The Art of Fiction:   
A Ten Year Reading List
"You get nothing with a college degree."  FRANK ZAPPA

But a reading list?  Ah, that is something else entirely . . .  

Chinua Achebe  
Things Fall Apart
Henry Adams  Democracy
Kingsley Amis  Lucky Jim
Martin Amis  Money
Sherwood Anderson  Winesburg, Ohio
Margaret Atwood  The Handmaid's Tale
Jane Austen  
Emma
Jane Austen  Pride and Prejudice
Honoré de Balzac  Eugénie Grandet
Honoré de Balzac  Le Pére Goriot
Julian Barnes  Flaubert's Parrot
Saul Bellow   The Adventures of Augie March
Saul Bellow   Seize the Day
Saul Bellow  Herzog
Roberto Bolaño  The Savage Detectives
Jorge Luis Borges  Ficciones
Ray Bradbury  Fahrenheit 451
Hermann Broch  
The Sleepwalkers
Charlotte Bronte  Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte  Wuthering Heights
Edgar Rice Burroughs  A Princess of Mars
Samuel Butler   The Way of All Flesh
Italo Calvino  If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Italo Calvino  Inivisible Cities
Albert Camus  
The Stranger
Lewis Carroll   Alice in Wonderland
Joyce Cary  The Horse's Mouth
Truman Capote  In Cold Blood
John Cheever  Falconer
Stephen Crane  The Red Badge of Courage
Willa Cather   Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather   My Antonía
Miguel de Cervantes  Don Quixote
Michael Chabon  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Raymond Chandler  The Big Sleep
G.K Chesterton  The Man Who Was Thursday
Agatha Christie   The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Joseph Conrad  Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad  Lord Jim
Joseph Conrad  Nostromo
Joseph Conrad  The Secret Agent
Joseph Conrad  Under Western Eyes
James Fenimore Cooper   The Last of the Mohicans
Daniel Defoe  Moll Flanders
Daniel Defoe  Robinson Crusoe
Don DeLillo  White Noise
Don DeLillo  Underworld
Philip K. Dick  The Man in the High Castle
Philip K. Dick  Valis
Charles Dickens  Bleak House
Charles Dickens  David Copperfield
Charles Dickens  Great Expectations
Charles Dickens  Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens  A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens  A Christmas Carol
Fyodor Dostoevsky  The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky  Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky   The Gambler
Fyodor Dostoevsky   The Idiot
Fyodor Dostoevsky  Notes from the Undergound
Fyodor Dostoevsky   The Possessed
Arthur Conan Doyle  The Hound of the Baskervilles
Lawrence Durrell  Justine
Umberto Eco  The Name of the Rose
George Eliot  Middlemarch
George Eliot  The Mill on the Floss
George Eliot Silas Marner
Ralph Ellison  Invisible Man
Jeffrey Eugenides  
Middlesex
William Faulkner  Absalom, Absalom!
William Faulkner  As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner   Go Down, Moses
William Faulkner  A Light in August
William Faulkner  The Sound and the Fury
Henry Fielding  Tom Jones
F. Scott Fitzgerald  The Great Gatsby
Gustave Flaubert  Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert  Bouvard and Pécuchet
Ian Fleming  From Russia With Love
Ford Maddox Ford   The Good Soldier
E.M. Forster  Howards End
E.M. Forster A Passage to India
John Fowles  The French Lieutenant's Woman
John Fowles  The Magus
Jonathan Franzen  The Corrections
William Gibson  Neuromancer
Andre Gide  The Immoralist
William Golding   The Lord of the Flies
Zane Grey   Riders of the Purple Sage
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  The Sorrows of Young Werther
Günter Grass  The Tin Drum
Graham Greene  Brighton Rock
Graham Greene  The Heart of the Matter
Graham Greene The Power and the Glory
Thomas Hardy  Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy  The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy  The Return of the Native
Thomas Hardy  Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Nathaniel Hawthorne  The House of Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne   The Scarlet Letter
Robert Heinlein  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert Heinlein  Stranger in a Strange Land
Joseph Heller  Catch 22
Ernest Hemingway   A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway   For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway  The Nick Adams Stories
Ernest Hemingway   The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway  The Old Man and the Sea
Frank Herbert  Dune
Hermann Hesse  Demian
Hermann Hesse  Steppenwolf
Victor Hugo   Les Misérables
Aldous Huxley  Brave New World
Henry James   The Ambassadors
Henry James  The American
Henry James   Daisy Miller
Henry James   The Golden Bowl
Henry James  The Portrait of a Lady
Henry James  The Spoils of Poynton
Henry James   The Turn of the Screw
Henry James  Washington Square
Henry James   The Wings of the Dove
Franz Kafka  The Castle
Franz Kafka  The Trial
Jack Kerouac  The Dharma Bums
Jack Kerouac  On the Road
Ken Kesey  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Rudyard Kipling  Kim
Milan Kundera  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa  The Leopard
D. H. Lawrence   Sons and Lovers
John le Carré   The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Stanislaw Lem  His Master's Voice
Stanislaw Lem  Solaris
Jonathan Lethem   
The Fortress of Solitude
C.S. Lewis  The Chronicles of Narnia
Mario Vargas Llosa  
The Feast of the Goat
Mario Vargas Llosa  The Storyteller
Jack London  The Call of the Wild
Thomas Mann  The Black Swan
Thomas Mann  Buddenbrooks
Thomas Mann  Death in Venice
Thomas Mann  The Magic Mountain
Gabriel Garcia Marquez  Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel Garcia Marquez  
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel Garcia Marquez  One Hundred Years of Solitude
Cormac McCarthy  All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy  Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy  The Road
Ian McEwan  
Atonement
Herman Melville  Billy Budd
Herman Melville  Moby Dick
Toni Morrison  Beloved
Haruki Murakami  The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Robert Musil  The Man Without Qualities
Vladimir Nabokov  Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov  Pale Fire
V.S. Naipaul  A Bend in the River
V.S. Naipaul  Guerrillas
Michael Ondaatje  The English Patient
George Orwell  Animal Farm
George Orwell  1984
Walker Percy  The Moviegoer
Sylvia Plath  The Bell Jar
Edgar Allan Poe  The Narrative of Arthur Gordom Pym
Marcel Proust  Remembrance of Things Past
Aleksandr Pushkin  Eugene Onegin
Thomas Pynchon  The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon   Gravity's Rainbow
François Rabelais  Gargantua and Pantagruel
Marilynne Robinson  Gilead
Marilynne Robinson  Housekeeping
Philip Roth  American Pastoral
Philip Roth  The Human Stain
J. K. Rowling  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Salman Rushdie  Midnight's Children
J.D. Salinger  The Catcher in the Rye
Mary Shelley  Frankenstein
Zadie Smith  White Teeth
Alexander Solzhenitsyn   Cancer Ward
Alexander Solzhenitsyn   One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Muriel Spark  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
John Steinbeck   The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck   Of Mice and Men
Stendhal   The Charterhouse of Parma
Stendhal  The Red and the Black
Neal Stephenson  Snow Crash
Laurence Sterne  A Sentimental Journey
Laurence Sterne  Tristram Shandy
Robert Louis Stevenson  Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson  Treasure Island
Jonathan Swift  Gulliver's Travels
Donna Tartt  The Secret History
William Thackeray  Vanity Fair
J.R.R. Tolkien  The Hobbit
Leo Tolstoy  Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy  The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Leo Tolstoy  The Kreutzer Sonata
Leo Tolstoy  War and Peace
John Kennedy Tooles  
A Confederacy of Dunces
Ivan Turgenev  Fathers and Sons
Mark Twain  Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain  Tom Sawyer
Miguel de Unamuno  
Three Exemplary Novels
John Updike  Rabbit Run
Kurt Vonnegut  Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut  Slaughterhouse Five
Alice Walker  The Color Purple
David Foster Wallace  Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace  Oblivion
Evelyn Waugh  Brideshead Revisited
Nathanael West  The Day of the Locust
Nathanael West   Miss Lonelyhearts
Edith Wharton  Ethan Frome
Oscar Wilde  The Picture of Dorian Gray
Owen Wister  The Virginian
Virginia Woolf  Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf  To the Lighthouse
Richard Wright   Native Son
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