Discussion: Classic American Literature

It’s Independence Day here in the United States, so I recently went through some lists of notable American literature. I thought it would be interesting to see how much I’ve read from these lists. I can’t say that the books on these lists were all that surprising, and there are definitely some important books missing, but some of my favorites are considered American classics. This post consists of 6 books that I found to be deserving of their spot in classic American literature and 3 that I would like to read.


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The one book that I didn’t expect to see is The Haunting of Hill House. It was also nice to see several female authors and books about women included in a lot of the lists. Several of these books I read in school, high school or college, and that makes me happy that there are some teachers who can choose good books for their students. Absalom, Absalom! is a book I read in my Southern Literature class. It’s a dense piece of literature and I never would have picked it up on my own.

Have you read any of these American classics?


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