When The Official Preppy Handbook was released in 1980, it contained a reading list of WASPy lit. Being obsessed with reading and lists, many of us here have read them all. Here’s the list in full. Which books have you read? What books should be added to this prestigious list?
PREP I: The Basic Reading List
REQUIRED *The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger *A Separate Peace by John Knowles *A Good School by Richard Yates *The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark *Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes *Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton *Tea and Sympathy by Robert Anderson *This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald *Love Story by Eric Segal *The Headmaster by John McPhee *Good Times/Bad Times by James Kirkwood, Jr. *Rector of Justin by Louis Auchincloss *The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever *Lawrenceville Stories by Owen Johnson *The Belles of St. Trinian’s by Ronald Searle
OPTIONAL *The Duke of Deception by Geoffrey Wolff *The World According to Garp by John Irving *anything by George Plimpton *anything by William F. Buckley, Jr.