I have a qualifying question about this poll. By public school do you mean high school or university? My favorite english lit prof taught King James as Literature. It was and I hear still is a very popular class. If you weren't a major or minor it was extremely difficult to get into the class. Frankly, I'd had other classes with that prof and I think she was pretty much in the broom closet. She had another class of similar popularity that was called something like "Angles, Saxons and Magicians" which was all about Celtic history and lit.
Why the King James Bible? It's the only one with literary merit. Thought was put into the how the stories were told. After 13 years of catholic school the only thing I really retain about the bible are 1) the commandments, 2) beatitudes -- the meek shall inhereit the earth (uh... yeah...) 3) It's a bunch of great stories that are told badly. All kinds of adventure of the physical and mystical and it still couldn't hold my interest.
I have to admit though that this english lit prof could make a campbell soup label interesting.