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25 American Classics Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime

by Bill Hayes

In 25 American Classics Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, Business Insider lists books it considers must-reads.

  • “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  • Published in 1982
  • In this Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award for Fiction-winner, Walker paints the horrifying yet realistic account of a young black woman named Celie who faces disturbing abuse — both physical, mental, and incestuous — at the hands of the men in her life.
  • “The Color Purple” is set in the southern U.S. in the ‘30s, and follows Celie as she learns how to survive and let go of the past after discovering that she is somebody worth loving.
  • “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller
  • Premiered in 1953
  • From the same Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who wrote “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible” is another of Arthur Miller’s plays about the Salem witch trials of the 17th century.
  • It hit the stage in 1953, and was thought to be an attack on Senator Joseph McCarthy for his anti-Communist fervor and “witch hunts” of Communists in 1950s America. And though not entirely accurate, the play remains a timeless story of how intolerance and hysteria can tear a community apart. [more]