Books for the College Bound
Author Title Lexile
-- Beowulf n/a
Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart 890
Agee, James A Death in the Family 1020
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice 1190
Baldwin, James Go Tell It On the Mountain 1030
Beckett, Samuel Waiting For Godot n/a
Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie march n/a
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre 890
Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights 880
Camus, Albert The Stranger 880
Cather, Willa Death Comes for the Archbishop 1150
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales n/a
Chekhov, Anton The Cherry Orchard n/a
Chopin, Kate The Awakening 960
Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness 1050
Cooper, James Fenimore The Last of the Mohicans 1350
Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage 900
Dante Inferno n/a
de Cervantes, Miguel Don Quixote 1500
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe 1070
Dickens, Charles A Tale of Two Cities 1130
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment 990
Douglass, Frederick Narrative of the Live of Frederick Douglass 1080
Dreiser, Theodore An American Tragedy 1240
Dumas, Alexandre TheThree Musketeers 960
Eliot, George The Mill on the Floss 1240
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man 950
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Selected Essays n/a
Faulkner, William As I Lay Dying 870
Faulkner, William The Sound and the Fury 870
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones 1360
Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby 1070
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary 1030
Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier 1040
Goethe, Johann Wolgang von Faust n/a
Golding, William Lord of the Flies 770
Hardy, Thomas Tess of the d'Urbervilles 1160
Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter 1340
Heller, Joseph Catch 22 1140
Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms 730
Homer The Iliad n/a
Homer The Odyssey n/a
Hugo, Victor The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1340
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God 1080
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World 870
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll's House n/a
James, Henry The Portrait of a Lady 1020
James, Henry The Turn of the Screw 1140
Joyce, James A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1120
Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis 1320
Kingston, Maxine Hong The Woman Warrior 880
Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird 870
Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt 1110
London, Jack The Call of the Wild 1120
Mann, Thomas The Magic Mountain 1350
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia One Hundred Years of Solitude 1410
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener n/a
Melville, Herman Moby Dick 1200
Miller, Arthur The Crucible n/a
Morrison, Toni Beloved 870
O'Connor, Flannery A Good Man is Hard to Find n/a
O'Neill, Eugene Long Day's Journey Into Night n/a
Orwell, George Animal Farm 1170
Pasternak, Boris Doctor Zhivago 1010
Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar 1140
Poe, Edgar Allan Selected Tales n/a
Proust, Marcel Swann's Way n/a
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49 1060
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front 830
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac n/a
Roth, Henry Call It Sleep n/a
Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye 790
Shakespeare, William Hamlet n/a
Shakespeare, William Macbeth n/a
Shakespeare, William A Midsummer Night's Dream n/a
Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet n/a
Shaw, George Bernard Pygmalion n/a
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein 1170
Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony 890
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 900
Sophocles Antigone n/a
Sophocles Oedipus Rex n/a
Stienbeck, John The Grapes of Wrath 680
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island 1070
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom's Cabin 1050
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's Travels 1210
Thackeray, William Vanity Fair 1270
Thoreau, Henry David Walden 1340
Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace 1240
Turgenev, Ivan Fathers and Sons n/a
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 990
Voltaire Candide 1110
Vonnegut Jr., Kurt Slaughterhouse-Five 850
Walker, Alice The Color Purple 670
Wharton, Edith The House of Mirth 1230
Welty, Eudora Collected Stories 980
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass n/a
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray 920
Williams, Tennessee The Glass Menagerie 1030
Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse 1030
Wright, Richard Native Son 700















































































Classic Cultural and Historical Texts:

Author Title Lexile
-- The Arabian Nights n/a
Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage 1410
-- The Bible n/a
King, Martin Luther, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. n/a
Adams, Henry The Education of Henry Adams n/a
Malory, Sir Thomas Le Morte D'Arthur n/a
Aesop Aesop's Fables n/a
Machiavelli, Niccolo The Prince 1350
Andersen, Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales 1060
Marx, Karl The Communist Manifesto 1360
Aristotle Nicohachean Ethics 1260
Paine, Thomas Common Sense 1330
DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk 1280
Plato The Republic 1120
Franklin, Benjamin Autobiography 1370
Tocqueville, Alexis de Democracy in America 1310
Hamilton, Edith Mythology 1040
X, Malcolm with Haley, Alex The Autobiography of Malcolm X 1120
Hamilton, John, et al. The Federalist Papers 1450




















The Lexile measure of a book refers to its text difficulty only.  A Lexile measure does not take the subject matter or content of the book into consideration.  Lexile measures are based on two well-established predictors of how difficult a text is to comprehend: word frequency and sentence length.