Ap english language and composition summer assignment

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Your summer assignment is comprised of two major components--- a fictional work from the list of titles and a nonfiction work from the list. Each component has several sections to be completed, all of them dealing specifically with the text itself and your reading and interaction with it. Each of these components constitutes a major test grade; thus, you will have two major test grades in the grade book the first day you arrive for the new school year. If you complete these two assignments as you have been instructed, then you may also complete the extra credit grade in poetry if you wish. It, too, will be a test grade. No extra credit will be accepted if it is not thoroughly completed or if you haven’t turned in the first two assignments, fully completed. Failure to do this assignment will result in two zeros in the grade book.
Choose one of the fictional works from any of those listed. Personally, I would take a little time and research the titles that piqued my interest. What is the work about? What themes does it touch on? Does it take on a more optimistic tone? What do the critics and literary analysts think of it? What about your parents, your siblings, your friends--- have they read it? Did they enjoy it? Ask yourself any number of questions before you begin reading. I would take the time to do this, rather than start and stop several different works over the summer because I realized they were not my type of reading. Ideally, it would be nice if you read five or six of these just for the sheer love of reading.

Once you’ve made your selection, look over the sections that you must complete in connection with the work. There are five sections, and each must be done thoroughly and wisely. Please don't place each page in a separate plastic sheet; I make remarks and comments on these, and I don't need to spend time disassembling papers. Also, If you turn in summer assignments that aren't complete (all sections done according to instructions), then you will be given the appropriate grades, but they will be returned to you with no marks or replies. My time is just as valuable as yours, and I won't waste it on incomplete work.

***An important note: You may NOT read any work that you have already read, either on your own or in a class, no matter how long ago. This is not about appearances and just making do; it's about growing as a reader and a writer and a thinker. It's ADVANCED PLACEMENT, which means beginning college level. Let it be so.

*** One more important point: I haven’t read every one of these works nor do I know everything about each one of them. With that said, do a bit of research before you commit to any one work. If you think it contains a degree of profanity, sex, violence, racism, etc. that you are unable to deal with, then by all means, don’t read it. I can’t and won’t be a censor for your reading in this regard. I chose these fiction and nonfiction works because they represent the best examples of their genres. Use your head and make wise decisions based on your reading preferences and your likes and dislikes.
Section I- Reading Journals
Whatever the number of pages in the book you’ve chosen, divide it into groups of chapters or pages that fall roughly into five sections and write a reader’s response for each of those five sections (For instance, if I’m reading a novel that is 260 pages long, than I’m going to write response journals for about every 52 pages).

If you’re reading a collection of short stories, then divide those into five commonsensical sections instead. At the end of this document I have attached a list of possible journal “starters,” statements or questions that may stimulate your writing and reflecting. I do not want a summary; I’ve either read the work or know a great deal about it. You are to simply react to and reflect on what you’ve read. I don’t expect everyone to enjoy reading the works (but you chose it!), but I do expect everyone to engage the text in an intelligent manner. If you didn’t like the work, that’s fine, but by all means tell me why and give proof. It’s all about the text. Each entry is to be approximately one and a half to two pages single-spaced handwritten or two pages or more typed (double-spaced).

Section II- Unfamiliar or Archaic Vocabulary
During your reading you are to write down twenty unknown (to you!) vocabulary words you find in the text; some of them may be archaic. One of your tasks, then, of course, is to learn what is meant by archaic and to see how archaic and/or unknown terms impede your reading. You must first write down the sentence in which the word is found, along with the page number, then a brief definition of it, and then explain in writing what you at first thought it meant, write how it was used in the novel, and then explain how its new meaning changed the text for you. This sounds like a difficult and time-consuming job, but it really isn’t; I expect that you will encounter at least 20 terms within the first twenty or thirty pages of the work. Each entry should only take a few minutes. Note: the words you think are archaic may not actually be archaic, they may simply be words you don’t know. To tell the truth, that’s the whole point of this section---- learning new vocabulary and seeing how they work in the context of your reading.
Section III- Characterization
In most fictional work there is a protagonist and usually an antagonist. There are many other characters, of course, some carrying more novelistic weight than others. In this section, you will concentrate on what you feel are the two main characters. I also want you to view Nature as a third character. By this, I mean that authors usually view Nature or Life or the Universe (maybe even Fate or Fortune) as a character, interacting and influencing the other characters and the story’s outcome in some major or minor way. Your task, then is this: within the novel, no matter in what section, find five instances that give some insight into that character, whether it’s how he/she feels about himself/herself, the world, love, whatever. This will be fairly easy for the two main characters; it will be a bit more difficult regarding Nature or Life. Anywhere the author reflects on how the world operates, or how fate or nature controls life, etc., then that’s a characterization of Nature. You are to write down the insight (quote it), then give the page number, and then write your own commentary concerning it, whether that commentary regards the character, that situation in the fictional piece, or life in general.
Section IV- Themes
Once you have read the work, write a one to one and a half page, single-spaced (or two pages typed and double-spaced) analysis of what you think the theme/themes are. I don’t want some polished cut and paste piece from the Internet or something you copied from Cliff Notes; I want an insightful explanation of what you think this work is telling us about an event or occurrence in particular, or people in general, or about life, or responsibility---- whatever you see its major view or statement to be. Be clear, be concise.
Section V- Your Assessment
In one to one and a half pages, tell us why you would or would not recommend this book as part of an AP English Language and Composition reading list. Be sure to be specific and explain yourself thoroughly. You might also want to reference various literary critics or other readers, like your parents or your friends. Explain in detail why this novel should be or not be required reading for all AP English students. You may connect it to a particular genre, literary movement, historical event, or personal benchmark as a reader. At some point, explain why, in your estimation, it is included in so many anthologies and lists of great works. Whatever you do, give specific reasons and sound evidence, not emotionally overwrought generalities or fluffy platitudes.
Choose any one of the nonfiction works from any of the nonfiction works listed. Do the same type of investigation of these as you did with the fictional works. What have you heard about the piece? What’s its main thrust, its subject matter? Is it philosophical, political, religious? When was it written, what were the prevailing attitudes of the day---- does this work agree or disagree with them? Is there a hidden agenda behind the work? Ask any number of questions regarding the work, and again, do the research. This will be an entirely different type of reading than that experienced in the novel (and there is no order to which one you read first; it’s your work), and you must read it with a different “eye.” There are four major components to this assignment and each must be done thoroughly with intelligence. It goes without saying that I want to see you in this work, not some cut and paste sound bites from the Internet or your brother’s college study guides or one of my former student’s work.
Section I- Reading Journals
Divide your chosen work into five sections just as you did with the reading of the novel. I want you to write the same type of personal reading reflections and reactions as you did with the fictional piece. Make sense of the writing through your journaling. Ask questions, make connections. Engage the text through your own writings and musings about the text. Some of the suggested response questions might work well with these, too. Think about how the text reflects the thinking of that particular time in history. How does it mirror the hopes and aspirations, fears and anxieties, bias and prejudices of the people of that era? Do we see evidence of it in our daily lives today?
Section II- Archaic or Unknown Vocabulary/Allusions/Concepts
During your reading you are to write down twenty archaic or unknown vocabulary words, unknown allusions, or unfamiliar concepts you find in the text. Your task, of course, is to learn what is meant by the terms archaic, allusion, and concept and to see how your lack of general background knowledge impedes your understanding of the text and its subject matter. You must first write down the sentence in which the word/allusion/concept is found, along with the page number, then a brief definition of it, and then explain in writing what you at first thought it meant, write how it was used in the work/essays, and then explain how its new meaning changed the text for you.
Section III- Critical Analysis
After having read the nonfiction work and having written your response journals, visit the Internet or the local library (the USM library is even better; the JSTOR database provides a wealth of sources; you may also want to use Academic Search Premier from our school library, listed under Magnolia. Our school passwords are magn0719 or magn0879. Find three critiques or analyses of that particular book or essays. Print out and read at least three of these. Mark them up, take notes, make the connections. I want you to then write a précis of these critiques. For the second part of this section, I want you to then write a page and a half to two page commentary where you either defend, oppose, or qualify the stances taken by these critics regarding the work in question (the nonfictional work you chose and read).
Section IV- Your Assessment
In one to one and a half pages, tell us why you would or would not recommend this nonfiction work as part of an AP English Language and Composition reading list. Be sure to be specific and explain yourself thoroughly. You might also want to quote various literary critics or other readers, like your parents or your friends. Explain in detail why this piece should be or not be required reading for all AP English students. You may connect it to a particular genre, philosophical movement, historical event, or personal benchmark as a reader. At some point, explain why, in your estimation, it is included in so many anthologies and lists of great works. Whatever you do, give specific reasons and sound evidence, not emotionally overwrought generalities or fluffy platitudes.
Choose one of the poets listed and read his or her works. The collection you choose must contain at least ten poems; the more the better (with more, you will be able to gain more insights into that poet and/or see changes in the work and in writing/attitudes over the years). Choose ten of your favorite poems, then write a one and half to two page journal for each one. These journals should reflect your reactions to the poems, any questions that arise from them, and any patterns you see in the use of figurative language or the manipulation of language. You might talk about the use of various symbols, or alliteration, the cacophony or euphony of the words chosen. In other words, fully engage with the poems as a reader and a thinker. Again, I don’t want summaries; I read poetry as well, and I’d like to see how you interact with poetry. If you rather, you may take one poem from ten of the various poets listed and write your journals. In this way you are introduced to the works of more poets. Again, if the first two assignments aren’t done according to the instructions, nor is this extra credit completed according to the explicit directions, then no extra credit will be given.
These two assignments, and the extra credit if you choose to do it, are due the very first day of the 2014-2015 school year, whether you have AP English first semester or second semester. NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 3:00 P. M. OF THAT DAY. By hook or by crook, your work must be turned in on time. The manner in which you complete this work, and your completing of it, will tell me a great deal about you as a reader, writer, thinker, and student. Make sure my first impression of your work ethic is a positive one. If you have any questions regarding the assignment, or the works, feel free to email me at bill.kirby@petalschools.com. I will be in and out of town this summer, but I will call or email you back as soon as possible if I miss your call or email. Have a great summer; I’m looking forward to some great responses and to a great school year. Take care.
P.S. If you finish this early and can get it to me on or before July 31, 2014, then I'll check it in and give you an additional 30 extra credit test points. Trust me, you'll be able to use them later. You can email me at bill.kirby@petalschools.com to make arrangements.

Mr. Kirby

Although this is a long and fairly dense list, it will be less intimidating if you look at as analogous to a Chinese menu: you simply pick an item from Column A and an item from Column B. If you desire dessert (extra credit), you may choose an item from Column C as well. Simple as that! Seriously, your summer reading assignment is relatively straightforward. You choose a fictional work from the list of fiction and you choose a nonfiction work from any of those listed; you then read each book and complete the sections assigned for each type of work. You cannot deviate from this list: if you complete your assignments using any book NOT on this list, then you will NOT receive credit for the work, resulting in a zero for a grade. For extra credit, you may then choose one of the poetry selections. Of course, extra credit is just that--- no extra credit is given if you don’t first complete the two required portions of the summer assignment. *** NO MATTER WHAT WORKS YOU CHOOSE, THEY MUST BE UNABRIDGED VERSIONS!!! NO SHORTENED OR DUMBED-DOWN VERSIONS WILL DO! **** These works are from European and World Literatures; there is no pattern in their listing according to genre, gender, race, time period, or country of origin. They are simply scattered like seeds to the wind. There are simply too many to worry about attempting to place them in some kind of order. You do the research and enjoy the reading!

Authors and Works (Non-American)
Dante- The Divine Comedy

James Joyce- Ulysses, Dubliners, Finnegan's Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Aldous Huxley- Brave New World, Eyeless in Gaza

Samuel Butler- The Way of All Flesh

Beowulf- Anonymous (the Rebsamen edition is the highly recommended one!) Seamus Heaney’s

translation is not bad, either!

Chinua Achebe- Things Fall Apart

Honore De Balzac- Cousin Bette, Eugenie Grandet, Le Pere Goriot, Lost Illusions

Charlotte Bronte- Jane Eyre, Villette

Emily Bronte- Wuthering Heights

Geoffrey Chaucer- The Canterbury Tales

Miguel de Cervantes- Don Quixote

Arthur Koestler- Darkness at Noon

Italo Calvini- The Baron in the Trees, The Path to the Nest of Spiders, The Nonexistent Knight, Invisible

Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, The Cloven Viscount

Anton Chekhov- The Cherry Orchard, The Sea-Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Lady with the Dog and Other


Wilkie Collins- The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, No Name

Bram Stoker- Dracula

Mary Shelley- Frankenstein

George Eliot- Middlemarch, Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Daniel Deronda

Ford Madox Ford- The Good Soldier

E. M. Forster- A Passage to India, Howards End, A Room with a Vie, Where Angels Fear to Tread

Joseph Conrad- Lord Jim, The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, Almayer's Folly, Nostromo, Under

Western Eyes

Albert Camus- The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall

Daniel Defoe- Robinson Crusoe, A Journal of the Plague Year, Moll Flanders

Charles Dickens- Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, The

Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, Bleak House, Little Dorrit

Fyodor Dostoevsky- Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, The Double, Notes from

Underground, The Gambler, The Brothers Karamazov

Gunter Grass- The Tin Drum

Euripides- Medea

Graham Greene- The Ministry of Fear, Our Man in Havana, Loser Takes All, Brighton Rock, The Heart of

the Matte, The End of The Affair, The Quiet America, A Gun for Sale

Thomas Hardy- Far From the Maddening Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge,

Tess of the d-Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure

Franz Kafka- The Trial, The Castle,The Metaphorphosis and Other Stories

Jaroslav Hasek- The Good Soldier Svejk

Ivan Goncharov- Oblomov, A Common Story

James Hogg- The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

Homer- Iliad, Odyssey

Jane Austen- Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility

One Thousand and One Nights- Anonymous

Mikhail Bulgakov- The Heart of a Dog, The Master and Margarita, The White Guard

Samuel Beckett- Waiting for Godot, Endgame

Evelyn Waugh- A Handful of Dust, Decline and Fall, Brideshead Revisited

Jorge Luis Borges- Ficciones (collection of short stories; 1956 edition probably the best to read)

Rudyard Kipling- Kim, The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, The Phantom Ricksaw and Other Eerie Tales,

Captains Courageous

Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa- The Leopard

Thomas Mann- The Magic Mountain, Buddenbrooks

Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Matthew Lewis- The Monk

Sir Thomas More- Utopia

V. S. Naipaul- A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River

George Orwell- Nineteen Eighty-four, Animal Farm

Boris Pasternak- Doctor Zhivago

Alexander Pushkin- Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov

Joseph Roth- Job, The Radetzky March, The Emperor’s Tomb, Three Novellas:The Legend of the Holy

Drinker, Fallmerayer the Stationmaster, and the Bust of the Emperor

Salman Rushdie- Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath

Her Feet, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence

Sir Walter Scott- Waverly, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe, Kenilworth, The Pirate, The Heart of Midlothian

Alexander Solzhenitsyn- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The First Circle, Cancer Ward

Sophocles- Oedipus Rex, Antigone

Christina Stead- The Man Who Loved Children

Stendhal- The Red and the Black, The Charterhouse of Parma

Laurence Sterne- Tristram Shandy

Robert Louis Stevenson- Treasure Island, Kidnapped, The Black Arrow

Jonathan Swift- Gulliver's Travels

William Makepeace Thackeray- Vanity Fair, The History of Henry Edmond

Leo Tolstoy- War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Hadji Murad

Ivan Turgenev- Fathers and Sons, A Month in the Country

Anthony Trollope- The Warden, Barchester Towers

Voltaire- Candide

Oscar Wilde- The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Virginia Woolf- Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, The Voyage Out, Jacob's Room, Orlando, The Waves,

Night and Day

Emile Zola- Therese Raquin, The Human Comedy

J. M. Coetzee- Waiting for the Barbarians, Life and Times of Michael K, Age of Iron

William Golding- Lord of the Flies

Anthony Burgess- A Clockwork Orange, Napoleon Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements

Arundhati Roy- The God of Small Things

Marjane Satrapi- Persepolis

Nadine Gordimer- The Conservationist


Italo Svevo- Confessions of Zeno

Daphne du Maurier- Rebecca, Jamaica Inn

Juan Rulfo- Pedro Paramo

Vladimir Nabokov- Invitation to a Beheading, Lolita, Pale Fire, Pnin, Despair

Antoine de Saint- Exupery- The Little Prince

Markus Zusak- The Book Thief

Jhumpa Lakiri- The Namesake

Joy Kogawa- Obasan

Ha Jin- Waiting

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, Americanah, The Thing Around Your

Neck ( Collection of Short Stories)

Sir Thomas Malory- Le Morte d'Arthur

David Malouf- Ransom

Michael Ondaatje- The English Patient, The Cat’s Table, Running in the Family, Anil’s Ghost: a Novel,

Coming Through Slaughter, In the Skin of a Lion, Divisadero

Yiyun Li- The Vagrants

Louis-Ferdinand Celine- Journey to the End of Night

Alfred Doblin- Berlin Alexanderplatz

Joao Guimaraes Rosa- The Devil to Pay in the Backlands

Knut Hamsun- Hunger

Nikos Kazantzakis- Zorba The Greek

Dai Sijie- Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Once on a Moonless Night

Kamala Markandaya- Nectar in a Sieve

Anthony Powell- A Dance to the Music of Time- 12 volume series; I would recommend reading the first

novel in the series but it's your call!

Milan Kundera- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, Immortality,

The Joke, Ignorance

Nikolai Gogol- Dead Souls, Taras Bulba

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther

Murasaki Shikibu- The Tale of Genji

Epic of Gilgamesh- Anonymous

Herman Hesse- Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Magister Ludi, Klingsor's Last Summer

Carlos Fuentes- The Most Transparent Region, The Old Gringo, The Good Conscience

Victor Hugo- The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables

Kobo Abe- The Woman in the Dunes, The Ruined Map

Aharon Appelfeld- To the Land of the Cattails, Iron Tracks, Badenheim 1939

Alan Paton- Cry, The Beloved Country

Erich Maria Remarque- All Quiet on the Western Front

Laura Esquivel- Like Water for Chocolate

Margaret Atwood- The Edible Woman, The Handmaiden's Tale, Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, The Blind

Assassin, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood

Isabel Allende- The House of the Spirits, Island Beneath the Sea: a Novel, Eva Luna

Jean Rhys- The Wide Sargasso Sea

Malcolm Lowry- Under the Volcano

Julio Cortazar- Blow-up and Other Stories (short story collection)

Mario Vargas Llosa-Conversation in the Cathedral, The Time of the Her, The War of the End of the World,

The Feast of the Goat

Yasunari Kawabata- The Sound of the Mountain

John Fowles- The Collector, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman

Nevil Shute- A Town Like Alice, On the Beach

W. Somerset Maugham- Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence, Cakes and Ale, The Razor’s Edge

Muriel Sparks- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Driver’s Seat

Aphra Behn- Oroonko: or The Royal Slave

Iris Murdoch- Under the Net

Tolkien- The Hobbit, The Silmarillion

Jose Saramago- Blindness

Fernando Pessoa- The Book of Disquiet

A. S. Byatt- Possession, The Children's Book

Daniel Mason- The Piano Tuner

Kate Morton- The House at Riverton

Mark Haddon- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Irene Nemirovsky- Suite Francaise

Ian McEwan- Atonement

Halldor Laxness- Independent People

Elsa Morante- History

Christa Wolf- Cassandra

Yvonne Vera- Nehanda

Vassilis Vassilikos- Z

Mehmed Uzun- In the Shadow of a Lost Love

Jean-Phiippe Toussaint- Monsieur

Pramoedya Ananta Toer- All That is Gone, This Earth of Mankind, The Girl from the Coast

Fouad al-Tikerly- The Long Way Back

Julian Barnes- Flaubert's Parrot

Andre Brink- A Dry White Season

Kingsley Amis- Lucky Jim

Mary Renault- The King Must Die

Robert Graves- I, Claudius; Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina

Susan Hill- The Woman in Black

Kazuo Ishiguro- Never Let Me Go

Peter Ackroyd- The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein

P. D. James- Death Comes toPemberley, The Children of Men

Naguib Mahfouz- The Thief and the Dog, Midaq Alley

Aristophanes- Birds and Other Plays

Alain-Fournier- The Wanderer

Peter Mayle- A Year in Provence

Jean-Paul Sartre- No Exit, Nausea, The Wall

C. S. Lewis- The Chronicles of Narnia (at least one of the books, depending on whether you've read any of

them or not), The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces, The Screwtape Letters, Perelandra

Frank O'Connor- Collected Stories (or any other collection of his short stories)

Arturo Perez-Reverte- The Painter of Battles, Captain Alatriste, The Fencing Master

G. K. Chesterton- The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Man Who Was Thursday, Manalive

Agatha Christie- Any of her novels

Arthur Conan Doyle- Any collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard, the

White Company

Alan Sillitoe- Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Ivan Bunin- The Gentleman from San Francisco(Collection of short stories)

Umberto Eco- The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, Baudolino, The Prague Cemetery, The

Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

Tobias Smollett- The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

William Godwin- The Adventures of Caleb Williams

T. H. White- The Once and Future King

Louis de Bernieres- Corelli's Mandolin

Kenneth Grahame- The Wind in the Willows

Joyce Cary-The Horse's Mouth

Giovanni Boccaccio- The Decameron


Antoine de Saint-Exupery- Wind, Sand and Stars

Edward Gibbon- The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume One only)

James Boswell- The Life of Samuel Johnson

Saint Augustine- The Confessions, City of God

Carl Von Clausewitz- On War

Herodotus- The Histories (any one of the nine books )

Soren Kierkegaard- Discourse (any of them), Fear and Trembling, The Concept of Anxiety, Christian

Discourses, Stages on Life's Way, The Sickness Unto Death

Marcus Aurelius- Meditations

Simone De Beauvoir- The Second Sex

Lao Tzu- Tao-te Ching

Sun Tzu- The Art of War

Niccolo Machiavelli- The Prince

John Stuart Mill- On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, Principles of Political Economy, A System of

Logic, Utilitarianism

Plato- The Dialogues

Jean-Jacques Rousseau- Discourses on Political Economy, Emile: or, on Education, The Social Contract,

Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Essay on the Origin of Languages

Adam Smith- The Wealth of Nations, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Alexis de Tocqueville- Democracy in America, The Old Regime and the Revolution

Virgil- Aeneid

Mary Wollstonecraft- Vindication of the Rights of Men, Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Wole Soyinka- Ake: The Years of Childhood, The Man Died

Loung Ung- First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Isak Dinesen- Out of Africa

Ji-li Jiang- Red Scarf Girl

Ann Frank- The Diary of a Young Girl

Azar Nafisi- Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Charles Darwin- They Voyage of the Beagle, The Descent of Man, The Expression of the Emotions in Man

and Animals, The Origin of Species, The Power of Movement in Plants

Michel de Montaigne- Essays

Thomas Aquinas- Summa Theologica

Eve Curie- Madame Curie

Mark Mathabane- Kaffir Boy: the True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa

Karl Marx- The Communist Manifesto, Capital

Michel de Montaigne- Essays

Rene Descartes- Compendium Musicae, The World, Man, Discourse on the Method, Meditations on First

Philosophy, Principles of Philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche- Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Birth of Tragedy, Untimely Meditations, Beyond Good

and Evil, Twilight of the Idols, Ecce Homo

Aristotle- Metaphysics, Poetics, Politics

Xenophon- The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates

Plato- The Dialogues(especially Apology)

William Manchester- The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932; The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940; The Last Lion: Winston Spencer

Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

Samuel Pepys- The Diaries of Samuel Pepys

Lytton Strachey- Eminent Victorians

Robert Graves- Goodbye to All That

Edward Said- Orientalism

James Lovelock- The Revenge of Gaia

Hannah Arendt- Eichmann in Jerusalem

Thomas Babington Macaulay- The History of England

Ryszard Kapuscinski- Shah of Shahs

Philip Gourevitch- We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

Tony Judt- Postwar

Chinua Achebe- An Image of Africa

Bruno Bettelheim- The Uses of Enchantment

T. E. Lawrence- The Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Mahatma Gandhi- The Story of My Experiments with Truth

George Orwell- Homage to Catalonia

Primo Levi- The Periodic Table

Lorna Sage- Bad Blood

Sigmund Freud- The Interpretation of Dreams

Immanuel Kant- Critique of Pure Reason

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel- Phenomenology of Mind

Thomas Hobbes- Leviathan

James George Frazer- The Golden Bough

Christine de Pisan- The Book of the City of Ladies

Erasmus- Praise of Folly

Voltaire- Letters Concerning the English Nation

Virginia Woolf- A Room of One's Own

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn- The Gulag Archipelago

Michel Foucault- Discipline and Punish

Gabriel Garcia Marquez- News of a Kidnapping

Ibn Battuta- The Travels of Ibn Battuta

Rebecca West- Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Jan Morris- Venice

Patrick Leigh Fermor- A Time of Gifts

Claudio Magris- Danube

Cao Jinqing- China Along the Yellow River

W. G. Sebald- The Rings of Saturn

Mario Vargas Llosa- Letters to a Young Novelist

Jean-Paul Sartre- Being and Nothingness, The Transcendence of the Ego

C. S. Lewis- God in the Dock, Mere Christianity, Surprised by Joy, The World's Last Night and Other

Essays, A Grief Observed, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

Saint Bede The Venerable - An Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Boethius- Consolation of Philosophy

Dietrich Bonhoeffer- The Cost of Discipleship

Thomas a' Kempis- The Imitation of Christ

Thomas Browne-Religio Medici

Bernal Diaz del Castillo- the Conquest of New Spain

Duc de Saint-Simon- Memoirs

Fernand Braudel- The Structures of Everyday Life, The Wheels of Commerce, The Perspective of the World

Kwame Anthony Appiah- Cosmopolitanism

William Godwin- An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

American Authors and Works
Colonial Period- Nonfiction
John Smith- The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles

William Bradford- Of Plymouth Plantation

Thomas Morton- The New English Canaan

William Byrd- Histories of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia: and North Carolina

Ben Franklin- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Paine- The Crisis (all 16), The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason

Cotton Mather- Magnalia Christi Americana

J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur- Letters From an American Farmer

Mary Rowlandson- The History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson

Olaudah Equiano- The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus

Vassa, the African

Romantic Period-Fiction
Washington Irving- Diedrich Knickerbocker's History of New York from the Beginning of

the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, The Sketch Book ( a

collection of short stories, including “Rip Van Winkle” and “The

Legend of Sleepy Hollow”)

James Fenimore Cooper- Any novel from the Leatherstocking Tales (Last of the

Mohicans, The Deerslayer, etc.)

Edgar Allan Poe- The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Harriet Beecher Stowe- Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Louisa May Alcott- Little Women or Little Men

Herman Melville- Moby-Dick, Billy Budd ( I would suggest the Penguin Classic edition of Billy Budd with

an introduction by Fredrick Busch), Red Jacket, Typee, Omoo, The Confidence-Man,

Mardi, Pierre

Hugh Henry Brackenridge- Modern Chivalry Containing the Adventures of Captain John Farrago and

Teague O'Reagan, His Servant

William Hill Brown- The Power of Sympathy (considered the first American novel by many)

Charles Brockden Brown- Wieland; or The Transformation; Edgar Huntly, Arthur


William Wells Brown- Clotel; or the President’s Daughter

Richard Henry Dana- Two Years Before the Mast

Nathaniel Hawthorne- The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Bithedale

Romance, The Marble Faun
Romantic Period-Nonfiction
The Federalist Papers

Thomas Paine- The Rights of Man or The Age of Reason

Alexis (Charles Henri Maurice Clerel) de Tocqueville- Democracy in America

Ralph Waldo Emerson- His essays- must include these: “Self-Reliance,” “Nature,

“The American Scholar,” “The Divinity School Address,”

“The Over-Soul,” and “The Transcendentalist” (I would

recommend Penguin Classics Nature and Selected Essays by

Ralph Waldo Emerson with an introduction by Larzer Ziff)

Henry David Thoreau- Walden; or Life in the Woods

Margaret Fuller- Woman in the Nineteenth Century

James Russell Lowell- The Writings of James Russell Lowell

Fredrick Douglass- Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass

Sojourner Truth- The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Oliver Wendell Holmes- The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Realism/Naturalism/Regionalism Period-Fiction
George Washington Cable- The Grandissimes, Old Creole Days: A Story of Creole Life (a collection of

short stories)

Bret Harte- any collection of his short stories

William Dean Howells- The Rise of Silas Lapham

Theodore Dreiser- An American Tragedy

Henry James-The American, Daisy Miller, The Europeans, Washington Square, The

Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Turn of the Screw, The Wings

of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl

Stephen Crane- The Red Badge of Courage or any collection of short stories

Sarah Orne Jewett- The Country of the Pointed Firs (actually a collection of connected short stories)

Mark Twain- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in

King Arthur’s Court, The Prince and the Pauper, The Gilded Age, The Tragedy of

Pudd'nhead Wilson

Jack London- The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf, White Fang, Martin Eden, The Iron Heel

Frank Norris- McTeague, The Octopus, The Pit

Charlotte Perkins Gilman- Herland

Kate Chopin- At Fault, The Awakening

Hamlin Garland- Main-Traveled Roads (a collection of short stories)

Edith Wharton- The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth

Ambrose Bierce- any collection of short stories by Bierce

Sherwood Anderson- Winesburg, Ohio

Upton Sinclair- The Jungle

Willa Cather- My Antonia or O Pioneers!
Realism/Naturalism/Regionalism Period-Nonfiction
Mark Twain- Life on the Mississippi, The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad

Black Elk- Black Elk Speaks

W.E.B. Du Bois- The Souls of Black Folk

Ida Tarbell- The History of the Standard Oil Company

Booker T. Washington- Up From Slavery, An Autobiography

Marcus Garvey- any work by Garvey

Charlotte Perkins Gilman- Women and Economics

Modernism Period-Fiction

Ernest Hemingway- The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to

Arms, Across the River and into the Trees, In Our Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald- The Great Gatsby, Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night, This Side of Paradise

William Faulkner- Light in August, Intruder in the Dust, As I Lay Dying, The Unvanquished, Sanctuary,

The Wild Palms, The Sound and The Fury, The Reivers, Flags in the Dust, The Mansion,

Soldier’s Pay, Mosquitoes; Absalom, Absalom; Go Down, Moses

Eudora Welty- The Robber Bridegroom, Delta Wedding, The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles, The Optimist’s

Daughter, A Curtain of Green and Other Stories,The Collected Short Stories of Eudora Welty

John Steinbeck- Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Red Pony, Cannery Row, The Moon is Down,

East of Eden, The Pearl, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, In Dubious Battle, Tortilla Flat,

The Winter of Our Discontent

Zora Neal Hurston- Their Eyes Were Watching God

John Dos Passos- Three Soldiers, Manhattan Transfer

Sinclair Lewis- Main Street, It Can’t Happen Here, Arrowsmith, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry, Dodsworth

Sherwood Anderson- Winesburg, Ohio (A Collection of short stories but with a common thread running

through it--- in your journals relate to it as if it were a novel)

Pearl S. Buck- The Good Earth, Dragon Seed, Peony

Willa Cather- My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, O Pioneers!

Edgar Rice Burroughs- Tarzan of the Apes, Pellucidar, A Princess of Mars, The Land That Time Forgot

William Saroyan- The Human Comedy

Nathanael West- Miss Lonelyhearts, The Day of the Locust

Thomas Wolfe- Look Homeward, Angel; Of Time and the River, You Can’t Go Home Again

Richard Wright- Native Son, The Outsider

H. P. Lovecraft- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, At the Mountains of Madness

Ring Lardner- You Know Me, Al

James T. Farrell- Studs Lonigan (a series, and perhaps too long for a summer read; I would read Young

Lonigan if nothing else)

Ellen Glasgow- The Romantic Comedian, They Stooped to Folly, The Sheltered Life, The Deliverance,

Virginia, Life and Gabriella, Barren Ground

Erskine Caldwell- Tobacco Road, God’s Little Acre

Katherine Ann Porter- Noon Wine, Old Mortality; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; Ship of Fools, The Collected

Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

Robert Penn Warren- All the King’s Men

Anzia Yezierska- Bread Givers

Oliver LaFarge- Laughing Boy

MacKinlay Kantor- Andersonville

Post-Modernism Period-Fiction
James Agee- A Death in the Family

Sherman Alexie- Reservation Blues, Indian Killer

James Baldwin- Go Tell It on the Mountain

John Barth- The Sot-Weed Factor, Giles Goat-Boy

Donald Barthelme- Snow White, The Dead Father, The King, City Life

Saul Bellow- Henderson the Rain King, The Adventures of Augie March, Seize the Day, Humboldt’s Gift,

Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet

Paul Bowles- The Sheltering Sky

Ray Bradbury- Fahrenheit 451, Dandelion Wine, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way


Richard Brautigan- Trout Fishing in America, A Confederate General from Big Sur

Raymond Carver- Cathedral, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Raymond Chandler- The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely

John Cheever- The Wapshot Chronicles, Falconer

Sandra Cisneros- The House on Mango Street, Caramelo

Don Delillo- White Noise, Libra, End Zone, Underworld, Mao II: a Novel, The Names, The Body Artist

James Dickey- Alnilam, To the White Sea

Joan Didion- Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer

E. L. Doctorow- Ragtime, Loon Lake, The Book of Daniel, Billy Bathgate

Ralph Ellison- Invisible Man

Louise Erdrich- Love Medicine, The Bingo Palace, The Beet Queen, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club,

The Plague of Doves

Joseph Heller- Catch 22, God Knows

John Hersey- A Bell for Adano

Gish Jen- Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife

Jack Kerouac- On the Road

Ken Kesey- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion

Barbara Kingsolver- The Bean Trees, The Poisonwood Bible, Pigs in Heaven, Flight Behavior

Maxine Hong Kingston- Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book

Harper Lee- To Kill a Mockingbird

Ursula K. Le Guin- any of her novels

Norman Mailer- The Naked and the Dead, Harlot’s Ghost

Bernard Malamud- The Natural, The Assistant, The Fixer, The Magic Barrel

Cormac McCarthy- All the Pretty Horses, The Road, No Country for Old Men, Child of God,

The Crossing, Cities of the Plain, Blood Meridian, Suttree, The Outer Dark

Carson McCullers- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, The Ballad of the Sad Café

and Other Stories

N. Scott Momaday- House Made of Dawn

Toni Morrison- The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon

Tim O’Brien- Going After Cacciato, In the Lake of the Wood, The Things They Carried (actually a


Flannery O’Connor- Wise Blood, The Violent Bear It Away, A Good Man is Hard to Find, The Complete

Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor

John Gardner- Grendel, Mickelsson’s Ghost, Nickel Mountains

John O’Hara- Appointment in Samarra, Butterfield 8

Cynthia Ozick- The Puttermesser Papers

Ann Petry- The Street, The Narrows

Thomas Pynchon- Gravity’s Rainbow, Vineland

Ayn Rand- Anthem, Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We, the Living

J. D. Salinger- The Catcher in the Rye

Leslie Marmon Silko- Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead

Wallace Stegner- Angel of Repose, The Spectator Bird

William Styron- The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie’s Choice, The Long March

Amy Tan- The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, Saving Fish from Drowning

Walker Percy- The Moviegoer, The Last Gentleman, The Second Coming, Love in the Ruins, The Thanatos Syndrome,


John Kennedy Toole- A Confederacy of Dunces

John Updike- any of his novels

Gore Vidal- Burr

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.- Slaughterhouse Five, Player Piano, Cat’s Cradle, Deadeye Dick, Mother Night,

Jailbird, Slapstick, Welcome to the Monkey House

Alice Walker- The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar

Margaret Walker- Jubilee

Tom Wolfe- Bonfire of the Vanities

David Foster Wallace- Infinite Jest

Richard Yates- Revolutionary Road

James Jones- From Here to Eternity

Isaac Bashevis Singer- Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories

Tillie Olsen- Tell Me A Riddle

Jean Stafford- Collected Stories of Jean Stafford

Richard Ford- The Sportswriter, Independence Day, Rock Springs (a collection of short stories)

John Pipkin- Woodsburner

David Benioff- City of Thieves

Marilynne Robinson- Housekeeping, Gilead, Home

Jonathan Franzen- Freedom: a Novel, The Corrections

John Irving- A Prayer for Owen Meany, Cider House Rules, The Hotel New Hampshire, The World

According to Garp

Annie Proulx- The Shipping News

Paul Theroux- The Lower River, The Mosquito Coast, The Elephanta Suite, My Other Life, My Secret

History, O-Zone, Millroy the Magician
Modernism/Post-Modernism Period-Nonfiction
William Alexander Percy- Lanterns on the Levee

Ernest Hemingway- A Moveable Feast

Black Elk- Black Elk Speaks

Studs Terkel- Working

Gertrude Stein- The Autobiography of Alices B. Toklas

John Steinbeck- Travels With Charley in Search of America

Richard Wright- Black Boy

Maya Angelou- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

John Agee- Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Truman Capote- In Cold Blood

John Hersey- Hiroshima

Jack Kerouac- The Dharma Bums

N. Scott Momaday- The Way to Rainy Mountain

John Gardner- On Moral Fiction, On Becoming a Novelist

Richard Rodriguez- Hunger of Memory

Rachel Carson- Silent Spring

Mike Rose- Lives on the Boundary, Possible Lives, Why School

Tom Wolfe- Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Right Stuff, The Pumphouse Gang, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, From Bauhaus to Our House, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,

Malcolm X (as told to Alex Haley)- The Autobiography of Malcolm X

H. L. Mencken-The American Language

William Carlos Williams- In the American Grain

Joseph Campbell- The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Annie Dillard- Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Michael Herr- Dispatches

M. F. K. Fisher- The Art of Eating

Vine Deloria, Jr.- Custer Died for Your Sins

bell hooks- Aint’ I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

Joan Didion- Slouching Toward Bethelem

Maxine Hong Kingston- The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Li-Young Lee- The Winged Seed: A Remembrance

Gore Vidal- The United States: Essays 1952-1992

Ruth Reichl- Tender at the Bone

Marilynne Robinson- Mother Country, The Death of Adam

Dan Koeppel- Banana, To See Every Bird on Earth

Paul Theroux- The Great Railway Bazaar, The Tao of Travel, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, The Old Patagonian Express, Sunrise with Seamonsters

Walker Percy- Lost in the Cosmos, The Message in the Bottle, Signposts in a Strange Land

Katherine Boo- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

American Poets from the Various Literary Periods-For Extra Credit
Anne Bradstreet- The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America or any collection of her


Phillis Wheatley- Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral or any complete

collection of her poems

Walt Whitman- Leaves of Grass or any collection

John Greenleaf Whittier- any collection

Emily Dickinson- The Poems of Emily Dickinson or any collection

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow- any collection of his poems

Sidney Lanier- any collection

Paul Lawrence Dunbar- The Complete Poems or any collection

Hart Crane- Collected Poems or White Buildings or The Bridge

Edgar Allan Poe- any collection of his poetry

William Cullen Bryant- any collection of his poetry (but must contain “Thanatopsis” and

“To a Waterfowl”)

Langston Hughes Amy Lowell Robert Frost Carl Sandburg

Sylvia Plath Wallace Stevens William Carlos Williams

Countee Cullen Ezra Pound H.D. Robinson Jeffers

Robert Frost Marianne Moore Elizabeth Bishop Jean Toomer

T. S. Eliot Edna St. Vincent Millay Louise Bogan Hart Crane

Allen Tate John Berryman Randall Jarrell Gwendolyn Brooks

Robert Lowell James Dickey Richard Wilbur Denise Levertov A. R. Ammons

Allen Ginsberg W. S. Merwin James Wright Anne Sexton Adrienne Rich

Amiri Baraka Wendy Rose Joy Harjo Rita Dove Cathy Song Billy Collins

Ishmael Reed Simon Ortiz Maya Angelou e.e. cummings Gary Snyder

Galway Kinnell Robert Bly Archibald MacLeish Dana Gioia Alan Dugan

Stephen Vincent Benet Nikki Giovanni Charles Bukowski Robert Creeley

William Stafford Theodore Roethke Lawrence Ferlinghetti Naomi Shihab Nye


(Read Prior Instructions Regarding This Very Closely)

W. H. Auden Elizabeth Barrett Browning Li Po Lord Byron Milton

William Butler Yeats Samuel Taylor Coleridge John Donne William Shakespeare
Pablo Neruda Charles Baudelaire Rimbaud Siegfried Sassoon Seamus Heaney
Ted Hughes T. S. Eliot Alfred Lord Tennyson John Keats William Blake
Rainer Marie Rilke Matthew Arnold Guillaume Apollinaire Robert Browning
Jorge Luis Borges Andre Breton Khalil Gibran Rudyard Kipling
Nimah Nawwah Wole Soyinka Percy Bysshe Shelley Dylan Thomas
Paul Valery Paul Verlaine William Wordsworth Yevgeny Yevtushenko


As you read your novel/essays/nonfiction, you will respond in your notebook with one and a half to two single-spaced pages. Here are some possible sentences that might help you to articulate your response. They are merely suggestions; you respond in the manner you think best, but remember, it is not a summary or a book report. It is you interacting with the text in an intelligent, thought-provoking way. Be sure to mark the page numbers in each response.

I think . . .

I wonder . . .

This reminds me of . . .

This scene (object, character) symbolizes . . .

I feel uncomfortable . . .

I wish . . .

I sympathize with . . .

I like (dislike) the part . . .

I agree (disagree) . . .

My attitude is different . . .

I did not understand the part . . .

I predict . . .

I am afraid . . .

This book is unusual because . . .

This seems to foreshadow . . .

This part is juxtaposed . . .

I was impressed by the phrase (or line) [insert quote here], suggesting . . .

The irony here is . . .

The most important rule for you to remember is that there is no right or wrong answer as long

as you back up your idea with the text

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