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"When I Go Chopin, I Always Make a Liszt"

The dearth of posting here in the past several days has largely been compelled by the press of business, and less largely by an utter lack of anything interesting to say. Fearing my readers may grow tired of the tasteful stirrup jar, below, but still having little time or inspiration, I have opted to succumb to temptation and to post the book list -- source unknown -- that has been circulating throughout the better class of weblogs. (I copied it from its recent appearance at Robert Garcia Tagorda's Priorities & Frivolities, but it's simply everywhere if you go looking for it.)

The assignment is to post the list and to bold the titles that the post-er has actually read. I have done so, with comments appended as fancy takes me. For the completists among you, I have provided handy cross-references when an author or work has featured in an earlier post on these pages. It goes on a bit, so I've put it into the extended portion of this post, so only the unduly curious and Fool-hardy need peruse it. And now, for those with an interest, we present The List:

-Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
-Agee, James - A Death in the Family
-Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
♣ [Miss Austen has been mentioned here and, in combination with Henry James, here]
-Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
-Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
-Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
-Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
-Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights
-Camus, Albert - The Stranger
♣ [the only non-English work here that I've read in the original language . . . but that was a long time ago]
-Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
-Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
♣ [I've read many, but not all, of the Tales and mostly in the original]
-Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
-Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
-Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
-Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
♣ [but I have read The Deerslayer, and recommend that everyone should read at least one Cooper novel as a necessary prelude to Mark Twain's explication of Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses]
-Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
-Dante - Inferno
♣ [more Dante here]
-de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
-Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
♣ [no Crusoe on this weblog, but he cropped up recently in an unexpected context on Erin O'Connor's Critical Mass]
-Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
-Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
♣ [but I have read The Brothers Karamazov, a surprisingly funny book]
-Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
-Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy
-Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
-Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
-Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
-Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
♣ [many, but not nearly all]
-Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
-Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
♣ [I'm fond of Faulkner, but haven't gotten to these two yet]
-Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones [over and over, repeatedly]
-Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
-Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
-Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
-Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust
♣ [who can forget the demon poodle?]
-Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
♣ [recently featured, perversely enough, on Survivor All-Stars]
-Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
-Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
-Heller, Joseph - Catch 22
-Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
-Homer - The Iliad
-Homer - The Odyssey
♣ [see stirrup jar, below]
-Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
-Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
-Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
-Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House
-James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
-James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
♣ [James was seen with Miss Austen here]
-Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
-Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
-Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
-Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
-Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
-London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
-Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
-Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude
-Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
-Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
♣ [Melville was quoted here]
-Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
-Morrison, Toni - Beloved
-O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
-O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
-Orwell, George - Animal Farm
-Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
-Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
-Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales
♣ [this site's numerous Poe citations are collected here]
-Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
-Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
♣ [All of Pynchon's other novels, too. He's mentioned here, and cropped up on another lawyer's weblog as well]
-Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
-Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac [look out below]
-Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
-Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye
-Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
-Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
-Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream
-Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet

♣ [and most of the others, plus The Two Noble Kinsmen]
-Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
-Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein

-Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
-Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
-Sophocles - Antigone
-Sophocles - Oedipus Rex

-Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
-Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island

-Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
-Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
-Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
-Thoreau, Henry David - Walden
-Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
-Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
-Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
-Voltaire - Candide
-Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five
-Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
-Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
-Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
-Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
♣ [Whitman has been known to make me grumpy, but is handy when hunting snark]
-Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
-Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie

-Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
-Wright, Richard - Native Son


David Giacalone

You sure know how to make a guy feel foolishly unread and uncultured. Welcome back, GW!!

Cowtown Pattie

Thanks, George! I am printing your Liszt for references next time I am in Half-Priced Books. I always forget what I have intended to pick up. The title of today's blog is priceless! I love it! I am jealous of your wit, for sure.

Tim Murphy

The Bell Jar, Alice Walker and Tony Morrison, to the exclusion of Milton. Silliest damn list I ever saw. If I made a list of the 10,000 books most indispensable to me, I'd have Herodotus and Thucidides pretty near the top, and the three fore-mentioned writers wouldn't even bring up the tail end.

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