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Additional Selected Reading

Novels

  • Nelson Algren, The Man with the Golden Arm (1949) and A Walk on the Wild Side (1956)
  • A. Manette Ansay, River Angel (1998) and Midnight Champagne (2000)
  • Harriet Arnow, The Dollmaker (1954)
  • Charles Baxter, The Feast of Love (2000)
  • Henry Bellamann, Kings Row (1940)
  • Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March (1953), Herzog (1964) and Humboldt's Gift (1975)
  • T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road to Wellville (1993)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha (1953)
  • Pearl Cleage, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day (1997)
  • Evan S. Connell, Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969)
  • Jack Conroy, The Disinherited (1933)
  • Rita Dove, Through the Ivory Gate (1992)
  • Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie (1900) and An American Tragedy (1925)
  • Joan M. Drury, Those Jordan Girls (1999)
  • Edward Eggleston, The Hoosier School-Master (1871)
  • Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine (1984), The Beet Queen (1986) and The Antelope Wife (1998)
  • Loren D. Estleman, Jitterbug (1998)
  • James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan: A Trilogy (1935)
  • Kenneth Fearing, The Big Clock (1946)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • Abby Frucht, Life Before Death (1997)
  • Iola Fuller, The Loon Feather (1940)
  • William Gass, Omensetter's Luck (1966)
  • Stephen Greenleaf, Fatal Obsession (1983)
  • Jane Hamilton, A Map of the World (1994), The Short History of a Prince (1998) and Disobedience (2000)
  • Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun (play) (1959)
  • Jim Harrison, Dalva (1988) and The Woman Lit by Fireflies (1990)
  • Jon Hassler, Staggerford (1977)
  • David Haynes, Heathens (1996)
  • Patricia Henley, Hummingbird House (1999) and In the River Sweet (2002)
  • Josephine Herbst, Money for Love (1929)
  • Tami Hoag, Dust to Dust (2000)
  • Ellen Hunnicutt, Suite For Calliope: A Novel Of Music and the Circus (1987)
  • Jon A. Jackson, The Blind Pig (1988)
  • Garrison Keillor, Woebegone Boy (1997)
  • W.P. Kinsella, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986)
  • Don Kurtz, South of the Big Four (1995)
  • Lorna Landvik, Patty Jane's House of Curl (1995)
  • Elmore Leonard, Swag (1976)
  • Meridel LeSueur, Winter Prairie Woman (1990)
  • Sinclair Lewis, Main Street (1920), Babbitt (1922) and i(1927)
  • Ross Lockridge, Raintree County (1948)
  • William Maxwell, Time Will Darken It (1948) and So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980)
  • Terry McMillan, Mama (1987)
  • Toni Morrison, Sula (1974), The Song of Solomon (1977) and Beloved (1987)
  • Tim O'Brien, In the Lake of the Woods (1994)
  • Stewart O'Nan, A Prayer Before Dying (1999)
  • Sara Paretsky, Tunnel Vision (1984)
  • Kenneth Patchen, The Journal of Albion Moonlight (1941)
  • Marge Piercy, Braided Lives (1982)
  • Darryl Pinckney, High Cotton (1992)
  • J.F. Powers, Morte D'Urban (1962) and Wheat That Springeth Green (1975)
  • Conrad Richter, The Trees (1940), The Fields (1946) and The Town (1950)
  • Kenneth Rexroth, An Autobiographical Novel (1966)
  • Marjorie Reynolds, The Starlite Drive-In (1997)
  • Ntozake Shange, Betsey Brown (1985)
  • Mona Simpson, Off Keck Road (2000)
  • April Sinclair, Coffee Will Make You Black (1994)
  • Upton Sinclair, The Jungle (1906)
  • Jane Smiley, Ordinary Love and Good Will (1989) and A Thousand Acres (1991)
  • Wallace Stegner, Remembering Laughter (1937)
  • Gene Stratton-Porter, A Girl of the Limberlost (1909)
  • Ruth Suckow, Country People (1924)
  • Faith Sullivan, The Cape Ann (1988)
  • Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons (1918)
  • Robert Travers, Anatomy of a Murder (1958)
  • David Treuer, Little (1995)
  • Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965)
  • Dan Wakefield, Going All the Way (1970)
  • David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (1996)
  • Jessamyn West, Friendly Persuasion (1940) and i(1975)
  • Thornton Wilder, The Eighth Day (1967)
  • Larry Woiwode, Indian Affairs (1992)
  • Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)
  • Ray A. Young Bear, Remnants of the First Earth (1997)

Nonfiction

  • Sherwood Anderson, Puzzled America (1935)
  • Clarence A. Andrews (editor), Growing Up in the Midwest (1981)
  • Thomas Hart Benton, An Artist in America (rev. ed. 1983)
  • Carol Bly, Letters from the Country (1981)
  • Louis Bromfield, Pleasant Valley (1945) and Out of the Earth (1950)
  • Erskine Caldwell, Afternoons in Mid-America: Observations and Impressions (1976)
  • Theodore Dreiser, A Hoosier Holiday (1916)
  • John Kent Folmar, This State of Wonders: The Letters of an Iowa Farm Family, 1858-1861 (1986)
  • Emily Foster (editor), The Ohio Frontier: An Anthology of Early Writings (1996)
  • Hamlin Garland, Son of the Middle Border (1917)
  • Paul Gruchow, Grass Roots: The Universe of Home (1995)
  • Patricia Hampl, Spillville (1987)
  • William Dean Howells, A Boy's Town (1890) and Years of My Youth (1916)
  • Harlan Hubbard, Shantyboat (1953) and Payne Hollow (1974)
  • Sue Hubbell, A Country Year: Living with Questions (1986)
  • Langston Hughes, I Wonder As I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey (1956)
  • Caroline M. Kirkland (Mary Clavers), A New Home, Who'll Follow? (1839)
  • David Kline, Great Possessions: An Amish Farmer's Journal (1990)
  • Verlyn Klinkenborg, Making Hay (1986)
  • Howard Kohn, The Last Farmer: An American Memoir (1988)
  • Ring Lardner, The Story of a Wonder Man (1927)
  • William Least Heat-Moon, Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1982)
  • Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (1949)
  • Meridel LeSueur, Ripening: Selected Work, 1927-1980 (1982)
  • Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip (1973)
  • Phillip Levine, The Bread of Time: Toward an Autobiography (1994)
  • Michael Martone (editor), A Place of Sense: Essays in Search of the Midwest (1988) and Townships (1992)
  • Michael Martone, The Flatness and Other Landscapes (2000)
  • William Maxwell, Ancestors (1971)
  • Susan Neville, Indiana Winter (1994) and Fabrication: Essays on making things and making meaning (2001)
  • Sigurd Olson, The Singing Wilderness (1956) and The Lonely Land (1961)
  • Cheri Register, Packinghouse Daughter (2000)
  • Richard Rhodes, The Inland Ground: An Invocation of the American Middle West (1969) (Sydney L. Plum, ed.) (1996)
  • Claire E. Swedborg (editor), Three Years with the 92nd Illinois: The Civil War Diaries of John M. King (1999)
  • Studs Terkel, Division Street (1967) and Working (1974)
  • James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times (1933)
  • Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi (1883)
  • Richard Wright, Black Boy (1945)
  • Ray A. Young Bear, Black Eagle Child: The Facepaint Narratives (1992)

Short pieces/short stories

  • Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio (1919) and The Egg and Other Stories (1992)
  • Carol Bly, My Lord Bag of Rice (2000)
  • Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine (1957) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)
  • Anthony Bukoski, Children of Strangers (1993) and Polonaise (1999)
  • Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (1983)
  • Susan Dodd, O Careless Love: Stories and a Novella (1999)
  • Stuart Dybek, The Coast of Chicago (1990)
  • F. Scott. Fitzgerald, The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: A New Collection (1989)
  • Hamlin Garland, Main-Traveled Roads (1891)
  • William Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (1968)
  • Joseph Geha, Through and Through: Toledo Stories (1990)
  • James B. Hall, I Like It Better Now (1992)
  • Ernest Hemingway, The Nick Adams Stories (1972)
  • Jim Heynen, One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories About the Boys (1993)
  • C. J. Hribal, The Clouds in Memphis (2000)
  • Janet Kauffman, Places in the World a Woman Could Walk (1981) and Obscene Gestures for Women (1989)
  • Garrison Keillor, Lake Woebegone Days (1985)
  • Frederick Manfred, John Calvin Rezmerski (editor), The Frederick Manfred Reader (1996)
  • Michael Martone, Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler's List (1993)
  • Jim Northrup, Walking the Rez Road (1993)
  • Lon Otto, Cover Me (1988)
  • Scott Russell Sanders, Wilderness Plots (1983)
  • Jean Shepherd, Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters (1971)
  • Ruth Suckow, A Ruth Suckow Omnibus (1988)
  • Will Weaver, A Gravestone Made of Wheat (1989)
  • Glenway Wescott, Goodbye Wisconsin (1928)
  • Michael Wilkerson and Deborah Galyan (editors), New Territory: Contemporary Indiana Fiction (1990)

Poems

  • John Berryman, John Thornbury (editor), Collected Poems 1937-1971 (1989)
  • Robert Bly, Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962)
  • Marianne Boruch, A Stick That Breaks And Breaks (1997)
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, Selected Poems (1963) and Report From Part Two (1996)
  • David Citino, The Book of Appassionata: Collected Poems (1998)
  • Amy Clampitt, The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt (1997)
  • Rita Dove, Selected Poems (1993)
  • Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Lyrics of the Lowly Life (1896)
  • Kenneth Fearing, Robert M. Ryley, editor, Complete Poems (1993)
  • Gary Gildner, Blue Like the Heavens: New and Selected Poems (1984)
  • Jim Harrison, The Shape of the Journey: New and Collected Poems (1998)
  • Robert Hayden, Frederick Glaysher (editor), Collected Poems (1985)
  • James Hearst, G. Scott Cawelti, The Complete Poetry of James Hearst (2001)
  • Philip Levine, What Work Is (1991) and The Mercy (1999)
  • Vachel Lindsay, General William Booth Enters into Heaven (1913)
  • Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology (1915)
  • Haki R. Madhubuti, Groundwork: New and Selected Poems of Don L. Lee/Haki R. Madhubuti (1997)
  • John G. Neihardt, Cycle of the West (1949)
  • Dudley Randall (editor), The Black Poets (1971)
  • Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke (1966)
  • Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems (1916)
  • Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide . . . (1974)
  • Mary Swander, Heaven-and-Earth House (1996)
  • James Wright, Above the River: The Complete Poems (1990)