The Uncovered Classics Book List

Here is the list we’re working from. Feminista’s List, which inspired the project, didn’t include some important works by women of color so we’ve added more titles (and plan to keep adding). Since that list focused on English-language literature we are currently researching titles to add for translated works. We’ve organized our list by decade so the gaps in representation within the time period are obvious. We will update with more titles in the future, and would like to see the list as a growing entity rather than static, so please anticipate this post to change from time to time. We learn more, we research more, we review more. We are definitely open to suggestions, and especially interested in adding titles from the early 20th Century.

Titles link to reviews once they’re posted.

 

1900s

Chopin, Kate. The Awakening, 1900

Hopkins, Pauline. Of One Blood, 1903

Stein, Gertrude. Three Lives, 1909

 

1910s

Cather, Willa. My Antonia, 1918

Far, Sui Sin.  Mrs. Spring Fragrance, 1912

West, Rebecca. The Return of the Soldier, 1918

Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome, 1911

 

1920s

Hall, Radclyffe. The Well of Loneliness, 1928

Fauset, Jessie. Plum Bun, 1928

Larsen, Nella. Quicksand, 1928

Loos, Anita. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1925

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway, 1925

Zitkala-Sa. American Indian Stories, 1921

 

1930s

Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood, 1937

Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth, 1931

Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa, 1938

DuMaurier, Daphne. Rebecca, 1938

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937

Petry, Ann. The Street, 1946

White, Antonia. Frost in May, 1933

 

1940s

Compton-Burnett, Ivy. Elders and Betters, 1944

Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead, 1943

Welty, Eudora. Selected Stories, 1943

West, Dorothy. The Living Is Easy, 1948

Yamamoto, Hisaye. Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, 1948-1987

 

1950s

Brooks, Gwendolyn. Maud Martha, 1953

Chang, Eileen. Naked Earth, 1954

Childress, Alice. Like One of the Family, 1956

Frame, Janet. Owls Do Cry, 1957

Highsmith, Patricia. The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1955

Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House, 1959

Marshall, Paule. Brown Girl, Brownstones, 1959

McCullers, Carson. Ballad of the Sad Cafe, 1951

Murray, Pauli. Proud Shoes. 1956

O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man is Hard to Find, 1955

Renault, Mary. The King Must Die, 1958

Taylor, Elizabeth. Angel, 1957

 

1960s

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969

de Jesus, Carolina Maria. Child of the Dark, 1960

Laurence, Margaret. The Fire-Dwellers, 1969

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

Lessing, Doris. The Golden Notebook, 1962

Manning, Olivia. The Balkan Trilogy, 1960-1965

McCarthy, Mary. The Group, 1963

Miller, Isabel. Patience and Sarah, 1969

Murdoch, Iris. A Severed Head, 1961

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar, 1963

Porter, Katharine Anne. Ship of Fools, 1962

Powell, Dawn. The Golden Spur, 1962

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea, 1966

Sarton, May. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, 1965

Smart, Elizabeth. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, 1966

Spark, Muriel. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1961

Stead, Christina. The Man Who Loved Children, 1965

Tyler, Anne. If Morning Ever Comes, 1964

Walker, Margaret. Jubilee, 1966

 

1970s

Aidoo, Ama Ata. Our Sister Killjoy, 1977

Bambara, Toni Cade. Gorilla, My Love, 1972

Bainbridge, Beryl. The Bottle Factory Outing, 1974

Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle, 1973

Emecheta, Buchi. Second Class Citizen, 1974

French, Marilyn. The Women’s Room, 1977

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. Heat and Dust, 1975

Jones, Gayl. Corregidora, 1975

Jong, Erica. Fear of Flying, 1973

Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman Warrior, 1975

Mukherjee, Bharati. Wife, 1975

Munro, Alice. Lives of Girls and Women, 1971

Olsen, Tillie. Tell Me a Riddle, 1979

Paley, Grace. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, 1974

Parker, Dorothy. The Collected Dorothy Parker, 1973

Phillips, Jayne Anne. Black Tickets, 1979

Shange, Ntozake. for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, 1975

Telles, Lygia Fagundes. The Girl in the Photograph, 1973

Wan-suh, Park. The Naked Tree, 1970

 

1980s

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale, 1985

Bautista, Lualhati. Bata, Bata… Pa’no Ka Ginawa? 1988

Brookner, Anita. Hotel du Lac, 1984

Bugul, Ken. The Abandoned Baobab, 1982

Butler, Octavia. Kindred, 1988

Carter, Angela. Nights at the Circus, 1984

Casper, Linda Ty. Awaiting Trespass, 1985

Castillo, Ana. The Mixquiahuala Letters, 1986

Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung. Dictee, 1982

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street, 1984

Desai, Anita. Clear Light of Day, 1980

Doerr, Harriet. Stones for Ibarra, 1984

Drabble, Margaret. The Radiant Way, 1987

Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine, 1984

Fitzgerald, Penelope. At Freddie’s, 1985

Flagg, Fannie. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, 1987

Goldstein, Rebecca. The Mind-Body Problem: A Novel, 1983

Gordimer, Nadine. July’s People, 1981

Hulme, Keri. The Bone People, 1983

Hương, Dương Thu. Paradise of the Blind, 1988

Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees, 1988

Kogawa, Joy. Obasan, 1981

Ling, Ding. I Myself Am Woman, 1989

Lively, Penelope. Moon Tiger, 1987

Lorde, Audre. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, 1982

McMillan, Terry. Mama, 1987

Moore, Lorrie. Anagrams: A Novel, 1986

Morrison, Toni. Beloved: A Novel, 1987

Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place, 1982

Oates, Joyce Carol. You Must Remember This, 1987

Piercy, Marge. Braided Lives, 1982

Robinson, Marilynne. Housekeeping, 1980

Simpson, Mona. Anywhere But Here, 1986

Smiley, Jane. The Age of Grief, 1987

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club, 1989

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple, 1982

Weldon, Fay. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, 1983

Winterson, Jeannette. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, 1985

 

1990s

Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina, 1992

Barker, Pat. Regeneration, 1992

Byatt, A.S. Possession: A Romance, 1990

Castillo, Ana. So Far From God, 1993

Gordon, Mary. The Rest of Life, 1993

Hagedorn, Jessica. Dogeaters, 1990

Hobhouse, Janet. The Furies, 1993

Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy, 1990

Miaojin, Qiu. Last Words from Montmartre, 1996

Ng, Fae Myenne. Bone, 1993

O’Brien, Edna. House of Splendid Isolation, 1994

Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News, 1993

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things, 1997

Senna, Danzy. Caucasia, 1998

Shields, Carol. The Stone Diaries, 1994

Shizuko, Go. Requiem, 1992

Shreve, Anita. The Weight of Water, 1997

Silko, Leslie Marmon. Almanac of the Dead, 1991

Sontag, Susan. The Volcano Lover, 1992

Urquhart, Jane. Away, 1993

 

 

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Amy Collier once saw Fabio at an airport. Fabio is an Italian model who has appeared on many classic romance novels, such as Love Me with Fury, Lovestorm, and More Than a Feeling. He has been the spokesperson for The Geek Squad, OralB Sensitive Advantage Toothbrush, Nationwide Insurance, Versace, and the American Cancer Society. He is 6'3" barefoot; usually in cowboy boots. Follow Amy on Twitter.