Reading List

Fiction

  • Barth, John. Lost in the Funhouse.
  • Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre.
  • Carver, Raymond, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
  • Chekhov, Anton. Anton Chekhov’s Short Stories.
  • DeLillo, Don. White Noise.
  • Diaz, Junot. Drown.
  • Faulkner, William. Go Down, Moses.
  • Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary.
  • Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time.
  • Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  • James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady.
  • Joyce, James, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  • Kafka, Franz. In the Penal Colony.
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies.
  • McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian.
  • Morrison, Toni. Beloved.
  • Moore, Lorrie. Birds of America.
  • Munro, Alice. Selected Stories.
  • Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.
  • O’Connor, Flannery. Complete Stories.
  • Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49.
  • Woolf, Virginia, Mrs. Dalloway.

Creative Nonfiction

  • Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire. 
  • Ackerman, Diane. A Natural History of the Senses.
  • Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
  • Saint Augustine, Confessions.
  • Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son.
  • Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone.
  • Berry, Wendel. Recollected Essays.
  • Bryson, Bill. A Walk in the Woods.
  • Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood.
  • Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring.
  • Cofe, Judith Ortiz. Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood.
  • Conroy, Frank. Stop-Time.
  • Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain.
  • Didon, Joan. Slouching toward Bethlehem, The White Album, The Year of Magical Thinking.
  • Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood. 
  • Eggers, Dave. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. 
  • Ehrenreich. Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 
  • Ehrlich, Gretel. The Solace of Open Spaces. 
  • Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ar Large and At Small. 
  • Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon. 
  • Haley, Alex, and Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 
  • Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast. 
  • Hersey, John. Hiroshima. 
  • Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World Ward II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  
  • Hubbell, Sue. A Country Year: Living the Questions. 
  • Karr, Mary. Liar's Club: A Memoir. 
  • Kincaid, Jamaica. My Brother, A Small Place. 
  • Kingsolver, Barbara. High Tide in Tucson. 
  • Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior. 
  • Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air. 
  • Least Heat Moon, William. Blue Highways. 
  • Lewis, C.S. Surprised by Joy. 
  • Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac.
  • Lopez, Barry. Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape.
  • Macdonald, Helen. H is for Hawk. 
  • Markham, Beryl. West with the Night.
  • Matthiessen, Peter. The Snow Leopard. 
  • McBride, James. The Color of Water. 
  • McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes. 
  • McFee, John. Coming into the Country. 
  • Mailer, Norman. The Armies of the Night. 
  • Muir, John. Mountains of California. 
  • Nabokov, Vladimir. Speak, Memory. 
  • Noah, Trevor. Born A Crime
  • Norris, Kathleen. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. 
  • Orwell, Gerogre. A Collection of Essays.
  • Pirzig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. 
  • Rodriguez, Richard.  Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez. 
  • Sarton, May. Journal of a Solitude. 
  • Sedaris, David. We Talk Pretty One Day. 
  • Smith, Patti. Just Kids. 
  • Sontag, Susan. Against Interpretation and Other Essays. 
  • Stegner, Wallace. Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs. 
  • Stein, Gertrude. Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
  • Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley, The Log from the Sea of Cortez. 
  • Styron, William. Darkness Visible. 
  • Terkel, Studs. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression. 
  • Thomas, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell. 
  • Thompson, Hunter S. Fear anf Lotahing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. 
  • Wallace, David Foster. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments. 
  • Welty, Eudora.  One Writer's Beginnings. 
  • White, E.B. Essays of E.B White. 
  • Wilkerson, Isabel. The Warmth of Other Suns. 
  • Williams, Terry Tempest. Refuge; An Unnatural History of Time and Place. 
  • Wolfe, Tom. Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff. 
  • Wolff, Tobias. This Boy's Life. 
  • Wolff, Virginia. A Room of One's Own.
  • Wright, Richard. Black Boy. 

Poetry

  • Ashbery, John. Selected Poetry.
  • Auden, W.H. Selected Poems.
  • Bishop, Elizabeth. The Complete Poems, 1927-1979.
  • Dove, Rita. Selected Poems.
  • Eliot, T. S. Selected Poems.
  • Frost, Robert. Selected Poems.
  • Ginsberg, Allen. Selected Poetry: 1947-1995.
  • Hughes, Langston. Selected Poems.
  • Lowell, Robert. Selected Poems.
  • Plath, Sylvia. Collected Poems.
  • Rich, Adrienne. Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose, Norton Critical Edition.
  • Stevens, Wallace. The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems.
  • Williams, William Carlos. Charles Tomilinson, editor. Selected Poems.
  • Wright, James. Above the River: Complete Poems.
  • Yeats, William Butler. Collected Poems.

Playwriting/Screenwriting

PLAYS
  • Albee, Edward. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
  • Beckett, Waiting for Godot.
  • Chekhov, Anton. The Cherry Orchard.
  • Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun.
  • Ibsen, Henrik. Ghosts.
  • Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman.
  • O'Neill, Eugene. Long Day's Journey into Night.
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet.
  • Sophocles. Oedipus Rex.
  • Williams, Tennessee. A Streetcar Named Desire.
FILMS
  • Casablanca.
  • Citizen Kane.
  • The Grapes of Wrath.
  • North by Northwest.
  • Wild Strawberries.

Supplemental Reading List

Fiction

  • Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio.
  • Atwood, Margaret, Cat’s Eye.
  • Barthelme, Donald. Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Labyrinths.
  • Calvino, Italo. Cosmicomics.
  • Cervantes, Miguel. Don Quixote.
  • Cheever, John. Stories of John Cheever.
  • Coetzee, J.M. Waiting for The Barbarians.
  • Coover, Robert. Pricksongs and Descants.
  • Doctorow, E.L. Ragtime.
  • Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine.
  • Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom.
  • Gordimer. Nadine. July’s People.
  • Jones, Edward P. Lost in the City.
  • Joyce, James. Ulysses.
  • O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried.
  • Paley, Grace. Collected Stories.
  • Phillips, Jayne Anne. Black Tickets.
  • Poe, Edgar Allan. Selected Short Stories.
  • Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children.
  • Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony.
  • Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy.
  • Stoker, Bram. Dracula.
  • Welty, Eudora, Collected Stories.
  • Wharton, Edith. Age of Innocence.

Poetry

  • Aamons, A. R. Selected Poems.
  • Ai. Vice: New and Selected Poems.
  • Collins, Billy. Sailing Alone Around the Room, New and Selected Poems.
  • Crane, Hart. Ed. Marc Simon. The Complete Poems.
  • Creeley, Robert. Selected Poems.
  • Dunn, Stephen, New and Selected Poems.
  • Gluck, Louise. The First Four Books of Poems.
  • Graham, Jorie. The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994.
  • Hass, Robert.
  • Jeffers, Robinson. Selected Poems.
  • Kinnell, Galway. New Selected Poems.
  • Kizer, Carolyn. Cool, Calm, and Collected.
  • Komunyakaa, Yusef. Pleasure Dome.
  • Levertov, Denise. Poems 1960-1967.
  • Levine, Philip. New Selected Poems.
  • Merrill, James. Selected Poems: 1946-1985.
  • Merwin, W. S. The Second Four Books of Poems.
  • Milosz, Czeslaw. The Collected Poems, 1931-1987.
  • Moore, Marianne. Complete Poems.
  • O'Hara, Frank. The Selected Poems of Frank O'Hara.
  • Roethke, Theodore. The Collected Poems.
  • Soto, Gary. New and Selected Poems.
  • Stafford, William. The Way It Is: New and Selected Poems.

Playwriting/Screenwriting

PLAYS
  • Brecht, Bertolt. The Good Woman of Setzuan.
  • Ionesco, Eugene. The Bald Soprano.
  • Molière. Tartuffe.
  • Pinter, Harold. The Birthday Party.
  • Reza, Yasmina. Art.
  • Sartre, Jean Paul. No Exit.
  • Shaw, George Bernard. Candida.
  • Sheridan, Richard Brinsley. The School for Scandal.
  • Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
  • Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • Valdez, Luis. Zoot Suit.
  • Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie.
  • Wilson, August. Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
FILMS
  • All About Eve.
  • Bicycle Thief, The.
  • Rear Window.
  • Rules of the Game.
  • Singin' in the Rain.
  • Stagecoach.
  • Seven Samauri.