20th C. American List

TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LIST

Poetry:
• Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons (1914)
• Robert Frost, North of Boston (1914): “Mending Wall,” “Home Burial,” “After Apple-Picking”; Mountain Interval (1916): “The Road not Taken,” “Birches,” “Out, Out –”; Selected Poems (1923): “Fire and Ice,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” “Spring Pools”; “Design” (1936)
• Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man” (1921); Harmonium (1923): “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” “Anecdote of the Jar,” “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” Parts of a World (1942): “Study of Two Pears” “Of Modern Poetry”
• Marianne Moore, from “The Fish” (1918), “Poetry” (1921), “The Mind is an Enchanting Thing” (1944)
• William Carlos Williams, “The Young Housewife” (1916); “Queen-Anne’s Lace” (1921); Spring and All (1923): “Spring and All,” “To Elsie,” “The Red Wheelbarrow”; “The Dead Baby” (1927); “This is Just to Say” (1934); The Wedge (1944): “A Sort of a Song,” “The Dance (In Brueghel’s Great Picture),” “Burning the Christmas Greens”; Pictures from Brueghel (1962): “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” “The Dance (When the Snow Falls)”
• Ezra Pound, Lustra (1916): “A Pact,” “In a Station of the Metro,” “The Garden,” “The River Merchant’s Wife”; “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley” (1920)
• T. S. Eliot, Prufrock & Other Observations (1917): “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Hysteria,” “La Figlia Che Piange”; Poems (1920): “Gerontion”; The Waste Land (1922); “The Hollow Men” (1925); “Journey of the Magi (1927); Four Quartets” (1943)
• Claude McKay, Harlem Shadows (1922): “The Harlem Dancer,” “Harlem Shadows,” “The Lynching,” “If We Must Die,” “America”; “Moscow” (1953)
• Countee Cullen, Color: “Yet I Do Marvel,” “Incident,” “Heritage”
• Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” (1921), “I, Too” (1925), “The Weary Blues” (1925), “Song for a Dark Girl” (1927), “Harlem” (1927), “Cubes” (1934)
• Elizabeth Bishop, North & South (1946): “The Fish,” “At the Fishhouses”; Questions of Travel (1965): “The Armadillo,” “Sestina”; Geography III (1976): “In the Waiting Room,” “One Art”
• Robert Lowell, Lord Weary’s Castle (1946): “Colloquy in Black Rock,” “Mr. Edwards & the Spider”; Life Studies (1959): “Memories of West Street & Lepke,” “Skunk Hour”; “For the Union Dead” (1964)
• Gwendolyn Brooks, A Street in Bronzeville (1945): “kitchenette building,” “the mother,” “a song in the front yard,” “Gay Chaps at the Bar,” ; “We Real Cool” (1960)
• Allen Ginsberg, Howl (1955), Kaddish (1956), “A Supermarket in California,” “America” (1956)
• Sylvia Plath, “Ode for Ted” (1956), “Wreath for a Bridal” (1956), “Virgin in a Tree” (1958), “Metaphors” (1959), “Love Letter” (1960); Ariel (1965): “Morning Song,” “The Rabbit Catcher,” “The Other,” “You’re,” “Daddy,” “Ariel,” “Nick & the Candlestick,” “Lady Lazarus”
• John Ashbery, “Some Trees” (1956) and “Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror” (1975)
• Frank O’Hara, “Why I am Not a Painter” (1957); Lunch Poems (1964): “A Step Away from Them,” “The Day Lady Died,” “Ave Maria,” “Steps”
• Amiri Baraka, from “In Memory of Radio” (1961), “The New World” (1969)
• Adrienne Rich, “Diving Into the Wreck” (1973), “Power” (1978)

Nonfiction & Essays
• W.E.B. DuBois, from The Souls of Black Folk, 1903
• Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist & the Racial Mountain,” 1926
• James Baldwin, “Everybody’s Protest Novel,” 1949
• Ralph Ellison, “The Shadow and the Act,” 1964
• Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, 1968
• David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Plurum,” 1995

Drama
• Eugene O’Neill, The Iceman Cometh, 1939
• Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947
• Arthur Miller, Death of A Salesman, 1949
• Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1962

Short Stories
• Gertrude Stein, “The Good Anna” & “Melanctha,” from Three Lives, 1909
• John Updike, “A&P,” 1962 & “Separating,” 1974
• Raymond Carver, “Beginners”/“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” 1981
• Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” (1953) & “Everything that Rises Must Converge,” 1965

Novels:
• Henry James, What Maisie Knew, 1897
• Kate Chopin, The Awakening, 1899
• Theodor Dreiser, Sister Carrie, 1900
• Henry James, The Turn of the Screw, 1901
• Henry James, The Ambassadors, 1903
• Edith Wharton, House of Mirth, 1905
• Willa Cather, My Antonia, 1918
• Jean Toomer, Cane, 1923
• F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925
• Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929
• Nella Larsen, Passing, 1929
• William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, 1929
• Claude McKay, Banjo, 1930
• Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937
• Nathaniel West, The Day of the Locust, 1939
• John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939
• Richard Wright, Native Son, 1940
• J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951
• Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, 1952
• Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, 1955
• James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room, 1956
• Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin, 1957
• Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire, 1962
• Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man, 1964
• Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, 1966
• Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, 1969
• Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, 1977
• Don DeLillo, White Noise, 1985
• Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987
• Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World, 1990
• Leslie Marmon Silko, Almanac of the Dead, 1991
• Brett Easton Ellis, American Psycho, 1991
• Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides, 1993
• Edmund White, The Farewell Symphony, 1997
• Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon, 1997
• Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1998
• Jonathan Franzen, Freedom, 2005
• Nicole Krauss, The History of Love, 2005
• Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2005
• Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story, 2009
• Karen Tei Yamashita, I-Hotel, 2010
• thúy lê, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, 2011

 

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