Foster’s Reading List

Bold indicates I’ve read/watched the work.


  • Auden, W.H. “Musee des Beaux Arts.” “In Praise of Limestone.”
  • Crane, Hart. The Bridge.
  • Eliot, T.S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” The Waste Land.
  • Frost, Robert. “After Apple Picking.” “The Woodpile.” “Out, Out-.” Mowing.”
  • Heaney, Seamus. “Bogland.” “Clearances.”
  • Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Raven.”
  • Yeats, William Butler. “The Lake of Isle of Innisfree.” “Easter 1916.” “The Wild Swans at Coole.”
  • Shakespeare, William. Sonnets.

Short Stories

  • Baldwin, James. “Sonny’s Blues.”
  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan. “The Overcoat II.”
  • Carver, Raymond. “Cathedral.”
  • Coover, Robert. “The Gingerbread House.”
  • Gass, William H. “The Pedersen Kid.” “In the Heart of the Country.”
  • Hardy, Thomas. “The Three Strangers.”
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “Young Goodman Brown.” “The Man of Adamant.”
  • Hemingway, Ernest. “Big Two-Hearted River.” “Indian Camp.” “The Battler.” “Hills like White Elephants.” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.”
  • James, Henry. “Daisy Miller.”
  • Joyce, James. Dubliners.
  • Kafka, Franz. “The Metamorphosis.” “A Hunger Artist.”
  • Lawrence, D. H. “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter.” “The Fox.” “The Rocking-horse Winner.”
  • Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Fall of the House of Usher.” “The Mystery of the Rue Morgue.” “The Pit and the Pendulum.” “The Tell-Tale Heart.” “The Cask of Amontillado.”
  • Roethke, Theodore. “In Praise of Prairie.”
  • Thomas, Dylan. “Fern Hill.”
  • Updike, John. “A&P.”


  • Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot.
  • Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Romeo and Juliet. Julius Caesar. Macbeth. King Lear. Henry V. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Much Ado About Nothing. The Tempest. A Winter’s Tale. As You Like It. Twelfth Night.


  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan. Water Music. World’s End.
  • Brookner, Anita. Hotel du Lac.
  • Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. Through the Looking-Glass.
  • Carter, Angela. The Bloody Chamber. Nights at the Circus. Wise Children.
  • Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness. Lord Jim.
  • Dexter, Colin. The Remorseful Day.
  • Dickens, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop. A Christmas Carol. David Copperfield. Bleak House. Great Expectations.
  • Doctorow, E.L. Ragtime.
  • Durrell, Lawrence. The Alexandria Quartet.
  • Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine.
  • Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury. As I Lay Dying. Absalom, Absalom!
  • Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones’s Diary (abandoned).
  • Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones.
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
  • Ford, Ford Madox. The Good Soldier.
  • Forster, E.M. A Room With a View. Howards End. A Passage to India.
  • Fowles, John. The Magus. The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
  • Green, Henry. Blindness. Living. Party Going. Loving.
  • Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon.
  • Hardy, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge. Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. The House of Seven Gables.
  • Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. A Farewell to Arms. The Old Man and the Sea.
  • James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw.
  • Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man.
  • Kafka, Franz. The Trial.
  • Kingslover, Barbara. The Bean Trees. Pigs in Heaven. The Poisonwood Bible.
  • Lawrence, D.H. Sons and Lovers. Women in Love. Lady Chatterly’s Lover. The Virgin and the Gypsy.
  • Murdoch, Iris. A Severed Head. The Unicorn. The Sea, the Sea. The Green Knight.
  • Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.
  • O’Brien, Tim. Going After Cacciato. The Things They Carried.
  • Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49.
  • Roethke, Theodore. The Far Field.
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Master of Ballantrae.
  • Stoker, Bram. Dracula.
  • Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • Tyler, Anne. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. The Accidental Tourist.
  • Walcott, Derek. Omeros.
  • Weldon, Fay. The Hearts and Lives of Men.
  • Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway. To the Lighthouse.

Really Old Classics

  • Beowulf (Seamus Heaney)
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales.
  • Homer. Iliad. Odyssey.
  • Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte Darthur.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
  • Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Oedipus at Colonus. Antigone.
  • Spenser, Edmund. The Faerie Queen.
  • Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty. Snow White. Hansel and Gretel. Rapunzel. Rumpelstiltskin.


  • Citizen Kane.
  • The Gold Rush.
  • Modern Times.
  • Notorius. North by Northwest. Psycho.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Pale Rider
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • Shane.
  • Stagecoach.
  • Star Wars. The Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi.
  • Tom Jones.

Secondary Sources

  • Abrams, M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms.
  • Ciardi, John. How Does a Poem Mean?
  • Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel.
  • Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism.
  • Gass, William H. Fiction and the Figures of Life.
  • Lodge, David. The Art of Fiction.
  • Pinsky, Robert. How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry.
  • Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.

Master Class

  • Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations.
  • Joyce, James. Ulysses.
  • Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  • Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon.

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