Valerie of Life is a Patchwork Quilt and Amanda at The Zen Leaf have inspired me to brainstorm all those books I read as a teenager that some high school teacher told me I had to read in order to pass the class… Here goes, in no particular order:
1. A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens
2. Old Man and the Sea – Hemingway
3. The Pearl – Steinbeck
4. Of Mice and Men – Steinbeck
5. Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
6. The Sound and the Fury – Faulkner
Um….. I know there are many more… (googling ‘typical HS reading lists‘ gives me:)
7. Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
8. The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
9. Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin
10. The Scarlet Letter – Hawthorne
11. Death of a Salesman – Miller (and maybe The Crucible, too)
12. 1984 – Orwell
13. ___?____by Edgar Allen Poe – short stories, maybe?
14. The Jungle – Sinclair
15. The Red Pony – Steinbeck
16. Our Town – Wilder
There’s more, I’m sure of it. I remember as a sophomore, we had to read the equivalent of a book a week in Honors English* and it had to be from THE LIST (the list I wish I still had) or be able to justify its inclusion to the list. I challenged it one week with a book by Danielle Steel; my teacher finally accepted it but I really had to argue for it. I recall being so tired of having to read old and ‘important’ stuff. Funny thing is, I can’t recall which Steel book it was even if I glance through all her titles! One of my classmates successfully got Horton Hears a Who added to the list…
More plays here than I realized. I think we also read Macbeth and/or Hamlet.
I must say that I am SHOCKED — repeat SHOCKED!! — that my husband says he had to read Ulysses in high school. WHO would do that to a kid?! He had to read Beowulf, too. I think maybe we had a bit of Canterbury Tales but I don’t think we read the whole thing.
IF I attempt to re-read any of these, it would be The Sound and the Fury. Anyone feel like joining me?
* I read a few Irving Stone’s and many Vonneguts and stuff like Hugo’s Les Miserables for my ‘electives’. Sadly, I don’t recall reading ANY women authors. There HAD to be some, but I know I didn’t read Austen or the Brontes because that’s what the cheerleaders liked and I was waaaaay smarter than that. *roll eyes* Let it be known, I like these authors now, I do. But I didn’t read P&P until my twenties.