Dean's List

By William B. Neenan, SJ
Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties


The 1995-96 Dean's List of Recommended Reading contains four new entries this year and, consequently, four subtractions to keep the total at the mystical number of three-cubed, or 27.

Two of the new entries are novels: Shusaku Endo's Deep River and Milan Kundera's Immortality . One is an autobiography, Where Thousands Fell , by Bapst Library Liturgical Collections Curator William J. Leonard, SJ, an account of his experiences as a chaplain in World War II. The fourth addition is David Hackett Fischer's Paul Revere's Ride , the fascinating story of a defining event in the American Revolution.

Devoted readers of this annual column will recall that Shusaku Endo appeared once earlier on the list with his Silence , and Fr. Leonard's previous appearance was with his The Letter Carrier .

Given the current litigious climate in this country, I will refrain from naming those removed from the list, since they are bound to suffer financially as their book sales plummet.

I want to point out that Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor's (History) newest book, The Boston Irish: A Political History , would have been on the list, except that at press time I had not yet read it. However, I am rectifying this omission even as this week's Chronicle heads off to the presses, and I am confident that Tom O'Connor will grace the Dean's List next year.

All of the titles on Fr. Neenan's Dean's List of Recommended Reading for 1995 can be found in the Boston College Libraries and are available in the Boston College Bookstore.

James Agee, A Death in the Family

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace

George Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest

Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

Albert Camus, The Fall

Ethan Canin, Emperor of the Air

Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man

Shusaku Endo, Deep River

David Hackett Fischer, Paul Revere's Ride

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life

James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

John Keegan, Face of Battle

Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

Milan Kundera, Immortality

Guiseppe Lampedusa, The Leopard

William J. Leonard, SJ, Where Thousands Fell

David McCullough, Truman

Gloria Naylor, Women of Brewster Place

John O'Malley, SJ, The First Jesuits

Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries

Wallace Stegner, Collected Short Stories

Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter

Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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