Stories of Youth and Adulthood

Youth

  • “A & P” by John Updike
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Drown by Junot Díaz
  • “Greasy Lake” by T.C. Boyle
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates

Adulthood

  • “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway
  • Drown by Junot Díaz
  • King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway
  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  • “Viewfinder” by Raymond Carver
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Stories of Death, Betrayal, and Sanity

Death

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (mostly about suicide attempts)
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • “The Crowd” by Ray Bradbury
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Betrayal

  • “Bliss” by Katherine Mansfield
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare

Sanity

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Stories of Love, Lust, and Obsession

Love

  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Lust

  • “Bliss” by Katherine Mansfield
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (some would argue)
  • “The Storm” by Kate Chopin

Obsession

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
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