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Top 100 American Lit Titles

Listed below are the top 100 titles for the American literature classroom, ranked in order of popularity, chosen by American literature teachers from across the country.

1. The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

3. The Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

4. Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

5. To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

6. The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

7. The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

8. Their Eyes
Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

9. The Crucible

Arthur Miller

10. The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

11. The Awakening

Kate Chopin

12. Ethan Frome

Edith Wharton

13. Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

14. A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry

15. The Red Badge of Courage

Stephen Crane

16. The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

17. The Jungle

Upton Sinclair

18. A Separate Peace

John Knowles

19. The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

20. Anthem

Ayn Rand

21. The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

22. As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

23. The Color Purple

Alice Walker

24. A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

25. The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd

26. Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

27. Native Son (abridged)

Richard Wright

28. My Antonia

Willa Cather

29. Narrative of the Life
of Frederick Douglass,
an American Slave

Frederick Douglass

30. Beloved

Toni Morrison

31. Hiroshima

John Hersey

32. Moby Dick

Herman Melville

33. One Flew over
the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey

34. Black Boy

Richard Wright

35. Bless Me, Ultima

Rudolfo Anaya

36. Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller

37. In Cold Blood:
A True Account of a Multiple
Murder and Its Consequences

Truman Capote

38. A Lesson Before Dying

Ernest J. Gaines

39. Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

40. The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver

41. The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

42. The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner

43. The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

44. Catch-22

Joseph Heller

45. The Chosen

Chaim Potok

46. East of Eden

John Steinbeck

47. I Know Why
the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

48. Walden and Other Writings

Henry David Thoreau

49. The Bean Trees

Barbara Kingsolver

50. Billy Budd

Herman Melville

51. The Color of Water:
A Black Man's Tribute
to His White Mother

James McBride

52. Maggie

Stephen Crane

53. Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

54. The Turn of the Screw
and Other Short Novels

Henry James

55. Alas, Babylon

Pat Frank

56. Annie John

Jamaica Kincaid

57. The Call of the Wild

Jack London

58. Cold Mountain

Charles Frazier

59. Fallen Angels

Walter Dean Myers

60. For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

61. The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

62. Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

63. The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper

64. A Prayer for Owen Meany

John Irving

65. Pudd’nhead Wilson

Mark Twain

66. The Road

Cormac McCarthy

67. Sula

Toni Morrison

68. When I Was Puerto Rican:
A Memoir

Esmeralda Santiago

69. The Namesake: A Novel

Jhumpa Lahiri

70. The Absolutely True Diary
of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie

71. All the Pretty Horses

Cormac McCarthy

72. Ceremony

Leslie Marmon Silko

73. The Five People
You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom

74. The Freedom Writers Diary

Erin Gruwell

75. Johnny Got His Gun

Dalton Trumbo

76. The Light in the Forest

Conrad Richter

77. O Pioneers!

Willa Cather

78. Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse

79. McTeague

Frank Norris

80. The Lone Ranger
and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

Sherman Alexie

81. Dreaming in Cuban

Cristina Garcia

82. Before We Were Free

Julia Alvarez

83. The Autobiography
of Malcolm X

Malcolm X with Alex Haley

84. The Autobiography
of Miss Jane Pittman

Ernest J. Gaines

85. Caramelo

Sandra Cisneros

86. The Dollmaker

Harriette Anrow

87. Ellen Foster

Kaye Gibbons

88. Fences

August Wilson

89. A Gathering of Old Men

Ernest J. Gaines

90. The Glass Castle

Jeanette Walls

91. Going After Cacciato

Tim O’Brien

92. How the Garcia Girls
Lost Their Accents

Julia Alvarez

93. Kindred

Octavia E. Butler

94. Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

95. A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams

96. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Michael Dorris

97. Our Town

Thornton Wilder

98. Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

99. Mule Bone:
A Comedy of Negro Life

Langston Hughes & Zora Neale Hurston

100. If Beale Street Could Talk

James Baldwin