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High School Reading List: Fiction

Recommended Reading for the College-Bound

James Agee

Sherwood Anderson

Jane Austen

James Baldwin

Honore de Balzac

Edward Bellamy

Hal G. Borlund

Ray Bradbury

Charlotte Bronte

Emily Bronte

Pearl Buck

John Bunyan

Samuel Butler

Albert Camus

Lewis Carroll

Willa Cather

Miguel de Cervantes

Wilkie Collins

Joseph Conrad

James Fenimore Cooper

Stephen Crane

Daniel Defoe

Charles Dickens

Fyodor Dostoevski

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Theodore Dreiser

Daphne Du Maurier

Alexandre Dumas

George Eliot

Ralph Ellison

William Faulkner

Henry Fielding

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gustav Flaubert

E.M. Forster

Robert Frost

John Galsworthy

John Gardner

William Golding

Gunter Grass

Joanne Greenberg

Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Joseph Heller

Ernest Hemingway

Frank Herbert

John Hersey

Herman Hesse

Homer

W. H. Hudson

Victor Hugo

Aldous Huxley

Henry James

James Joyce

Franz Kafka

Nikos Kazantzakis

Ken Kesey

Daniel Keyes

Rudyard Kipling

John Knowles

Jerzy Kosinski

D.H. Lawrence

Ursula K. Le Guin

W.J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick

Harper Lee

Sinclair Lewis

Richard Llewellyn

Jack London

Bernard Malamud

Thomas Malory

Thomas Mann

Somerset Maugham

Carson McCullers

Herman Melville

Margaret Mitchell

Nicholas Montserrat

Charles Nordhoff and James Hall

Tillie Olson

George Orwell

Alan Paton

Edgar Allan Poe

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Erich Maria Remarque

Conrad Richter

Kenneth Roberts

O.E. Rolvaag

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

J.D. Salinger

William Saroyan

Sir Walter Scott

Samuel Shellabarger

Henry Sienkiewicz

Alexandre Solzhenitson

John Steinbeck

Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker

Irving Stone

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Jonathon Swift

William Makepeace Thackeray

Leo Tolstoy

Mark Twain

Ivan Turgenev

Voltaire

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Robert Penn Warren

Edith Wharton

William Wharton

Oscar Wilde

Thornton Wilder

Thomas Wolfe

Richard Wright


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If any one finds that he never reads serious literature, if all his reading is frothy and trashy, he would do well to try to train himself to like books that the general agreement of cultivated and sound-thinking persons has placed among the classics. - Theodore Roosevelt




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