
The China Tree by Isam Mahfouz
The Clouds by Aristophanes
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka
Faust Part One by Goethe
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Life is a Dream by Calderon La Barca
The Misanthrope by Moliere
No Dramas by Zeami
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Recognition of Shakuntala by Kalidasa
Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Short Stories

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Complete Short Stories by Franz Kafka
The Decameron by Boccaccio
Diary of a Madman by Lu Xun
Ficciones by Jorge Borges
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
The Nose and The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol
Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa 
Selected Short Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
“A Simple Heart” by Gustave Flaubert
Thousand and One Nights
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Essays and Miscellaneous Literary Works 

The Apology by Plato
“Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Hojoki by Chomei
Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenko
Maxims by La Rochefoucauld
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
“Portrait of an Anti-Semite” by Jean-Paul Sartre
“On the Pleasure of Hating” by William Hazlitt
On The Shortness of Life by Seneca
Selected Essays by Montaigne
Selected Essays by George Orwell
“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
“Why Look at Animals?” by John Berger

Graphic Novels

Akira by Katshuiro Otomo
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Bone by Jeff Smith
The Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch
The Contract with God Trilogy by Will Eisner
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories by Gilbert Hernandez
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons


A Right to Be Hostile by Aaron McGruder
Bloom County: The Complete Library by Berkeley Breathed
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson
Copper by Kazu Kibushi
FoxTrot: The Works – Assorted FoxTrot by Bill Amend
Gordo’s Critters by Gus Arriola
Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips by Walt Kelly
So Many Splendid Sundays! by Winsor McCay
There Is a Heppy Lend Furfur Away by George Herriman

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