25 American Classic That Everyone Should Read

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

A play revealing the Salem witch trials of the late seventeenth century and the problem of guilt by association.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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Categories: Literature & Fiction

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