Like the country itself, American literature is a rich and diverse landscape. Since the founding of the United States, authors, poets, and playwrights of all backgrounds have played a role in shaping the nation’s culture and identity. In today’s post, we’ve compiled 20 American literary classics that we believe every high school student should read. With timeless stories, memorable characters, and relatable themes, these esteemed titles by famous American authors continue to capture the imaginations of teachers and students alike.

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