College Novels (US)

Updated: February 25, 2020

Nathaniel Hawthorne – Fanshawe (1828)

Charles Bailey – The Reclaimed Student: A Tale of College Life (1844)

Harry Hazel (Justin Jones) – The Belle of Boston: or the Rival Students of Cambridge (1844)

Tim Whippoorwill – Nelly Brown: or, The Trials, Temptations and Pleasures of College Life (1845)

Harry Hazel – The Belle of Boston: Or, The Rival Students of Cambridge (1849)

John Denison Vose – Yale College “Scrapes” (1852)

Wiliam Washburn – Fair Harvard (1869)

Annie Lyndsay MacGregor – The Professor’s Wife: Or, It Might Have Been (1870)

Frederick Loring – Two College Friends (1871)

George Tripp – Student-life at Harvard (1876)

Edward Tyler Blair – Lloyd Lee: A Story of Yale (1878)

Mark Severance – Hammersmith: His Harvard Days (1878)

William M. Baker – His Majesty, Myself (1880)

Samuel Miller Hageman – Once: A Novel (1881)

Helen Brown – Two College Girls (1886), Mr. Tuckerman’s Nieces (1907)

Josiah Philips Quincy – The Peckster Professorship (1888)

L.L. Jones – Oberlin and Eastern School Life (1889)

Anson Uriel Hancock – John Auburntop, Novelist: His Development in the Atmosphere of a Fresh-Water College (1891)

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (Mrs. Elizabeth Ward) – Donald Marcy (1893), Walled In (1907)

Waldron Post – Harvard Stories: Sketches of the Undergraduate (1893)

John Seymour Wood – College Days: Or Harry’s Career at Yale (1894)

Abbe Goodloe – College Girls (1895)

John Seymour Wood – Yale Yarns: Sketches of Life at Yale University (1895)

Hamlin Garland – Rose of Dutcher’s Coolly (1895)

James Barnes – Princetonian: A Story of Undergraduate Life at the College of New Jersey (1896)

Elbert Green Hubbard – This is the Story of the Legacy (1896)

Charles Macomb Flandreau – Harvard Episodes (1987), The Diary of a Freshman (1901)

Willis Boyd Allen – Navy Blue (1898)

Sarah B. Elliot – The Durket Sperret (1898)

Eleanor Dey Young – Two Princetonians and Other Jerseyites (1898)

Arthur Stanwood Pier – The Pedagogues: A Story of the Harvard Summer School (1899)

Caroline Macomber Fuller – Across the Campus: A Story of College Life (1899)

Jesse Lynch Williams – The Adventures of a Freshman (1899)

Richard Thayer Holbrook – Boys and Men: A Story of Life at Yale (1900)

Harriet Stark – The Bacillus of Beauty (1900)

Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon – Smith College Stories (1900)

Joy Lichtenstein – For the Blue and Gold: A Tale of Life at the University of California (1901)

Charles Macomb Flandreau – The Diary of a Freshman (1901)

Reginald Wright Kauffman – Jarvis of Harvard (1901)

Shirley E. Johnson – The Cult of the Purple Rose: A Phase of Harvard Life (1902)

Richard Henry Wilson – Mazel (1902)

Owen Wister – Philosophy 4: A Story of Harvard University (1903)

Ralph Henry Barbour – The Land of Joy (1903)

Herbert Muller Hopkins – The Torch (1903)

Anna McClure – The Law of Life (1903)

James Weber Linn – The Chameleon (1903), Winds Over the Campus (1936), This Was Life (1936)

Basil King – The Steps of Honor (1904)

Rupert Sargent Holland – The Count at Harvard (1906)

Edward Everett Hale – In the House of Her Friends (1906)

Mary Tappan Wright – The Tower (1906)

Anna Chapin Ray – Ackroyd of the Faculty (1907 or 1908?)

Hersila A. Mitchell Keays – The Road to Damascus (1907), The Marriage Portion (1911)

Rida Johnson and Gilbert Payson Coleman – Brown of Harvard (1907)

Susan Glaspell – The Glory of the Unconquered (1909)

Owen Johnson – Stover at Yale (1911 or 1912?)

George Helgeson Fitch – At Good Old Siwash (1911)

Jean Webster – Daddy-Long-Legs (1912)

Compton McKenzie – Sinister Street (1913-1914)

Alvin Saunders Johnson – The Professor and the Petticoat (1914)

Harold Everett Porter – Henry of Navarre, Ohio (1914), Pepper (1915)

Dorothy Canfield Fisher – The Bent Twig (1915), Rough Hewn (1922)

Dorothy Foster Gilman – The Bloom of Youth (1915)

Wayland Wells Williams – The Whirligig of Time (1916)

Arthur Cheney Train – The World and Thomas Kelly (1917)

Honore Willsie Morrow – Lydia of the Pines (1917)

Charles Gilman Norris – Salt:  Or, The Education of Griffith Adams (1918 or 1919?)

Booth Tarkington – Ramsey Milholland (1919)

Henry Blake Fuller – Bertram Cope’s Year (1919)

F. Scott Fitzgerald – This Side of Paradise (1920)

Robert Nathan – Peter Kindred (1920), Mr. Whittle and the Morning Star (1947)

Stephen Vincent Benét – The Beginning of Wisdom (1921)

Meade Minnigerode – The Big Year: A College Story (1921)

Frederick Baltzer – Alma Mater: A Story of College Life (1921)

Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis – Tutor’s Lane (1922)

Zoe Flannagan – Grey Towers: A Campus Novel (1923)

Floyd Dell – Janet Marsh (1923)

Joseph Biegler Husband – High Hurdles (1923)

William James McNally – The Barb (1923)

Lynn Montross and Lois Seyster Montross – Town and Gown (1923), Fraternity Row (1926)

Percy Marks – The Plastic Age (1924), The Unwilling God (1929)

Albert Parker Fitch – None So Blind (1924)

James Dunton – Wild Asses (1924 or 1925?)

John Wiley – The Education of Peter: A Novel of the Younger Generation (1924)

Ellery Harding Clark – Daughters of Eve (1924)

Willa Cather – Professor’s House (1925)

Clarkson Crane – The Western Shore (1925)

Mildred Evans Gilman – Fig Leaves (1925)

Russell Holman – The Freshman (1925)

Benjamin Harrison Lehman – Wild Marriage (1925)

Sinclair Lewis – Arrowsmith (1925)

Stanley Johnson – Professor (1925)

Robert Herrick – Chimes (1926)

Olive Deane Hormel – Co-ed (1926)

Katherine Ingham Brush – Glitter (1926)

Carl Cliton Van Doren – The Ninth Wave (1926)

Carol Denny Hill – Wild (1927)

Robert Wolf – Springboard (1927)

Horatio Gates Winslow – Spring’s Banjo: A Portmanteau Historical Novel and Hymn to Youth with a Musical Accompaniment and Fashion Notes of the Period (1927)

Charles Wertenbaker – Boojum (1928)

Samuel H. Adams  – Unforbidden Fruit (1928)

Bravig Imbs – The Professor’s Wife (1928)

Ruth Suckow – The Bonney Family (1928)

Kathleen Millay – Against the Wall (1929)

Janet Hoyt – Wings of Wax (1929)

Burnham Carter – Mortal Men (1929) )

Thomas Wolfe – Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life (1929), Of Time and the River (1935), The Web and the Rock (1939)

Day Edgar – In Princeton Town (1929)

Wanda Fraiken Neff – Lone Voyagers (1929)

Lucian Cary – The Duke Steps Out (1929), One Lovely Moron (1930), Second Meeting (1938)

William H. Stockwell – Rudderless: A University Chronicle (1930)

Aaron M. Stein – Spirals (1930)

Margery Bodine Latimer – This is My Body (1930)

Betty White – I Lived This Story (1930)

Helen Hull – The Asking Price (1930)

Mary Lapsley Caughey Guest – The Parable of Virgins (1931)

Donald Henderson Clarke – Young and Healthy (1931)

John Earle Uhler – Cane Juice: A Story of Southern Louisiana (1931)

Bess Streeter Aldrich – A White Bird Flying (1931), Miss Bishop (1933)

Edmund K. Wylie – Altogether Now! (1932)

Dean Fales – Bachelor of Arts (1932)

Joel Sayre – Rackety Rax (1932)

Paul Talbot Coonradt (David McCloud) – Dance Out the Answer (1933)

George Anthony Weller – Not to Eat, Not for Love (1933)

Irving Stone – Pageant of Youth (1933)

Edward Hope Coffey – She Loves Me Not (1933)

John Erskine – Bachelor of Arts (1933)

John Thomas Goodrich – Cotton Cavalier (1933)

Joseph Freeman Lincoln – Nod (1933)

James Saxon Childers – God Save the Duke (1933)

Elizabeth Moorhead Vermorcken – The Forbidden Tree (1933)

Lois Seyster Montross – The Perfect Pair (1934)

Bernard DeVoto – We Accept with Pleasure (1934)

John Gaylord Coulter – In Freshman Year (1934)

Vardis Fisher – Passions Spin the Plot (1934), We are Betrayed (1935), No Villain Need Be (1936), Orphans of Gethsemane (1960) (Vridar Hunter Tetralogy)

Rollo Walter Brown – The Hilliken (1935)

Robert Henderson – Whether There Be Knowledge (1935) (student newspaper)

Travis Ingham – Young Gentlemen, Rise (1935)

William Faulkner – Absalom, Absalom (1936)

Herbert Byer – To the Victor (1936)

George Santayana – The Last Puritan: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel (1936)

James Parker McConnaughey – Village Chronicle (1936)

Ralph Cannon – Out of Bounds (1937)

Geoffrey Dell Eaton – John Drakin (1937)

Minnie Hite Moody – Towers with Ivy (1937)

Isabel Wilder – Let Winter Go (1937)

Mary Jane Ward – The Tree Has Roots (1937), The Professor’s Umbrella (1948)

Thomas Sigismund Stribling – These Bars of Flesh (1938)

George Nauman Shuster – Brother Flo: An Imaginative Biography (1938)

Mrs. Harrison Cadwallader Coffin (Hester Pine) – Beer for the Kitten (1939)

George Stewart – Doctor’s Oral (1939)

Clarissa White Fairchild Cushman – The Other Brother (1939)

Wells Lewis – They Still Say No (1939)

Sterling North – Seven Against the Years (1939)

Lawrence Watkin – Geese in the Forum (1940)

Lenore Glen Offord – Angels Unaware (1940)

Nancy Wilson Ross  – Take the Lightning (1940)

Wallace E. Stegner – Fire and Ice (1941), Crossing to Safety (1987)

Elizabeth Mary Atkins – Holy Suburb (1941)

Gertrude Carrick – Consider the Daisies (1941)

Hamilton Basso – Wine of the Country (1941)

Kenneth Payson Kempton – So Dream All Night (1941)

Dorothy Walworth – Feast of Reason (1941)

William Edward Wilson – Yesterday’s Son (1941)

William Bradford Huie – Mud on the Stars (1942)

Michael Amrine – All Sons Must Say Goodbye (1942)

Earl Schenck Miers – Big Ben (1942), The Ivy Years (1945)

Alexander Plaisted Saxton – Grand Crossing (1943)

June Pat Wetherell – But That Was Yesterday (1943), Run Sheep Run (1947)

Max Shulman – Barefoot Boy with Cheek (1943)

James T. Farrell – My Days of Anger (1943), The Silence of History (1963)

Dorothy Baker – Trio (1943)

Elizabeth Seifert – Bright Banners (1943)

Marion G. Champagne – The Cauliflower Heart (1944)

Albert Joseph Guerard – The Hunted (1944)

Barbara Corrigan – Voyage of Discovery (1945)

William Kehoe – A Sweep of Dust (1945)

Robert Gessner – Youth is the Time (1945)

William Maxwell – The Folded Leaf (1945)

Peryl Wade Parsons – My Love is Young (1945)

Thelma Jones – Skinny Angel (1946)

Helen Howe – We Happy Few (1946)

Sophus Keith Winther – Beyond the Garden Gate (1946)

Nolan Miller – The Merry Innocents (1947), Why Am I So Beat (1954)

Ann Abelson – Angel’s Metal (1947)

Cornelius Warren Grafton – My Name is Christopher Nagel (1947)

Calder Willingham – End as a Man (1947)

Constance Beresford-Howe – Of This Day’s Journey (1947)

Worth Tuttle Hedden – The Other Room (1947)

Donald MacRae – Dwight Craig (1947)

Ronald Elwy Mitchell – Design for November (1947)

Ruby Redinger – The Golden Net (1948)

Michael DeCapite – The Bennett Place (1948)

Frederick Manfried – The Primitive (1949)

Elsie Oakes Barber – The Trembling Years (1949)

Ralph Augustus Graves – Thanks for the Ride (1949)

Millard Lampell – The Hero (1949)

Bucklin Moon – Without Magnolias (1949)

Mitchell Wilson – Live with Lightning (1949)

Peggy Goodin – Take Care of My Little Girl (1950)

Robert Lewis Taylor – Professor Fodorski (1950)

Hart Stillwell – Campus Town (1950)

Isaac Asimov – The Foundation  (1951), The Whiff of Death (The Death Dealers 1958)

Shirley Jackson – Hangsaman (1951)

Timothy Pember – Swanson (1951)

Joseph Gies – A Matter of Morals (1951)

Mary McCarthy – The Groves of Academe (1951), The Group (1962)

Gerald Warner Brace – The Spire (1952), The Department (1968)

Robie Macauley – The Disguises of Love (1952)

Ralph Waldo Ellison – Invisible Man (1952)

Oakley Hall – The Corpus of Joe Bailey (1953)

Martin Alfred Larson – Plaster Saint: A Novel of Heresy on the Campus (1953)

Theodore Morrison – The Stones of the House (1953), To Make a World (1957), The Whole Creation (1962)

Randall Jarrell – Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy (1954)

Charles Gillis Lumbard – Senior Spring (1954)

Glenn Scott – A Sound of Voices Dying (1954)

Howard Melvin Fast – Silas Timberman (1954)

Everett Carter Marston – Take the High Ground (1954)

Wright Morris – The Huge Season (1954)

May Serton – Faithful are the Wounds (1955), The Small Room (1961)

Grace Jamison Breckling – Walk in Beauty (1955)

Julian Halevy – The Young Lovers (1955)

Earle Birney – Down the Long Table (1955)

Martha Eccles Dodd – The Searching Light (1955)

Irving Shulman – Good Deeds Must be Punished (1956)

Ada Goepp – Small Pond (1956)

Annabel Johnson – As a Speckled Bird (1956)

Howard Nemerov – The Homecoming Game (1957) (film adaptation 1959)

Richard Frede – Entry E. (1957 or 1958?)

Roswell Gary Ham Jr. – Fish Flying Through Air (1957)

Myron S. Kaufmann – Remember Me to God (1957)

Peter Sourain – Miri (1957)

Charles Thompson – Halfway Down the Stairs (1957)

Eileen Bassing – Home Before Dark (1957)

Gladys Schmitt – A Small Fire (1957)

Elizabeth Corbett – Professor Preston at Home (1957)

Ann Veronica Marbut – The Tarnished Tower (1957)

Robert Leslie Scribner – Eggheads in the End Zone (1957)

Carlos Baker – A Friend in Power (1958)

Stringfellow Barr – Purely Academic (1958)

Robert Gutwillig – After Long Silence (1958)

Jonathan Kozol – The Fume of Poppies (1958),

Warren Miller – The Bright Young Things  (1958)

John Barth – The End of the Road (1958), Giles Goat-Boy, or, The Revised New Syllabus (1966)

George P. Elliott – Parktilden Village (1958)

Claude Koch – Light in Silence (1958)

Stuart Mitchner – Let Me Be Awake (1959)

Douglas Angus – The Ivy Trap (1959)

Cid Ricketts Sumner – Tammy Tell me True (1959)

Monroe Engel – The Visions of Nicholas Solon (1959)

Mark Harris – Wake Up, Stupid (1959)

Eleazar Lipsky – The Scientists (1959)

Gladys Bagg Taber – Spring Harvest (1959)

Daniel Tamkus – The Much Honored Man (1959)

Georg Mann – The Dollar Diploma (1960)

John W. Aldridge – The Party at Cranton (1960)

Vivienne Koch – Change of Love (1960)

Warren Leslie – Love or Whatever it is (1960)

William Van O’Connor – Campus on the River (1960)

William Marion Hardy – Year of the Rose (1960)

Bernard Malamud – A New Life (1961)

William Raymond Manchester – The Long Gainer (1961)

Ira Morris – The Paper Wall (1961)

Michael Rubin – A Trip Into Town (1961)

Susan Sherman – Give Me Myself (1961)

Marshall Terry Jr. – Old Liberty (1961)

Roderick Thorp – Into the Forest (1961)

Nora Johnson – A Step Beyond Innocence (1961)

Robert Glynn Kelly – A Lament for Barney Stone (1961)

Ronald Verlin Cassill – Night School (1961), The President (1964)

Fallon Evans – The Trouble with Turlow (1961)

Russell B. Shaw – The Dark Disciple (1961)

Mark Kirby – Harling College (1961)

Alison Lurie – Love and Friendship (1962), The War Between Tates (1974), Foreign Affairs (1984)

David W. Morrah – me and the liberal arts (1962)

Russell Brantley – The Education of Jonathan Beam (1962)

Elizabeth Sewell – Now Bless Thyself (1962)

Joyce Glassman – Come and Join the Dance (1962)

Kathrin Perutz – The Garden (1962)

Louis Simpson – Riverside Drive (1962)

Scott Sullivan – The Shortest Gladdest Years (1962)

William Bayer and Nancy Harmon (Leonie Saint John) – Love with a Harvard Accent (1962)

Laurence Davis Lafore – Learner’s Permit (1962)

Philip Roth – Letting Go (1962), Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), The Breast (1972), The Professor of Desire (1977), The Dying Animal (2001), The Human Stain (2000), Indignation (2008)

Pamela Hansford Johnson – Night and Silence: Who is Here? (1963)

Auberon Waugh – Paths of Dalliance (1963)

George Michael Cuomo – Jack Be Nimble (1963)

Babs Hodges Deal – The Grail (1963)

Betty Smith – Joy in the Morning (1963)

Bob Duncan – The General and the Co-Ed (1963)

Mary Lockwood – Child of Light (1963)

Jack Ludwig – Confusions (1963)

John Henry O’Hara – Elizabeth Appleton (1963)

Geoffrey Atheling Wagner – The Asphalt Campus (1963)

Robert Henry Keamer Walter – Stacy Tower (1963)

Sloan Wilson – Georgie Winthrop (1963)

Herbert Kubly – The Whistling Zone (1963)

Jack Woodford – The College Crowd (1963)

Amanda Cross (Carolyn Heilbrun) – Kate Fansler Series: In the Last Analysis (1964), The James Joyce Murder (1967), Poetic Justice (1970), The Theban Mysteries (1971), The Question of Max (1976), Death in a Tenured Position (1981), Sweet Death, Kind Death (1983), No Word From Winifred (1986), The Players Come Again (1990), An Imperfect Spy (1995), A Trap for Fools (1989), The Puzzled Heart (1997), Honest Doubt (2000), The Edge of Doom (2002)

Saul Bellow – Herzog (1964), Humboldt’s Gift (1975), The Dean’s December (1982), Ravelstein (2000)

Jeremy Larner – Drive, She Said (1964), The Answer (1968)

Robin White – All in Favor Say No (1964)

Daniel Curley – A Stone Man, Yes (1964)

H.E.F. Donohue – The Higher Animals (1964)

Christopher Isherwood – A Single Man (1964)

Leo Litwak – To the Hanging Gardens (1964)

John Williams – Stoner (1965)

James Leighton Leigh – What Can You Do? (1965)

John Treadwell Nichols – The Sterile Cuckoo (1965)

Robert Thom – The Earthly Paradise (1965)

Samuel Astrachan – The Game of Dostoevsky (1965)

Daniel Francis Ford – Now Comes Theodora (1965)

George Bagshawe Harrison – The Fires of Arcadia (1965)

Peter DeVries – Let Me Count the Ways (1965), The Cat’s Pajamas and Witch’s Milk (1968)

Leslie Aaron Fiedler – Back to China (1965)

Christopher Storm – Campus Motel (1965)

John Hersey – Too Far to Walk (1966)

Richard Farina – Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1966)

Perdita Buchan – Girl with a Zebra (1966)

Marilyn Hoff – Dink’s Blues (1966)

Ann Birstein – The Sweet Birds of Gorham (1966), Meyer Meyer (1967)

Milton White – A Yale Man (1966)

Robert Henry Rimmer – The Harrad Experiment (1966)

Helen Hudson – Tell The Time to None (1967)

Ralph Matthew McInerny – Jolly Rogerson (1967), Gate of Heaven (1975),  Rogerson at Bay (1976), Spinnaker (1977)

Ken Kolb – Getting Straight (1967)

Paul Theroux – Waldo (1967)

Stephen Walton – No Transfer (1967)

John Alonzo Yount – Wolf at the Door (1967)

Phoebe Ballard and Willis Todhunter Ballard – The Man Who Stole a University (1967)

Robert Pease – The Associate Professor (1967)

Evelyn Johnson Hawes – A Madras-Type Jacket (1968)

Barry Spacks – The Sophomore (1968)

John Morressy – The Addison Tradition (1968)

Stephen H. Yafa – Paxton Quigley’s Had the Course (1968)

Hazard Adams – The Horses of Instruction (1968), Many Pretty Toys (1999), Home (2001)

Agnes Sligh Turnbull – Many a Green Isle (1968)

Nicholas von Hoffman – Two, Three, Many More (1969)

Paul Rader – Professor Wilmes Must Die (1969)

Norman Garbo – The Movement (1969)

Herbert Gold – The Great American Jackpot (1969)

John Ward Leggett – Who Took the Gold Away (1969)

Dallas Wiebe – Skyblue the Badass (1969)

Hilary Masters – An American Marriage (1969)

Joseph Palmeri – A Ball of Twine (1969)

Sir Thomas Willes Chitty (Thomas Hinde) – High (1969), Generally a Virgin (1972)

Robert Bernard (Robert B. Martin) – Deadly Meeting (1970)

Erich Segal – Love Story (1970), The Class (1985)

Christopher Brookhouse – Running Out (1970)

David Rytman Slavitt – Anagrams (1970)

Michael J. Crichton and Douglas Crichton – Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1971)

John Knowles – The Paragon (1971)

John Jay Osborn Jr. – The Paper Chase (1971)

James Rodney McConkey – A Journey to Sahalin (1971)

Piers Paul Read – The Professor’s Daughter (1971)

Karl Shapiro – Edsel (1971)

Dorothy Bryant – Ella Price’s Journal (1972)

Gil Scot-Heron – The Nigger-Factory (1972)

David Caute – The Occupation (1972)

Charles Frankel – A Stubborn Case (1972)

Jack Lynn – The Professor (1972)

Talbot Spivak – The Bride Wore the Traditional Gold (1972)

Don DeLillo – End Zone (1972), White Noise (1985)

Alan Lelchuk – American Mischief (1973), Miriam at Thirty-Four (1974), Shrinking (1978)

Saul Maloff – Heartland (1973)

Lynn Klamkin – Hello, Good-Bye (1973)

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer – Falling (1973)

Richard Gustave Stern – Other Men’s Daughters (1973)

John Wallace – Honk If You Love Boise Hefter (1973)

Susan Lukas – Fat Emily (1974)

Frank Rooney – Valedictory (1974)

Thomas Baird – Losing People (1974)

Anthony Francis Caputi – Loving Evie (1974)

Susan Richards Shreve – A Fortunate Madness (1974)

David Elimelech Fisher – A Fearful Symmetry (1974)

John Winslow Irving – The 158-Pound Marriage (1974)

Thomas Alonzo Williams – The Hair of Harold Roux (1974)

Louise Blecher Rose – The Launching of Barbara Fabrikant (1974)

Gail Godwin – The Odd Woman (1974), The Good Husband (1994)

Gretchen Wade – The Coeds (1974)

Judith Cherniak – Double Fault (1975)

John Goulet – Oh’s Profit (1975)

John Wheatcroft – Edie Tells: A Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Cleaning Woman (1975)

Dr. Barbara Doty Lowther – Poison Ivy (1975)

Vance Bourjaily – Now Playing at Canterbury (1976)

Frederic Morton – An Unknown Woman (1976)

Robert Bellusci – A Wolf in the Fold (1976)

John Thomas Sayles – Union Dues (1977)

Dan Wakefield – Home Free (1977)

Marilyn French – The Women’s Room (1977)

Charles Raymond Larson – Academia Nuts: Or, The Collected Work of Clara Le Page (1977)

Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr. – Entertaining Strangers (1977)

Jonathan Penner – Going Blind (1977)

Page Stegner – Sports Car Menopause (1977)

Peter Tauber – The Last Best Hope (1977)

Burette Stinson Tillinghast Jr. – The Honeyman (1977)

Austin Wright – The Morley Mythology (1977)

Lloyd Pye – That Prosser Kid (1977)

Jane DeLynn – Some Do (1978)

Anton Myrer – The Last Convertible (1978)

Laura Kalpakian – Beggars and Chooser (1978)

Rona Jaffe – Class Reunion (1979)

Jacob Epstein – Wild Oats (1979)

Joseph Howard – Breaking Away (1979)

Catherine Stimpson – Class Notes (1979)

Dorothy Weil – Continuing Education (1979)

Katherine Ann Savis Roome – The Letter of the Law (1979)

Margaret Wander Bonanno – A Certain Slant of Light (1979)

Eli Cantor – Love Letters (1979)

Kitty Burns Florey – Family Matters (1979)

Maureen Freely – Mother’s Helper (1979)

Edward Semple LeComte – The Professor and the Coed (1979)

Morris Philipson – A Man in Charge (1979)

Lillian Craig Reed – The Ballad of T. Rantula (1979)

Gordon Webber – The Great Buffalo Hotel (1979)

Meredith Marsh – Eating Cake (1979)

James Howard Kunstler – A Clown in the Moonlight (1979)

Joyce Carol Oates – Unholy Loves (1979), Marya: A Life  (1986), American Appetites (1989), Nemesis (Rosamond Smith, 1990), Beasts (2002), I’ll Take You There (2002), Mudwoman (2012), The Accursed (2013)

Ronald Koertge – The Boogeyman (1980)

Margaret Maron – One Coffee With (1981)

John B. Rosenman – The Best Laugh Last (1981)

Alexander Theroux – Darconville’s Cat (1981)

John Gardner – Mickelsson’s Ghosts (1982)

Russel McCormmach – Night Thoughts of a Classical Physicist (1982)

Catherine Aird – Parting Breath (1982)

Heller McAlpin – Nostalgia (1982)

Marge Piercy – Braided Lives (1982)

Sonia Pilcer – Maiden Rites (1982)

Douglas Terry – The Last Texas Hero (1982)

Harold Haak – Parable of a President (1982), Victim to Victor (1987)

Oliver Lange – Pas de Deux (1982)

Clark Blaise – Lusts (1983)

Rebecca Goldstein – The Mind-Body Problem (1983), The Late-Summer Passion of a Woman of Mind (1989), Properties of Light (2000)

Robert Robinson – Landscape with Dead Dons (1983)

Clint Berryhill – Take a Chance on Me (1983)

Gerlad Duff – Indian Giver (1983)

John Knowles – A Stolen Past (1983)

Faye Levine – Splendor&Misery (1983)

Robert Brown Parker – Love and Glory (1983)

Lars Gustafsson – The Tennis Players (1983)

Deena Linett – On Common Ground (1983)

Richard Price – The Breaks (1983)

Mark Smith – Doctor Blues (1983)

Jack Newcombe – In Search of Billy Cole (1984)

Ferrol Sams – The Whisper of the River (1984)

Nicholas von Hoffman – Organized Crimes (1984)

Neal Stephenson – The Big U (1984), Anathem (2010)

Carol Berge – Secrets, Gossip and Slander (1984)

Peter Drucker – The Temptation to Do Good (1984)

Wolf Mankowitz – The Devil in Texas (1984)

Nancy Pelletier – The Rearrangement (1985)

Lucy Ferriss – Philip’s Girl (1985)

James Atlas – The Great Pretender (1986)

Sara Bird – Alamo House (1986)

Patti Davis – Home Front (1986)

Kaylie B. Jones – As Soon As It Rains (1986)

Charles Cohen – Daddy (1986)

John Updike – Roger’s Version (1986)

Bret Easton Ellis – The Rules of Attraction (1987)

Jill Eisenstadt – From Rockaway (1987)

Jean B. McGarry – The Very Rich Hours (1987)

Barbara Novak – Alice’s Neck (1987)

Molly Hite – Class Porn (1987)

Carol Lansbury – Felicity (1987)

Michael Levin – The Socratic Method (1987)

Caryl Rivers – Intimate Enemies (1987)

Cyrus Colter – A Chocolate Soldier (1988)

Peter Gault – Goldernrod (1988)

Joseph E. Green – Pseudo Cool (1988)

Robert Lehrman – Defectors (1988)

Thomas Mallon – Arts and Sciences (1988)

Julie McDonald – Reaching (1988)

Terry Pringle – The Preacher’s Boy (1988)

Sarah Payne Stuart – Men in Trouble (1988)

Garret Weyr – Pretty Girls (1988)

Edmund White – The Beautiful Room is Empty (1988)

Eugene Cleveland Curtsinger – Towers, Crosses (1988)

Brett Laidlaw – Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth (1988)

Anne Bernays – Professor Romeo (1989)

Carl Djerassi – Cantor’s Dilemma (1989), The Bourbaki Gambit (1993)

Lisa Pliscou – Higher Education (1989)

James Kaplan – Pearl’s Progress (1989)

Carol Shields – Swann (1989)

Allen Drury – Toward What Bright Glory? (1990)

Kurt Vonnegut – Hocus Pocus (1990)

John Kenneth Galbraith – A Tenured Professor (1990)

Gene H. Bell-Villada – The Carlos Chadwick Mystery. A Novel of College Life and Political Terror (1990)

Barry Targan – The Tangerine Tango Equation (1990)

Geoffrey Wolff – The Final Club (1990)

Weldon Kees – Fall Quarter (1990)

Kevin McIlvoy – Little Peg (1990)

Clyde Edgerton – Killer Diller (1991)

Albert Murray – The Spyglass Tree (1991)

Robyn Williams – Preconceived Notions (1991)

Herbert Burkholz – Writer in Residence (1991)

Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich – The Crown of Columbus (1991)

Michael Malone – Foolscap (1991)

Philip Lee Williams – Perfect Timing (1991)

Robert Grudin – Book (1992)

Emilio DeGrazia – Billy Brazil (1992)

Donna Tartt – The Secret History (1992)

Edward Allen – Mustang Sally (1992)

William Bernhardt – The Code of Buddyhood (1992)

Ellen Gilchrist – Net of Jewels (1992)

Alisa Kwitney – Till the Fat Lady Sings (1992)

Eric Larsen – I am Zoe Handke (1992)

Omar Tyree – Colored, on White Campus: The Education of a Racial World (1992)

Dennis Williams – Crossover (1992)

Emilio Degrazia – Billy Brazil (1992)

Jay Parini – Bay of Arrows (1992)

Ishmael Reed – Japanese by Spring (1993)

Cathleen Schine – Rameau’s Niece (1993)

D. J. H Jones – Murder at the MLA (1993)

Jennie Fields – Lily Beach (1993)

Hugh Kennedy – Everything Looks Impressive (1993)

Jenifer Levin – The Sea of Light (1993)

Dennis McCallum – The Summons (1993)

David Morine – The Class Choregus (1993)

Geoffrey Rees – Sex with Strangers (1993)

Robert Ward – The King of Cards (1993)

Michael Blumenthal – Weinstock Among the Dying (1993)

Lacey Dancer – His Woman’s Gift (1993)

Jeff Allen Kirsch – Madlands (1993)

Robert James Waller – Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend (1993)

Thelma Alexander – True Texas Love (1994)

Laura Argiri – The God in Flight (1994)

Lorrie Sprecher – Sister Safety Pin (1994)

Mark Harris – The Tale Maker (1994)

Alan Lightman – Good Benito (1994)

Kirin Narayan – Love, Stars, and All That (1994)

Theodore Weesner – Novemberfest (1994)

Elizabeth Hand – Waking the Moon (1995)

Steven Lukes – The Curious Enlightenment of Professor Caritat (1995)

Richard Powers – Galatea 2.2 (1995), Generosity (2009)

Jane Smiley – Moo (1995)

Jon Hassler – Rookery Blues (1995), Dean’s List (1997)

Michael Chabon – Wonder Boys (1995)

David Galef – Flesh (1995)

Don Keith – The Forever Season (1995)

Lloyd Rees – The Show-Me State (1995)

Louis Rubin – The Heat of the Sun (1995)

John L’Heureux – The Handmaid of Desire (1996), Having Everything (1999)

Sallie Bingham – Straight Man: A Novel (1996)

Sharyn McCrumb – Bimbos of the Death Sun (1996)

Alexander Theroux – Darconville’s Cat (1996)

Alan Isler – Kraven Images (1996)

Donald Davidson – Big Ballad Jamboree (1996)

Connie Briscoe – Big Girls Don’t Cry (1996)

Howard Macayeal – Tiger, Tiger! (1996)

Lisa Shapiro – The Color of Winter (1996)

James Wronoski – Knaves in Boyland (1996)

Jerry Klinkowitz – Here at Ogallala State U (1996)

Alfred Alcorn – Murder in the Museum of Man (1997)

Jonathan Lethem – As She Climbed Across the Table (1997)

Arnold Silver – Shortchangers (1997)

Elaine Ford – Life Designs (1997)

Mary Rose Callaghan – I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There (1997)

James Hynes – Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror (1997), The Lecturer’s Tales (2001), Kings of Infinite Space (2004), Next (2010)

Richard Russo – Straight Man (1997), That Old Cape Magic (2009), Chances Are… (2019)

Joanne Dobson – Quieter Than Sleep (1997), The Northbury Papers (1998), The Raven and the Nightingale (1999), The Maltese Manuscript (2006), Death Without Tenure (2010)

Ellyn Bache – The Activist’s Daughter (1997)

Tim Brown – Deconstruction Acres (1997)

Frederick Busch – Girls (1997)

Nicholas Delbanco – Old Scores (1997)

Michael Downing – Perfect Agreement (1997)

Elaine Ford – Life Designs (1997)

Mameve Medwed – Mail (1997), Host Family (2000)

Giose Rimanelli – Accademia (1997)

Blaire French – The Ticking Tenure Clock: An Academic Novel (1998)

Fedwa Malti-Douglas – Hisland: Adventures in Ac-Ac-Ademe (1998)

Martha Cooley – The Archivist (1998)

Robert Hellenga – The Fall of a Sparrow (1998)

Susan Choi – Foreign Student (1998), My Education (2013), Trust Exercise (2019)

James Boylan – Getting In (1998)

Tajuana Butler – Sorority Sisters (1998)

Ethan Canin – For Kings and Planets (1998)

Genaro Gonzalez – The Quixote Cult (1998)

Jane Harvard – The Student Body (1998)

Jane Aiken Hodge – Susan in America (1998)

Peter Jedick – Hippies (1998)

Elizabeth Nunez – Beyond the Limbo Silence (1998)

Brian Peterson – Move Over, Girl (1998)

Elwood Reid – If I don’t Six (1998)

Charley Rosen – Barney Polan’s Game: A Novel of the 1951 College Basketball Scandals (1998)

Nanci Kincaid – Balls (1998)

Tim O’Brien – Tomcat in Love (1998), July, July (2002)

Lee Siegel – Love in a Dead Language: A Romance (1999)

Lev Raphael – Death of a Constant Lover (1999)

Harold Burton Meyers – Reservations (1999), The Death at Awahi (2007)

Colin Cohen – House of Kidz (1999)

James Gano – The Student (1999)

Tracy Grant – Hellified (1999)

Karl G. Larew – Candles in the Window (1999)

Chester Kelly Robinson – Between Brothers (1999)

Joseph Gregg – The Jugglers (1999)

Rob Kean – The Pledge (1999)

James Magnuson – Windfall (1999)

William J. McGill – The Rock Springs Chronicles (1999)

Marilyn Sides – The Genius of Affection (1999)

William P. Brothers – The Sabbatical (2000)

Denis Johnson – The Name of the World (2000)

Christopher Hill – Virtual Morality (2000)

Tom Perrotta – Joe College (2000), Mrs. Fletcher (2017)

Francine Prose – Blue Angel (2000)

Erik Tarloff – The Man Who Wrote The Book (2000)

Shannon Olson – Welcome to My Planet (2000)

Kae Denino – Glow (2000)

Lawrence Dieker Jr.  – Letters from Law School – The Life of a Second-Year Law Student (2000)

Althea Christina Hughes – Walking the Line (2000)

Carl Romeo Jackson – Mistrustful (2000)

Davi Damrosch – Meetings of the Mind (2000)

Christopher Hill – Virtual Morality (2000)

Gerri Hill – One Summer Night (2000)

Philibert Schogt – The Wild Numbers (2000)

Christopher Brookhouse – A Selfish Woman (2001)

Mitchell Cullin – The Cosmology of Bing (2001)

Jake Lamar – If 6 were 9 (2001)

Marshall Terry – Angels Prostate Fall (2001)

William Hart – Never Fade Away (2001)

Chip Kidd – The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters (2001)

Lennard J. Davis – The Sonnets (2001)

Percival Everett – Erasure (2001), Glyph (2004)

Walter Anderson – Pledge Brothers (2001)

Amanda Brown – Legally Blonde (2001)

Sylvia Brownrigg – Pages For You (2001)

Shaunti Feldhahn – The Veritas Conflict (2001)

Richard Levine – Tenure (2002)

Sandra Brown – A Kiss Remembered (2002)

John Crowley – The Translator (2002)

Robert Stone – Bay of Souls (2003), Death of the Black-Haired Girl (2013)

Tom Wolfe – I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004)

George Harrar – The Spinning Man (2004)

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomson – The Rule of Four (2004)

Lou Allin – A Little Learning Is a Murderous Thing (2005)

Natalie Krinsky – Chloe Does Yale: A Novel (2005)

Curtis Sittenfeld – Prep (2005)

Lawrence Douglas – The Catastrophist (2006)

Marisha Pessl – Special Topics in Calamity Physics (2006)

Rosamond Lehmann – Dusty Answer (2006)

Allegra Goodman – Intuition (2006)

Michael T. Dolan – Walden (2006)

Robert Littell – The Visiting Professor: A Novel of Chaos (2006)

Julia Keefer – How to Survive as an Adjunct Professor by Wrestling (2006)

Rachel Kadish – Tolstoy Lied (2007)

Elinor Lipman – My Latest Grievance (2007)

Carol Goodman – The Sonnet Lover: A Novel (2007)

Chandra Prasad – On Borrowed Wings (2007)

Jim Harrison – The English Major (2008)

Will Lavender – Obedience (2008)

J. Hayes Hurley – The Adjunct (2008)

P.F. Kluge – Gone Tomorrow (2008)

Roger Rosenblatt – Beet (2008)

Joanne Rendell – The Professors’ Wives’ Club (2008), Crossing Washington Square (2009), Out of the Shadows (2010)

Nicholas Baker – The Anthologist (2009)

Bruce Gatenby – The Kingdom of Absurdities (2009)

Lisa Genova- Still Alice (2009)

C. Jules – The Freshman Fifteen  (2009)

E.M. Broner – The Red Squad (2009)

Rachel Pastan – Lady of the Snakes (2009)

Jean Hanff Korelitz – Admission (2009), The Devil and Webster (2017)

Lorrie Moore – A Gate at the Stairs (2009)

Alex Kudera – Fight for Your Long Day (2010), Auggie’s Revenge (2016)

Victoria Bradley – Tenure Track (2010)

Sam Lipsyte – The Ask (2010)

John McNally – After the Workshop (2010)

Jillian Weise – The Colony (2010)

David Fleming – It’s All Academic (2010)

Robin Becker – Brains: A Zombie Memoir (2010)

Jake Fuchs – Conrad in Beverly Hills (2010)

Betty Younis – Poison and Papyrus (2010)

Robert C. Noble – Deception by Design: A Novel of Misconduct in Medical Research (2010)

Marcus Borg – Putting Away Childish Things  (2010)

Karen Stabiner – Getting In (2010)

Michelle Huneven – Blame (2010), Off Course (2014)

Mat Johnson – Pym (2010)

E.M. Dadlez – The Sleep of Reason (2011)

Elise Blackwell – Grub (2011)

Stephen Harrison – AcaPolitics: A Novel About College A Cappella (2011)

Jeffrey Eugenides – The Marriage Plot (2011)

Teju Cole – Open City (2011)

Elisa Lorello – Faking It (2011)

Patricia S. Bowne – Advice from Pigeons (2011)

Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches (2011)

Lan Samantha Chang – All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost (2011)

Chad Harbach – The Art of Fielding (2011)

Michael W. Klein – Something for Nothing (2011)

Jann M. Contento,  Jeffrey Ross – College Leadership Crisis: A Philip Dolly Affair (2011)

Will Forest – Co-Ed Naked Philosophy (2011)

Jon Michael Miller – Photo Sessions: Penn State Calendar Girls (2011)

Christopher Meeks – Love at Absolute Zero (2011)

Steve Games – The Naked Professor (2011)

D.W. Rosenthal – Purely Academic (2011)

Dave  Newman – Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Your Children (2012)

Lesley Wheeler – The Receptionist and Other Tales (2012)

John Sherwood Illsley – Scholars and Gentlemen (2012)

Don Lee – The Collective (2012)

Dianne S. Anderson – Death is Academic (2012)

Curtis Bunn – Homecoming Weekend: A Novel (2012)

P.M. Carlson – Murder is Academic (2012)

Tom Maremaa – Rule of Law: A Novel (2012)

Bailey Buckner – The Well-Meaning Professor: A Novel (2012)

Rebecca Harrington –  Penelope (2012)

Jon Woodson – Endowed: a comic novel (2012)

Cathy Perkins – The Professor (2012)

Heidi Julavits – The Vanishers (2012)

A.P. O’Malley – Vagrant Adjunct (2012)

William H. Gass – Middle C (2013)

Alicia Stone – Murder Most Academic (2013)

Nancy Mary – Carnal Academy: On the Trail of an Academic Predator (2013)

Joel Shatzky – Option Three (2013)

Les Cochran – Costly Affair: Loves, Lies, and Liaisons (2013)

Andre Aciman – Harvard Square (2013), Find Me (2019)

Fritz Nordengren – Concealed (2013)

John D. Barbour – Renunciation: A Novel (2013)

William Urban – Why the Dean Is Dead (2013)

Lowell Mick White – Professed (2013)

JoJo Baker (pseudonym) – Trashy Novel: Four College Girls on a Path (2013)

William G. Tierney – Academic Affairs (2013)

Mary Smetley – Lorenzostein: A Bizarre Tale of the Depravity of a Young Academic (2013)

Lian Dolan – Elizabeth the First Wife (2013)

Stephanie Fournet – Fall Semester (2013)

Victoria Grossack – Academic Assassination (2013)

Shelley Kirilenko – ABD: An Academic Mystery (2013)

Jason Martin – Voluptua: a novel (2013)

Kathleen Kelley Reardon – Shadow Campus (2013)

Pamela Erens – The Virgins (2013)

Gordon Haber – Adjunctivitis (2013)

Brian D. Meeks – Underwood, Scotch, and Wry (2014)

Lawrence S. Wittner – What’s Going On at UAardvark? (2014)

Julie Schumacher – Dear Committee Members (2014) (thanks to prof. Jeffrey Williams), The Shakespeare Requirement (2018)

Maria Flook – Mothers and Lovers (2014)

Shirley S. Allen  – Academic Body (2014)

Lesley A. Diehl – Murder Is Academic (2014)

Tara Crescent- The Professor’s Pet (A BDSM Romance Novel) (2014)

C.K. Houck – The University (2014)

Isabella Johns – My Hot Teacher (Volume 5) (2014)

Duronimus Karlof – Critical Mass (2014)

Matthew Markovic – Book Thieves: a ‘college mystery’ novel (2014)

Valerie Philbrick-DeBrava – The Gathering: An Academic Novel (2014)

Lori Rader-Day – The Black Hour (2014)

Chris Wallace – Heads: A Campus Novel (2014)

Bourne Morris – The Red Queen’s Run (2014)

Tana French – The Secret Place (2014)

Darin Bradley – Chimpanzee (2014)

Amy Rowland – The Transcriptionist (2014)

Joe Amato – Samuel Taylor’s Last Night (2015)

Tessa McWatt – Higher Ed (2015)

Daniel Curzon – Among the Carnivores (1978, reprint 2015)

Ronald Perkins – Tenure to Die For: An Ivory Tower Murder Mystery (2015)

Robin Kirman – Bradstreet Gate: A Novel (2015)

Jennifer Vandever – The Bronte Project (2015)

Frankie Bow – The Case of the Defunct Adjunct (2015)

Adrian Jones Pearson – Cow Country (2015)

Lucy McConnell – The Academic Bride (Billionaire Marriage Brokers, Book One) (2015)

Stella Chance – The Campus Baller: A Sports Romance (2016)

Lauren Fremont – Taboo: Professor Wants Me Pregnant (2016)

Teddy Wayne – Loner (2016), Apartment (2020)

Kim A. Smith – The Cora Crane School of Journalism: a Novel of Academic Shenanigans (2016)

Nathan Hill – The Nix (2016)

M. L. Rio – If We Were Villains (2017)

Geoff Cebula – Adjunct (2017)

Meg Wolitzer – The Female Persuasion (2018)

R.O. Kwon – The Incendiaries (2018)

Jordy Rosenberg – Confessions of the Fox (2018)

Weike Wang  – Chemistry (2018)

Lydia Kiesling  – The Golden State (2018)

Brad Leithauser – The Promise of Elsewhere (2019)

Michael Downing – Still in Love (2019)

Johannes Lichtman – Such Good Work (2019)

Mona Awad- Bunny (2019)

Lucy Ives – Loudermilk (2019)

Elizabeth Ames – The Other’s Gold (2019)

Andrew Ridker – The Altruists (2019)

Juliet Lapidos – Talent (2019)

Mandy Berman – The Learning Curve (2019) (thanks to prof. Merritt Moseley)

Scott Johnston – Campusland (2019)

Sigrid Nunez – The Friend (2019)

Leigh Bardugo – Ninth House (2019)

Caroline Zancan – We Wish You Luck (2020)

Brandon Taylor – Real Life (2020)

Sources:

Internet

Kramer, John E. The American College Novel: An Annotated Bibliography. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1981 and 2004 (second edition).

Lyons, John O. The College Novel in America. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1962.

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