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Pseudo-Intellectual Classic Book List

Ok, so there was that book list circulating for serious and true intellectuals who actually enjoy existentialism and the like. Honestly, has anyone read all of those? Or even the majority? Here, for your amusement, is my refined and screwed-up version of the list. Please excuse my running commentary.

Alcott, Louisa May - Little Women (sentimentality at its best)
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451
Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights
Burnett, Frances Hodgson - The Secret Garden, A Little Princess
Cather, Willa - My Antonia
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
Dante - Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles - A Christmas Carol (one that you can actually get through)
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment
Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Doyle, Arthur Conan - The Hound of the Baskervilles
Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays
Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
Forester, C.S. - Hornblower series
Frank, Anne - Diary of a Young Girl
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies (this does not deserve to be here. What a bunch of crap).
Haley, Alex - Roots
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph - Catch-22
Homer - The Iliad
Homer - The Odyssey
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Les Miserables
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
Keller, Helen - The Story of My Life
Kerouac, Jack - On the Road
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García - Love in the Time of Cholera
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With the Wind
Morrison, Toni - Beloved
Nabokov, Vladimir - Lolita
Orwell, George - Animal Farm, 1984
Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales
Rand, Ayn - The Fountainhead
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front
Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye (another overated piece of nonsense)
Sha kespeare, William - Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion (saw the musical version)
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Shikibu, Murasaki - The Tale of Genji (got halfway through!)
Sophocles - Antigone, Oedipus Rex
Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men
Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Stoker, Bram - Dracula
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace (as if anyone's ever finished this)
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Verne, Jules - Around the World in Eighty Days
Voltaire - Candide
Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
Wells, H.G. - Invisible Man
Wharton, Edith - The Age of Innocence
White, T.H. - Once and Future King
Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Importance of Being Ernest
Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie
Woolf, Virginia - Mrs. Dalloway

Um...excuse my inclination towards children's literature, sci-fi and fantasy, and trivial classics that everyone likes but no one will admit to. It just seems that these types of books are just as valid as stupid War and Peace.
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