Important books for English Literature optional for UPSC IAS Mains Exam

The syllabus of English literature in UPSC IAS Mains exam consists of two papers, intended to test a direct and basic perusing of writings recommended from following periods in English Literature. Anyone chooses this subject as optional but if you are an English graduate then it will ease the process.

If the aspirant is interested in literature, one can go for this optional very safely notwithstanding his/her graduation stream. Aspirants should read the novels, poetry etc mentioned in the UPSC syllabus. It will give a fair idea and help you to frame good answer with great understanding. Here we are listing the reference books as well as the core books for English literature for UPSC IAS mains Exam. It is always better to read the poem, stories, novels, drama from the core books.

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

Check the English Literature syllabus for UPSC Exam.

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