Favorite Authors

William Shakespeare

Comedies: All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles Prince of Tyre, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale

Histories: King John, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Richard III, Henry VIII

Tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, Timon of Athens, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline

Poems: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Criticism and Biographies of Shakespeare: Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt, The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnet by Helen Vendler; Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom

John Milton

Poetic and Dramatic Works: L’Allegro; Il Penseroso; Comus; Lycidas; Poems; Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained; Samson Agonistes

Selected Political, Philosophical and Religious Prose: (To come.)

See discussion about many of the above works by Milton in my Milton in May project (2010).

Jane Austen

Novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion

Charles Dickens

Novels: The Pickwick Papers; The Adventures of Oliver Twist; The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty; The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit; Dombey and Son; David Copperfield; Bleak House; Hard Times; Little Dorrit; A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations; Our Mutual Friend; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices.

Christmas Books:  A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain; The Life of Our Lord.

Bronte Sisters

Charlotte: Jane Eyre; Shirley; Villette ; The Professor

Emily: Wuthering Heights

Agnes: Agnes Grey; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall;

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans]

Novels: Adam Bede; The Mill on the Floss; Silas Marner; Romola; Felix Holt, the Radical; Middlemarch; Daniel Deronda

Elizabeth Gaskell

Fiction: North and South, Cranford, Wives and Daughters, Mary Barton, Sylvia’s Lovers, Ruth,

Other: Life of Charlotte Bronte

Mark Twain

Fiction (stories, novels, and plays): Mississippi Novels (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson); A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; Extracts from Adam’s Diary; Eve’s Diary; The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County; General Washington’s Negro Body-Servant; My Late Senatorial Secretaryship; Mark Twain’s (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance; A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage; The Invalid’s Story; 1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors; The Prince and the Pauper; The American Claimant; Those Extraordinary Twins; Tom Sawyer Abroad; Tom Sawyer, Detective; Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc; The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg; A Double Barrelled Detective Story; A Dog’s Tale; The War Prayer; The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories; Letters from the Earth; My Platonic Sweetheart; The Mysterious Stranger; Letters from the Earth;  No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger; Sketches New and Old; A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime; Punch, Brothers, Punch! and other Sketches; Merry Tales; The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories; A Horse’s Tale; Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven; The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today; Is He Dead?

Nonfiction: The Innocents Abroad; Roughing It; Old Times on the Mississippi; A Tramp Abroad; Life on the Mississippi; Following the Equator; Christian Science; Is Shakespeare Dead?; Queen Victoria’s Jubilee; Mark Twain’s Autobiography; Mark Twain’s Notebook; Concerning the Jews

Essays and Satire: How to Tell a Story and other Essays; A Salutation Speech From the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth; What Is Man?; To the Person Sitting in Darkness; The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Updated; Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany; King Leopold’s Soliloquy

Wilkie Collins

Novels and Novellas: The Woman in White; The Moonstone; Armadale; No Name; A Rogue’s Life; The Frozen Deep; Poor Miss Finch; Hide and Seek;

Biographies: The Secret Life of Wilkie Collins by William C. Clarke; The King of Inventors by Catherine Peters

Anthony Trollope

Palliser Novels: Can You Forgive Her?; Phineas Finn; The Eustace Diamonds; Phineas Redux; The Prime Minister; The Duke’s Children

Barsetshire Novels:

Other Novels/Stories: He Knew He Was Right; The Way We Live Now

Willa Cather

Novels: Alexander’s Bridge; O Pioneers!; The Song of the Lark; My Ántonia; One of Ours; A Lost Lady; The Professor’s House; My Mortal Enemy; Death Comes for the Archbishop; Shadows on the Rock; Lucy Gayheart; Sapphira and the Slave Girl

Collections: Early Short Stories; April Twilights (poetry); The Troll Garden (short stories); Youth and the Bright Medusa (short stories); Obscure Destinies (three stories); The Old Beauty (three stories);

Edith Wharton

Novels: The Valley of Decision; The House of Mirth; The Fruit of the Tree; Ethan Frome; The Reef; The Custom of the Country; Summer; The Marne; The Age of Innocence; The Glimpses of the Moon; A Son at the Front; The Mother’s Recompense; Twilight Sleep; The Children; Hudson River Bracketed; The Gods Arrive; The Buccaneers (unfinished novel)

Novellas: The Touchstone; Sanctuary; Madame de Treymes; Old New York: False Dawn, The Old Maid, The Spark, New Year’s Day (A)

Short stories: The Collected Short Stories.

For Nobel Prize winning authors I’m reading, visit my Nobel Laureates page.

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