Classic Literature Guides

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Titles and Authors Studied

Middle School Survey of World Literature
Swiss Family Robinson (Summer reading)
The Secret Garden (Summer reading)
Treasure Island (Summer reading)
Robin Hood (Summer reading)
The Children’s Homer by Padric Colum
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Middle School Survey of American Literature
Snow Treasure
Old Yeller
A Wrinkle in Time
Caddie Woodlawn
Across Five Aprils
The Winged Watchman
Little Britches
Carry A Big Stick
The House of Sixty Fathers
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
The Sovereignty and Goodness of God by Mary Rowlandson
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

The Ancient World
The ReformatIon Study Bible for the Old Testament
Edith Hamilton Mythology
The Iliad/Odyssey Boxed Set (Fagles Translation)
Herodotus Books 7 and 8
Edith Hamilton Mythology
The Orestia
The Aeneid
The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus, Medea
The History of the Early Church, Eusebius
The Reformation StudY Bible for the New Testament
City of God, Augustine
Roman Historians I (Livy, Cato, Tacitus)
Roman Historians II (Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Baron deMontesquieu)

Middle Ages
The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Volume 1, Eighth Edition
Norse Mythology
Song of Roland
Medieval Poetry Arthurian Literature
Morte d’Arthur
Sir Gawain/and the Green Knight
Canterbury Tales: Miller, Pardoner, Nun Priest
1001 Nights
Dante-Divine Comedy
Don Quixote
John Donne
Shakespearean Sonnets
Fairie Queen (excerpts)
Francis Bacon Essays
Paradise Lost

A Tale of Two Cities
Les Miserables
Pride and Prejudice
The Importance of Being Earnest

Jonathan Swift
Alexander Pope
John Dryden
Thomas Gray
Samuel Johnson
Francois-Marie Voltaire
William Cowper

J.J. Rousseau
William Blake
William Wordsworth
Dorothy Wordsworth
Samuel Coleridge
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Keats
Lord Byron
Wuthering Heights
Emily Bronte
A Vindication of the Rights of Women, Wollstonecraft

19th Century
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Picture of Dorian Gray
Madame Bovary
Crime & Punishment
Notes from Underground
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
What Men Live By
Robert and Elizabeth Browning
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Anton Chekhov

20th Century Modernism
William Butler Yeats
Thomas Mann
Virginia Woolf
Franz Kafka
James Joyce
Tristan Tzara
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
G.K. Chesterton
P.G. Wodehouse
Animal Farm*
John Updike
Maya Angelou

*Animal Farm is read for European History, but included in the literature discussions and writings covering Modernism. Chapter assignments appear in the European History syllabus.

American Literature

Literature of the Settlement

Literature of Religious Experience

Literature of Revolution

Transcendental Pessimists

Realism and Naturalism

Modern American Poetry

Modern American Prose

Students will understand the dates of this literary period, the major events that book end it, the social, geographic, commercial, and philosophical underpinnings of the era. Course authors include William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, Jonathan Edwards, John Smith, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Henry James, Jack London, Frank Norris, William Sydney Porter, Edith Wharton, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, e.e.cummings, Wallace Stevens, Willa Cather, Ray Bradbury, Flanner O’Connor, Thornton Wilder, Henri Nouwen, Eudora Welty, Annie Dilliard, Wendell Berry, Marilynne Robinson, Frederick Beuchner, Li-Young Lee, Chaun Potok, Toni Morrson, and Billy Collins.

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