Wednesday, March 19, 2008

April Reading List

AP English--Reading list
Select a novel for independent reading during the month of April. You may choose from the list below, from the first semester list, or another 20th century novel of comparable literary merit (with my approval). Also look for three critical analyses of the novel in a local library or on J Stor. Write a paper of 1500-2000 words (5-7 pages) developing in some depth a key aspect of the novel’s meaning, using both direct quotations and your 3 outside sources. Papers are due Friday, May 2.

Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson
Handmaid’s Tale; Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood
Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
My Antonia; O Pioneers!, Willa Cather
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich
Light in August; Absalom! Absalom! , William Faulkner
Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Howard’s End; A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
Catch-22 , Joseph Heller
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
The Trial, Franz Kafka
Sons & Lovers; Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
All the Pretty Horses or The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
All the King’s Men , Robert Penn Warren
Age of Innocence , Edith Wharton
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
Native Son, Richard Wright

Also, consider one of the selections from the October list: Jane Austen (Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility),Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre),Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities), George Eliot (Silas Marner), Gustave Flaubert (Madame Bovary), Thomas Hardy (The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Return of the Native), Mark Twain (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court).

Finally, if you are up to a significant challenge this late in the year, Crime and Punishment or Anna Karenina are excellent but lengthy choices.