The Open Syllabus Project recently posted an interactive database of books assigned in colleges across the country in a variety of disciplines.
The list below has the top 100 books assigned in college English classes across American and in the UK.
Some interesting facts…
…Shakespeare has the most titles with 6.
…Charles Dickens only has 1
…William Faulkner only has 1
…Jane Austen only has 1
…Sophocles has 2 (technically 3)
…Aristotle also has 2
…Diana Hacker has 3 (who is Diana Hacker?)
Well, she writes lots of manuals and guides on reading, writing and MLA style that are very popular in English departments across the country.
And she also has the most popular book, The Bedford Handbook. It’s a very popular guide to grammar assigned in early level English classes.
The 100 most popular books assigned in college English classes are below.
FREE SPREADSHEET: Get a free, sortable spreadsheet that includes rank, title, author name and link to the book within the Open Syllable database. Click here to get the spreadsheet.