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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Edward Albee
I'll read or watch anything by Albee and this play may be always be the pinnacle of his achievements. Belongs on the list with Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Beckett, etc.
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Read only recently. What talent Alcott had and how this book must have blown away readers in its time.
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Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett
My appreciation for this play only increases with age. It used to sound truly "absurd"; saw in on stage last year and now it sounds like conversations I have with my loved ones.
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Proving to be an incredibly, painfully prescient prophecy.
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon
Very entertaining.
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The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov's crowning achievement - living, breathing, lovable people muddling their way through as their lives and beliefs are being plowed through by forces larger than all of us.
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The Seagull
Anton Chekhov
Chekhov rules. And yes, this is a comedy.
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Uncle Vanya
Anton Chekhov
So glad this often overlooked Chekhov was included on the list.
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Three Sisters
Anton Chekhov
Of all Chekhov's plays, this one has my heart. A small army of fascinating characters do their best, getting hurt, moving on.
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Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
The closest thing to Baldwin that these times have to offer. A brilliant, personal, cut to the bone, exquisitely conscious memoir of the racial moment of our culture.
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The Hours
Michael Cunningham
It's not Woolf, but it does the job of helping us understand more about why we love her.
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick
Another late SF writer who is now a profit.
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A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Studied in my senior high school English class and have never forgotten it.
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Truly, one of the most cathartic stories of the pain neglect, betrayal, resentment, regret, and its release, every written.
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Notes from Underground
Fyodor Dostoevsky
I think this was (one of) the original anti-hero stories. It was my first Dostoevsky, and one I appreciated more than enjoyed, but has motivated me to read his classics soon.
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The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank
Life, eternal in this diary, that cannot be contained and stopped by death.
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