Important books for English Literature optional for UPSC IAS Mains Exam

List of English Literature books for UPSC Exam:

  • Introduction to English Literature by W. H Hudson
  • The Routledge History of Literature in English
  • A short History of English Literature (Pramod K. Nayar)
  • King Lear- William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest- William Shakespeare
  • Canonization- John Donne
  • Death be not proud- John Donne
  • The Good Morrow- John Donne
  • On his Mistress going to bed-John Donne
  • The relic- John Donne
  • Paradise Lost, I, II, IV, IX- John Milton
  • The Rape of the Lock- Alexander Pope
  • Ode on Intimations of Immortality- William Wordsworth
  • Tintern Abbey-William Wordsworth
  • Three years she grew-William Wordsworth
  • She dwelt among untrodden ways-William Wordsworth
  • Michael-William Wordsworth
  • Resolution and Independence- William Wordsworth
  • The World is too much with us-William Wordsworth
  • Milton, thou shouldst be living at this hour-William Wordsworth
  • Upon Westminster Bridge-William Wordsworth
  • Gulliver’s Travels-Jonathan Swift
  • Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
  • Tom Jones-Henry Fielding
  • Hard Times- Charles Dickens
  • The Mill on the Floss-George Eliot
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain
  • Easter 1916- William Butler Yeats
  • The Second Coming-William Butler Yeats
  • A Prayer for my daughter-William Butler Yeats
  • Sailing to Byzantium-William Butler Yeats
  • The Tower-William Butler Yeats
  • Among School Children-William Butler Yeats
  • Leda and the Swan-William Butler Yeats
  • Meru-William Butler Yeats
  • Lapis Lazuli-William Butler Yeats
  • The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock- T. S. Eliot
  • Journey of the Magi-T. S. Eliot
  • Burnt Norton-T. S. Eliot
  • Partition- W.H. Auden
  • Musee des Beaux Arts-W.H. Auden
  • In Memory of W.B. Yeats-W.H. Auden
  • Lay your sleeping head, my love-W.H. Auden
  • The Unknown Citizen-W.H. Auden
  • Consider-W.H. Auden
  • Mundus Et Infans-W.H. Auden
  • The Shield of Achilles-W.H. Auden
  • Look In Anger-John Osborne
  • Waiting for Godot-Samuel Beckett
  • Next- Philip Larkin
  • Please-Philip Larkin
  • Deceptions-Philip Larkin
  • Afternoons-Philip Larkin
  • Days-Philip Larkin
  • Bleaney-Philip Larkin
  • Looking for a Causim on a Swing-A.K. Ramanujan
  • A River-A.K. Ramanujan
  • Of Mothers, among other Things-A.K. Ramanujan
  • Love Poem for a Wife 1-A.K. Ramanujan
  • Small-Scale Reflections on a Great House-A.K. Ramanujan
  • Obituary-A.K. Ramanujan
  • Lord Jim-Joseph Conrad
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-James Joyce
  • Sons and Lovers-D.H. Lawrence
  • A Passage to India- E.M. Forster.
  • Mrs Dalloway- Virginia Woolf.
  • Kanthapura-Raja Rao
  • A House for Mr. Biswas- V.S. Naipal

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