Secondary Qualifying Exam List

This week, I have my secondary qualifying exams. Here's the list I put together from the required texts list.



Collected poetry of all the following poets, plus important essays, letters and manifestoes.


W.H, Auden, W.B Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Philip Larkin, Ezra Pound, Dylan Thomas, Edith Sitwell, Mina Loy, Charlotte Mew, Ted Hughes, Thomas Hardy, WWI poets.


Plus 5 poets chosen from the following list:


Robert Graves, Laura Riding, John Betjeman, Tony Harrison, Stevie Smith




Samuel Beckett: Endgame; Waiting for Godot

Harold Pinter: The Homecoming; Old Times

Bertolt Brecht: The Threepenny Opera; Mother Courage and Her Children

Caryl Churchill: Top Girls; Cloud 9

George Bernard Shaw: Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Pygmalion

Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Arcadia

David Hare: Plenty; Pravda

Edward Bond:Saved; Lear

Eugene Ionesco: Rhinoceros; The Killer

Sarah Kane: Blasted; Cleansed


Plus 10 plays chosen from the following list of authors:


Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

Anton Chekov: The Cherry Orchard; Uncle Vanya

Luigi Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author

David Edgar: Saigon Rose

J.M. Synge: The Playboy of the Western World

Peter Nichols: Passion Play

Séan O’Casey: The Plough and the Stars

Brian Friel: Translations

John Osborne: Look Back in Anger




Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus;  The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

Joseph Conrad: Lord Jim; The Secret Agent

E.M. Forster: A Passage to India; Howards End

Henry James: The Ambassadors; What Maisie Knew

James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ulysses

D.H. Lawrence: Women in Love; Sons and Lovers

Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier

Ian McEwan:  Saturday; Atonement

Jeanette Winterson: Sexing the Cherry; The Passion

Salman Rushdie: Midnight’s Children

Iris Murdoch: The Sea, The Sea; A Word Child

Graham Swift: Waterland; Last Orders

George Orwell: Animal Farm, 1984

Wyndham Lewis: Tarr, The Revenge for Love

Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway; To the Lighthouse


Plus 10 additional novels chosen from the following list of authors:


Jean Rhys: Voyage in the Dark; Wide Sargasso Sea

Evelyn Waugh: Brideshead Revisted; Vile Bodies

Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange

Christopher Isherwood: A Single Man

William Golding: Lord of the Flies

Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim

Aldous Huxley: Crome Yellow

Graham Green: The Quiet American