Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder

Just a personal list of academic and campus novels I’ve read and (mostly) enjoyed. These are novels about colleges and universities, and are generally not straight genre (sci-fi, mystery) stuff. Novels I’ve read are in bold; novels I’ve quit reading before finishing are in strikethrough.

Willa Cather, The Professor’s House (1925)

Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (1928)

Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night (1935)

Mary McCarthy, The Groves of Academe (1951)

Graham Greene, The End of the Affair (1951)

Randall Jarrell, Pictures from an Institution (1954)

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (1954)

Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin (1957)

John Knowles, A Separate Peace (1959)

Bernard Malamud, A New Life (1961)

Louis Auchincloss, The Rector of Justin (1964)

John Williams, Stoner (1965)

Richard Fariña, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1966)

Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (1968)

Alison Lurie, The War Between the Tates (1974)

David Lodge, Changing Places (1975)

John Barth, Letters (1979)

David Lodge, Small World (1984)

Don Delillo, White Noise (1986)

Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety (1987)

David Lodge, Nice Work (1988)

Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988)

A. S. Byatt, Possession (1992)

Javier Marias, All Souls (1992)

Donna Tartt, The Secret History (1992)

Ishmael Reed, Japanese by Spring (1993)

Jane Smiley, Moo (1995)

Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys (1995)

Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2 (1995)

Richard Russo, Straight Man (1997)

Robert Hellenga, The Fall of a Sparrow (1998)

Jonathan Letham, As She Climbed Across the Table (1998)

Brett Easton Ellis, The Rules of Attraction (1998)

J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999)

Francine Prose, Blue Angel (2000)

Tom Perotta, Joe College (2000)

Philip Roth, The Human Stain (2000)

Denis Johnson, The Name of the World (2000)

James Hynes, A Lecturer’s Tale (2002)

Matt Johnson, Pym (2002)

Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (2002)

Zadie Smith, On Beauty (2005)

Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006)

Chip Kidd, The Cheese Monkeys (2008)

Jean Hanff Korelitz, Admission (2009)

Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (2011)

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (2011)

Sam Lipsyte, The Ask (2011)

Susan Choi, My Education (2013)

Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members (2014)

Elif Batuman, The Idiot (2017)

Sally Rooney, Normal People (2017)

R.O. Kwon, The Incendiaries (2018)

Juliet Lapidos, Talent (2019)

Brandon Taylor, Real Life (2020)

Christine Smallwood, The Life of the Mind (2021)

Elaine Hsieh Chou, Disorientation (2022)

Julia May Jonas, Vladimir (2022)


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