High School Classics
Classic novels usually assigned in high school!
May 24, 2023
Check out one of these classic books usually assigned in high school!
The Handmaid’s Tale
A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.
An anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author, follows the classic tale of one man’s experience of reawakening in a world beset by oppression and censorship in which books have been outlawed and reading is punishable by death.
Heart Of Darkness
Features the English seaman Marlow who tells the story of his time as a riverboat captain for a trading company on the Congo, specifically his intense interest in investigating the mysterious Kurtz, an ivory-procurement agent with almost godlike status.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter was originally published in 1850 and was a bestseller at the time. This powerful American story of secret love and sin, of spiritual hypocrisy and moral courage, and of female bravery during a time when women were rarely respected, resonated with readers then and continues to do so now.
The Nobel Prizewinning Irish poet presents a faithful, new translation of the AngloSaxon epic chronicling the heroic adventures of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior who saves his people from the ravages of the monster Grendel and Grendel’s mother.
Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.
Brave New World
Huxley’s vision of the future in this, his astonishing 1931 novel Brave New World, a world of tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has been reconstituted through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, where the people are genetically designed to be passive, consistently useful to the ruling class.
To Kill A Mockingbird
The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice, in this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic that has been translated into more than 40 languages.
The Bell Jar
This extraordinary work–echoing Plath’s own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s–chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.
The Catcher In The Rye
J. D. Salinger
Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly one of America’s literary treasures. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age story portrays one young man’s funny and poignant experiences with life, love, and sex.
One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich
One of the most chilling novels ever written about the oppression of totalitarian regimes–and the first to open Western eyes to the terrors of Stalin’s prison camps, this book allowed Solzhenitsyn, who later became Russia’s conscience in exile, to challenge the brutal might of the Soviet Union.
Of Mice And Men
Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.
Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn
A feisty young boy fakes his own death to escape his abusive father and heads off down the Mississippi River on a raft with his newfound friend Jim, a runaway slave.
Or, The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death
An accessible paperback edition of a popular classic is a satirical social analysis that follows the haphazard life experiences of a man who is abducted by aliens and rendered a prisoner of war during the 1945 bombing of Dresden.
A new translation of the autobiographical account of the author’s survival as a teenager in Nazi death camps seeks to preserve the author’s original intent, in a volume that includes the author’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize presentation and acceptance speeches as well as a preface on his passionate dedication to raising awareness about the human capacity for cruelty.