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Old 11-02-2008, 09:02 PM   #1
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Help me with my reading list

Since I got my e-reader I've been try to compile a literature must read list for my backpacking trip.

I found this list (a MFA prep list). Could someone tell me if this is a good place to start? It seems well rounded.
Are there any books that are missing (or a few I should remove)? If you don't want to openly suggest removing a book, pm me.

Theres a copy of the list below




Reading list for Master's Degree preparation

FIELD #1: MEDIEVAL LITERATURE


Beowulf (in verse translation)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (in verse translation)
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales Selections


FIELD #2: RENAISSANCE LITERATURE


Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book I
Shakespeare, King Lear
John Donne, Selections
Milton, Paradise Lost, Books I and II

FIELD #3: RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE


Congreve, The Way of the World
Dryden, “Absalom and Achitophel”;
Pope, “The Rape of the Lock”
Gray, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Johnson, “Preface to Shakespeare”

FIELD #4: ROMANTIC AND VICTORIAN LITERATURE
Smith, Elegiac Sonnets #1, #8, and #12
Wordsworth, Selections From
Coleridge, “CristabelÓ;
Keats, Selections from
Eliot, Middlemarch
Tennyson, In Memoriam (selections from the Norton Anthology)
Browning, “Andrea del Sarto” and “Fra Lippo Lippi”

FIELD #5: TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE


Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
W.B. Yeats: Selections From
E. M. Forster: A Passage to India
D. H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers OR Women in Love
T. S. Eliot: Selections
James Joyce: The Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot

FIELD #6: EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE


Ann Bradstreet, Selections From
Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”;
Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Walt Whitman, Selections
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

FIELD #7: TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE


William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Gertrude Stein, Three Lives
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
Robert Frost, Selections from
Alice Walker, Meridian

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Old 11-02-2008, 10:03 PM   #2
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How long is this backpacking trip?!

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Old 11-02-2008, 10:50 PM   #3
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I guess the list is a little long, although there seems to be a lot of short stories/poems in there.

The trip is six months, and I'm a heavy reader.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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You could try some of Entertainment Weekly's "New Classics: Books
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Old 11-03-2008, 12:13 AM   #5
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How about this:
http://www.listology.com/content_sho...id.22845/Books
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:34 AM   #6
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What a peculiar list. How anyone can list 19th century literature and make no mention of authors like Austen or Dickens I just can't understand!
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:15 AM   #7
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Yes, the Victorian list has exactly one novel and some poetry.
Middlemarch is a fine novel, but the 19th century was the age of the circulating library and the three-volume novel. I would have thought some Jane Austen, some Dickens and a Bronte would feature.
And some Byron in the poetry section would be a useful addition.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:23 AM   #8
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It would be interesting to know what it's a reading list for. Some sort of poetry course would be my guess.
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Fortunately for mahler, we have a fair number of these texts freely available in our Book Upload section.
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No George Orwell? Big Brother IS watching you!

No "Moby Dick", no "Ulysses". Peculiar indeed!
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A six month trip? Ok, now the length of the list makes sense. I thought you were trying to cram all of that reading into a 2 week excursion.

You might consider picking a few from this list. It offers additional selections from many of the authors on your original list.
http://classiclit.about.com/library/...l-booklist.htm

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Thanks for helping me out guys, I've been browsing this forum for quite awhile now and finally made a post.

HarryT: It looks like a M.A. in English, heres the link to her description.

Patricia: Austen and Dickens, thanks! A friend of mine is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice, I guess it time to read it.

mtravellerh: I just read Moby Dick and 1984. I couldn't get into Ulysses, i'll give it another try.

BookishDreamer: excellent idea!

Now for me to browse a the lists and add to my list.
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I don't think Beowulf is considered medieval literature, are you just using this term loosely?

For medieval
I'm surprised you don't have Dante. Some consider it religious text but it is true literature.
There is a copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight here, not sure if that is what your looking for. If it's not be kind, I'm the one that uploaded it

For the Renaissance age
Don Quijote (although this might take you the whole 6mo)


And for the 20th
I'm really surprised you don't have any of Steinbeck works listed. Have you already read most of his works?

As for Shakespeare? King lear is good, but so is MacBeth, Othello, Henry IV (my personal favorite). Richard III (also good), and Hamlet. Any reason why you picked King Lear? More curious than anything.

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For medieval
I'm surprised you don't have Dante. Some consider it religious text but it is true literature.
There is a copy of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight here, not sure if that is what your looking for. If it's not be kind, I'm the one that uploaded it

For the Renaissance age
Don Quijote (although this might take you the whole 6mo)


And for the 20th
I'm really surprised you don't have any of Steinbeck works listed. Have you already read most of his works?
If it's an MA in English literature, then you wouldn't expect Dante or Cervantes to be included, since the first is Italian and the second Spanish. Even Steinbeck might be considered rather dubious - such courses often concentrate solely on British authors, considering American literature to be a distinct genre.
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mahler, these great plans never work out. Download all those titles by all means, but just read the ones you enjoy. Reading is an adventure -- you go from one book to the next in a kind of bagatelle-ball trajectory which is unique and unrepeatable, because your tastes and interests change and mature during the reading process.

But I'm glad to see you rate The Faerie Queene : try this PG edition, which I edited under my real name some 20 years ago. Reading that book certainly changed my tastes and interests!
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