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Top 100 American Literature 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

 

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. The Fall of the
House of Usher
and Other Tales

Edgar Allan Poe

53. Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

54. The Turn of the
Screw and Other
Short Novels

Henry James

 

55. Alas, Babylon

Pat Frank

56. The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams

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 Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck

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. The House of
the Seven Gables

Nathaniel Hawthorne

68. When I Was Puerto Rican:
A Memoir

Esmeralda Santiago

69. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers

 

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. Life on the Mississippi

Mark Twain

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. The Member
of the Wedding

Carson McCullers

86. The Pearl

John Steinbeck

87. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Edgar Allan Poe

 

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