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American Authors Research Project

Booklist for American Author Research Project

This list is not exhaustive; you may choose an author not on the list, but the novel you choose must be a significant American novel that has stood the test of time. Novels we read at Irvington as part of the English curriculum may not be chosen (we have tried to indicate these in parentheses below). Choose a novel rather than a play, a collection of short stories, or a collection of poetry for this project. Ask if you have any questions!


 Sample Outline for American Authors Research Paper


Alexie, Sherman 

Anaya, Rudolfo (but not Bless Me, Ultima

Angelou, Maya (*autobiographical works rather than novels are OK for this author) 

Asimov, Isaac 

Baldwin, James

Bellow, Saul 

Bradbury, Ray (but not Fahrenheit 451 or Something Wicked This Way Comes)

Buck, Pearl S. (but not The Good Earth)

Butler, Octavia E. 

Cather, Willa

Chopin, Kate

Cisneros, Sandra (but not The House on Mango Street)

Conroy, Pat

Crane, Stephen

Diaz, Junot 

Dreiser, Theodore 

Erdrich, Louise 

Faulkner, William

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (but not The Great Gatsby)

Gaines, Ernest 

Hawthorne, Nathaniel 

Heinlein, Robert A. 

Heller, Joseph (but not Catch-22) 

Hemingway, Ernest (but not The Old Man and the Sea)

Hurston, Zora Neale (but not Their Eyes Were Watching God)

Irving, John

James, Henry 

Kerouac, Jack

Kesey, Ken

King, Stephen

Kingston, Maxine Hong 

Lahiri, Jhumpa 

Larson, Nella

Lee, Harper (but not To Kill A Mockingbird)

Le Guin, Ursula

Lewis, Sinclair 

London, Jack 

McCarthy, Cormac 

McCullers, Carson 

McMurtry, Larry

Melville, Herman

Mitchell, Margaret 

Momaday, N. Scott

Morrison, Toni

Norris, Frank

Plath, Sylvia

Rand, Ayn

Silko, Leslie Marmon 

Smith, Betty

Stein, Gertrude 

Steinbeck, John (but not Of Mice and Men)

Styron, William

Tan, Amy (but not Joy Luck Club)

Twain, Mark 

Vonnegut, Kurt (but not Slaughterhouse Five)

Walker, Alice (but not The Color Purple)

Warren, Robert Penn: especially recommended--All The King's Men

Wharton, Edith

Wharton, William

Wright, Richard