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Books I was supposed to have read at Exeter

Thomas B. Gross
 
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
"Unlike most of the books on this list, I actually read this, in my lower year ('67'-68) but not since.  I loved it."
David Copperfield (Penguin Popular Classics)
David Copperfield (Penguin Popular Classics)
"We read some of this in Mr. Tremallo's Lower Year English class, but for some reason were not required to finish it, so of course I didn't."
The Big Sky
The Big Sky
"Another book assigned in Lower Year English.  I think we were supposed to read the entire thing, but I never finished it."
As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library)
As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library)
"We read this in class in Lower Year English."
Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics)
Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics)
"A cornerstone of Upper Year ('68-'69) English with Mr. Heath.  I never finished it."
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)
"Another Upper Year English classic that I never read.  I would be very surprised if this book is still part of the curriculum at Exeter."
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men
"I'm not 100% sure, but I think we read both this and Grapes of Wrath in Upper Year English."
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition)
"I'm sure we read this Upper Year; I doubt I ever finished it."
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)
"I think we read this Upper Year (English class) but I'm not really sure. I might have actually finished it."
I And Thou
I And Thou
"I read this in Senior Year Religion Class.  I never understood what it was all about but it influenced the way I wrote every paper in college: "the nature of is two-fold.""
The Courage to Be
The Courage to Be
"I remember reading this in Senior Year (fall of 1969) Religion class.   A message that has stayed with me all my life, basically: "You are wasting your time.""
Aristotle's Poetics
Aristotle's Poetics
"Never actually assigned, but so short that we were assumed to have read it sometime.  Still sits on the bookshelf in my living room, unread, 35 years later."
Look Homeward, Angel
Look Homeward, Angel
"I'm not sure if we were assigned this or (the longer) "You Can't Go Home Again" in Senior Year Creative Writing class (with Fred Tremallo) but regardless I'm sure I never finished this."
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics)
"I have never actually read this.  One of the real shockers, that I never read it.  I read Ullyses in the summer before Freshman Year in college, but never read this assigned reading."
Le Grand Meaulnes (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Le Grand Meaulnes (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
"I read some of this, and lead a class discussion on it, Senior Year English (creative writing).  Called "The Wanderer" in those days, in English."
A Passage to India
A Passage to India
"Another classic assigned Senior Year, never actually read it."
Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
"Assigned Senior Year.  Never read any of these."
A Separate Peace
A Separate Peace
"Never actually assigned. I have never read this book."
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
"This is one that I did read.  Lower Year."
Cry, the Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country
"Another book for Lower Year English.  I think I read it.  Something about South Africa."
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
"Assigned in Mr. Tremallo's creative writing class in my Senior Year.  I remember being very confused by the geography.  Something about eggs on Long Island.  I don't think I finished it."
The Primitive World and Its Transformations
The Primitive World and Its Transformations
"Read this in Anthropology Class my senior year.  Very influential, important book for me.  Sadly, out of print!"
Ethan Frome (Penguin Classics)
Ethan Frome (Penguin Classics)
"(actually) read this lower year but Mr. Tremallo taught it as an example of bad writing."