Famous Literature Scholar's Bowl
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou - Two children are abandoned by their mother and sent to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town.
James Fenimore Cooper - A young white hunter brought up in the Delaware Indian Tribe, has to defend settlers before returning to the Iroquois who have allowed him parole.
Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper - The story of the adopted son of the Mohicans, and the daughter of a British colonel, during the French and Indian War
The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane - A teenager enlists with the Union Army during the Civil War in the hopes of fulfilling his dreams of glory.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald - A portrait of the 1920s in America, this is the story of money, greed, excess, and a man in love.
Pat Frank - A survival story that takes place after a nuclear attack destroys all civilization except for a small Florida town.
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller - An introspective dramatic play concerning the expectations we have for lives, our failings and our inability to find satisfaction with our place in the world.
Herman Melville - The adventures of a wandering sailor and his voyage on a whaling ship commanded by Captain Ahab, whose one purpose is to seek out a great white whale.
Thomas Paine - Paine's daring prose paved the way for the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.
Great Tales and Poems
Edgar Allan Poe - Stories and poems from one of the most famous creators of detective stories and supernatural tales.
Chaim Potok - Traces the friendship between two Jewish boys growing up in Brooklyn at the end of World War II
Upton Sinclair - Explores the working man's lot at the turn of the century: the backbreaking labor, the injustices of "wage-slavery," the bewildering chaos of urban life.
The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck - This is the tale of a poor gamily of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and the Great Depression.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe - A slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on a plantation in Kentucky and heads North, avoiding hired slave catchers, aided by the underground railroad.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain - Huck Finn and his old Jim journey down the Mississippi river together.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain - A humorous and nostalgic book depicting the carefree days of boyhood in a small Midwestern town during the mid-1800s.
Mark Twain - An acerbic account of the author's travels in Europe and the Near East, humorously describing both the places he visited and his fellow passengers on the voyage.
Charles Dickens - Traces the development of Pip from a boy of shallow aspirations to a man of depth and character.
Charles Dickens - David Copperfield lives through trials and tribulations, first at a boys' school and then as a young man in London before he goes to live with his great-aunt and eventually finds happiness.
Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens - Set during the French Revolution in the cities of Paris and London, a French aristocrat is accues of spying.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - At a casino in Germany, a Russian family awaits news that a wealthy relative has died, but to their dismay, she arrives and begins gambling away their inheritance.
Crime and Punishments
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - A poverty-stricken young man is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple, but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker.
The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank - Traces the life of the Jewish girl who hid with seven other people in an attic for two years in Nazi-occupied Holland, and chronicles her day-to-day life in a diary.
Lord of the Flies
William Golding - A group of schoolboys stranded on an island soon revert to the state of primitive man, and engage in a struggle between savagery and civilization.
Edith Hamilton - Discover the thrilling, enchanting, fascinating world of Western mythology, from Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom.
Homer - An epic poem about Achilles' vengeance against Agamemnon and the city of Troy at the end of the Trojan War.
Homer - The story of Odysseus' difficulties in returning home after the Trojan War, which was won by the Greeks.
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque - Through the eyes and mind of a German private, the reader shares life on the battlefield during World War I.
Sir Walter Scott - Returning from fighting in the Crusades, the young Saxon knight Ivanhoe must fight to regain the woman he loves and to protect the social order and monarchy of England.
Mary W. Shelley - Tampering with life and death, Dr. Frankenstein pieces together salvaged body parts to create a human monster.
Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare - The tale of two young star-crossed lovers and their families, who are caught in a destructive web of hatred.
William Shakespeare - After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastion wash up on the shores of Illyria. A story of mistaken identity and love entanglements.
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero
Henryk Sienkiewicz - This thousand-year-old masterpiece follows Marcus, a Roman officer in Nero's army, as he falls in love with a Christian woman. The basis of the 1951 movie of the same name.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Alexander Solzhenitsyn - This novel describes the oppression of totalitarian regimes and the terrors of Stalin's prison camps.
Sophocles - Antigone defies her uncle, the new ruler, which starts a conflict between young and old, woman and man, individual ruler, family and state.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll wants to rid his soul of evil, and in doing so creates the monstrous alter ego, Mr. Hyde.
Jonathan Swift - the Biting satire of British and European society, it follows a shipwrecked castaway encountering fantastical lands and creatures, including the petty, diminutive Lilliputians.
Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway - The exciting story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
Call of the Wild
Jack London - Set in Yukon Territory during the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush, a domesticated dog is snatched and sold into a brutal life as a sled dog, where he struggles to survive.
Herman Melville - The story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself against a wrongful accusation.
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein is a young man fascinated by science and attempts to unlock the secrets of life and death.
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck - In Depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own, until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.
John Steinbeck - A young, strong, and poor Mexican-Indian pearl diver must find a way to pay the town doctor to cure his son. The he discovers an enormous pearl the size of a seagull's egg when out diving.
Kathryn Stockett - The story of black maids raising white children in Mississippi during the 1960s civil rights movement.
Democracy in America
Alexis de Tocqueville - Covering America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, this book enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character.
Leo Tolstoy - Set against the backdrop of Moscow and St. Petersburg high society in the nineteenth century, a woman forsakes her husband for a dashing count and brief happiness.
J. R. R. Tolkien - Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy - Tracks the evolution of five aristocratic families during the Napoleonic wars.
The Time Machine
H.G. Wells - A time traveler steps out of his time-transport machine in the year 802,700 to find Earth populated by a race of people supported by a slave class.
War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells - The first modern tale of alien invasion, this is a story of tentacled Martians attacking the Earth.
The Importance of being Ernest
Oscar Wilde - This is a play about two men who bend the truth in order to add excitement to their lives.
Victor Hugo - Set in 19th century France, this classic novel follows Jean as he tries to lead a new life after 20 years in prison. A beautiful story of redemption and salvation. The basis of the world's longest running musical.
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley - This futuristic novel warns of the dangers of sacrificing freedom and individuality for scientific progress and social stability.
Franz Kafka - A seemingly typical man wakes up one morning to discover he has been transformed into a gigantic insect.
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle - The story of friends on a dangerous and fantastic journey that will threaten their lives and our universe.
The Screwtape Letters
C. S. Lewis - This satirical piece portrays human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, and his correspondence with a novice demon in charge of the damnation of an ordinary young man.
Niccolo Machiavelli - The world's most famous master plan fro seizing and holding power. A disturbingly realistic and prophetic work on what it takes to be a prince....a king....a president.
Christopher Marlowe - A well-respected German scholar grows dissatisfied with the limits of traditional forms of knowledge- logic, medicine, law, and religion- and decides that he wants to learn to practice magic.
John Milton - Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, this is the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the fall of man and his expulsion from Eden.
George Orwell - Domesticated animals stage a revolt against their cruel master. They soon find they have succeeded in exchanging one form of tyranny for another.
Plato - A monumental work of moral and political philosophy, presented as a dialogue between Socrates and others discussing the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individuals within it.
The Color Purple
Alice Walker - The story of two African-American sisters, a missionary in Africa, and a child-wife living in the South told through their letters to each other.
Up From Slavery
Booker T. Washington - Autobiography of an influential spokesman and former slave, who became a major figure in the struggle for equal rights.
Thornton Wilder - A study of life, love, and death in a New England town at the turn of the 20th century.
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - English country life is described in this much-loved English romance novel set in a society obsessed with profitable marriage contracts.
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen - This tale of manners and courtship in the 19th-century English countryside follows two sisters; one sensible and the other impetuous.
Charlotte Bronte - In this romance and suspense novel, the orphaned governess Jane Eyre has a brooding, moody, wealthy, employer with a terrible secret.
Emily Bronte - A masterpiece of English romanticism, tells the story of love and revenge.
Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll - A fantasy about young Alice, who follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole.
Miguel de Cervantes - An eccentric old gentleman from La Mancha convinces himself that he is a knight. With his portly peasant squire, he sets out "tilting at windmills" to right the wrongs of the world.
Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad - Recounts a journey into the Congo and reveals the extent to which greed can corrupt a good man.
Daniel Defoe - An English sailor is marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. He struggles to survive in extraordinary circumstances and wrestles with fate and the nature of God.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin - Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life.
Alex Haley - This book chronicles several generations of a slave family, from a West African youth captured by slave raiders and shipped to America in the 1700s, and concluding with the Civil War.
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Set in Puritan Boston, this book tells the story of a woman who conceives through an adulterous affair and struggles to create a new life of dignity and repentance.
A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway - The life of an American soldier and a British nurse against the backdrop of the First World War, cynical soldiers, fighting and the displacement of populations.
The Story of My Life
Helen Keller - A young woman overcomes the challenges of being both deaf and blind, with the help of her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan.
Profiles in Courage
John F. Kennedy - John F. Kennedy profiles eight of his historical colleagues for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition.
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Harper Lee - Exploration of civil rights and racism in the segregated southern United States of the 1930s.
Sinclair Lewis - The story of a sophisticated young woman who moves to a small town in the American Midwest in 1912 and struggles against the small-minded culture of the citizens who live there.
The Autobiography of Malcom X
Malcom X with Alex Haley - A narrative of spiritual conversion that outlines a controversial Black Muslim's philosophy of black pride, black nationalism, and pan-Africanism.
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