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The Must-Read Classics

Professor Paula Uruburu Photographer: Zack Lane, Hofstra University Photographer
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Following the news of the passing of Toni Morrison, the website 24/7 Wall St. asked professors of English – including Hofstra’s own Paula Uruburu – to offer suggestions of literary classics all Americans should make a point of reading at least once.

Professor Uruburu noted that the literary landscape has changed in recent decades to become more inclusive – more women writers, including women of color, as well as African American, Native American, Asian, continental, developing world, and LGBTQ authors. She noted the classics are also beginning to include graphic novelists.

Some of Professor Uruburu’s suggestions include Pride and Prejudice, Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Lord of the Rings and A Handmaid’s Tale.

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