Work or Excerpt Title Author(s) Year
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin 1791
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket Edgar Allan Poe 1838
Democracy in America (Selections) Alexis de Tocqueville 1840
Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson 1841
Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe 1841
Experience Ralph Waldo Emerson 1844
Nominalist and Realist Ralph Waldo Emerson 1844
Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller 1845
Man of the Crowd Edgar Allan Poe 1850
The Uses of Great Men (from “Representative Men”) Ralph Waldo Emerson 1850
Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave Sojourner Truth 1850
The House of the Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne 1851
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 1852
The Blithedale Romance Nathaniel Hawthorne 1852
Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street Herman Melville 1853
Clotel: Or, the President’s Daughter William Wells Brown 1853
Ruth Hall Fanny Fern 1854
Walden Henry David Thoreau 1854
Speech on Kansas-Nebraska Act Abraham Lincoln 1854
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass 1855
“House Divided” Speech Abraham Lincoln 1858
First Douglas Debate Abraham Lincoln 1858
On Liberty J.S. Mill 1859
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs 1861
Walking Henry David Thoreau 1861
Life in the Iron Mills Rebecca Harding Davis 1861
202 (185) (“ ‘Faith’ is a fine invention”) Emily Dickinson 1861
225 (199) (“I’m ‘wife’ - I’ve finished that - “) Emily Dickinson 1861
260 (288) (“I’m Nobody! Who are you?”) Emily Dickinson 1861
269 (249) (“Wild nights - Wild nights!”) Emily Dickinson 1861
The Morgesons Elizabeth Stoddard 1862
314 (254) (“ ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers -”) Emily Dickinson 1862
320 (258) (“There’s a certain Slant of light”) Emily Dickinson 1862
340 (280) (“I felt a Funeral, in my Brain”) Emily Dickinson 1862
372 (341) (“After great pain, a formal feeling comes - “) Emily Dickinson 1862
383 (585) (“I like to see it lap the Miles -”) Emily Dickinson 1862
409 (303) (“The Soul selects her own Society -”) Emily Dickinson 1862
445 (613) (“They shut me up in Prose -”) Emily Dickinson 1862
446 (448) (“This was a Poet - It is That”) Emily Dickinson 1862
466 (657) (“I dwell in Possibility - “) Emily Dickinson 1862
479 (712) (“Because I could not stop for Death -”) Emily Dickinson 1862
533 (569) (“I reckon - When I count at all -”) Emily Dickinson 1863
591 (465) (“I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -”) Emily Dickinson 1863
620 (435) (“Much Madness is divinest Sense -”) Emily Dickinson 1863
764 (754) (“My Life had stood - a Loaded Gun -”) Emily Dickinson 1863
Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty John W. de Forest 1867
Little Women Louisa May Alcott 1868
Ragged Dick Horatio Alger 1868
The Subjection of Women J.S. Mill 1869
1263 (1129) (“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -”) Emily Dickinson 1872
Who Would Have Thought It? María Amparo Ruiz de Burton 1872
An Autumn Holiday Sarah Orne Jewett 1880
Introduction to A Century of Dishonor Helen Hunt Jackson 1881
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 1884
The Rise of Silas Lapham William Dean Howells 1885
Looking Backward, 2000—1887 Edward Bellamy 1888
How the Other Half Lives Jacob Riis 1890
A Hazard of New Fortunes William Dean Howells 1890
Billy Budd, Sailor Herman Melville 1891
Our America Jose Martí 1891
Iola Leroy Frances E. W. Harper 1892
Jason Edwards: An Average Man Hamlin Garland 1892
Looking Back on Girlhood Sarah Orne Jewett 1892
Specimen Days Walt Whitman 1892
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane 1892
A Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads Walt Whitman 1892
Song of Myself Walt Whitman 1892
The Solitude of Self Elizabeth Cady Stanton 1892
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Walt Whitman 1892
Story of an Hour Kate Chopin 1894
Pudd’nhead Wilson Mark Twain 1894
At Chênière Caminada Kate Chopin 1896
An October Ride Sarah Orne Jewett 1896
In the Cage Henry James 1898
The Conjure Woman Charles Chesnutt 1899
McTeague Frank Norris 1899
The Awakening Kate Chopin 1899
Theory of the Leisure Class Thorstein Veblen 1899
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser 1900
The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 1903
The Golden Bowl Henry James 1904
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton 1905
The Jungle Upton Sinclair 1906
The Cop and the Anthem O. Henry 1906
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry 1906
The Education of Henry Adams Henry Adams 1907
Three Lives Gertrude Stein 1909
A Municipal Report O. Henry 1910
An Unfinished Story O. Henry 1910
The Duplicity of Hargraves O. Henry 1910
White Fang Jack London 1906
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man James Weldon Johnson 1912
Herland Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1915
The Rise of David Levinsky Abraham Cahan 1917
My Ántonia Willa Cather 1918
Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson 1919
The Souls of White Folk W.E.B. Du Bois 1920
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton 1920
Sahara of the Bozart H.L. Mencken 1920
Main Street Sinclair Lewis 1921
Impressions of an Indian Childhood Zitkala Sa 1921
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis 1922
Cane Jean Toomer 1923
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Intimate Diary of a Professional Lady Anita Loos 1925
The Negro Digs Up His Past Arthur Schomburg 1925
In Our Time Ernest Hemingway 1925
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 1925
Home to Harlem Claude McKay 1928
Quicksand Nella Larsen 1928
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway 1929
Passing Nella Larsen 1929
The Sound and The Fury William Faulkner 1929
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett 1930
The 42nd Parallel John Dos Passos 1930
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 1930
The Rebel is a Girl Leonor Villegas de Magnón 1930
Young Lonigan James T. Farrell 1932
Light in August William Faulkner 1932
Miss Lonelyhearts Nathaniel West 1933
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald 1934
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller 1934
Appointment in Samarra John O’Hara 1934
Call It Sleep Henry Roth 1934
George Washington Gomez Américo Paredes 1935
Nightwood Djuna Barnes 1936
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner 1936
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 1937
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 1939
The Day of the Locust Nathaniel West 1939
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers 1940
Native Son Richard Wright 1940
Double Indemnity James M. Cain 1943
The Two United States Jesús Colón 1943