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William Shakespeare, 1599-1602, Set in Denmark, the play dramatises the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet's father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother's widow.
Oedipus Rex
Sophocles, 429 bc, Prior to the start of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus has become the king of Thebes while unwittingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would kill his father, Laius (the previous king), and marry his mother, Jocasta (whom Oedipus took as his queen after solving the riddle of the Sphinx). The action of Sophocles' play concerns Oedipus' search for the murderer of Laius in order to end a plague ravaging Thebes, unaware that the killer he is looking for is none other than himself. At the end of the play, after the truth finally comes to light, Jocasta hangs herself while Oedipus, horrified at his patricide and incest, proceeds to gouge out his own eyes in despair.
William Shakespeare, 1606, A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland, and Thane of Cawdor Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.
King Lear
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
The Temptest
William Shakespeare
Moby Dick
Herman Mehlville
The Great Gatsby
F(rancis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald
Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
George Orwell
James (Augustine Aloysius) Joyce
Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare
Paradise Lost
John Milton
The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chauncer
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
Our Town
Thornton (Niven) Wilder
The Adventure of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
The Divine Comedy
Dante (Alighieri)
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor (Mikhaylovich) Dostoyevsky
The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane
Billy Budd: Foretopman
Herman Mehlville
Les Misérables
Victor (-Marie) Hugo
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare
George Bernard Shaw
Julius Ceaser
William Shakespeare
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
The Three Musketeers
Alexandre Dumas (père)
A Farewell to Arms
Ernest (Miller) Hemingway
Vanity Fair
William Makepeace Thackeray
To Kill a Mockingbird
(Nelle) Harper Lee
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest (Miller) Hemingway
The Grapes of Wrath
John (Ernst) Steinbeck
Vladimir Nabokov
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles (John Huffman) Dickens
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
As You Like It
William Shakespeare
The Waste Land
T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot
Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad
Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan
David Copperfield
Charles (John Huffman) Dickens
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel García Márquez
Johann Wolfgang von Gothe
The Count of Monte Christo
Alexandre Dumas (père)
A Doll's House
Henrik (Johan) Ibsen
Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
Animal Farm
George Orwell
The Call of the Wild
Jack London
Much Ado about Nothing
William Shakespeare
The Glass Menagiere
Tennessee Williams
The Crucible
Arthur Miller
Brave New World
Aldous (Leonard) Miller
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest (Miller) Hemingway
The Jungle
Upton (Beall) Sinclair
Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Tayler Coleridge
Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Rip van Winkle
Washington Irving
The Catcher in the Rye
JD Salinger
Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill
All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut Jr
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Merry Wives of Windsor
William Shakespeare
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
The Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare
Eugene Onegin
Aleksandr Pushkin
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Stranger
Albert Camus
Joseph Heller
A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry
Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë
The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner
Giovanni Boccaccio
The Raven
Edgar Allen Poe
Sir Walter Scott
The House of Seven Gables
Nathaniel Hawthorne
My Ánatonia
Willa Cather