2014-15 Fiction Book List

North American Literature

Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Willa Cather, My Antonia
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son: Stories by
Alice Munro, The Love of a Good Woman: Stories
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
Grace Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute


British Literature

Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
James Joyce, Dubliners
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter
Zadie Smith, White Teeth
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Graham Swift, Waterland
Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber
Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans

World Literature

Anton Chekhov, Stories of Anton Chekhov (trans. Pevear & Volokhonsky, Bantam 2000)
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Tolstoy “The Death of Ivan Ilych”
Gogol “The Overcoat and “The Nose”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
Yasunari Kawabata, The Master of Go
Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis,” “The Hunger Artist,” and “In the Penal Colony”
Mario Vargas Llosa, The Storyteller
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu

Craft of Fiction

John Gardner, The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
Charles Baxter, Burning Down the House (Graywolf, 2008)

The comprehensive examination is an all-day examination administered in February. Please consult the English Department’s Policies and Procedures for more details. Examples of the examination from past years are available from the department administrative assistant.
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