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AP English Literature

getin2011getin2011 Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2010 in English
what are the good books to prepare AP Literature exam?
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  • copyxmkiicopyxmkii Posts: 210- Junior Member
    Just read what ever you like.
  • BrodysseusBrodysseus Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    heart of darkness

    it applies well to many prompts
  • spongegarspongegar Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    Most Frequently Cited 1970-2010 (AP Literature & Composition)

    23 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    18 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    16 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    15 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
    15 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    15 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    13 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    13 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    12 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    12 King Lear by William Shakespeare
    11 Billy Budd by Herman Melville
    11 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    11 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
    10 The Awakening by Kate Chopin
    10 Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
    10 Light in August by William Faulkner
    10 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    10 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
    9 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    9 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    8 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    8 Antigone by Sophocles
    8 Beloved by Toni Morrison
    8 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
    8 Candide by Voltaire
    8 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
    8 The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    8 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
    8 Native Son by Richard Wright
    8 Othello by William Shakespeare
    8 A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    7 The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    7 Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    7 Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    7 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
    7 Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
    7 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    7 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
    7 A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    7 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
    7 Sula by Toni Morrison
    7 Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    6 All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    6 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
    6 A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
    6 An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
    6 Equus by Peter Shaffer
    6 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    6 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    6 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
    6 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
    6 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
    6 Obasan by Joy Kogawa
    6 Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
    6 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    6 Sula by Toni Morrison
    6 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    6 The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    6 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
    5 Bleak House by Charles Dickens
    5 The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chkhov
    5 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    5 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    5 Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    5 Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    5 Medea by Euripides
    5 The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    5 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    5 Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
    5 Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
    5 The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
    5 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    5 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
    5 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    5 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    5 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
    5 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    5 Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

    Also see this thread: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/english/959811-non-required-reading-english-aps-2.html#post1065240493
  • getin2011getin2011 Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks! @spongegar!
    what does this 23, 16,15..10 mean?
    Also, do your class read all the original books (not cliff notes) in the school year before the test?
  • BrodysseusBrodysseus Posts: 81Registered User Junior Member
    how many times it has been used over that period of 40 years
    also we read wuthering heights and it is good for these prompts, but is really boring to read (in my opinion)
  • medicatedgeniusmedicatedgenius Posts: 41Registered User Junior Member
    Beloved by Toni Morrison can be used for many of the prompts for the third essay. Plus it's not TOO difficult.
  • spongegarspongegar Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, the numbers beside the names of the book, denote how many times it has been used on previous AP Literature & Composition Exams.
  • getin2011getin2011 Posts: 132Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the info!
  • gabbywabby15gabbywabby15 Posts: 9Registered User New Member
    wow this is helpful :D thanks spongegar :)
  • wildchartermagewildchartermage Posts: 1,003Registered User Member
    I have 3 AP English Lit books I"m looking to sell (they're 2008 edition, but still help you to prep anyway!). PM me if you're interested!
  • AcademicterrorAcademicterror Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    Will be reading these books. Thanks for the great list
  • gbrasggbrasg Posts: 76Registered User Junior Member
    I am an AP Lit and Comp teacher. There are a few books you can't go wrong with as they work for almost anything on Q3: Wuthering Heights (or Jane Eyre), The Great Gatsby, Heart of Darkness, and King Lear. If you READ these, you will see several tropes that can apply to many questions. Also, the books "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" or "How to Read Novels Like a Professor" by Thomas Foster are witty and very informative.
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