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American Literature in 2018

American Literature in 2018

After much deliberation my official rankings for my 2018 reading is over. My trek through American literature has come to an end (though I still need to finish The Grapes of Wrath). And in the memory of those readings I’ve attempted to put together an ordered list of my enjoyment. This list is inherently flawed. Some of this literature is clearly too good to be placed in a list or compared. But I said I would do this. And so here it is.

An ordered attempt:

  1. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

  2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  3. To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck

  4. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

  6. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  7. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  9. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

  10. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  12. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

  13. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

  14. The Sound and Fury by William Faulkner

  15. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  16. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

  17. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

  18. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  19. The Son Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

  20. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  21. Native Son by Richard Wright

  22. The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

  23. The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald

  24. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

  25. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

  26. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  27. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

  28. White Fang by Jack London

  29. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

In conjunction with an ordered list of the books, I wanted to provide an ordered list of the authors for whom I read multiple books. There were only a couple authors who got multiple books:

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald (4 books)

  2. Ernest Hemingway (4 books)

  3. John Steinbeck (3 books)

  4. Edith Wharton (3 books)

  5. Kurt Vonnegut (2 books)

These lists are more to make certain friends upset than to reflect some level of deep thought on my behalf. 2018 was a good year. And I’m well on my way in 2019 on British literature.

Dear Lutheranism

Dear Lutheranism

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