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You Gotta Know These Works of Literature

The following table lists the hundred most-frequently referenced works of literature in NAQT questions as of May 7, 2002. While you really gotta know their authors, these are also some of the works about which more substantive questions are written, so teams should be prepared for questions on their characters, plots, settings, and circumstances of creation. The Bible was excluded from this list because its total would swamp the other work.

TitleGenreAuthorDateFreq.
HamletDramaWilliam Shakespeare160164
The TempestDramaWilliam Shakespeare161154
IliadPoemHomer8th century BC46
Moby-DickNovelHerman Melville185145
MacbethDramaWilliam Shakespeare160643
CandideNovelVoltaire175942
FaustPoemJohann Wolfgang von Goethe180841
OthelloDramaWilliam Shakespeare162241
A Midsummer Night's DreamDramaWilliam Shakespeare159541
Pride and PrejudiceNovelJane Austen181340
The Merchant of VeniceDramaWilliam Shakespeare159636
The Great GatsbyNovelF(rancis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald192535
The Scarlet LetterNovelNathaniel Hawthorne185035
The Canterbury TalesPoemGeoffrey Chaucer138735
Pilgrim's ProgressReligiousJohn Bunyan167834
King LearDramaWilliam Shakespeare160534
OdysseyPoemHomer8th century BC33
The Divine ComedyPoemDante Alighieri131433
Romeo and JulietDramaWilliam Shakespeare159433
Billy Budd: ForetopmanNovelHerman Melville189133
Vanity FairNovelWilliam Makepeace Thackeray184832
Paradise LostPoemJohn Milton166732
Julius CaesarDramaWilliam Shakespeare159932
Little WomenNovelLouisa May Alcott186831
Twelfth NightDramaWilliam Shakespeare160131
A Doll's HouseDramaHenrik (Johan) Ibsen187931
AeneidPoemVirgil19 BC31
Our TownDramaThornton (Niven) Wilder193831
Much Ado about NothingDramaWilliam Shakespeare159830
War and PeaceNovelLeo (or Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoi) Tolstoy186530
Long Day's Journey Into NightDramaEugene (Gladstone) O'Neill195630
For Whom the Bell TollsNovelErnest (Miller) Hemingway194029
Jane EyreNovelCharlotte Brontë184729
Anna KareninaNovelLeo (or Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoi) Tolstoy187729
Heart of DarknessShort StoryJoseph Conrad190229
Les MisérablesNovelVictor(-Marie) Hugo186229
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?DramaEdward (Franklin) Albee196129
The JungleNovelUpton (Beall) Sinclair190628
1984NovelGeorge (Eric Arthur Blair) Orwell194828
Crime and PunishmentNovelFyodor (Mikhaylovich) Dostoyevsky186628
MedeaDramaEuripidesc. 431 BC28
A Tale of Two CitiesNovelCharles (John Huffam) Dickens185927
UlyssesNovelJames (Augustine Aloysius) Joyce192226
A Raisin in the SunDramaLorraine Hansberry195926
To Kill a MockingbirdNovelHarper Lee196025
Wuthering HeightsNovelEmily Brontë184725
A Farewell to ArmsNovelErnest (Miller) Hemingway192925
A Streetcar Named DesireDrama(Thomas Lanier) "Tennessee" Williams194725
The Taming of the ShrewDramaWilliam Shakespeare159325
ChicagoPoemCarl Sandburg191625
The Rape of the LockPoemAlexander Pope171425
The Rime of the Ancient MarinerPoemSamuel Taylor Coleridge179725
Catch-22NovelJoseph Heller196124
The Waste LandPoemT(homas) S(tearns) Eliot192224
LolitaNovelVladimir (Vladimirovich) Nabokov195524
The Catcher in the RyeNovelJ(erome) D(avid) Salinger195124
On the RoadNovelJack Kerouac195724
BeowulfPoemAnonymous8th century24
The Merry Wives of WindsorDramaWilliam Shakespeare160024
The Turn of the ScrewNovelHenry James189823
Of Mice and MenNovelJohn (Ernst) Steinbeck193723
The Sun Also RisesNovelErnest (Miller) Hemingway192623
Lyrical BalladsPoemWilliam Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge179823
Ode on a Grecian UrnPoemJohn Keats181923
IvanhoeNovelWalter Scott182022
David Copperfield NovelCharles (John Huffam) Dickens185022
Great ExpectationsNovelCharles (John Huffam) Dickens186122
One Hundred Years of SolitudeNovelGabriel García Márquez196722
Uncle Tom's CabinNovelHarriet Beecher Stowe185222
KimNovel(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling190122
A Clockwork OrangeNovelAnthony (John Anthony Burgess Wilson) Burgess196222
The CrucibleDramaArthur Miller195322
Measure for MeasureDramaWilliam Shakespeare160422
Oliver TwistNovelCharles (John Huffam) Dickens183821
The SeagullDramaAnton (Pavlovich) Chekhov189621
OresteiaSeriesAeschylusc. 458 BC21
BhagavadgitaReligiousUnknown200 BC to AD 20021
HowlPoemAllen Ginsberg195621
Eugene OneginPoemAleksandr (Sergeyevich) Pushkin183321
Gulliver's TravelsNovelJonathan Swift172621
Slaughterhouse FiveNovelKurt Vonnegut, Jr.196921
Brave New WorldNovelAldous (Leonard) Huxley193220
The Grapes of WrathNovelJohn (Ernst) Steinbeck193920
Treasure IslandNovelRobert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson188320
Fathers and SonsNovelIvan (Sergeyevich) Turgenev186220
PygmalionDramaGeorge Bernard Shaw191220
The Sorrows of Young WertherNovelJohann Wolfgang von Goethe177420
Death of a SalesmanDramaArthur Miller194920
The Count of Monte CristoNovelAlexandre Dumas (père)184519
My AntoniaNovelWilla (Sibert) Cather191819
Finnegans WakeNovelJames (Augustine Aloysius) Joyce193919
Remembrance of Things PastNovelMarcel Proust191319
Peer GyntDramaHenrik (Johan) Ibsen186719
As You Like ItDramaWilliam Shakespeare159919
An American TragedyNovelTheodore (Herman Albert) Dreiser192519
Sense and SensibilityNovelJane Austen181119
RebeccaNovelDaphne du Maurier193818
Mourning Becomes ElectraDramaEugene (Gladstone) O'Neill193118
All the King's MenNovelRobert Penn Warren194618
The Cherry OrchardDramaAnton (Pavlovich) Chekhov190418

NAQT has complete lists of the works of literature, art, and music that have been mentioned in its questions, sorted by frequency, available for purchase by coaches or teams for use as study guides.

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