Swift, Jonathan Swofford, Anthony, Jarhead Thoreau, Henry David (3), Walden: Or, Life in the Woods (2) Twain, Mark, The Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn Vonnegut, Kurt (4), Slaughterhouse Five Walcott, Derek, Omeros Welch, James, Fools Crow
Wharton, Edith (2) Whitman, Walt (6) Wilde, Oscar (3), The Picture of Dorian Gray (2) Williams, William Carlos (3) Woolf, Virginia, Mrs. Dalloway Wordsworth, William Wright, Richard Yeats, William Butler
Question 2: What have you read lately?
Responses to this question also are diverse, with 149 titles named.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the most frequently read author, selected by 6 alumni. Tom Wolfe is a close second, since he is named by 5 alumni. These 3 books are each mentioned by 3 individuals: Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Top choices in the 2000 survey were Toni Morrison’s novels (8), Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes (5), and Rebecca Wells’s The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood (5). In 1998 5 authors were each being read by 4 graduates: Jon Krakauer, Wally Lamb, Anais Nin, Joyce Carol Oates, and Leo Tolstoy.
What follows is a list of all the authors and literary works recently read by English majors graduating between 1999 and 2008:
Ai Dread Al-Mohaimeed, Yousef Wolves of the Crescent Moon Alvarez, Julia In the Time of the Butterflies Austen, Jane Persuasion Ayer, Eleanor H, Heck, Alfons, Waterford, Helen Parallel Journeys Babbitt, Natalie Tuck Everlasting Barry, Sebastian The Steward of Christendom Benioff, David 25th Hour Bosman, Herman Charles Into the Dust Brinkley, Alan Voices of Protest Brown, Dan Angels and Demons The DaVinci Code Burroughs, William Naked Lunch
Capote, Truman In Cold Blood Carter, Jimmy Peace Not Apartheid Clampitt, Amy The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt Coelho, Paolo The Witch of Portabello Road Collins, Jim Good to Great Cunningham, Michael The Hours Dawkins, Richard Ancestor’s Tale DeCandido, Keith R.A. The Art of the Impossible Dresch, Paul A History of Modern Yemen Yemen: Tribes, Government, and History Edwards, Kim The Secrets of a Fire King The Memory Keeper’s Daughter