I figured it would be helpful to myself (and hopefully to others) to compile a list of some of those works that have come to be known as 'literature' (or literary fiction) by whatever community it is that decides such things. I've read most of Dickens' work, slogged my way through Dostoevsky's and skimmed Hemingway's, but since I wasn't an English major I'm sure there are quite a few classics that I've missed (mostly because Penguin Press hasn't yet reissued them). Moreover, I'm not quite sure what contemporary works are considered 'literature'. Hopefully this list will give people something to choose their next read from, as well as show the less informed (such as myself) what authors and works are considered to be the height of the craft.I know a lot of this is based on opinion, but hopefully that might spur some debate. I won't try and get all of them in one shot and help and corrections are greatly appreciated. If this is successful at all I will alphabetize the lists and make everything prettier. Authors ("Literary Gods") Charles Dickens Ernest Hemingway Fyodor Dostoevsky Jane Austen D. H. Lawrence Leo Tolstoy Geoffrey Chaucer Mark Twain Vladimir Nabokov Contemporary Authors Kurt Vonnegut Specific Works ("Classics") William Faulkner "The Sound and the Fury" Upton Sinclair "The Jungle" William Styron "The Confessions of Nat Turner" John Steinbeck "The Grapes of Wrath" J. D. Salinger "The Catcher in the Rye" George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four" George Orwell "Animal Farm" Lewis Carrol "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" Lewis Carrol "Through the Looking-Glass" Aldous Huxley "Brave New World" Herman Melville "Moby-Dick" Short Stories and Collections Raymond Carver "Cathedral" Shirley Jackson "The Lottery" Kafka "The Metamorphosis and Other Stories" Michael Cunningham "White Angel" James Joyce "The Dead" Herman Melville "Bartleby the Scrivener" Poets and Poems William Shakespeare Homer "The Odyssey" That should be a good start.