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Additional List

Continuing with my studying, I realized my last list was lacking. I know I didn’t mean to create anything even remotely comprehensive, but I realized I left some pretty important stuff out, like Whitman and Falkner (both have been added now to the previous list).

The following authors and works are not in any particular order (and only works that are most likely to be tested are listed). This list also includes some of the less likely to appear names, but worth a mention anyway.
George Bernard Shaw – Pygmalion, and maybe Arms and the Man. He also has a lot of criticism that were published in various gazettes.
Arthur Rimbaud – Le Bateau Ivre
Samuel Butler – Erewhon, and the maybe The Way of the Flesh
Samuel Butler (not the same as the one above) – Hudibras
John Dos Passos – Three Soldiers
Robert Frost – The Road Less Traveled, Mending Wall, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, and Desert Places.
Langston Hughes – Not Without Laughter, and maybe The Ways of White Folks
Allen Ginsburg – Howl and other Poems.
Robert Burns – I don’t know which ones are his most important poems. They are all fairly short so if you look through a few you should get a sense of his style.
Flannery O’Connor – A Good Man is Hard to Find, and maybe Wise Blood

Oliver Goldsmith – She Stoops to Conquer

John Berryman – The Dream Songs
Anne Bradstreet – Tenth Muse
Anne Bronte – Agnes Grey, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
George Gascoigne – Hundredth Sundry Flowres (retitled later)
Thomas Carew – A Rapture, the Celia poems, and maybe The Spring.
John Webster – The Malcontent, and The Duchess of Malfi
Samuel Pepys – Diary of Samuel Pepys
Hugh Latimer – His Sermons
Dante – The Divine Comedy
Albert Camus – The Stranger
Thomas Chatterton – This is another one where I don’t know what is most important. In fact there is more I have read about him than by him.
Gerard Manley Hopkins – The Wreck of the Deutschland, God’s Grandeur, and maybe Carrion Comfort
Dylan Thomas – Do Not Go Gentle into the Good Night, Death Shall Have No Dominion, and maybe Under Milk Wood.
William Dean Howells – The Rise of Silas Lapham and maybe Through the Eye of the Needle
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Honore de Balzac – The Human Comedy
Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford, Mary Barton, and maybe’s Sylvia’s Lovers
Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
J. S. Mill – Autobiography, On Liberty, What is Poetry?, and maybe The Subjection of Women
Hart Crane – The Bridge, and maybe collected poems.
Emily Dickinson – Her poems are short, so read as many as you can. She has a distinct style, easy to recognize.
Marcel Proust – Swann’s Way, Remembrance of Things Past, and maybe In Search of Lost Time
Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Still I Rise
Jorge Luis Borges – The Aleph, The Secret Miracle, Tlon Uqbar and Orbis Tertius
T. E. Lawrence – Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Rainer Maria Rilke – The Book of Hours, Duino Elegies
R. H. Dana Jr. – To Cuba and Back
Edna St. Vincent Millay – The Lamp and the Bell, and The Princess Marries the Page. Her poetry is fairly short, so you can skim through it. I am not sure which ones are considered the most famous.
Kate Chopin – Story of an Hour, The Storm, and maybe A Pair of Silk Stockings
Walter Savage Landor – Imaginary Conversations
Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and maybe The Touchstone and The Buccaneers
Malcolm Lowry – Under the Volcano
Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Canterville Ghost, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and maybe The Happy Prince and other Stories
I still haven’t done the Russians yet, will get to those shortly. I am sort of working on the Classics, and should have them done sometime soon.

Dancing in Lingerie

I recently read an article in a psychology journal that correlated confidence with sexuality in women. The study was conducted over a three months period, and 800 women were asked to rate how good they felt about themselves when they thought they looked sexually arousing. You may well guess the results. However, what the study had not anticipated, and the reason it probably even got published, was another coloration between endorphins and sexuality. Confidence (real or perceived) was simply the biproduct. In other words these women didn’t feel good about themselves, or exuded confidence because they looked sexy, but rather looked sexy because they felt good, which was in turn brought about my endorphins from external sources (unrelated to the way they looked, or anything having to do with the study).A secondary study piggybacked off of this one, and measured the different degrees of self satisfaction brought about by several activities, basically trying to find if all endorphins are equal. And of course they are not. For example, I am a runner. After I go for a run I have more endorphins than I know what to do with. This satisfies the second part of the first study – I feel good through a flow of endorphins that is not related to the way I look. However, it does not fulfill the first part of the study. I may have tons of endorphins, but I guarantee that when I come back from running I am far from sexually arousing. The researchers caught this little glitch as well, and thus were determined to figure out which activities release the most endorphins for optimal female sexuality.

It turns out women respond best to fashion and music. Both of these activities (wearing pretty things and dancing), scored the highest independently on the endorphin scale. So why not combine them? That is exactly what they did, but they took it a step further. As opposed to getting the women all dressed up, they focused on lingerie. Essentially several hundred women wore lingerie, danced around their homes, and then reported back how they felt. Apparently they all felt great.

I am simplifying things here, but the study was actually quite in depth, and took different factors into consideration (i.e. the difference between dancing around in a pretty dress as opposed to lingerie, or the difference between dancing by yourself or in a group setting, etc.).

Psychology journals are like Cosmo mags for me. Except instead of trying the newest summer fashions, I try and emulate actual research studies. I opened up my lingerie drawer and found all the items intact, with tags attached. I have never bought or worn lingerie before, but I have received quite the collection from friends for various occasions (birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, etc.). I had almost forgotten I had half of these. I picked the prettiest one for this experiment. Honestly, I was skeptical as ever, and decided that at the very least I can say I spent the evening in my finest lingerie.

Why did I do this? Because the kids were asleep, and I can. I wasn’t aware I needed more reason than that. So… why not?

At first I felt ridiculous. Then I got the music going, and I have to say, this was one of the best nights I have had in a long time. I can’t say I am feeling particularly sexy, but it was definitely an experience. I am currently a little ball of euphoric giddyness.

If you too would like to experience this (with or without the lingerie part), here is my playlist: