Fr. Neenan's Last List

Fr. William B. Neenan, SJ., the beloved Boston College Jesuit who died last summer, was known for many things, including a list of book titles he annually compiled that became known as The Dean's List of Recommended Reading.

Long cherished among BC students and faculty, the Boston College Chronicle reports that Fr. Neenan completed one last list for 2014. 

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The 27 titles on each year’s list included fiction and non-fiction works, some of them well-known historical, literary or popular titles (The Great GatsbyMary, Queen of ScotsLord of the FliesPortrait of the Artist as a Young ManThe Greatest Generation), others somewhat more obscure. Boston College-affiliated authors also made regular appearances on the list, which was first published in Boston College Biweekly (the Chronicle’s predecessor) in September of 1983. 
 

Read the list here

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