AP English Literature Reading List


Short Essays:

Dr. Mortimer Adler – “Why Read Great Books?”
Virginia Woolf – “How Should One Read a Book?”
Harold Bloom – “The Preface: How to Read and Why”
Artistotle – “The Tragic Hero”
Francis Bacon – “On Revenge”

Short Stories:
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – “The Yellow Wallpaper”
James Thurber – “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
John Steinbeck – “The Chrysanthemums”
Nancy Huddleston Packer – “Early Morning, Lonely Ride”
Joseph Boyden – “The Legend of the Sugar Girl”

Plays: (most of the plays and novels are in the “public domain” which means one can download them for free; you might choose to purchase your own copies for annotation purposes)

William Shakespeare – Hamlet
William Shakespeare – King Lear
Arthur Miller – The Crucible

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Charles Dickens – Great Expectations
Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
Khaled Hosseini – The Kite Runner

- Selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Renaissance poems, Romantic verse, etc. (e.g., Marvell, Marlowe, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, WWI poets)
- Read “The Hollow Men” by T.S. Eliot after reading Heart of Darkness

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