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Classical (1200 BC - 455) | Medieval (455 -1485) | Renaissance & Reformation (1485-1660) | Enlightenment (1700-1800) | Romantic (1790-1830) | Victorian and the 19th Century (1832-1901) | Modern (1901-1945?) | Post Modern (1945 -)

Classical (1200 BC - 455)

Anonymous / The Epic of Gilgamesh (2000 BC, Epic Poem) --- PJ3771.G5 E5 S3 1972

Homer / The Iliad (6th Century BC, Epic Poetry) --- PA4025.A2 F5 2004 & eBook

Plutarch / Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans (5th Century BC, History) --- DE7 .P5 D8 1952

Aeschylus / Prometheus Bound (460 BC, Greek Tragedy) --- PA3827.P8 V4 1961 & eBook

Sophocles / The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone (441 BC, Drama) --- PA4414.A2 R6 1996

Aristophanes / Four Comedies (400 BC, Drama) --- PA3877 .A2 1962

Lao-tzu / Tao Te Ching (4th Century BC, Religious Philosophy) --- BL1900.L35 T3 2002 & eBook

Plato / The Republic (4th century BC, Philosophy) --- JC71 .P3513 2006 & eBook

Aristotle / The Works of Aristotle (384-322 BC, Philosophical Theory) --- B407 .R67 1952

Virgil / The Aeneid (19 BC, Epic Poetry) --- PA6807.A5 F25 2006 & eBook

Ovid / The Metamorphoses (AD 8, Epic Poetry) --- PA6522 .M2 M36 1993

Medieval (455 -1485)

Anonymous/ Beowulf – translated by Seamus Heaney (8th Century) Epic Poetry -- PR1583 .H43 2002 & eBook

Anonymous / Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (14th Century Medieval Romance) --- PR2065 .G3 1967

Dante / The Divine Comedy (1320, Allegorical Poem) --- PQ4315 .D87 1996 (eBook in three parts)

Boccaccio, Giovanni / The Decameron (1353, Tales) --- PQ4272.E5 A32 1949a

Chaucer, Geoffrey / The Canterbury Tales (1390, Narrative Poetry) --- PR1870.A1 C6 2003 & eBook

Renaissance & Reformation (1485-1700)

Malory, Thomas / Le Morte D'Arthur (1485, Epic) --- PR 2043 .P7 1962

More, Thomas / Utopia (1516, Utopian Fiction) --- HX810.5 .E54 2003 & eBook

Machiavelli, Niccolo / The Prince (1532, Political Treatise) --- JC143 .M38 1992b

Marlowe, Christopher / The Plays of Christopher Marlowe (1580s, Tragic Drama) --- PR2662 1971

Spenser, Edmund / The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser (1590s, Epic Poetry) --- PR2351 .S5 1965

Shakespeare, William / Much Ado About Nothing (1599, Drama) --- PR2828.A2 M37 2003 & eBook

Shakespeare, William / Hamlet (1602, Tragic Drama) --- PR2807.A2 H28 1999 & eBook

Jonson, Ben / Ben Jonson's Plays (1610s, Drama) --- PR2601 .S3

Cervantes, Miquel de / Don Quixote (1616, Picaresque Novel) --- PQ6329 .A2 2003b & eBook

Milton, John / Poetical Works of John Milton (1660s, Epic Poetry) --- PR3551 .B44

Molière / The Misanthrope (1666, Drama) --- PQ1837 .A445 1992

Bunyon, John / The Pilgrim's Progress (1678, Allegory) --- PR3330 .A25 1954 & eBook

Dryden, John / Works of John Dryden (1680s, Satiric Poetry) --- PR3410 .F56

Enlightenment (1700-1800)

DeFoe, Daniel / Robinson Crusoe (1719, Novel) --- PR3401 .K7 & eBook

Swift, Jonathan / Gulliver's Travels (1727, Satiric Fiction) --- PR3724 .G8 1952 & eBook

Pope, Alexander / An Essay on Man (1734, Philosophic Poetry) --- PR3627 .A12 1965

Richardson, Samuel / Clarissa (1748, Epistolary Novel) --- PR3664 .C55 1950

Fielding, Henry / The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749, Novel) --- PR3454 .H5 1967 & eBook

Sterne, Laurence / The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759, Satiric Novel) --- PR3714 .L5 1965 & eBook

Voltaire / Candide (1759, Satire) --- PQ2082.C3 E5 2005d & eBook

Goldsmith, Oliver / The Vicar of Wakefield (1766, Novel) --- PR3490 .G6 & eBook

Kant, Immanuel / The Critique of Pure Reason (1781, Epistemology) --- B2778.E5 M5 1952 & eBook

Blake, William / Songs of Innocence and Experience (1789, Lyric Poetry) --- PR4144 .S6 1967 & eBook

Romantic (1790-1830)

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von / Faust (1790-1831, Philosophical Drama) --- PT 2026 .F2 D381 1977 & eBook

Paine, Thomas / Rights of Man (1791, Political Philosophy) --- JC177 .B3 1992 & eBook

Boswell, James / Life of Samuel Johnson (1791, Biography) --- PR3533 .B6 1953

Wollstonecraft, Mary / A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792, Feminist Philosophical Treatise) --- HQ1596 .W6 2004

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor / The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798, Epic Poetry) --- PR4479 .A1 1965 & eBook

Wordsworth, William / Selected Poems (1800s, Lyric Poems) --- PR5852 .M45

Austen, Jane / Pride and Prejudice (1813, Novel of Social Comedy) --- PR4034 .P7 1993 & eBook

Shelly, Mary Wollstonecraft / Frankenstein (1817, Horror Novel) --- PR5397 .F7 2004 & eBook

Irving, Washington / The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820, Short Story) --- PZ7.I68 Le 1990 (2nd floor, Youth Collection) & eBook

Byron, George Gordon (Lord) / Byron's Poetry (1824, Poetry) --- PR4352 .M28 1978

Cooper, James Fennimore / The Last of the Mohicans (1826, Novel) --- PS1408 .A1 1986b & eBook

Victorian and the 19th Century (1832-1901)

Poe, Edgar Allen / Selected Tales and Poems (1830s, Poems and Short Stories) --- PS2602 .A6

Balzac, Honoré de / Père Goriot (1835, Realist Novel) --- PQ2168 .A38 1950

Gogol, Nikolai Vasilyevich / Plays and Petersburg Tales (1835, Short Stories) --- PG3333 .A6 1999

Dana, Richard Henry / Two Years Before the Mast (1840, Autobiography) --- G540 .D2 1937 & eBook

Tocqueville, Alexis de / Democracy in America (1840, Social Science) --- JK216 .T713 2004 & eBook

Brontë, Charlotte / Jane Eyre (1847, Novel) --- PR4167 .J3 1942 & eBook

Thackeray, William Makepeace / Vanity Fair (1848, Novel) --- PR5618 .A1 1963 & eBook

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett / Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850, Poetry) --- PR4189 .A1 1936 & eBook

Dickens, Charles / David Copperfield (1850, Novel) ---PR 4558 .A1 1979 & eBook

Emerson, Ralph Waldo / Nature (1850, Philosophical Essays) --- PS1613 .A1 1985 & eBook

Hawthorne, Nathaniel / The Scarlet Letter (1850, Historical Novel) --- PS1868.A2 W55 2007 & eBook

Melville, Herman / Moby Dick (1851, Novel) --- PS2384 .M6 1993 & eBook

Stowe, Harriet Beecher / Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852, Novel) --- PS2954 .U5 2001 & eBook

Thoreau, Henry David / Walden (1854, Essays) --- PS3048.A2 C73 2004 & eBook

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth / The Song of Hiawatha (1855, Epic Poetry) --- PS2267 .A1 1890a & eBook

Whitman, Walt / Leaves of Grass (1855, Poetry) --- PS3201 1959 & eBook

Flaubert, Gustave / Madame Bovary (1857, Novel) --- PQ2246.M2 E5 2010

Darwin, Charles / The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life (1859, Natural History) --- QH365 .O2 1979b & eBook

Eliot, George / Adam Bede (1859, Novel) --- PR4656 .A1 2002 & eBook

Mill, John Stuart / On Liberty (1859, Philosophical Essay) --- JC585 .M74 1989 & eBook

Tennyson, Alfred Lord / The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1859-1885, Poetry/Drama) --- PR5550 .E98

Hugo, Victor / Les Miserables (1862, Novel) --- PQ2286 .A39 1992 & eBook

Turgenev, Ivan / Fathers and Sons (1862, Novel of Ideas) --- PG3421 .O8 1972

Lewis, Carroll / Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865, Children's Story) --- PZ7 .D684 Al 1977 (2nd floor, Youth Collection) & eBook

Alcott, Louisa Mae / Little Women (1868, Novel) --- PS1017 .L5 2005 & eBook

Harte, Bret / The Luck of Roaring Camp (1870, Short Story) --- PS1827 .A1 1961

Verne, Jules / Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870, Science Fiction Novel) --- PQ2469.V4 E5 2006 & eBook

Tolstoy, Leo / Anna Karenina (1877, Novel) --- PG3366 .A6 2002 & eBook

Ibsen, Henrik / Four Major Plays (1879-1890, Drama) --- PT8854 .D38 1995

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor / The Brothers Karamazov (1880, Novel) --- PG3326 .B7 1992 & eBook

Stevenson, Robert Louis / Treasure Island (1883, Children's Novel) --- PR5486 .A1 2005 & eBook

Twain, Mark / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884, Children's Novel) --- PS1305 .A1 1999 & eBook

O'Neill, Eugene / The Plays of Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, Drama) --- PS3529 .N5 1955

Bierce, Ambrose / Complete Short Stories of Ambrose Bierce (1890s, Short Stories) --- PS1097 .A15 1984

Wilde, Oscar / Complete Works of Oscar Wilde (1890s, Drama) --- PR5810 .F66 1989

Hardy, Thomas / Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891, Victorian Novel) --- PR4748 .A2 1998 & eBook

Crane, Stephen / The Red Badge of Courage (1895, Novel) --- PS1449 .C85 R3 1993 & eBook

Wells, H.G. / The Time Machine (1895, Novel) --- PR5774 .T5 1971

Kipling, Rudyard / Captains Courageous (1897, Novel) --- PR4854 .C2 2005b

Stoker, Bram / Dracula (1897, Horror Novel) --- PR6037 .T617 D7 1988 & eBook

James, Henry / The Turn of the Screw (1898, Novel) --- PS2116 .T83 1954 & eBook

Chopin, Kate / The Awakening (1899, Novel) --- PS1294 .C63 A64 2010 & eBook

Chekhov, Anton / Chekhov: The Four Major Plays (1900, Drama) --- PG3456.A13 C65 2005

Shaw, George Bernard / The Complete Plays (1900s, Drama) --- PR5360 .F62

Modern (1901-1945?)

Conrad, Joseph / Heart of Darkness (1902, Novella) --- PR6005.O4 H4 2002 & eBook

Butler, Samuel / The Way of All Flesh (1903, Satiric Novel) --- PR4349 .B7 W29 1964 & eBook

London, Jack / Call of the Wild (1903, Novel) --- PS3523 .O46 C3 1963 & eBook

Barrie, James M. / Peter Pan (1904, Drama) --- PR4076 .P4 1985 & eBook

Henry, O / Tales of O. Henry (1906, Short Stories) --- PS2649 .P5 T3 1969

Sinclair, Upton / The Jungle (1906, Novel) --- PS3537.I85 J85 2003b & eBook

Grahame, Kenneth / The Wind in the Willows (1908, Children's Novel) --- PZ10.3 G76 Wi 1983 & eBook

Saki / The Complete Works of Saki (1910s, Short Stories) --- PR6025 .U675 1976

Yeats, William Butler / The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats (1910s, Poetry) --- PR5900 .A3 1956

Kafka, Frank / Metamorphosis (1915, Novella) --- PT2621.A26 A26 2000

Maugham, W. Somerset / Of Human Bondage (1915, Autobiographical Novel) --- PR6025.A86 O4 1999

Eliot, T. S. / The Waste Land and Other Poems (1917, Poetry) --- PS3509 .L43 W35 1962

Cather, Willa / My Antonia (1918, Realistic Novel) --- PS3505 .A87 M893 1988 & eBook

Anderson, Sherwood / Winesburg, Ohio (1919, Interrelated Short Stories) --- PS3501.N4 W564 1998 & eBook

Reed, John / Ten Days That Shook the World (1919, Political Documentary) --- DK265 .R33 1977

Lewis, Sinclair / Main Street (1920, Novel) --- PS3523 .E94 M3 1948 & eBook

Wharton, Edith / The Age of Innocence (1920, Novel) --- PS3545 .H16 A35 1948 & eBook

Joyce, James / Ulysses (1922, Novel) --- PR6019 .O9 U4 1986

Forster, E. M. / A Passage to India (1924, Novel) --- PR6011 .O58 P3 1952

Dreiser, Theodore / An American Tragedy (1925, Novel) --- PS3507.R55 A7 2003

Remarque, Erich Maria / All Quiet on the Western Front (1929, Novel) --- PT2635.E68 I625 1975

Fitzgerald, F. Scott / The Great Gatsby (1925, Novel) --- PS3511.I9 G7 1995b

Pound, Ezra / The Cantos, 1-95 (1925-1970, Epic Poetry) --- PS3531 .O82 C28 1965

Woolf, Virginia / Mrs. Dalloway (1925, Novel) --- PR6045 .O72 M5 1925

Hemingway, Ernest / The Sun Also Rises (1926, Novel) --- PS3515 .E37 S9 1970

Proust, Marcel / Swann's Way (1927, Novel) --- PQ2631.R63 D813 2003b

Lawrence, D. H. / Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928, Novel) --- PR6023.A93 L2 2009

Hesse, Hermann / Steppenwolf (1927, Psychological Novel) --- PT2617.E85 S7 2002

Wolfe, Thomas / Look Homeward, Angel (1929, Autobiographical Novel) --- PS3545.O337 L6 1997

Hammett, Dashiell / The Maltese Falcon (1930, Detective Story) --- PS3515.A4347 M3 1992

Huxley, Aldous / Brave New World (1932, Science Fiction Novel) --- PR6015.U9 B65 2006

Cain, James M. / The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934, Crime Novel) --- PS 3505 .A3113 P6 1992

Dos Passos, John / U.S.A. (1936, Trilogy) --- PS3507.O743A6 1996

Faulkner, William / Absalom, Absalom! (1936, Novel) --- PS3511.A86 A6 1993b

Dinesen, Isak / Out of Africa (1937, Autobiography) --- DT433.54 .D56 1983

Du Maurier, Daphne / Rebecca (1938, Novel) --- PR6007.U47 R4 1938

Wilder, Thornton / Our Town (1938, Drama) --- PS3545 .I345 O9 1985

Miller, Henry / Tropic of Capricorn (1939, Novel) --- PS3525 .I5454 T8 1962

Porter, Katherine Anne / Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1939, Short Novels) --- PS3531 .O752 A6 1964

Steinbeck, John / The Grapes of Wrath (1939, Political Novel) --- PS3537.T3234 G8 2002

Wolfe, Thomas / You Can't Go Home Again (1940, Autobiographical Novel) --- PS3545 .O337 Y6 1940

Wright, Richard / Native Son (1940, Protest Novel) --- PS3545.R815 N25 1998

Sartre, Jean Paul / No Exit (1944, Existential Drama) --- PQ2637.A82 H82 1989

Post Modern (1945 - 2000)

Orwell, George / Animal Farm (1945, Allegory) --- PR6029.R8 A63 2003b

Waugh, Evelyn / Brideshead Revisited (1945, Novel) --- PR6045 .A97 B7 1945

Williams, Tennessee / A Streetcar Named Desire and Other Plays (1945, Drama) --- PS3545.I5365 S88 2000

Cheever, John / The Stories of John Cheever (1946-75, Short Stories) --- PS3505 .H6428 S8 1978

McCullers, Carson / The Member of the Wedding (1946, Novel) --- PS3525 .A1772 M5 1965

Warren, Robert Penn / All the King's Men (1946, Novel) --- PS3545.A748 A7 2001

Camus, Albert / The Plague (1947, Novel) --- PQ2605 .A3734 P4 1948

Paton, Alan / Cry, the Beloved Country (1948, Novel) --- PR9369.3.P37 C7 2003

Miller, Arthur / Death of a Salesman (1949, Drama) --- PS3525 .I5156 D4 1976

O'Connor, Flannery / A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1950s, Short Stories) --- PS3565.C57 G6 1992

Salinger, JD / The Catcher in the Rye (1951, Novel) --- PS3537.A426 C3 1951

Beckett, Samuel / Waiting for Godot (1952, Drama) --- PQ2603 .E378 E53 1982

Ellison, Ralph / Invisible Man (1952, Novel) --- PS3555 .L625 I5 1990

Malamud, Bernard / The Natural (1952, Novel) --- PS3563.A4 N3 2003

Baldwin, James / Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953, Novel) --- PS3552.A45 G62 1995

Bellow, Saul / Adventures of Augie March (1953, Picaresque Novel) --- PS3503 .E4488 A3 1953

Bradbury, Ray / Fahrenheit 451 (1953, Science Fiction) --- PS3503.R167 F3 2003 & Audiobook

Kazantzakis, Nikos / Zorba the Greek (1953, Novel) --- PA5610.K39 V5613 1996

Golding, William / Lord of the Flies (1954, Novel) --- PR6013.O35 L6 2003

Thomas, Dylan / Under Milk Wood (1954, Radio Play) --- PR 6039 .H52 U6

Nabokov, Vladimir / Lolita (1955, Novel) --- PS3527.A15 L6 1992

Tolkien, J. R. / The Lord of the Rings (1955, Fantasy Trilogy) --- PR6039.O32 L6 2001

Agee, James / A Death in the Family (1957, Novel) --- PS3501 .G35 D4

Kerouac, Jack / On the Road (1957, Novel) --- PS3521.E735 O5 2007b

White, T. H. / The Once and Future King (1958, Novel) --- PR6045 .H3 O55 1958

Hansbury, Lorraine / A Raisin in the Sun (1959, Drama) --- PS3515 .A515 R3 1995

Knowles, John / A Separate Peace (1959, Novel) --- PS 3561 .N68 S4 1975

Lee, Harper / To Kill a Mockingbird (1960, Novel) --- PS3562.E353 T6 1999

Lowell, Robert / Selected Poems (1960s, Poetry) --- PS3523 .O89 A17 1976

Williams, William Carlos / The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams (1960s, Poetry) --- PS3545 .I544 A17 1986

Heller, Joseph / Catch-22 (1961, Novel) --- PS3558.E476 C3 1995

Spark, Muriel / The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961, Novel) --- PR6037 .P29 P7 1984

Kesey, Ken / One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962, Novel) --- PS3561.E667 O5 1996

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr / One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962, Novel) --- PG3488.O4 O3313 1995

Plath, Sylvia / The Bell Jar (1963, Poetry) --- PS3566.L27 B4

Mishima, Yukio / The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea (1965, Novel) --- PL833.I7 G613 1980

Hinton, SE / The Outsiders (1967) Young Adult Fiction --- PZ 7 .H5976 Ou 1982 (2nd floor, Youth Collection)

Stoppard, Tom / Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967, Comedy of the Absurd) --- PR6069.T6 R6 1991

Fowles, John / French Lieutenant's Woman (1969, Novel) --- PR6056.O85 F7 1969

Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. / Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children's Crusade (1969, Novel) --- PS3572.O5 S6 1998

Adams, Richard / Watership Down (1970, Allegorical Novel) --- PR6051 .D345 W3 2005

Pynchon, Thomas / Gravity's Rainbow (1973, Encyclopedic Novel) --- PS3566.Y55 G7 2006

Shaffer, Peter / Equus (1973, Drama) --- PR6037 .H23 E6 1977

Styron, William / Sophie's Choice (1979, Historical Novel) --- PS3569.T9 S67

Allende, Isabel / House of the Spirits (1982, Novel) --- PQ8098.1.L54 C313 2006

Walker, Alice / The Color Purple (1982, Novel) --- PS3573.A425 C6 2003

Angelou, Maya / All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986, Autobiography) --- PS3551 .N464 Z463 1997

Atwood, Margaret / The Handmaid’s Tale (1986, Dystopic Fiction) --- PR 9199.3 .A8 H3 1986

Morrison, Toni / Beloved (1987, Novel) --- PS3563.O8749 B4 1998

21st Century

Hosseini, Khaled / Kite Runner (2003, Novel) --- PS3608.O832 K58 2004

McCarthy, Cormac / The Road (2006, Novel) --- PS3563 .C337 R63 2006

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