American literary history after World War II

The Fifth Season (N. K. Jemisin, 2015)

Huckleberry Finn (Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, 1884)

The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925)

Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov, published in France in 1955, in the U.S. in 1958)

Nightmare Alley (William Lindsay Gresham, 1946)

Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison, 1952)

The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon, 1965)

Ragtime (E. L. Doctorow, 1975)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood, 1985–Canada)

Beloved (Toni Morrison, 1987)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Juno Díaz, 2007)

A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan, 2010)

The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead, 2016)