Proust's Swann's Way (part one of A la recherche de temps perdu) published in 1913. Introduces themes running throughout the cycle.
Ulysses: Bloom's journey through Dublin on June 16, 1904. Alludes to Homer's Odyssey. A modern parallel to Odysseus' epic voyage.
Alonso Quixano, a retired country gentleman, obsessed with chivalry books. Transforms into Don Quixote, embarking on imaginative adventures.
One Hundred Years of Solitude: Acclaimed 20th-century novel, Nobel Prize winner's ultimate achievement. Beloved worldwide.
Fitzgerald's novel captures the "Jazz Age" after World War I. Prosperity, excess, and societal changes define this era of unprecedented excitement.
Melville's masterpiece, published in 1851, hailed as "the greatest novel in American literature." Captain Ahab's obsessive hunt for the white whale unfolds.
War and Peace: Epic tale of Napoleon's invasion, Tsarist society. Intertwined lives reveal the era's impact in graphic detail.
Shakespeare's Hamlet: Tragedy set in Denmark. Prince's quest for vengeance entangles the kingdom. Written between 1599-1601.
The Odyssey: Ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer. Sequel to the Iliad. Fundamental to Western literature, explores Odysseus' journey.
Madame Bovary: Author's dispassionate portrayal of an adulteress shocked society. Trial for "offenses against morality and religion."
Dante's Divine Comedy: Immortal masterpiece, moving human drama, visionary journey through afterlife. Belongs among great works of literature.