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Middlesex School Reading List

The following books are intended mainly as suggestions for your out of class reading both during the year and in the summer. A reasonable goal would be to read at least four of these books over the course of each year you are enrolled at Middlesex.


Asimov, Foundation Trilogy

Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Dickens, Oliver Twist

Golding, Lord of the Flies

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

Homer, The Odyssey

Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

Kerouac, On the Road

Krakauer, Into the Wild

Leavitt, The Andersonville Trial

Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

London, The Call of the Wild

Melville, Billy Budd

O’Brien, The Things They Carried

Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country

Plath, The Bell Jar

Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet

Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Toole, Confederacy of Dunces

Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

White, The Once and Future King

Wolff, This Boy’s Life


Bronte, Jane Eyre

Chopin, The Awakening

Conrad, The Secret Sharer

Dickens, Hard Times

Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

Eliot, Silas Marner

Ellison, Invisible Man

Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

Forster, A Passage to India

Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

Hersey, Hiroshima

Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Jin, The Bridegroom

Morrison, Sula

O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

Salinger, Nine Stories

Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III

Shaw, Major Barbara

Smith, White Teeth

Strunk & White, The Elements of Style

Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle

Warren, All the King’s Men

Yates, Revolutionary Road
Achebe, No Longer at Ease

Austen, Emma

Camus, The Stranger

Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom!

Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge

Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Hesse, Steppenwolf

McEwan, Atonement

Melville, Moby Dick

Morrison, The Bluest Eye

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction

Salinger, Franny and Zooey

Shelley, Frankenstein

Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Shakespeare, As You Like It, Anthony & Cleopatra, Richard II

Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Thoreau, Walden

Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Walker, The Color Purple

West, The Day of the Locust

Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Wiesel, Night

Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey

Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Wright, Native Son


Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Byatt, Possession

Borges, Collected Fictions

Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

Conrad, Lord Jim

Dante, The Divine Comedy

Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

Emerson, Selected Essays

Faulkner, Light in August

Ibsen, Ghosts

Irving, The Cider House Rules

Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

James, Portrait of a Lady

Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Miller, The Crucible

Milton, Paradise Lost

Morrison, Beloved

Proulx, The Shipping News

Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Not Enuf

Shakespeare, Henry IV part 1, King Lear, The Tempest, Twelfth Night

Shaw, Pygmalion

Voltaire, Candide

Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Wordsworth, The Prelude
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