• books 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 
Last Modified on April 7, 2017