Friday, March 27, 2015

CSU Libraries’ Suggested Novels and Dramas to Read

In 2013, Republican and Idaho State Senate Education Committee Chairman, John Goedde, introduced legislation for all high school students in the state to read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, in order to graduate. This requirement, and novel, greatly encourages and is referenced by many Tea Party members, before the legislation and now. This signifies how literature is still a significant, administrative influence and inspiration outside a library or college campus.

The Simon Schwob Memorial Library encourages the reading habits of its patrons and students; however, not all books closed are meant to stay that way. On any campus, a collegiate environment inspires many to become more serious about his or her studies. Regardless of students’ major, of study, or a patrons’ intent to conduct their research, there is simply a list of novels and dramas that many are presumed to, and should be, familiar with.

Each year the New York Best-Sellers list features familiar and new authors and writers. The British and Western canon is becoming larger with new, contemporary contributions; however, certain literary works are not as appreciated or read by millennials and bibliophiles, as they should. Here are CSU Libraries’ suggested novel and dramas lists.
**Lists are not in any order of significance.

 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Night, Day, and Dawn by Elie Weisel
Middlemarch by T.S. Eliot
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand            
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights by Elizabeth Brontë
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell
The Color of Water by James McBride
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
A Good Man is hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora N. Hurston
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce          
Candide by Voltaire
Curious Wine by Katherine Forrest
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angeluo
The Histories, Tragedies, and Comedies of William Shakespeare
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind
The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe
She Stoops to Conquer by Goldsmith
The Way of the World by Congreve
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World by Suzan-Lori Parks
A Streetcar Names Desire by Tennessee Williams
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

After reading a few pieces of literature, one is not considered a literati; yet, it is advised that readers maintain their passion to read. As the semester comes to an end, CSU libraries encourages many, particularly bibliophiles, to review the list of canonical literature. For more information about reading selections, browse CSU libraries official page and CSU Gil-Find Catalog to locate items. 

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