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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