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Classics of American Fiction, Drama & Verse

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. (Paperback - 2010 ) F TWA Available in some locations

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.

The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence By Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. (Book - 2008 ) F WHA Available in some locations

Annotation:In this Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Newland Archer finds himself caught in a battle between head and heart, social convention and desire, duty and love.

The Bell Jar
The Bell Jar By Plath, Sylvia (Book - 2005 ) F PLA Available in some locations

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.

Beloved
Beloved A Novel By Morrison, Toni (Paperback - 2004 ) F MOR Available in some locations

Annotation:Years after the end of the Civil War, former slave Sethe is haunted by the ghost of the baby she lost.

Catch-22
Catch-22 By Heller, Joseph (Book - 2011 ) F HEL Available in some locations

Annotation:It’s the final months of World War II, but Yossarian is stuck continuing to fight because of a paradoxical rule in this classic satire about the murderous insanity of war.

The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye By Salinger, J. D., 1919-2010. (Paperback - 2001 ) F SAL Available in some locations

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.

Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson By Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886. (Book - 1982 )

Annotation:The collected verses of one of America’s most gifted poets.

The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe By Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. (Book - 1992 ) 818.309 POE All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Highly imaginative short stories and poems, many in the horror genre.

The Color Purple
The Color Purple By Walker, Alice, 1944- (Paperback - 2006 ) F WAL Available in some locations

Annotation:A tale of emotional endurance, inner strength and the power of love, as a woman overcomes an abusive past and a society that devalues her.

The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed A Novel By Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929- (Paperback - 2003 ) F LEG Available in some locations

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.

Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 By Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012. (Paperback - 2012 ) F BRA Available in some locations

Annotation:In a dystopian future, the job of firemen is to burn books.

Giant
Giant By Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968. (Paperback - 2000 ) F FER Available in some locations

Annotation:A saga of generations of Texas oil tycoons and cattle ranchers.

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath By Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. (Book - 2002 ) F STE Available in some locations

Annotation:After losing everything in the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the Joad family joins the throngs of migrant workers heading for California.

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby By Fitzgerald, F. Scott, 1896-1940 (Paperback - 2013 ) F FIT Available in some locations

Annotation:Jay Gatsby loved and lost the beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan. Now mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to woo her back.

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter By McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967. (Paperback - 2000 ) F MACC Available in some locations

Annotation:A search for connection amongst a group of misfits in a southern mill town in the 1930s.

Invisible Man
Invisible Man By Ellison, Ralph (Paperback - 1995 ) F ELL All copies in use Availability details

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.

The Jungle
The Jungle By Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. (Paperback - 2006 ) F SIN Available in some locations

Annotation:The novel that raised America’s consciousness about brutal and unsanitary conditions in the meat packing industry at the beginning of the 20th century.

Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass By Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. (Paperback - 2005 ) 811.3 WHI Available in some locations

Annotation:A book of verse that expanded and changed the voice of American poetry.

The Lottery and Other Stories
The Lottery and Other Stories By Jackson, Shirley, 1919-1965. (Paperback - 1982 ) F JAC Available in some locations

Annotation:Stories that probe beneath the surface of seemingly normal life.

Moby-Dick
Moby-Dick By Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. (Paperback - 2003 ) F MEL All copies in use Availability details

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.

Native Son
Native Son By Wright, Richard, 1908-1960. (Paperback - 2005 ) F WRI Available in some locations

Annotation:Bigger Thomas comes to embody the negative effects of poverty and racism in 1930s inner city Chicago.

O Pioneers!
O Pioneers! By Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. (Paperback - 2003 ) F CAT Available in some locations

Annotation:The trials and triumphs of Swedish settlers in late 19th-century Nebraska.

The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea By Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. (Paperback - 1995 ) F HEM Available in some locations

Annotation:An aging fisherman versus a marlin in the prime of life. Which will win the battle?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest By Kesey, Ken (Book - 2012 ) All copies in use Availability details

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.

The Red Badge of Courage
The Red Badge of Courage An Episode of the American Civil War By Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900. (Book - 1992 ) F CRA Available in some locations

Annotation:A study of the mind of an inexperienced soldier trapped in the fury and turmoil of the Civil War.

The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter By Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. (Paperback - 2011 ) F HAW Available in some locations

Annotation:A young woman who has an illegitimate child confronts her judges in the rigid moral climate of 17th century New England.

Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade
Slaughterhouse-five, Or, The Children's Crusade A Duty-dance With Death By Vonnegut, Kurt (Paperback - 2005 ) F VON Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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.

The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury The Corrected Text By Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 (Paperback - 1990 ) F FAU Available in some locations

Annotation:Madness and scandal mark the downfall of a once-renowned Mississippi family.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God By Hurston, Zora Neale (Paperback - 2006 ) F HUR Available in some locations

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.

To Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird By Lee, Harper (Paperback - 2010 ) F LEE Available in some locations

Annotation:The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is witnessed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

True Grit
True Grit By Portis, Charles (Book - 2010 ) F POR Available in some locations

Annotation:In this western tale, a stalwart and quirky 14-year-old girl teams up with an irascible U.S. Marshal and a dandy of a Texas Ranger to track down the man who killed her father.

Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. (Paperback - 2011 ) F STO Available in some locations

Annotation:This story of the cruelties of slavery helped fuel the abolition movement in the United States.

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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.


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