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In which John Green teaches you about a future in which he'll teach you about literature! Here is the reading list:

The Odyssey by Homer
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Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
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Hamlet by Bill Shakespeare
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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Beloved by Toni Morrison
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Many of these books also have free editions available. Try the amazing and awesome Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org
Hey, I'm John Green, and this will be Crash Course Literature, but not for two weeks, because I have to give you your reading list, so you can like read the things that we're going to talk about!

I enjoyed spinning, so I'm going to do that again.

1. Your first book? The Odyssey. By Homer. No, Stan, come on. Homer. Yes, the one with all of the blood and misogyny.

2. And then we've got Oedipus (Rex), by Sophocles, everybody's favorite play about patricide and incest.

3. Speaking of murder, third we have Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, that was one too many spins and I don't feel so good.

4. Fourth on your reading list, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, my all-time favorite novel about industrialization.

5. Then we'll be reading Charlotte Brontë's brilliant and tubercular masterpiece Jane Eyre.

6. Sixth, we'll be reading Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart.

7. Then we have To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Boo Radley of American literature.

8. Then comes to World War II novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

9. And lastly, we'll be reading one of my favorite American novels, Beloved by Toni Morrison.

You can find links to get all of these books, many of which are free, in the video info below.

10. And we'll probably also be reading some poetry, but I don't know what yet.

Anyway, thank you for watching, get to reading, and we say in my hometown, do too many spins and you will eventually vomit.

(Stan talks in background) Okay, okay. He barely murders anyone in that play, really. He doesn't have the courage.

Stan: ...straight-out, he kills Polonius straight-out.

John: Doesn't he kill Polonius through a, uh... through a curtain by accident?

Stan: He's stabbing someone. I mean...

John: He thinks he's stabbing his dad.

Stan: Right. His step-dad.

John: He kills the wrong dude.

Stan: That's... the murder.

John: Stan and I are fighting about whether Hamlet really murders anybody in Hamlet.

Stan:...in a month or so.

John: We should put that in... at the end of the video.

Stan: Yeah, yeah.

John: The video should end with us doing this right now.

Stan: Okay.

John: This should be the end.

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