Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer 2009: American Classics @ Carmichael Library

Now on display in the library lobby: American classics.

Summertime is the right time to dive in to a classic of American literature. Here is but a sample of the great works by American authors you’ll find @ your campus library. From poetry to prose, Melville to Morrison, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out of these American classics today!
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine, 1996. PS3503.R167 F3 1996

Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. New York: John Day, 1931. PS3503.U198 G6

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences. New York: Random House, 2002. HV6533.K3 C3 2002

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Leatherstocking Tales. New York: Viking, 1985. PS1402 1985

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War. New York: Norton, 1982. PS1449.C85 R4 1982

DeLillo, Don. White Noise. New York: Penguin Books, 1986. PS3554.E4425 W48 1986

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Chelsea House, 1996. PS3555.L625 I5 1996

Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. New York: Modern Library, 1992. PS3511.A86 S7 1992

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner’s, 1953. PS3511.I9 G7 1953

Franklin, R. W., ed. The Poems of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 1998. PS1541 .A1 1998

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1962. PS1868.A1 1962

Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. New York: Scribner, 1997. PS3515.E37 F3 1997

Hughes, Ted, ed. The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath. New York: Harper & Row, 1981. PS3566.L27 A17 1981

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper, 2006. PS3515.U789 T5 2006

Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. New York: Penguin, 1976. PS3521.E735

Lathem, Edward Connery, ed. The Poetry of Robert Frost. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969. PS3511 .R94 1969

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins, 1999. PS3562.E353 T6 1999

Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. New York: Norton, 2002. PS2384.M6 2002

Morrison, Toni. Beloved: A Novel. New York: Knopf, 1987. PS3563.O8749 B4 1987

Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead. New York: Penguin, 1993. PS3535.A547

Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York: Modern Library, 2002. PS3537.I85 J85 2002

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 2002. PS3537.T3234 O2 2002

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. New York: Knopf, 1995. PS2954.U5 1995

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; and, Civil Disobedience. New York: Penguin, 1983. PS3048.A1 1983

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Berkeley: U of California P, 2003. PS1305.A2 F46 2002

Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat's Cradle. New York: Delta, 1998. PS3572.O5 C3 1998

Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence. New York: Collier, 1993. PS3545.H16 A35 1993

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Paddington, 1976 PS3201 1976

Williams, Tennessee. Collected Stories. New York: New Directions, 1985. PS3545.I5365 A6 1985
There are so many great works out there, so we'll put the question to you: What books what you place on a list of American classics? Enter your picks in the comments section below!

Acknowledgments: Thanks to Ruth Bishop and the Office of Student Life for printing assistance, Joie Molden and Eric Cottingham for their compilation of the bibliography, and Joel Bullock for graphic design and display set up.


Jason Cooper said...

Since I'm urging people to sign off on their favorite American classics, I'll start the conversation by nominating John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. It might be early yet (29 years since publication) to declare it a classic but it's a heck of a good book.

Carey Heatherly said...

Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative

Alan May said...

Harmonium by Wallace Stevens--we have it in Collected Poems, PS3545.A748 A7 2001.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, PS3537.T323 Z5 1933.

Jason Cooper said...

Today I added to the display Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick. Also, Brian Briggs has suggested that the works of Issac Asimov would classify as American classics. I agree, but which one should be in our bibliography?