The list author says: "Below, you'll find the texts we'll cover this year in AP English Literature and Composition at SPHS. The first three are summer reading (the work packet is available at bentonenglish.com). The other nine works are a very diverse lineup that I strongly believe will prepare you mightily for the AP exam. They are listed in the order that we will tackle them throughout the year."
"MYTHOLOGY (1942) is a collection of world mythologies by American educator Edith Hamilton; it is considered to be the best introductory text on Greek and Roman mythologies for serious students of literature."
"SIDDHARTHA (1922) by German writer Herman Hesse became extremely influential during the cultural revolution of 1960s America. It is a Western take on the ancient Eastern story of a young man on a quest for spiritual enlightenment."
"JANE EYRE (1847) is a Victorian novel by English writer Charlotte BrontŽ that follows the emotions and experiences of the title character (one of the first psychologically realistic, strong, female protagonists), her growth to adulthood, and her love for Mr. Rochester."
"FRANKENSTEIN (1818) by English author Mary Shelley is a Gothic horror story of an unorthodox scientist who discovers the secret of bringing inanimate things to life, eventually creating a human-like monster which proceeds to ruin his life."
"HAMLET (c. 1600) by English playwright William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest work of English literature; as the play opens, we learn that Hamlet's father, the king of Denmark, has been killed by his brother who quickly married Hamlet's mother."
"WATCHMEN (1987) is a graphic novel written by English author Alan Moore. Set in an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and the United States won the Vietnam War, this groundbreaking work focuses on a disparate group of former vigilantes."
"HEART OF DARKNESS (1902) by English novelist Joseph Conrad follows an ivory agent, Marlow, who faces the darkness of the human experience as he journeys into the heart of the African continent to find a man called Kurtz."
"THE ROAD (2006) is a post-apocalyptic tale by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a brutal yet tender tale of a father and his young son's journey across a landscape desolated by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed almost all life on Earth."
"ATONEMENT (2001) is an emotional family saga written by English novelist Ian McEwan. Set in four time periods of pre/present/post-World War II, it deals with the impact of a young girl's innocent mistake and deals with the human need for atonement."
"DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1949) by American playwright Arthur Miller is a scathing critique of American society; the play features Willy Loman, an average guy who attempts to hide his averageness and failures behind delusions of grandeur as he strives to be a "success.""
"WAITING FOR GODOT (1953) by American playwright Samuel Beckett is an absurdist play in which two men are waiting for someone. The sheer emptiness and randomness of the plot cause the reader to wonder if there is any sort of meaning in the play - or in life."
"THE STRANGER (1942) is a novel by French writer Albert Camus about an odd fellow named Meursault who, in a heated moment, shoots and kills another man in public. Meursaultís subsequent legal trial and incarceration raise questions about the human experience."