Reading List - Creative Writing

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Novels & Novellas, 17th-19th Century

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women
Austen, Jane
Balzac, Honore de. Old Goriot
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles
Dostoyevsky, Feodor
Dumas, Alexandre
Eliot, George. Middlemarch
Fielding, Henry. The History of Tom Jones

Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary
Gogol, Nikolai. The Overcoat
Hardy, Thomas
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Hugo, Victor
James, Henry
Melville, Herman
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein
Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stoker, Bram. Dracula
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair
Tolstoy, Leo
Twain, Mark
Wells, H. G.. The Time Machine
Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray
Novels & Novellas, Contemporary
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart

Amis, Martin. Money
Atwood, Margaret
Auster, Paul
Baker, Nicholson
Ballard, J. G.. Super-Cannes
Banks, Russell
Benioff, David. The 25th Hour
Bolano, Roberto. The Savage Detectives
Boyle, T.C.
Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle
Burgess, Anthony. Clockwork Orange
Busch, Frederick. Girls
Byatt, A.S.. Possession
Chabon, Michael
Coelho, Paul. The Alchemist
Coetzee, J. M.
Connell, Evan. Mrs. Bridge
Conroy, Pat. Prince of Tides
Cunningham, Michael. The Hours

DeLillo, Don
Dexter, Pete. Paris Trout
Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
Dickey, James. Deliverance
Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays
Doctorow, E.L.. Ragtime
Dubus III, Andre. House of Sand and Fog
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Eggers, Dave. A Hologram for the King
Ellis, Bret Easton. American Psycho
Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones's Diary
Finney, Jack. Time and Again
Fitch, Janet. White Oleander
Fitzgerald, Penelope. Blue Flower
Foer, Jonathan Saffran. Everything Is Illuminated
Ford, Richard. Independence Day
Fowles, John

Franzen, Jonathan
Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain
Glass, Julia. Three Junes
Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha
Grass, Gunter. The Tin Drum
Greer, Andrew Sean. The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Hamsun, Knut. Hunger
Hannah, Barry. Ray
Harrison, Jim. Legends of the Fall
Hegi, Ursula. Floating in My Mother's Palm
Heller, Joseph. Catch-22
Helprin, Mark. The Winter's Tale
Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner
Irving, John
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Jin, Ha. Waiting

Jones, Edward P.. The Known World
Kennedy, William. Ironweed
Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John
King, Stephen
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace
Kosinski, Jerzy. Being There
Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Lamb, Wally. She's Come Undone
Lethem, Jonathan
MacLean, Norman. A River Runs Through It
Mantel, Hilary. Wolf Hall
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
Marshall, Paule. Brown Girl, Brownstones
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi
McCann, Colum. Let the Great World Spin
McCarthy, Cormac
McEwan, Ian

McInerney, Jay. Bright Lights, Big City
McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove
Mishima, Yukio. Spring Snow
Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas
Moody, Rick. The Ice Storm
Moore, Lorrie. Gate at the Stairs
Morrison, Toni
Murakami, Haruki
Naipaul, V.S.. A Bend in the River
Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place
Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler's Wife
O'Brien, Patrick. Aubrey-Maturin series
O'Brien, Tim. Going After Cacciato
O'Brien, Edna. The Country Girls
O'Neill, Joseph. Netherland
O'Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces
Oates, Joyce Carol. We Were the Mulvaneys
Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient
Palahniuk, Chuck

Pamuk, Orhan
Patchett, Ann
Perrotta, Tom. Little Children
Pessl, Marisha. Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Picoult, Jodi
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen
Powers, Kevin. The Yellow Birds
Price, Richard. Clockers
Proulx, Annie. The Shipping News
Pynchon, Thomas
Rhys, Jean. The Wide Sargasso Sea
Robbins, Tom
Robinson, Marilynne
Roth, Philip
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things
Rushdie, Salmon
Russo, Richard. Empire Falls
Salter, James. Light Years
Sebald, W.G.. Austerlitz

Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones
Selby, Jr., Hubert. Last Exit to Brooklyn
Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth
Sontag, Susan. The Volcano Lover
Spark, Muriel. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Straight, Susan. Highwire Moon
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge
Styron, William. Sophie's Choice
Suskind, Patrick. Perfume
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Theroux, Paul. The Mosquito Coast
Tyler, Anne
Updike, John
Vonnegut, Kurt
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple
Wallace, David Foster. Infinite Jest
Whitehead, Colson. Sag Harbor
Winterson, Jeannette. The Passion

Wolfe, Tom. The Bonfire of the Vanities
Yates, Richard. Revolutionary Road
Novels & Novellas, Early/Mid 20th Century
Algren, Nelson. The Man With the Golden Arm
Amis, Kingsley. Lucky Jim
Bellow, Saul
Bowles, Paul. The Sheltering Sky
Buck, Pearl. The Good Earth
Burroughs, Williams S. Naked Lunch
Cain, James M
Camus, Albert. The Stranger
Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cather, Willa. My Antonia
Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep
Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel
Dreiser, Theodore
Duras, Marguerite. The Lover
Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man
Faulkner, William

Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Ford, Ford Maddox. The Good Soldier
Forster, E.M.. A Passage to India
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies
Graves, Robert. I Claudius
Greene, Graham
Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon
Hemingway, Ernest
Hilton, James. Lost Horizon
Hughes, Richard. A High Wind in Jamaica
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World
Joyce, James
Kafka, Franz
Kazantzakis,, Nikos. Zorba the Greek
Kerouac, Jack. On the Road
Lawrence, D.H.. Sons and Lovers
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris. The Golden Notebook
Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street

London, Jack. The Call of the Wild
Lowry, Malcolm. Under the Volcano
Mailer, Norman
Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain
Maughm, Somerset. Of Human Bondage
Maxwell, William. So Long, See You Tomorrow
McCullers, Carson
Miller, Henry. Tropic of Cancer
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With the Wind
Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita
O'Hara, John. Appointment in Samarra
Orwell, George
Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer
Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time
Rand, Ayn
Robert, Graves. I, Claudius
Salinger, J.D.. The Catcher in the Rye
Schulberg, Bud. What Makes Sammy Run?
Shute, Neville. On the Beach

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle
Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Stein, Gertrude. Three Lives
Steinbeck, John
Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Lord of the Rings
Warren, Robert Penn. All the King's Men
Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited
West, Nathanael. Miss Lonelyhearts
Wharton, Edith
Wilder, Thorton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wolfe, Thomas. Look Homeward Angel
Woolf, Virginia
Wouk, Herman. Marjorie Morningstar
Short Story – Anthologies

12 Short Stories and Their Making
American Short Story Masterpieces
Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
Best American Short Stories

Best American Short Stories of the Century
Fiction Gallery
Granta Book of the American Long Story
Granta Book of the American Short Story
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales
Norton Anthology of Short Fiction
O. Henry Prize Stories
Points of View
Pushcart Prize
Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
Sudden Fiction
The Story and Its Writer
Vintage Book of Contemporary Short Stories
You've Got to Read This
Short Story - Collections
Achebe, Chinua. Girls at War
Alexie, Sherman. The Toughest Indian in the World
Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio
Atwood, Margaret. Wilderness Tips

Bambara, Toni Cade. Gorilla, My Love
Barthelme, Donald. Sixty Stories
Bass, Rick. The Watch
Baxter, Charles
Bloom, Amy. A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
Bolano, Roberto. Last Evenings on Earth
Borges, Jorge Luis. Collected Fictions
Boyle, T.C.. T.C. Boyle Stories
Budnitz, Judy. Flying Leap
Butler, Robert Olen. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Canin, Ethan. The Palace Thief
Carver, Raymond
Cheever, John. The Stories of John Cheever
Chekhov, Anton. The Essential Tales of Chekhov
Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street
Coover, Robert. A Night at the Movies
Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak!
Davis, Lydia. Almost No Memory
Diaz, Junot. Drown

Dubus, Andre. Selected Stories
Dybek, Stuart. The Coast of Chicago
Eisenberg, Deborah. Twilight of the Superheroes
Englander, Nathan. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ford, Richard. Rock Springs
Gaitskill, Mary. Bad Behavior
Gass, William. In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
Gilchrist, Ellen. Victory Over Japan
Hannah, Barry
Haslett, Adam. You Are Not a Stranger Here
Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time
Hemingway, Ernest. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
Hempel, Amy. Reasons To Live
Homes, A.M.. The Safety of Objects
Houston, Pam. Cowboys Are My Weakness
Isaac, Babel. The Collected Stories
Isherwood, Christopher. Berlin Stories
James, Baldwin. Going to Meet the Man

Johnson, Denis. Jesus' Son
Jones, Thom. The Pugilist at Rest
Joyce, James. Dubliners
Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies
Lawrence, D. H.. The Prussian Officer
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Strange Pilgrims
Maupassant, Guy de. The Necklace
Moore, Lorrie
Mukherjee, Bharati. The Middleman
Munro, Alice
Nelson, Antonya. The Expendables
O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried
O'Connor, Flannery
Packer, ZZ. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Paley, Grace
Proulx, Annie. Close Range
Salinger, J.D.. Franny and Zooey
Salinger, J.D.. Nine Stories
Saunders, George

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Crown of Feathers
Trevor, William. Collected Stories
Twain, Mark. The Portable Mark Twain
Wallace, David Foster. Girl With Curious Hair
Welty, Eudora
Wolff, Tobias. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

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