52 Books Recommended by Michael Cunningham


Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for his 1998 novel The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. His new novel, The Snow Queen, will be published in May of 2014. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


2. Being Dead: A Novel by Jim Crace


3. Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore


4. Cathedral: Stories by Raymond Carver


5. Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann


6. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany


7. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee


8. Dubliners by James Joyce


9. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan


10. Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor


11. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identityby Judith Butler


12. Glass, Irony and God by Anne Carson


13. Howl and Other Poems (The Pocket Poets Series, Number Four) by Allen Ginsberg


14. I Lost It at the Movies: Film Writings 1954–1965 by Pauline Kael


15. In Dreams Begin Responsibilities and Other Stories by Delmore Schwartz


16. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino


17. Laws for Creations by Walt Whitman


18. Lectures on Literature by Vladimir Nabokov


19. Light Years by James Salter


20. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert


21. Mona Lisa Overdrive (Bantam Spectra Book) by William Gibson


22. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


23. On the Road by Jack Kerouac


24. Open Secrets by Alice Munro


25. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet


26. Pastoralia by George Saunders


27. Peaceable Kingdom: Stories by Francine Prose


28. Rabbit is Rich by John Updike


29. Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstacy and Longing by Jalaluddin Rumi


30. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery


31. Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death by Kurt Vonnegut


32. Solaris by Stanislaw Lem


33. Stories in an Almost Classical Mode by Harold Brodkey


34. The Child, the Family, and the Outside World by D.W. Winnicott


35. The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy


36. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer


37. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


38. The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor by Flannery O’Connor


39. The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe


40. The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley


41. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury


42. The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker


43. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon


44. The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers by Henry James


45. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim


46. The White Album by Joan Didion


47. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf


48. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson


49. Two Lives : Reading Turgenev and My House In Umbria by William Trevor


50. Ulysses (The Complete and Unabridged Text, as Corrected and Reset in 1961) by James Joyce


51. White Noise by Don DeLillo


52. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte



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