Saturday, February 21, 2009

My favorite poems and fiction of all time

Which fiction or poetry is your favorite of all-time? Which remind you of a period in your life? Which do you remember fondly? Which changed your life? Poetry and fiction only. Here are mine.

Pride & Prejudice -- Jane Austen
The Count of Monte Cristo -- Alexandre Dumas
Anne of Green Gables -- L.M. Montgomery
Pillars of the Earth -- Ken Follett
The Fountainhead -- Ayn Rand
Sense & Sensibility -- Jane Austen
Les Miserables -- Victor Hugo
Atlas Shrugged -- Ayn Rand
I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud -- William Wordsworth
To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
The Raven -- Edgar Allen Poe (haunting but lyrical)
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day -- William Shakespeare (Sonnet 18)
The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (depressing but gorgeous writing)
The Sun Also Rises -- Ernest Hemingway (his best writing, vivid)
A La Recherche de Temps Perdu-- Marcel Proust (long-winded, meandering, whimsical, brilliant)
Crime and Punishment -- Fyodor Dostoevsky (maybe best and most psychological writer ever)
Lanterns on the Levee -- William Alexander Percy
A Confederacy of Dunces -- John Kennedy Toole
Kubla Khan -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Hamlet -- Shakespeare
Coriolanus -- Shakespeare
When I have Fears -- John Keats
Cyrano de Bergerac -- Edmond Rostand
Jerusalem -- William Blake
The Metamorphoses -- Ovid
The Odyssey -- Homer
Gulliver's Travels -- Jonathan Swift
Da Vinci Code -- Dan Brown
Calumet "K" -- Merwin Webster
Breakfast at Tiffany's -- Truman Capote
Antigone -- Sophocles
Shane -- Jack Schaefer
Heart of Darkness -- Joseph Conrad
The Call of the Wild -- Jack London
Emma -- Jane Austen
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Mark Twain
Jane Eyre -- Charlotte Bronte
Robinson Crusoe -- Daniel Defoe
Candide -- Voltaire
The Last of the Mohicans -- James Fennimore Cooper
The Three Musketeers -- Alexandre Dumas
Moby Dick -- Herman Melville
Ender's Game -- Orson Scott Card
The Unbearable Lightness of Being -- Milan Kundera
Persuasion -- Jane Austen
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy -- John le Carre
The Day of the Jackal -- Frederick Forsyth
Essay on Criticism -- Alexander Pope
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds -- Shakespeare (Sonnet 116)
Because I Could Not Stop for Death -- Emily Dickenson
Annabel Lee -- Edgar Allen Poe
She Walks in Beauty -- Lord Byron
The Divine Comedy -- Dante

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