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Books You Should Have Read at School

While reading Shakespeare and Chaucer as a high school student may have been a chore for some, most of us can now look back and realize that the books on our English "Required Reading" lists were actually pretty good choices. So refresh your memory, build your collection, or seek out a collectible edition of that novel that started your life-long love of reading.

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Novels

Animal FarmAnimal Farm ,George Orwell
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
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The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
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Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw
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Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies, William Golding
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Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
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1984, George Orwell
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Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
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Kim, Rudyard Kipling
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HatchetHatchet, Gary Paulsen
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Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
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A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
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Plays

HamletHamlet, William Shakespeare

King Lear, William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare
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Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

The Crucible, Arthur Miller
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She Stoops to Conquer, Oliver Goldsmith
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The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
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Poetry

BeowulfBeowulf

Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor-Coleridge

Paradise Lost, John Milton

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope

 

Short Stories

The Pit and the PendulumThe Pit and the Pendulum, Edgar Allan Poe

A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner

The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Ernest Hemingway

The Lottery, Shirley Jackson