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Literature you should read: from an English Major

Reposted with final books:

As an English major and bibliophile, I have read hundreds of books, journals, poems, and essays. Many friends who are fellow English majors at other colleges and non-English majors alike always ask me what I’m currently reading for class.

I thought, ‘why not make a huge list of diverse literature that I loved from my courses’! The title is stylized as published. There is no particular order although I did group the same author together!

*This list is constantly growing as I continue my studies. Feel free to bookmark this page to revisit! 🙂


  • “Some Women” by Alice Munro
  • “In an Artist’s Studio” by Christina Rosetti
  • “Goblin’s Market” by Christina Rosetti
  • “To the White Fiend” by Claude McKay
  • “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas
  • “Mother and Son” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “Sonnet to the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “In a station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound
  • “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” by Gerald Manly Hopkins
  • “Lying In A Hammock At William Duffy’s Farm In Pine Island, Minnesota” by James Wright
  • “Ode to Melancholy” by John Keats
  • “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats
  • “On Seeing Elgin Marbles” by John Keats
  • “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes
  • “Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” by Langston Hughes
  • “Theme for English B.” by Langston Hughes
  • “The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes
  • “Wishes for Sons” by Lucille Clifton
  • “Working Title” by Mahogany Browne
  • “Magical Negro #607: Gladys Knight on the 200th Episode of The Jeffersons” by Morgan Parker
  • “Mutability” by Percy Shelley
  • “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning
  • “A Red, Red, Rose” by Robert Burns
  • “[he placed his hands]” by Rupi Kaur
  • “Journey of the Magi” by T.S. Eliot
  • “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot
  • “Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy
  • “Easter, 1916” by William Butler Yeats
  • “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by William Wordsworth
  • “The world is too much with us” by William Wordsworth
  • “Lyrical Ballads” by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • “On Being Brought from Africa to America” by Phillis Wheatley
  • “To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth” by Phillis Wheatley
  • “To Roosevelt” by Ruben Dario
  • “I Cultivate a White Rose” by Jose Marti
  • “Instructions for Crying” by Julio Cortazar
  • “Ode to the Sea” by Pable Neruda
  • “Tonight I can Write the Saddest Line” by Pablo Neruda
  • “Morning” by Pablo Neruda
  • “I Like for You to Be Still” by Pablo Neruda
  • “Leaning into the Afternoon” by Pablo Neruda

Short Stories, Flash Fiction (FF), and Novellas

  • “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker
  • “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan
  • “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan
  • “Civil Peace” by Chinua Achebe
  • “Odour of Chrysanthemums” by D. H. Lawrence
  • “Stepping Out” by David Sedaris
  • “One of these Days” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (FF)
  • “Araby” by James Joyce
  • “After Life” by Joan Didion
  • “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  • “Mark on the Wall” by Virginia Woolf
  • “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf
  • “Borges and I” by Jorge Luis Borges
  • “Rain of Fire” by Leopoldo Lugones
  • “The Feathered Pillow” by Horacio Quiroga
  • “El Hijo” by Horacio Quiroga
  • “Continuity of Parks” by Julio Cortazar

Memoir, Nonfiction, Speeches and Letters

  • How Teacher’s Make Children Hate Reading by John Holt
  • Letters from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Writing the Australian Crawl by William Stafford
  • “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth

Plays and Theatre (Noh and Loa)

  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • Loa to Divine Narcissus by Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Matsukaze by Kan’ami
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett


  • “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
  • “Love and Friendship” by Jane Austen
  • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  • “Quicksand” by Nella Larsen

Additional literature can be found in reviews here.

4 thoughts on “Literature you should read: from an English Major

  1. Thank you! I hope you enjoying reading as much as I did!

  2. Your blog is a success, very complete. Ahhh when passion is there, everything is 🙂

  3. Fantastic to hear and thank you so much! I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading!

  4. Thanks for sharing this exhaust list. I have placed some in my cart trying to decide which two I should order first.

    I love visiting your site! You always provide great information.

    Keep up the great writing! I look forward to more posts.

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