The Carp 500

At some point, in 1992 or so, I decided to start reading classics. This, inevitably led to a list. I started with a list my sister picked up from the Racine, Wisconsin library, but I quickly became disenchanted with many of the selections and determined to come up with my own list. Some friends found out about it and asked if they could "join." This led to Carpe Libra, a now defunct book club centered on a list of classics known as the Carp 500. I read the entire list. Then, in an effort to restructure the list to include less heavy stuff and more popular classics, we revised it, deleting 120 or so works and adding new ones. I also read this entire list.

Here is the combined list of 626 works. Works on the old list are in blue, works on the revised list are in red. The remaining works appeared on both lists.

Douglas Adams

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Richard Adams

  • Watership Down


  • Fables    

Louisa May Alcott

  • Little Women    

Horatio Alger

  • Ragged Dick

Hervey Allen

  • Anthony Adverse

Stephen E. Ambrose

  • D-Day
  • Undaunted Courage

Hans Christian Anderson

  • Fairy Tales

Sherwood Anderson

  • Winesburg, Ohio

Sir Robert Anderson

  • The Silence of God


  •  Lysistrata

Isaac Asimov

  • Fantastic Voyage

Associated Press

  • The Instant It Happened

Richard & Florence Atwater

  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

John Aubrey

  • Brief Lives


  • Confessions

Jame Austen

  • Emma
  • Mansfield Park
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Persuasion
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility   

Francis Bacon

  • Essays

Roland Herbert Bainton

  • Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

Honore de Balzac

  • Le Pere Goriot   

William & Ceil Baring-Gould

  • The Annotated Mother Goose   

Sir James Barrie

  • The Little Minister
  • Peter Pan

William Bartram

  • The Travels of William Bartram

Kemp P. Battle

  • Great American Folklore

L. Frank Baum

  • The Wizard of Oz   

Edward L. Beach

  • Run Silent, Run Deep


  • The Barber of Seville
  • The Marriage of Figaro

Samuel Beckett

  • Waiting for Godot

Ludwig Bemelmans

  • Madeline   

Robert Benchley

  • Uncle Edith's Ghost Story

Stephen Vincent Benet

  • The Devil and Daniel Webster

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

  • Trent's Last Case

Felice Benuzzi

  • No Picnic on Mount Kenya

Ambrose Bierce

  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • The Devil's Dictionary
  • In the Midst of Life

Walter Blair & Raven I. McDavid

  • The Mirth of a Nation

William Blake

  • The Tyger

Giovanni Boccaccio

  • The Decameron

Michael Bond

  • A Bear Called Paddington   

James Boswell

  • The Life of Samuel Johnson

Pierre Boulle

  • The Planet of the Apes

Catherine Drinker Bowen

  • Miracle at Philadelphia

Ray Bradbury

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes 

Carol Ryrie Brink

  • Caddie Woodlawn

Charlotte Bronte

  • Jane Eyre   

Emily Bronte

  • Wuthering Heights    

Terry Brooks

  • The Sword of Shannara

Walter R. Brooks

  • Freddy Goes to Florida

Margaret Wise Brown

  • Goodnight Moon   

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • How Do I Love Thee?

Robert Browning

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin   

Jean de Brunhoff

  • The Story of Babar   

William Cullen Bryant

  • Thanatopsis   

Sir John Buchan

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps   

Pearl S. Buck

  • The Good Earth   

John Bunyan

  • The Pilgrim's Progress   

Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The Secret Garden   

Fanny Burney

  • Evelina

Olive Ann Burns

  • Cold Sassy Tree

Robert Burns

  • A Red, Red Rose

Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Tarzan of the Apes   

Virginia Lee Burton

  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Samuel Butler

  • The Way of All Flesh  

George Gordon Lord Byron

  •  Don Juan

Albert Camus

  • The Plague

Dale Carnegie

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People

Andrew Carroll (ed.)

  • Letters of a Nation

Lewis Carroll

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass   

Willa Cather

  • My Antonia
  • O Pioneers!   

Bruce Catton

  • This Hallowed Ground

Miguel de Cervantes

  • Don Quixote   

Raymond Chandler

  • The Big Sleep   

Geoffrey Chaucer

  • The Canterbury Tales

Anton Chekhov

  • The Bet

G.K. Chesterton

  • The Innocence of Father Brown   

Erskine Childers

  • The Riddle of the Sands   

Kate Chopin

  • The Awakening   

Agatha Christie

  • And Then There Were None
  • The Body in the Library

Winston Churchill

  • The Crisis

Walter Van Tilburg Clark

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

Beverly Cleary

  • Henry Huggins

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Kubla Khan  
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Wilkie Collins

  • The Moonstone
  • The Woman in White   

Carlo Collodi

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio    

Richard Connell

  • The Most Dangerous Game

Joseph Conrad

  • Heart of Darkness 
  • Lord Jim

Constitutional Convention    

  • The Constitution of the United States

Captain James Cook

  • Voyages of Discovery

James Fenimore Cooper

  • The Deerslayer
  • The Last of the Mohicans

Stephen Crane

  • The Red Badge of Courage 
  • The Open Boat   

Michael Crichton

  • Timeline

Roald Dahl

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory   

Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

  • Two Years Before the Mast


  • Inferno
  • Purgatorio
  • Paradiso

Alphonse Daudet

  • Adventures of Tartarin of Tarascon

Clarence Day

  • Life with Father   

Thomas De Quincey

  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

Daniel Defoe

  • A Journal of the Plague Year
  • Moll Flanders
  • Robinson Crusoe   

John William DeForest

  • Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty   

Rene Descartes

  • Discours de la Methode

Charles Dickens

  • Barnaby Rudge
  • Bleak House
  • A Christmas Carol
  • David Copperfield
  • Dombey and Son
  • Great Expectations
  • Hard Times
  • Little Dorrit
  • Martin Chuzzlewit
  • Nicholas Nickleby
  • The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Oliver Twist
  • Our Mutual Friend
  • The Pickwick Papers
  • A Tale of Two Cities  

Emily Dickinson

  • I Died for Beauty

Isak Dinesen

  • Out of Africa
  • Seven Gothic Tales

F.W. Dixon

  • The Tower Treasure

Mary Mapes Dodge

  • Hans Brinker

John Donne

  • Death Be Not Proud   

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Crime and Punishment   

Lloyd C. Douglas

  • The Robe

Frederick Douglass

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Robert B. Downs

  • Books That Changed the World

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
  • His Last Bow Old
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Sign of Four
  • A Study in Scarlet
  • The Valley of Fear
  • The White Company

Theodore Dreiser

  • An American Tragedy 
  • Sister Carrie

Allen Drury

  • Advise and Consent

Daphne Du Maurier

  • Rebecca

George Du Maurier

  • Trilby

Alexandre Dumas

  • The Count of Monte Cristo 
  • The Three Musketeers

Maria Edgeworth

  • Castle Rackrent

Walter D. Edmonds

  • Drums Along the Mohawk

Jonathan Edwards

  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Tim Egan

  • Burnt Toast on Davenport Street

Edward Eggleston

  • The Hoosier School-Master   

George Eliot

  • Adam Bede
  • Middlemarch
  • Mill on the Floss
  • Silas Marner   

T.S. Eliot

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats   

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Concord Hymn   

Desiderius Erasmus

  • In Praise of Folly

Anne Fadiman

  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Walter Farley

  • The Black Stallion

William Faulkner

  • The Sound and the Fury

Richard P. Feynman

  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Eugene Field

  • Jest 'Fore Christmas
  • Little Boy Blue

Henry Fielding

  • Joseph Andrews
  • Tom Jones   

Jack Finney

  • Time and Again

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Great Gatsby

Louise Fitzhugh

  • Harriet the Spy

Gustave Flaubert

  • Madame Bovary

Estern Forbes

  • Johnny Tremain
  • Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

C.S. Forester

  • Beat to Quarters
  • Ship of the Line
  • Flying Colors
  • The African Queen

E.M. Forster

  • A Room With a View   

John Fox, Jr.

  • The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

John Foxe

  • The Book of Martyrs   

Anne Frank

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

Benjamin Franklin

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Poor Richard's Almanack

Charles Frazier

  • Cold Mountain

Robert Frost

  • Mending Wall
  • The Road Not Taken
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening  

Elizabeth Gaskell

  •  Cranford

Edward Gibbon

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Stella Gibbons

  • Cold Comfort Farm

Dorothy Gilman

  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

Nikolai Gogol

  • The Overcoat

William Golding

  • The Lord of the Flies

William Goldman

  • The Princess Bride

Oliver Goldsmith

  • She Stoops to Conquer
  • The Vicar of Wakefield

Goscinny and Uderzo

  • Asterix the Gaul

Kenneth Grahame

  • The Wind in the Willows

Ulysses S. Grant

  • Personal Memoirs

Robert Graves

  • I, Claudius

Thomas Gray

  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Graham Greene

  • Our Man in Havana

Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm

  • Grimm's Fairy Tales

H. Rider Haggard

  • King Solomon's Mines

Edward E. Hale

  • The Man Without a Country

Alex Haley

  • Roots

James Norman Hall

  • Doctor Dogbody's Leg

Richard Halliburton

  • The Royal Road to Romance

Edith Hamilton

  • Mythology

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay

  • The Federalist Papers

Dashiell Hammett

  • The Maltese Falcon

Helene Hanff

  • 84, Charing Cross Road

Thomas Hardy

  • Far From the Madding Crowd
  • Jude the Obscure
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The Return of the Native
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Under the Greenwood Tree
  • The Woodlanders

Joel Chandler Harris

  • Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings

Bret Harte

  • The Luck of Roaring Camp

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The House of the Seven Gables
  • The Scarlet Letter

Robert A. Heinlein

  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Joseph Heller

  • Catch-22

Felicia Dorothea Hemans

  • Casabianca

Ernest Hemingway

  • A Farewell to Arms
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The Old Man and the Sea

Marguerite Henry

  • Misty of Chincoteague

O. Henry

  • The Four Million
  • The Gift of the Magi
  • The Ransom of Red Chief

Patrick Henry

  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Frank Herbert

  • Dune


  • The Calculus Affair


  • Histories

James Herriot

  • All Creatures Great and Small

Hermann Hesse

  • Steppenwolf

James Hilton

  • Lost Horizon

Thomas Hobbes

  • Leviathan

Holling Clancy Holling

  • Paddle-to-the-Sea

Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • Old Ironsides


  • Iliad
  • Odyssey

Anthony  Hope

  • The Prisoner of Zenda

Richard Hough

  • Captain James Cook

William Dean Howells

  • The Rise of Silas Lapham

W.H. Hudson

  • Green Mansions

Thomas Hughes

  • Tom Brown's School Days

Victor Hugo

  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
  • Les Miserables

Leigh Hunt

  • Jenny Kissed Me

Aldous Huxley

  • Brave New World

Henrik Ibsen

  • A Doll's House
  • An Enemy of the People

Washington Irving

  • A History of New York
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

Shirley Jackson

  • The Lottery

Henry James

  • Daisy Miller
  • The Portrait of a Lady
  • The Turn of the Screw

Thomas Jefferson

  • The Declaration of Independence

Jerome K. Jerome

  • Three Men in a Boat 
  • Three Men on the Bummel 

John, King of England

  • Magna Carta

Crockett Johnson

  • Harold and the Purple Crayon

Samuel Johnson

  • Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

James Joyce

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Norton Juster

  • The Phantom Tollbooth

Franz Kafka

  • Metamorphosis

Bel Kaufman

  • Up the Down Staircase

John Keats

  • Ode on a Grecian Urn

Carolyn Keene

  • The Secret of the Old Clock

Helen Keller

  • The Story of My Life

Thomas Keneally

  • Schindler's List

Ken Kesey

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Francis Scott Key

  • The Star-Spangled Banner

Daniel Keyes

  • Flowers for Algernon

Omar Khayyam

  • The Rubaiyat

Joyce Kilmer

  • Trees

Mary Kingsley

  • Travels in West Africa

Rudyard Kipling

  • Captains Courageous
  • Gunga Din
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kim

John Knowles

  • A Separate Peace

Arthur Koestler

  • Darkness at Noon

E.L. Konigsburg

  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler

Louis L'Amour

  • Last of the Breed

Ring W. Lardner

  • The Golden Honeymoon

Emma Lazarus

  • The New Colossus

Edward Lear

  • The Owl and the Pussycat

John LeCarre

  • The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

Harper Lee

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

Madeleine L'Engle

  • A Wrinkle in Time

Gaston Leroux

  • The Phantom of the Opera

Gail Carson Levine

  • Ella Enchanted

C.S. Lewis

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Last Battle
  • Mere Christianity

Meriwether Lewis & William Clark

  • Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Sinclair Lewis

  • Babbitt
  • Main Street

Abraham Lincoln

  • Gettysburg Address
  • Second Inaugural Address

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  • Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead

Charles Lindbergh

  • The Spirit of St. Louis

Richard Llewellyn

  • How Green Was My Valley

Hugh Lofting

  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

Jack London

  • The Call of the Wild
  • White Fang

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Evangeline
  • Paul Revere's Ride
  • The Song of Hiawatha

Walter Lord

  • A Night to Remember

H.P. Lovecraft

  • The Colour out of Space

James Russell Lowell

  • What is So Rare as a Day in June

David Macaulay

  • Cathedral

Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • The History of England
  • Horatius at the Bridge

Betty MacDonald

  • The Egg and I

George MacDonald

  • At the Back of the North Wind

Niccolo Machiavelli

  • The Prince

Alfred Thayer Mahan

  • The Influence of Sea Power Upon History

Malcolm X

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Sir Thomas Malory

  • Le Morte d'Arthur

William Manchester

  • Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory

Alessandro Manzoni

  • The Betrothed

Beryl Markham

  • West with the Night

Christopher Marlowe

  • Doctor Faustus
  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love    

Captain Frederick Marryat

  • Mr. Midshipman Easy

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

  • The Communist Manifesto

W. Somerset Maugham

  • Of Human Bondage
  • The Razor's Edge

Bill Mauldin

  • Up Front

Guy de Maupassant

  • Boule de Suif

Peter Mayle

  • A Year in Provence

Robert McCloskey

  • Homer Price
  • Make Way for Ducklings    

Lieut.-Col. John McCrae

  • In Flanders Fields

David McCullough

  • The Johnstown Flood 

Josh McDowell

  • Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Patrick McManus

  • They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?

Herman Melville

  • Billy Budd
  • Moby Dick

George Meredith

  • The Egoist

James A. Michener

  • Tales of the South Pacific

Edna St. Vincent Millay

  • Recuerdo

Arthur Miller

  • Death of a Salesman

A.A. Milne

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • When We Were Very Young
  • Now We are Six

John Milton

  • Paradise Lost

Else Holmelund Minarik

  • Little Bear

Margaret Mitchell

  • Gone With the Wind


  • The Misanthrope

L.M. Montgomery

  • Anne of Green Gables

Clement Clarke Moore

  • A Visit from St. Nicholas

Sir Thomas More

  • Utopia

Christopher Morley

  • Parnassus on Wheels
  • The Haunted Bookshop

John Muir

  • A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf

Ogden Nash

  • I'm a Stranger Here, Myself

Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall

  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Men Against the Sea
  • Pitcairn Island

Frank Norris

  • McTeague

Alfred Noyes

  • The Highwayman

Patrick O'Brian

  • Master and Commander 
  • Post Captain

Robert C. O'Brien

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Flannery O'Connor

  • The Displaced Person
  • Good Country People
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find
  • The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Scott O'Dell

  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins

Eugene O'Neill

  • Long Day's Journey into Night

E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The Great Impersonation

Baroness Orczy

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel    

George Orwell

  • 1984
  • Animal Farm

Thomas Paine

  • The American Crisis
  • Common Sense

Peggy Parish

  • Amelia Bedelia

Francis Parkman

  • The Oregon Trail

Blaise Pascal

  • Pensees

Boris Pasternak

  • Doctor Zhivago

Alan Paton

  • Cry, the Beloved Country

Samuel Pepys

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

S.J. Perelman

  • Dental or Mental, I Say It's Spinach

Ellis Peters

  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

Henry Petroski

  • The Book on the Bookshelf


  • The Republic


  • Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

Edgar Allan Poe

  • Annabel Lee
  • The Bells
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Raven
  • The Tell-Tale Heart

Marco Polo

  • The Travels

Chaim Potok

  • My Name is Asher Lev

Beatrix Potter

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

J.B. Priestley

  • The Good Companions

Howard Pyle

  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

  • The Astonishing History of Troy Town    

Francois Rabelais

  • Gargantua and Pantagruel

Ann Radcliffe

  • The Mysteries of Udolpho

Sir Walter Raleigh

  • Even Such is Time

Any Rand

  • Atlas Shrugged

Arthur Ransome

  • Swallows and Amazons

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  •  The Yearling

Miss Read

  • Thrush Green

Charles Reade

  • The Cloister and the Hearth

Erich Maria Remarque

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

H.A. Rey

  • Curious George

Samuel Richardson

  • Pamela

James Whitcomb Riley

  • Little Orphant Annie

Ann Rinaldi

  • Time Enough for Drums

O.E. Rolvaag

  • Giants in the Earth

Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Pearl Harbor Speech

Theodore Roosevelt

  • Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail

Edmond Rostand

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Frank Rowsome, Jr.

  • The Verse by the Side of the Road

Damon Runyon

  • The Three Wise Guys

Witold Rybczynski

  • Home: A Short History of an Idea

Rafael Sabatini

  • Captain Blood

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • The Little Prince


  • The Open Window

J.D. Salinger

  • The Catcher in the Rye

George Sand

  • The Haunted Pool

Carl Sandburg

  • Chicago

Dorothy L. Sayers

  • The Nine Tailors

Jack Schaefer

  • Shane

Frances Schaeffer

  • The God Who Is There

Charles Schulz

  • Happiness Is a Warm Puppy

Sir Walter Scott

  • Ivanhoe
  • The Heart of Midlothian

Alan Seeger

  • I Have a Rendezvous With Death

Maurice Sendak

  • Where the Wild Things Are

Robert Service

  • The Cremation of Sam McGee

Anya Seton

  • Katherine

Ernest Thompson Seton

  • Two Little Savages
  • Wild Animals I Have Known

Dr. Seuss

  • Fox in Socks
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • The Cat in the Hat

Anna Sewell

  • Black Beauty

Michael Shaara

  • The Killer Angels

William Shakespeare

  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Hamlet
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Lear
  • The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew    

George Bernard Shaw

  • Pygmalion

Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein

Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Ozymandias

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • The Rivals
  • The School for Scandal

Robert E. Sherwood

  • Abe Lincoln in Illinois

William L. Shirer

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Nevil Shute

  • On the Beach
  • Pastoral

Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • Quo Vadis
  • The Teutonic Knights

Shel Silverstein

  • The Giving Tree
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

Neil Simon

  • The Odd Couple

Upton Sinclair

  • The Jungle

Betty Smith

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Dodie Smith

  • I Capture the Castle

Tobias Smollett

  • The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker

Dava Sobel

  • Longitude

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

E.E. Somerville & Martin Ross

  • The Irish R. M.


  • Oedipus Rex

Robert Specht

  •  Tisha

Edmund Spenser

  • The Faerie Queene

Johanna Spyri

  • Heidi

Miles Stanford

  • The Complete Green Letters

Marion L. Starkey

  • The Devil in Massachusetts

William Steig

  • Yellow and Pink

John Steinbeck

  • East of Eden
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Of Mice and Men
  • The Pearl
  • Winter of Our Discontent


  • The Red and the Black

Laurence Sterne

  • Tristram Shandy

Robert Louis Stevenson

  • A Child's Garden of Verses
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Kidnapped
  • Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
  • Treasure Island

Bram Stoke

  • Dracula

Irving Stone

  • The Agony and the Ecstasy

Harriet Beecher Stowe

  •  Uncle Tom's Cabin

Edward Streeter

  • Father of the Bride

William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White

  • The Elements of Style

R.S. Surtees

  • Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities

Jonathan Swift

  • Gulliver's Travels

John Millington Synge

  • Playboy of the Western World

Booth Tarkington

  • The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Penrod

Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Idylls of the King

Josephine Tey

  • The Franchise Affair

William Makepeace Thackeray

  •  Vanity Fair

Ernest Lawrence Thayer

  • Casey at the Bat

Dylan Thomas

  • Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Henry David Thoreau

  •  Walden

James Thurber

  • The Catbird Seat
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty    

Alexis de Tocqueville

  • Democracy in America

J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

Leo Tolstoy

  • Anna Karenina
  • War and Peace

B. Traven

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Robert Traver

  • Anatomy of a Murder

P.L. Travers

  • Mary Poppins

Anthony Trollope

  • Barchester Towers

Frances Trollope

  • Domestic Manners of the Americans

Dalton Trumbo

  • Johnny Got His Gun

Barbara Tuchman

  • The Guns of August

Mark Twain

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Life on the Mississippi
  • The ManThat Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson

United States Congress

  • Articles of Confederation


  • The Arabian Nights
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Chris Van Allsburg

  • Jumanji
  • The Polar Express

Jules Verne

  • Around the World in Eighty Days
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea


  • Aeneid


  • Candide

Elizabeth von Arnim

  • Christopher and Colulmbus

Kurt Vonnegut

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

Lewis Wallace

  • Ben Hur

Izaak Walton

  • The Compleat Angler

Lynd Ward

  • The Biggest Bear

Robert Penn Warren

  • All the King's Men

Booker T. Washington

  • Up From Slavery

George Washington

  • Farewell Address

Charles Waterton

  • Wanderings in South America

Alison Weir

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Orson Welles

  • The War of the Worlds Radio Script

H.G. Wells

  • The Invisible Man
  • The War of the Worlds

Edith Wharton

  • The Age of Innocence
  • Ethan Frome

E.B. White

  • Charlotte's Web
  • Stuart Little

Gilbert White

  • The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne

T.H. White

  • The Once and Future King

Walt Whitman

  • O Captain! My Captain!

John Greenleaf Whittier

  • Barbara Frietchie

Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Eliot Wigginton (ed.)

  • The Foxfire Book #1

Oscar Wilde

  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Little House on the Prairie

Thornton Wilder

  • Our Town

Margery Williams

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

Tennessee Williams

  • The Glass Menagerie
  • A Streetcar Named Desire

Connie Willis

  • Doomsday Book
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

Sloan Wilson

  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit    

Owen Wister

  • The Virginian

P.G. Wodehouse

  • Thank You, Jeeves

Gordon S. Wood

  • Radicalism of the American Revolution

William Wordsworth

  • She Was a Phantom of Delight    

Herman Wouk

  • The Caine Mutiny

P.C. Wren

  •  Beau Geste

Richard Wright

  • Black Boy

Tim Wynne-Jones

  • Zoom at Sea

J.R. Wyss

  • The Swiss Family Robinson

Philip Yancey

  • Where Is God When It Hurts?
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