Which books are near-universally read for (non-religious) education purposes? Have you read them?
Comparing notes among my friends, it seems that every one of us has read Oedipus Rex, Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet. All the people I’ve asked who went to high school in America have also read To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby. Surprisingly, Catcher in the Rye does not appear to be an across-the-board American curriculum book – because it used to be banned, maybe.
Have you read some or all of the books I listed? Were they required in school, or did you read them on your own? What books did I forget to mention? How have you noticed the curriculum change throughout your life? Were these required reading for those of you who were not raised/educated in a Westernocentric setting? Which books were you guys required to read?
An additional bit of info that might help to contextualize your answer is how old you are or when you went to high school or some other bit of temporal placement data, if you’re comfortable providing this.
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