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Daria Morgendorffer’s Reading List

Daria Morgendorffer's Reading List

“Okay, look, I’m not going to rewrite this paper for you, but I will give you a couple of tips that will help you rewrite it. First, the book title Sons and Lovers does not have an apostrophe in it . . . anywhere. Second, unless your ex-boyfriend is an authority on D.H. Lawrence, don’t base your thesis on something he said while making out.” – Daria Morgendorffer

Much-loved animated sitcom Daria screened on MTV in the United States for five seasons, beginning in March 1997. A spin-off from Mike Judge’s hugely successful Beavis and Butt-head, the series centred on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, disaffected teenager with a caustic wit.

While Daria’s favourite TV show, Sick Sad World, featured heavily throughout the series, the show was also filled with literary references. Here are 57 books that Daria read or that were mentioned during the episodes, with links to free eBook editions where available in parentheses. As DariaWiki puts it, “If it’s old, morbid, or esoteric, Daria will read the hell out of it.”

  1. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Gutenberg)
  3. City of Glass by Paul Auster
  4. Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  6. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  7. The Red Badge of Courage by by Stephen Crane (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  8. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
  9. A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  10. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Gutenberg)
  11. The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  12. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Gutenberg / Kindle)A Daria Morgendorffer Reading List
  13. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  14. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  15. On Moral Fiction by John Gardner
  16. The Life and Complete Work of Francisco Goya by Pierre Gassier
  17. Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
  18. The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
  19. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  20. The Iliad by Homer (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  21. Daisy Miller by Henry James (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  22. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Gutenberg)
  23. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  24. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  25. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  26. Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  27. Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
  28. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  29. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  30. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  31. 1984 by George Orwell (eBooks@Adelaide)
  32. Animal Farm by George Orwell (eBooks@Adelaide)
  33. The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathDaria -The Telltale Heart
  34. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (Gutenberg)
  35. Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre
  36. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
  37. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  38. Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Gutenberg)
  39. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Gutenberg)
  40. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  41. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  42. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Gutenberg)
  43. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  44. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  45. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  46. Our American Cousin by Tom Taylor (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  47. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  48. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  49. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  50. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  51. Henry & Glenn Forever by Igloo Tornado
  52. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  53. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  54. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  55. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  56. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G.Wells (Gutenberg / Kindle)
  57. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (Gutenberg / Kindle)

Daria - When Mildly Inconvenient things Happen to Shallow People


All five seasons of Daria are available on Hulu Plus and on DVD.

For more book lists see Ernest Hemingway’s Reading List for a Young Writer and Stephen King’s Reading List: 22 Books Recommended via Twitter.


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