The Literature Book

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This beautiful book has been my source of inspiration for two years, and I’m still in love with it. Now it’s time to create a list of books mentioned in the book that I’d like to read.

HEROES AND LEGENDS

  • Iliad, Homer
  • Oedipus the King, Sophocles
  • Beowulf
  • One Thousand and One Nights
  • Odyssey
  • The Song of Roland
  • Lancelot, The Knight of the Cart, Chrétien de Troyes
  • Nibelungenlied

RENAISSANCE TO ENLIGHTENMENT (1300 – 1800)

  • The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  • The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
  • Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Complete Shakespeare (First Folio, 1623)
  • Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  • Candide, Voltaire
  • Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
  • The Robbers, Friedrich Schiller
  • Paradise Lost, John Milton
  • Tristam Shandy, Laurence Sterne
  • The Sorrow of Young Werther, Goethe

ROMANTICISM AND THE RISE OF THE NOVEL (1800 – 1855)

  • Lyrical Ballads (1789-1800), William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Nachtstücke, E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • Faust, Johann W. v. Goethe
  • Children’s and Household Tales, Brothers Grimm
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  • The Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas
  • Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin
  • Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  • Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
  • David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  • Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott

DEPICTING REAL LIFE (1855 – 1900)

  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  • Les Misérables, Victor Hugo
  • Alive’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll
  • Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevski
  • War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Jules Verne
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • Germinal, Émile Zola
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • Thérèse Raquin, Émile Zola
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
  • The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Far From Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
  • Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
  • Effi Briest, Theodore Fontane
  • Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

BREAKING WITH TRADITIONS (1900 – 1945)

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I am a Cat, Natsume Soseki
  • Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  • The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
  • Ulysses, James Joyce
  • The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  • The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
  • Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence
  • The Trial, Franz Kafka
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  • The Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • Mother Courage and Her Children, Bertolt Brecht
  • The Outsider, Albert Camus
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell

POSTWAR WRITING (1945 – 1970)

  • 1984, George Orwell
  • The Cather in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  • Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
  • On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  • The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Haper Lee
  • Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (1970 – present)

  • Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  • American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  • A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  • The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
  • The New York Trilogy, Paul Auster
  • The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  • My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

 

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