My 10 favorite literature classics
Because you asked.
In no particular order, because my head would explode.
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner: you need to know what's happening before you read the book. Then it's a masterpiece.
Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner: "Tell about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all."
The Collected Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor: don't ask me to pick a story, please.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald: masterpiece from start to finish.
The Collected Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: This I'll pick: Babylon Revisited. "The snows of 1929 weren't real snow. If you didn't want them to be real snow you just paid some money."
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway: best last line ever.
The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon: what a mind-f***.
Moby Dick, Herman Melville: "Mama, sometimes it's a damp, drizzly November in your soul. That sounds like you." Uh... thanks, kid.
The Collected Poems of e.e. cummings: beautiful
Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg: I can recite a good bit of this.