I have now read the following books, and have marked them on the “Top 100 Books” list above:
This Side of Paradise (F. Scott Fitzgerald). It was very slow reading for me, but it is pretty much the exact setting for my favorite stories – early 20th century America.
Death Comes For the Archbishop (Willa Cather). She instantly jumped onto my favorite authors list with My Antonia! and this work equally doesn’t disappoint. It must be her style, which I haven’t fully dissected. Her setting is 19th century frontier.
Now reading Ayn Rand’s Anthem, with Kate Chopin’s The Awakening next on deck.