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Here's a list of some of the standards of American Literature. Not all of them would be appropriate for an 8th grader however.



  • Twain, Mark - Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer or Conn. Yankee
  • London, Jack - Call of the Wild or White Fang
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel - Scarlet Letter or House of Seven Gables
  • Crane, Stephen - Red Badge of Courage
  • Melville, Herman - Moby Dick or Billy Budd
  • Hemingway, Ernest - Old Man and the Sea
  • Irving, Washington - Rip Van Winkle or Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby
  • Franklin, Benjamin - Autobiography
  • Douglass, Fredererick - Narrative of the Life of a Slave
  • Thurber,James - Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Henry, O. - Ransom of Red Chief
  • Poe, Edgar Allen - Any of his Tales
  • Cooper, James Fenimore - Last of the Mohicans or The Pioneers
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Cather, Willa - My Antonia
  • Knowles, John - A Separate Peace
  • Wharton, Edith - Ethan Frome
  • Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451
  • Steinbeck, John - Of Mice and Men or The Pearl
  • Lowry,Lois - The Giver
  • Potok, Chaim - The Chosen
  • Salinger, JD - The Catcher in the Rye
  • Hurston, Nora Zeale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
  • Cormier, Robert - The Chocolate War
  • Sinclair, Upton - The Jungle
  • Miller, Arthur - The Crucible or Death of a Salesman
  • Thoreau - Walden


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