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Hi, I'm searching for books where college plays an important role. It could be books with a college setting, books where some characters go to college or where someone is a professor or something like that.

Thank you!


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May. 5th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
A Separate Peace is a boy's prep high school, I think, but it's similar to college.
May. 5th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
May. 7th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
May. 5th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies (Rebel Angels, Lyre of Orpheus, What's Bred in the Bone)
May. 5th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
EM Forster, 'Maurice'
Evelyn Waugh, 'Brideshead Revisited'
David Nicholl, 'Starter for Ten'
you could even try AM Byatt's 'Possession' -- the viewpoint here is doctoral/professorial.

I'm sure there are hundreds of titles, but typically none come to mind just now.
May. 5th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Tom Wolfe's 'I am Charlotte Simmons' is about a young woman's first year at university. Also, Zadie Smith's 'On Beauty'.

I also second 'The Secret History' and 'Starter for Ten' (UK perspective).

Not read it but my son loved Bret Easton Ellis' 'Rules of Attraction'.

This list might also give you some ideas:

May. 5th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
The Human Stain by Philip Roth
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
May. 5th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
The Historian
May. 5th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
david lodge writes satires on academia: changing places, small world, nice work, etc etc

james hynes wrote a book called "publish and perish: three tales of tenure and terror" and another called the lecturer's tale

guillermo martinez's oxford murders are set at oxford, as is dorothy sayer's gaudy night

iris murdoch's the book and the brotherhood has several school-related scenes at oxford, and maybe some of her other books are also academia-imbued?

jon hassler wrote numerous novels (there are at least half a dozen) that are all set at a fictional state college - rookery blues is one.

michael chabon's wonder boys is a college novel.

Edited at 2012-05-05 11:03 pm (UTC)
May. 5th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Joanne Dobson's Karen Pelletier mysteries take place at a fictional Ivy League college and most of Carol Goodman's novels have an academic setting.
May. 6th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
"The Shape of Things" by Neil LaBute is set in a college. Great play.
May. 6th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
Oh! Harkness' Discovery of Witches. It moves away from campus but the first part is all about the research (college professors).
May. 6th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
The Secret History, definitely!
May. 6th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones seemed to me to be about what the best colleges should be. Note: it's the sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm, but it might be able to be read alone, I'm not sure. I do love it though.

I second Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean, and suggest The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman.

All are fantasy genre.
May. 6th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
No Graves as Yet by Anne Perry. It's a murder mystery set in a boy's college in England right before WWI. Superb writing and really good characters go along with that mystery. The daily life in the school plays a large part in the story.
May. 6th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I just finished reading The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Half of the book is set at Brown University, and the second-half is a nice account of post-graduation aimlessness. It is particularly rewarding for English majors, but by no means alienating if you are not.

Otherwise, The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis is a raunchier, more experimental book.

Edited at 2012-05-06 07:53 am (UTC)
May. 6th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I completely third Pamela Dean's Tam Lin!!! Great book!
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