100 Must-Read Books on English: Essays, Writing, and Literary Criticism is a reading list for the literate. It contains many of the classic critics of the past, Leavis, Richards, Auerbach, and Empson, with many contemporary greats, such as Eagleton, Wood, Bloom, and Said. There are many of the great texts on writing, by the likes of Orwell, White, King, and Zinsser. And there are the great essayists: Benjamin, Vidal, Macdonald, and Russell. Mixed in there are many superb books on journalism, film criticism, and literary theory.