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Post  Admin on November 6th 2008, 11:27 am

The Writing Tutor suggests that students enrolled in AP English classes also speak to their AP English teachers to determine the best supplemental reading choices to prepare for the AP test and for college.

Although many of the selections listed below are intended for the more mature reader (11th or 12th grade and beyond), some are perfectly acceptable for the younger advanced reader. It is assumed that students interested in taking an AP English course and/or test have read extensively prior to taking the course. As stressed by the College Board, the depth of reading required to excel in an AP class and on the AP test necessitates that students "build upon reading done in previous English classes."

The works listed below are divided into drama, fiction (novels & short stories), expository prose, and poetry. In general, these works have a greater degree of difficulty than those listed in the Classic & Contemporary Literature section, although there is some overlap.

A, B, C
Aeschylus (Prometheus Bound)
Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
Amiri Baraka (Dutchman)
Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot)
Anton Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard)
William Congreve (The Way of the World)

G, H, I
Oliver Goldsmith (She Stoops to Conquer)
Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun)
Lillian Hellman (The Children's Hour, The Little Foxes)
David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly)
Henrik Ibsen (The Wild Duck, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler)

M, O, P
Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman)
Moliere (The Misanthrope, Tartuffe)
Sean O'Casey (The Harvest Festival)
Eugene O'Neill (Long Day's Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh)
Harold Pinter (Homecoming)
Luigi Pirandello (Six Characters in Search of an Author)

S, V, W
William Shakespeare (Hamlet, King Lear, Othello)
Sophocles (Antigone, Oedipus Rex)
Tom Stoppard (Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)
Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit)
Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)
Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie)
August Wilson (Fences)

Fiction (Novel & Short Story)

A, B
Chinua Achebe (Things Fall Apart)
Julia Alvarez (In the Time of the Butterflies)
Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim)
Martin Amis (Time's Arrow)
Rudolfo Anaya (Serafina's Stories)
Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, Surfacing)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
James Baldwin (Go Tell It on the Mountain)
Saul Bellow (The Adventures of Augie March)
Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre)
Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights)

Italo Calvino (Invisible Cities, The Baron in the Trees)
Albert Camus (The Plague, The Stranger)
Truman Capote (In Cold Blood)
Raymond Carver (Cathedral)
Willa Cather (Death Comes for the Archbishop, O Pioneers!)
Sandra Cisneros (The House on Mango Street)
John Cheever (The Wapshot Scandal)
Kate Chopin (The Awakening)
Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)
Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage)

Louis DeBernieres (Corelli's Mandolin)
Don DeLillo (Libra)
Anita Desai (Clear Light of Day)
Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations)
E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime)
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, The Idiot)
Theodore Dreiser (Sister Carrie)

E, F
George Eliot (Middlemarch)
Ralph Ellison (The Invisible Man)
Louise Erdich (Antelope Wife)
William Faulkner (As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury)
Henry Fielding (Tom Jones)
F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, Babylon Revisited)
Ford Madox Ford (The Good Soldier)
E.M. Forster (A Passage to India)
John Fowles (The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Magus)

G, H
Myla Goldberg (Bee Season)
Graham Greene (The Heart of the Matter)
Jane Hamilton (A Map of the World, The Book of Ruth)
Thomas Hardy (Tess of the D'Urbervilles)
Nathaniel Hawthorne (The House of the Seven Gables)
Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises, Islands in the Stream)
Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha)
Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God)

I, J, K
Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day)
Henry James (The Aspern Papers, The American)
Ha Jin (Waiting)
James Joyce (Dubliners)
Franz Kafka (The Metamorphosis)
Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior)
Joy Kogawa (Obasan)
Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

L, M
Margaret Laurence (The Stone Angel)
D.H. Lawrence (Sons and Lovers)
Bernard Malamud (The Fixer, The Natural)
Katherine Mansfield (The Garden Party and Other Stories)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude)
Bobbie Ann Mason (In Country)
Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian)
Carson McCullers (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding)
Herman Melville (Moby Dick, Billy Budd)
Toni Morrison (Jazz, Beloved, Song of Solomon)
Bharati Mukherjee (Desirable Daughters, Tree Bride)

N, O, P
Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
Joyce Carol Oates (We Were the Mulvaneys)
Tim O'Brien (Going After Cacciato, In the Lake of the Woods)
Flannery O'Connor (Wise Blood)
George Orwell (1984)
Cynthia Ozick (Heir to the Glimmering World)
Alan Paton (Cry the Beloved Country)
Iain Pears (An Instance of the Fingerpost)
Katherine Anne Porter (Ship of Fools)

R, S, T
Erich Maria Remarque (All Quiet on the Western Front)
Jean Rhys (Voyage in the Dark)
JeanPaul Sartre (No Exit)
Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels)
Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)
Jean Toomer (Cane)
Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (Fathers and Sons)
Mark Twain (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

U, V, W
John Updike (Gertrude and Claudius)
Luisa Valenzuela (Clara)
Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse Five)
Alice Walker (Temple of My Familiar)
Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited, The Loved One)
Eudora Welty (The Optimist's Daughter)
Edith Wharton (The House of Mirth)
John Edgar Wideman (Brothers and Keepers)
Virginia Woolf (To the Lighthouse)
Richard Wright (Native Son)

Note: Most of the above selections are novels however, many of these authors have also written short stories.

Expository Prose
A, B, C
Joseph Addison (Commerce of Everyday Life: Selections from the Tatler and the Spectator)
Gloria Anzaldua (Borderlands/La Frontera)
Matthew Arnold (Culture and Anarchy)
James Baldwin (Notes of a Native Son)
James Boswell (The Life of Samuel Johnson, Boswell's London Journal)
Thomas Carlyle (French Revolution: A History)
Jesus Colon (The Way it Was and Other Writings)

E, H, J
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
William Hazlitt (Table-Talk, Essays on Men and Manners)
Samuel Johnson (Samuel Johnson: The Major Works)

L, M, O
Charles Lamb (Charles Lamb: Selected Writings)
Norman Mailer (The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing)
Mary McCarthy (Memories of a Catholic Girlhood)
H.L. Mencken (Treatise on the Gods)
John Stuart Mill (On Liberty and other Essays)
George Orwell (Homage to Catalonia, A Collection of Essays)

S, T, W
Richard Steele (Commerce of Everyday Life: Selections from the Tatler and the Spectator)
Lewis Thomas (A General Theory of Love)
Henry David Thoreau (Walden and Civil Disobedience)
Barbara Tuchman (The March of Folly)
Virginia Woolf (Moments of Being: Unpublished Autobiographical Writings)

The following collections include essays written by many of the authors listed above.

Best American Essays of the Century (compiled by Joyce Carol Oates and Robert Atwan)
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present (compiled by Phillip Lopate)
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (compiled by Adam Gopnik)

A, B
W.H. Auden (Poems of W.H. Auden)
Elizabeth Bishop (The Complete Poems 1927-1979)
William Blake (Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)
Anne Bradstreet (Works of Anne Bradstreet)
Edward Kamau Brathwaite (Roots)
Gwendolyn Brooks (Selected Poems)
Robert Browning (Robert Browning's Poetry)
George Gordon, Lord Byron (Lord Byron: Poems)

C, D, E, F
Geoffrey Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)
H.D. Hilda Doolittle (Helen in Egypt)
Emily Dickinson (The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson)
John Donne (John Donne's Poetry)
Rita Dove (On the Bus with Rosa Parks)
T.S. Eliot (The Waste Land and Other Poems)
Robert Frost (Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening)

H, J, L
Joy Harjo (How We Became Human)
Seamus Heaney (Opened Ground: Selected Poems)
George Herbert (The Compete English Poems)
Garrett Hongo (Yellow Light: Poems)
Gerard Manley Hopkins (Mortal Beauty, God's Grace)
Langston Hughes (Collected Poems of Langston Hughes)
Ben Johnson (Ben Johnson)
John Keats (The Complete Poems of John Keats)
Philip Larkin (Collected Poems)
Robert Lowell (Life Studies/For the Union Dead)

M, P
Andrew Marvell ("To His Coy Mistriss" & Other Poems)
John Milton (Paradise Lost)
Marianne Moore (The Poems of Marianne Moore)
Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar)
Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Poems and Tales)
Alexander Pope (The Rape of the Lock and Other Poems)

R, S, T
Adrienne Rich (The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004)
William Shakespeare (The Sonnets)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (Shelley's Poetry and Prose)
Leslie Marmon Silko (Storyteller)
Cathy Song (Picture Bride)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Idylls of the King, In Memoriam)

W, Y
Derek Walcott (Collected Poems, 1948-1984)
Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)
Richard Wilbur (Collected Poems, 1943-2004)
William Carlos Williams (Paterson)
William Wordsworth (William Wordsworth the Major Works: Including the Prelude)
William Butler Yeats (Collected Poems)

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