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Paula Bomer’s “Literary Pillars”

1-The Collected Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor

2-Habit of Being by Flannery O’Connor

3-Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

4-War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

5-Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy

6-Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

7-The Monk by Matthew Lewis

8-The Dwarf by Par Lagerkvist

9-The Silent Angel by Heinrich Böll

10-Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

11-Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

12-Because They Wanted To by Mary Gaitskill

13-Two Girls, Fat and Thin by Mary Gaitskill

14-Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

15-Don’t Cry by Mary Gaitskill

16-Zuckerman Bound by Philip Roth

17-Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth

18-The Collected Short Stories by John Cheever

19-The Journals of John Cheever

20-Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

21-Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

22-The Collected Short Stories by Richard Yates

23-Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates

24-Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Marriage by Alice Munro

25-Runaway by Alice Munro

26-The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

27-The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

28-Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

29-The Cazelet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard

30-Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

31-A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh

32-Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

33-The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

34- The Quiet American by Graham Greene

35-The Diaries of Anaïs Nin

36- Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

37-Saying Goodbye to Mr. McKenzie by Jean Rhys

38-Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

39-Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

40-Bad Dirt by Annie Proulx

41-The Brutal Language of Love by Alicia Erian

42-The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta

43-Beloved by Toni Morrison

44-Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

45-David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

46-Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

47-Stranger on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

48-The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

49-Orlando by Virginia Woolf

50-Franz Kafka: The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

Editor’s Note: This list is part of Big Other’s Tribute to William H. Gass’s 88th Birthday.

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