Reading List for English Majors

I. Greek and Latin Classics:

Homer: Iliad, Books 1, 6, 16, 22, 24
Odyssey, Books, 1, 2, 6, 11, 19, 21-24
Plato: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Republic (Books 1,2,7, 10), Symposium
Aeschylus, Agammemnon
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis
Aristophanes, The Frogs
Plautus, The Captives
Terence, The Andrian
Virgil, The Anead, Books 2, 4, 6
Ovid, The Metamophoses

II. Medieval Literature
Dante, The Inferno
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales: Prologue, Nun's Priests Tale
Boccacio, Decameron: First Day, 2nd Tale of 4th Day; 9th Tale of 5th Day

III. Renaissance & 17th Century Literature
Petrarch's Sonnets 3, 61, 62, 90, 300
Shakespeare's Sonnets
Castiglione, The Courtier
Machiavelli, The Prince: Princely Virtues
Thomas More, Utopia
Sidney, Fairy Queene
Shakespeare: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Lear
Marlowe, Tamerlane
Webster, The White Devil
Milton, Paradise Lost
Montaigne, Friendship, Against Inconsistency
Bacon, The Advancement of Learning

IV. The Novel
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Voltaire, Candide
Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
Fielding, Tom Jones
Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield
Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Scott, Ivanhoe
C. Bronte, Jane Eyre
E. Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Dickens, David Copperfield
Thackeray, Vanity Fair
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Hardy, The Return of the Native
Conrad, Lord Jim
Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Melville, Moby Dick
Balzac, Father Goriot
Tolstoy, War and Peace
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Clemens, Huckleberry Finn
Crane, Red Badge of Courage
Henry James, Portrait of a Lady
Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham
Chopin, The Awakening
Dreiser, Sister Carrie
Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Wharton, The Age of Innocence
Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
Cather, My Antonia
Mann, Buddenbrooks
Hurston, TheirEyesWereWatchingGod
Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Lewis, Babbitt
Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Wright, Native Son
Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath
Ellison, Invisible Man
Morrison, Beloved
Marquez, 100 Years of Solitude

IV. Drama
Moliere, The Misanthrope
Goethe, Faust
Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
Ibsen, The Doll's House
O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night
Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Miller, Death of a Salesman
T. Williams, Glass Menagerie

V. Poetry
Donne, Holy Sonnets
Wordsworth's Ode on the Intimation of Immortality
Coleridge, Kubla Khan, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Shelley, Odes
Keats, Odes
Poe, The Raven, The Philosophy of Composition
Whitman, Song of Myself
Dickinson, Poems
Tennyson, Ulysses
G. M. Hopkins
Eliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Frost, Poems
E. A. Robinson, Poems
L. Hughes, Weary Blues

VI. Essays and autobiographies
Augustine, Confessions
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
Thoreau, Walden
Emerson, Essays : Self-Reliance, The Oversoul, The American Scholar