Dr. Old Bill Posted June 19, 2014 Share Posted June 19, 2014 (edited) Hi folks, I've been working on this for my own use for the past few days, but I figure it might be of help to some of you as well: List of recommended reading for the GRE Literature Subject Test. What I've done is taken the UCSB list that was posted about a year ago, then separated out the works that are considered the most pertinent to the GRE lit test. I then went ahead and systematically went through all of the books (I own most of them at this point) and recorded the page count (or in the case of most plays and long poems, the line count). This should help to give you a good idea of what you can manage in terms of reading vs. finding SparkNotes editions or summaries. For instance, I've been going through most of the shorter works, as they're obviously more manageable. Fortunately I had already read about half of the works on here, so knocking off one or two of the short ones each day is making good progress. Works like Don Quixote and Middlemarch are clearly going to take a long time to read, and given that the subject test is more about breadth of knowledge than depth, I figure that it's more prudent to skip those until I've got most other stuff out of the way...then find decent summaries if I simply don't have the time to read them (which I almost certainly won't). Anyhow, the list probably isn't perfect (note the lack of Biblical passages) and there may be a typo or accidental omission or two in the list, but I'm hoping that some of you will find it beneficial. Oh, and a note on the page numbers: since most of these were done manually, there's naturally going to be some variance between different editions. Generally speaking, I have made every effort to calculate the page count based on the text alone, not including introductions, forewords, afterwords, appendices etc. There are a few books on the list I don't own, and in those cases I have just resorted to the page count listed on a typical edition on Amazon. If at least ONE of you finds this helpful, my efforts will have been worthwhile! Good luck! Shaun Edited to add: I see that the formatting is indeed a little bit wonky, but everything should still be completely legible. Edited June 19, 2014 by Wyatt's Torch queennight 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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