PBS GREAT AMERICAN READ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.  

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

 

for more information, check out the website here!

 

 

1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
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By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

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By Jack London, Melvin Burgess (Introduction by)
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

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By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
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By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
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Heart of Darkness: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Adam Hochschild (Introduction by), Maya Jasanoff (Afterword by), Timothy Hayes (Notes by), Mike Mignola (Illustrator)
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Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by)
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By Amy Tan
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By Louisa May Alcott, Elaine Showalter (Editor), Elaine Showalter (Introduction by), Siobhán Kilfeather (Notes by), Vinca Showalter (Notes by)
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The Notebook Cover Image
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One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
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Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
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The Outsiders Cover Image
By S. E. Hinton, Jodi Picoult (Introduction by)
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The Color Purple Cover Image
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By Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff (Translated by), David McDuff (Introduction by), David McDuff (Notes by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

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By Alexandre Dumas pere, Robin Buss (Translated by), Robin Buss (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Notes by)
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) Cover Image
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Don Quixote Cover Image
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By Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translated by), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
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Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) Cover Image
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Foundation Cover Image
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

Frankenstein Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle (Editor), Maurice Hindle (Introduction by), Maurice Hindle (Notes by)
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Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

The Godfather Cover Image
By Mario Puzo, Robert Smith Thompson (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Introduction by), Peter Bart (Afterword by)
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Published: Berkley - March 1st, 2002

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Great Expectations Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Robert DeMaria (Editor), Robert DeMaria (Introduction by), Robert DeMaria (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439495
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge) Cover Image
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The Pilgrim's Progress Cover Image
By John Bunyan, Roger Pooley (Editor)
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 27th, 2009

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By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780141439570
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

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By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel Cover Image
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The Stand Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

Rebecca Cover Image
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By Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Ralph Freedman (Introduction by)
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Published: Yearling - September 1st, 1996

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By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
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White Teeth: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Watchers Cover Image
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Tales of the City: A Novel Cover Image
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
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Things Fall Apart: A Novel Cover Image
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This Present Darkness Cover Image
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To Kill a Mockingbird Cover Image
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Twilight (The Twilight Saga #1) Cover Image
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War and Peace: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Translated by), Orlando Figes (Introduction by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 28th, 2006