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Boston Public Library
Forgotten American Classics
(A Fiction Booklist)
Booklists for Adults
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The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. A tale of three young Americans adrift in North Africa after World War II.

The Road to Los Angeles by John Fante. The coming of age of a self-proclaimed literary genius as he flits from job to job in 1930s Los Angeles.

Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber. An ambitious Creole beauty and a handsome Texas businessman do battle with Southern gentry and Eastern society in an obsessive quest for material gain.

The Luck of Roaring Camp by Bret Harte. California gold miners take responsibility for a baby when its mother, the camp's prostitute, dies in childbirth.

Yesterday Will Make You Cry by Chester Himes. A novel based on the author's years in prison before he became a writer.

The Wicked Pavilion by Dawn Powell. Where everybody who is anybody goes to cadge money, hatch plots, and puncture one another's reputations.

The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart. Miss Cornelia Van Gorder loses her mind, takes a house in the country and becomes involved in a mysterious crime.

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby. A portrait of the powerless, the homeless and the dispossessed.

The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber. Part fairy tale, part parable about a prince, a princess and a wicked duke.

Jubilee by Margaret Walker. The story of the daughter of a Civil War-era white plantation owner and his black mistress, based on the life of the author's great grandmother.

Compiled by Sarah Markell, Allston Branch, Boston Public Library, 2002

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