Classics of American Fiction, Drama & Verse
Annotation:In this seminal work of satire, Huck Finn, a runaway teen, and Jim, an escaped slave, deepen the bonds of friendship as they raft down the Mississippi.
Annotation:From the outside, it looks as if a bright future is opening for editorial intern, Esther Greenwood, but inwardly she is sliding deeply into a depression that threatens to end it all.
Annotation:Sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield leaves his prep school and goes underground in New York City for three days, on a journey to find a bridge from his childhood to adult life.
Annotation:Shevek, physicist and social pioneer, crosses The Wall in an effort to overcome the divisions that have kept his moon colony isolated from the home planet of Anarres.
Annotation:Race relations and economic disparities are examined as an unnamed narrator tells his life story from an underground home in this 1952 National Book Award winning novel.
Annotation:This symbolic account of the conflict between man and his fate is also a realistic account of a whaling voyage, drawing on Melville’s own experience as a merchant seaman.
Annotation:Faking insanity to escape jail seemed like a good plan to the free-spirited McMurphy. Until he landed in Nurse Ratched’s tightly controlled psychiatric ward.
Annotation:A former POW is kidnapped by aliens and flung back and forth through time, revisiting again and again the slaughterhouse where he experienced the Dresden firebombing.
Annotation:Explores the lives of African Americans in early 20th-century Florida through the eyes of Janie, who finds her own identity through the course of three marriages.
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Enduring works of American literature. Books that have reflected and shaped the culture throughout our nation's history, and are still relevant today.