Book List for Lit Four: The Modern Era (Click for PDF Version)

There are lots of options for acquiring these books. You can order them from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or another online retailer. If you want to save money, you can check them out of the library. For most of them, you can get e-book versions or access them online and read them on your computer screen.

Please take note of my comments below. In some cases, the particular edition or translation is important.


David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Any unabridged edition will work.

Miscellaneous Poems by Whitman and Dickinson

No need to obtain anything; I have provided the poems in Canvas, including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Pevear & Volokhonsky translation)

To avoid confusion, be sure to get the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy

Any unabridged edition will do.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Any unabridged edition will work.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Any unabridged edition will work.

Modernist Poetry

No need to obtain anything; I have provided the poems in Canvas.

Flannery O’Connor Short Stories

There are several collections that include the stories we’ll be reading (see list below), but I’ve also provided the stories in Canvas, so it’s not necessary to purchase a book.

  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

  • “Everything That Rises Must Converge”

For the following, any unabridged edition will do:

Our Town, by Thornton Wilder

Go Down, Moses, by William Faulkner

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger