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Sure, John Green may write best-selling young-adult novels, manage a YouTube channel (vlogbrothers) and organize an annual conference for video bloggers (VidCon), but he’s more than just an author, an artist and an innovator. I would go so far as to call him a prophet. No, not a prophet in a biblical sense. Don’t freak out. More a prophet in a universal, all-things-connected sort of context. Some say that through his books, John gives a voice to teenagers. I humbly disagree. I think John hears the voices of teenagers. He acknowledges the intelligence and vulnerability that stem from those beautiful years when we are, for the first time, discovering the world and ourselves outside of our familial stories. But he doesn’t just listen to young adults. He treats every human he meets as their own planet, rather than simply one of his moons. He sees people with curiosity, compassion, grace and excitement. And he’s encouraging a huge community of followers to do the same. What a gift to be alive at the same time as this admirable leader.

Woodley stars in the film adaptation of Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (out June 6)

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The Master Works of Western Civilization

A hypertext-annotated compilation of lists of major works recommended by Drs. Adler and Eliot, Charles Van Doren, Anthony Burgess, Clifton Fadiman, the Easton Press, and many others


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Several publishers, writers, and thinkers have drawn lists of the quintessential works of Western Civilization. This page presents several such lists along with links to the texts available on the Web.

The table below contains three of the lists. Other lists are collected below the table. Maybe someday I'll collate all these lists into a single table -- but you know how Web page work goes -- maybe I won't.

Dr. Mortimer Adler, who edited The Great Books of the Western World at the University of Chicago, believed that by reading his selections you would obtain a thorough liberal arts education.

For more information about books available on the Web and by FTP and gopher, see Carnegie-Mellon's On-Line Books, the service I used to generate many of the links on this page. collections of electronic texts. Project Gutenberg has blazed the path for making classic literature available electronically and they are responsible for many texts referenced here.

The Master Works of Western Civilization

AuthorThe Great Books of the Western WorldThe Easton PressDr. Eliot
God, Moses, Jesus, Paul et aliaThe Bible
Homer (c. 850 B.C.E. ?) The Iliad and The OdysseyThe Iliad and The Odyssey
Confucius (551-479 B.C.E.) Analects
Aeschylus (c. 525- c. 456 B.C.E.) PlaysPlays
Sophocles (c. 496-c. 405 B.C.E.) plays, including: Oedipus Rex
Herodotus (c. 485-425 B.C.E.) The History
Euripides (480 or 484-406 B.C.E.) plays, including: plays (see list at left)
Thucydides (c. 460-c. 400 B.C.E.) The History of the Peloponesian War
Hippocrates (c. 460?-377 or 359 B.C.E.) works, including Aphorisms
Aristophanes (c. 448- c. 388 B.C.E.) plays, including The Birds and The Frogs
Plato (c. 427-c. 347 B.C.E.) works, including: The Republic and SymposiumApology, Crito, and Phaedo
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.) works, including: Politics
Euclid (taught c. 300 B.C.E.) The Elements
Archimedes (c. 287-212 B.C.E.) works
Apollonius of Perga (fl 250-220 B.C.E.) On Conic Sections
Cicero (106-43 B.C.E.) Letters
Nicomachus of Gerasa Introduction to Arithmetic
Lucretius (c. 99-55 B.C.E.) On the Nature of Things
Virgil (70-19 B.C.E.) The Ecologues, The Georgics, and The AeneidThe AeneidThe Aeneid
Livy (59 B.C.E.-17 C.E.) History of Early Rome
First through Fifth Centuries
Epictetus (c. 50-?) The DiscoursesGolden Sayings
Plutarch (c. 46-c. 120) The Lives of the Noble Grecians and RomansThe Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
P. Cornelius Tacitus (c. 55-120) The Annals and The Histories
Pliny, the Younger (62-c. 114) Letters
Ptolemy (c. 90-168) The Almagest
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) The MeditationsMeditations
Galen (c. 130-201) On the Natural Faculties
Plotinus (205-270) The Six Enneads
Saint Augustine (354-430) Confessions, The City of God, and On Christian DoctrineConfessionsConfessions
Sixth through Tenth Centuries
Eleventh through Fourteenth Centuries
Omar Khayyam (c. 1050-c. 1123) The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Summa Theologica
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) The Divine ComedyThe Divine ComedyThe Divine Comedy
Boccaccio (1313-1375) The Decameron
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1345-1400) The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and CressidaThe Canterbury TalesThe Canterbury Tales
Thomas à Kempis (1379-1471) The Imitation of Christ
Fifteenth Century
Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) The PrinceThe Prince
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Francois Rabelais (1494?-1553?) Gargantua and Pantagruel
Sixteenth Century
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) Essays
William Gilbert (1540-1603) On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) The History of Don Quixote de la ManchaThe History of Don Quixote de la Mancha
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Advancement of Learning, Novum Organum, and New AtlantisEssaysNew Atlantis and Essays
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) WorksWorks
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) Doctor Faustus
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences
Thomas Middleton (c. 1570-1627) The Changeling (see: The Plays of Thomas Middleton)
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and The Harmonies of the World
Ben Jonson (1572-1637) Volpone
John Donne (1572?-1631) Poems, including Devotions
William Harvey (1578-1657) On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, On the Circulation of the Blood, and On the Generation of Animals
John Webster (c. 1580-c. 1625) The Duchess of Malfi
Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) & John Fletcher (1579-1625) The Maid's Tragedy
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) Leviathan
Izaak Walton (1593-1683) The Compleat Angler, The Life of John Donne, and The Life of George Herbert
Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Rules for the Direction of the Mind, Discourse on the Method, Meditations on First Philosophy, Objections Against the Meditations and Replies, and The Geometry
Seventeenth Century
Thomas Browne (1605-1682) Religio Medici
John Milton (1608-1674) minor poems, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, and AreopagiticaParadise LostAreopagitica and Tractate on Education
Moliere (1622-1673) Plays
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) works, including: Pensees and Provincial Letters
John Bunyan (1628-1688) Pilgrim's ProgressPilgrim's Progress
Christiaan Huygens (1629-1693) Treatise on Light
John Dryden (1631-1700) All for Love
John Locke (1632-1704) essays, including
Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) Ethics
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and Optics
William Penn (1644-1718) Fruits of Solitude
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Journal of the Plague Year and Robinson Crusoe
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's Travels
George Berkeley (1685-1753) The Principles of Human Knowledge A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) The Spirit of Laws
Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778) Candide
Eighteenth Century
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Henry Fielding (1707-1754) The History of Tom Jones, A FoundlingThe History of Tom Jones, A Foundling
David Hume (1711-1776) An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, A Discourse on Political Economy, and The Social ContractConfessions
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent.The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent.
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) Tristam Shandy
John Woolmann (1720-1772) Journal of John Woolman
Adam Smith(1723-1790) An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of NationsAn Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) The Critique of Pure Reason, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, and other works
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) She Stoops to Conquer
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) Rights of Man
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
James Boswell (1740-1795) The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794) Elements of Chemistry
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) FaustFaustFaust
Alexander Hamilton(1757-1804), James Madison (1751-1836), and John Jay (1745-1829) The FederalistThe Federalist
Robert Burns (1759-1796) Tam O'Shanter
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) The Philosophy of Right and The Philosophy of History [Also: Phenomenology of Mind]
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Ivanhoe and Talisman
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1772-1837) Analytical Theory of Heat
Jane Austen (1775-1817) Pride and Prejudice
American State Papers The Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and The Constitution
Washington Irving (1783-1859) Alhambra
Stendhal (1783-1842) Red and the Black
The Brothers Grimm (Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, 1785-1863, and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, 1786-1859) Grimm's Fairy Tales
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) The Last of the Mohicans
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) Experimental Researches in Electricity
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) The Cenci
John Keats (1795-1821) Poetical Works
Nineteenth Century
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) The Three Musketeers [Available on the Web is The Man in the Iron Mask.]
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) EssaysEssays and English Traits
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) The Scarlet Letter
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) Becket
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) The Origin of Species [Also available on the Web is The Voyage of the Beagle.] The Origin of Species and The Descent of ManThe Origin of Species
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) Tales of Mystery and Imagination [See Selected Works of Poe.]
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom's Cabin
William M. Thackeray (1811-1863) Vanity Fair
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Short Stories, and A Tale of Two Cities [Also available by Dickens on the Web are: A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, and The Cricket on the Hearth.]
Robert Browning (1812-1889) poems, several of which are in Dramatic Lyrics [Also see: Introduction to Robert Browning.] A Blot in the 'Scutcheon
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Jane Eyre
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Walden
Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) Fathers and Sons
Emily Bronte (1818-1848) Wuthering Heights
Karl Marx (1818-1883) Capital
Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) Manifesto of the Communist Party
Walt Whitman (1819-1891) Leaves of Grass
George Eliot (1819-1880) The Mill on the Floss [Also available on the Web are Middlemarch: a study of provincial life and Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe.]
Herman Melville (1819-1891) Moby Dick; or, the WhaleMoby Dick; or, the Whale
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) Flowers of Evil
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Madame Bovary
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) The Brothers KaramzovThe Brothers Karamzov and Crime and Punishment
Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) War and PeaceAnna Karenina and War and Peace
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) plays, including Peer Gynt and The Wild Duck
Jules Verne (1828-1905) Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea
Sir Richard Burton (1829-1890) Tales from the Arabian NightsTales from the Arabian Nights
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [Also available on the Web are:
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) Little Women
Mark Twain (1835-1910) Huckleberry Finn
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) The Way of All Flesh
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Jude the Obscure and Return of the Native
William James (1842-1910) The Principles of Psychology
Henry James (1843-1916) Portrait of a Lady
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island
Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) Tales
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Short Stories [Also available on the Web are The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Poems.]
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis, Selected Papers on Hysteria, The Sexual Enlightenment of Children, The Future Prospects of Psychoanalytic Therapy, and other essays
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) plays
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim [Also available on the Web are: The Secret Agent, The Secret Sharer, and The Shadow Line.]
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Anton Chekkov (1860-1904) plays
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) The Jungle Book
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) poems
Stephen Crane (1871-1900) The Red Badge of Courage
Jack London (1876-1916) Sea Wolf
James Joyce (1882-1941) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) Brave New World
Twentieth Century
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) Of Mice and Men

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  • A Recommended Reading List

    from Appendix A of How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren
  • The Liberal Studies Great Books Program at Malaspina University-College bases its program on the list of Drs. Adler and Van Doren.
    1. Homer (9th Century B.C.?)
    2. The Old Testament
    3. Aeschylus (c.525-456 B.C.)
    4. Sophocles (c.495-406 B.C.)
    5. Herodotus (c.484-425 B.C.)
    6. Euripides (c.485-406 B.C.)
    7. Thucydides (c.460-400 B.C.)
      History of the Peloponnesian War
    8. Hippocrates (c.460-377? B.C.)
      Medical Writings
    9. Aristophanes (c.448-380 B.C.)
    10. Plato (c.427-347 B.C.)
    11. Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
    12. Epicurus (c.341-270 B.C.)
      ``Letter to Herodotus'' ``Letter to Menoecus''
    13. Euclid (fl.c. 300 B.C.)
    14. Archimedes (c.287-212 B.C.)
    15. Apollonius of Perga (fl.c.240 B.C.)
      Conic Sections
    16. Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
    17. Lucretius (c.95-55 B.C.)
      On the Nature of Things
    18. Virgil (70-19 B.C.)
    19. Horace (65-8 B.C.)
    20. Livy (59 B.C.--A.D. 17)
      History of Rome
    21. Ovid (43 B.C.--A.D. 17)
    22. Plutarch (c.45-120)
      Parallel Lives
    23. Tacitus (c.55-117)
    24. Nicomachus of Gerasa (fl.c. 100 A.D.)
      Introduction to Arithmetic
    25. Epictetus (c.60-120)
    26. Ptolemy (c.100-170; fl. 127-151)
    27. Lucian (c.120-c.190)
    28. Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
    29. Galen (C. 130-200)
      On the Natural Faculties
    30. The New Testament
    31. Plotinus (205-270)
      The Enneads
    32. St. Augustine (354-430)
      On the Teacher
      City of God
      On Christian Doctrine
    33. The Song of Roland
      (12th century?)

    34. The Nibelungenlied
      (13th century?)

      (Volsunga Saga
      as Scandinavian version)
    35. The Saga of Burnt Njal
    36. St. Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274)
      Summa Theologica
    37. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
      The New Life
      On Monarchy
      The Divine Comedy
    38. Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-1400)
      Troilus and Criseyde
      The Canterbury Tales
    39. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
    40. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
      The Prince
      Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy
    41. Desiderius Erasmus (c.1469-1536)
      The Praise of Folly
    42. Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
      On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
    43. Sir Thomas More (c.1478-1535)
    44. Martin Luther (1483-1546)
      Table Talk
      Three Treatises
    45. Francois Rabelais (c.1495-1553)
      Gargantua and Pantagruel
    46. John Calvin (1509-1564)
      Institutes of the Christian Religion
    47. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
    48. William Gilbert (1540-1603)
      On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
    49. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
      Don Quixote
    50. Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599)
      The Faerie Queene
    51. Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
      Advancement of Learning
      Novum Organum
      New Atlantis
    52. William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      Poetry and Plays
    53. Galieo Galilei (1564-1642)
      The Starry Messenger
      Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences
    54. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)
      Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
      Concerning the Harmonies of the World
    55. William Harvey (1578-1657)
      On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
      On the Circulation of the Blood
      On the Generation of Animals
    56. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
      The Leviathan
    57. Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
      Rules for the Direction of the Mind
      Discourse on the Method
      Meditations on First Philosophy
    58. John Milton (1608-1674)
    59. Moliere (1622-1673)
    60. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
      The Provincial Letters
      Scientific Treatises
    61. Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695)
      Treatise on Light
    62. Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)
    63. John Locke (1632-1704)
      Letter Concerning Toleration
      ``Of Civil Government''
      Essay Concerning Human Understanding
      Thoughts Concerning Education
    64. Jean Baptiste Racine (1639-1699)
    65. Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
      Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
    66. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716)
      Discourse on Metaphysics
      New Essays Concerning Human Understanding
    67. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
      Robinson Crusoe
    68. Jonathon Swift (1667-1745)
      A Tale of a Tub
      Journal to Stella
      Gulliver's Travels
      A Modest Proposal
    69. William Congreve (1670-1729)
      The Way of the World
    70. George Berkeley (1685-1753)
      Principles of Human Knowledge
    71. Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
      Essay on Criticism
      Rape of the Lock
      Essay on Man
    72. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755)
      Persian Letters
      Spirit of Laws
    73. Voltaire (1694-1778)
      Letters on the English
      Philosophical Dictionary
    74. Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
      Joseph Andrews
      Tom Jones
    75. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
      The Vanity of Human Wishes
      The Lives of the Poets
    76. David Hume (1711-1776)
      Treatise on Human Nature
      Essays Moral and Political
      An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    77. Jean Jaques Rousseau (1712-1778)
      On the Origin of Inequality
      On the Political Economy
      The Social Contract
    78. Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)
      Tristram Shandy
      A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy
    79. Adam Smith (1723-1790)
      The Theory of Moral Sentiments
      Wealth of Nations
    80. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
      Critique of Pure Reason
      Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals
      Critique of Practical Reason
      The Science of Right
      Critique of Judgment
      Perpetual Peace
    81. Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
      The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    82. James Boswell (1740-1795)
      Journal Life of Samuel Johnson, Ll.D.
    83. Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794)
      Elements of Chemistry
    84. John Jay (1745-1829), James Madison (1751-1836), and Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)
      Federalist Papers
      (together with Articles of Confederation, Constitution of the United States, and Declaration of Independence)
    85. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
      Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
      Theory of Fictions
    86. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
      Poetry and Truth
    87. Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830)
      Analytical Theory of Heat
    88. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
      Phenomenology of Spirit
      Philosophy of Right
      Lectures on the Philosophy of History
    89. William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
    90. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
      Poems Biographia Literaria
    91. Jane Austen (1775-1817)
      Pride and Prejudice
    92. Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831)
      On War
    93. Stendhal (1783-1842)
      The Red and the Black
      The Charterhouse of Parma
      On Love
    94. George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)
      Don Juan
    95. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
      Studies in Pessimism
    96. Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
      Chemical History of a Candle
      Experimental Researches in Electricity
    97. Charles Lyell (1797-1875)
      Principles of Geology
    98. Auguste Comte (1798-1857)
      The Positive Philosophy
    99. Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)
      Pere Goriot
      Eugenie Grandet
    100. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
      Representative Men
    101. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
      The Scarlet Letter
    102. Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)
      Democracy in America
    103. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
      A System of Logic
      On Liberty
      Representative Government
      The Subjection of Women
    104. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
      The Origin of Species
      The Descent of Man
    105. Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
    106. Claude Bernard (1813-1878)
      Introduction to the Study of Experimental Medicine
    107. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
      Civil Disobedience
    108. Karl Marx (1818-1883)
      (together with Communist Manifesto)
    109. George Eliot (1819-1880)
      Adam Bede
    110. Herman Melville (1819-1891)
      Moby Dick
      Billy Budd
    111. Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
      Crime and Punishment
      The Idiot
      The Brothers Karamazov
    112. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
      Madame Bovary
      Three Stories
    113. Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
    114. Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
      War and Peace
      Anna Karenina
      What is Art?
      Twenty-Three Tales
    115. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      The Mysterious Stranger
    116. William James (1842-1910)
      The Principles of Psychology
      The Varieties of Religious Experience
      Essays in Radical Empiricism
    117. Henry James (1843-1916)
      The American
      The Ambassadors
    118. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)
      Thus Spoke Zarathustra
      Beyond Good and Evil
      The Geneology of Morals
      The Will to Power
    119. Jules Henri Poincare (1854-1912)
      Science and Hypothesis
      Science and Method
    120. Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
      The Interpretation of Dreams
      Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
      Civilization and Its Discontents
      New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
    121. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
      Plays and Prefaces
    122. Max Planck (1858-1947)
      Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory
      Where Is Science Going?
      Scientific Autobiography
    123. Henri Bergson (1859-1941)
      Time and Free Will
      Matter and Memory
      Creative Evolution
      The Two Sources of Morality and Religion
    124. John Dewey (1859-1952)
      How We Think
      Democracy and Education
      Experience and Nature
      Logic, the Theory of Inquiry
    125. Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)
      An Introduction to Mathematics
      Science and the Modern World
      The Aims of Education and Other Essays
      Adventures of Ideas
    126. George Santayana (1863-1952)
      The Life of Reason
      Skepticism and Animal Faith
      Persons and Places
    127. Nikolai Lenin (1870-1924)
      The State and Revolution
    128. Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
      Remembrance of Things Past
    129. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
      The Problems of Philosophy
      The Analsysis of Mind
      An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth
      Human Knowledge; Its Scope and Limits
    130. Thomas Mann (1875-1955)
      The Magic Mountain
      Joseph and His Brothers
    131. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
      The Meaning of Relativity
      On the Method of Theoretical Physics
      The Evolution of Physics (with L. Infeld)
    132. James Joyce (1882-1941)
      ``The Dead'' in Dubliners
      Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    133. Jaques Maritain (1882- )
      Art and Scholasticism
      The Degrees of Knowledge
      The Rights of Man and Natural Law
      True Humanism
    134. Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
      The Trial
      The Castle
    135. Arnold Toynbee (1889- )
      A Study of History
      Civilization on Trial
    136. Jean Paul Sartre (1905- )
      No Exit
      Being and Nothingness
    137. Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (1918- )
      The First Circle
      The Cancer Ward

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  • The Library of America

    1. Herman Melville, Typee, Omoo, Mardi
    2. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Tales and Sketches
    3. Walt Whitman, Poetry and Prose
    4. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Three Novels
    5. Mark Twain, Mississippi Writings
    6. Jack London, Novels and Stories
    7. Jack London, Novels and Social Writings
    8. William Dean Howells, Novels 1875-1886
    9. Herman Melville, Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby Dick
    10. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Novels
    11. Francis Parkman, France and England in North America, vol. I
    12. Francis Parkman, France and England in North America, vol. II
    13. Henry James, Novels 1871-1880
    14. Henry Adams, Novels, Mont Sant Michel, The Education
    15. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays and Lectures
    16. Washington Irving, History, Tales, and Sketches
    17. Thomas Jefferson, Writings
    18. Stephen Crane, Prose and Poetry
    19. Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry and Tales
    20. Edgar Allan Poe, Essays and Reviews
    21. Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It
    22. Henry James, Essays, American & English Writers
    23. Henry James, European Writers & The Prefaces
    24. Herman Melville, Pierre, Israel Potter, The Confidence-Man, Tales, & Billy Budd
    25. William Faulkner, Novels 1930-1935
    26. James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Tales vol. I
    27. James Fenimore Cooper, The Leatherstocking Tales vol. II
    28. Henry David Thoreau, A Week, Walden, The Maine Woods, Cape Cod
    29. Henry James, Novels 1881-1886
    30. Edith Wharton, Novels
    31. Henry Adams, History of the United States during the Administration of Jefferson
    32. Henry Adams, History of the United States during the Administration of Madison
    33. Frank Norris, Novels and Essays
    34. W.E.B. Du Bois, Writings
    35. Willa Cather, Early Novels and Stories
    36. Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, Jennie Gerhardt, Twelve Men
    37. Benjamin Franklin, Writings
    38. William James, Writings 1902-1910
    39. Flannery O'Connor, Collected Works
    40. Eugene O'Neill, Complete Plays 1913-1920
    41. Eugene O'Neill, Complete Plays 1920-1931
    42. Eugene O'Neill, Complete Plays 1932-1943
    43. Henry James, Novels 1886-1890
    44. William Dean Howells, Novels 1886-1888
    45. Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings 1832-1858
    46. Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Writings 1859-1865
    47. Edith Wharton, Novellas and Other Writing
    48. William Faulkner, Novels 1936-1940
    49. Willa Cather, Later Novels
    50. Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs and Selected Letters
    51. William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs

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  • 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939, by Anthony Burgess

    1. 1939

    2. Party Going, Henry Green
    3. After Many a Summer, Aldous Huxley
    4. Finnegans Wake, James Joyce
    5. At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O'Brien


    6. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
    7. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
    8. Strangers and Brothers (to 1970), C.P. Snow


    9. The Aerodrome, Rex Warner


    10. The Horse's Mouth, Joyce Cary
    11. The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maugham


    12. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh


    13. Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake


    14. The Victim, Saul Bellow
    15. Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry


    16. The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
    17. Ape and Essence, Aldous Huxley
    18. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
    19. No Highway, Nevil Shute


    20. The Heat of the Day, Elizabeth Bowen
    21. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
    22. The Body, William Sansom


    23. Scenes from Provincial Life, William Cooper
    24. The Disenchanted, Budd Schulberg


    25. A Dance to the Music of Time (to 1975), Anthony Powell
    26. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
    27. The Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight (to 1969), Henry Williamson
    28. The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk


    29. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
    30. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
    31. The Groves of Academe, Mary McCarthy
    32. Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor
    33. Sword of Honour (to 1961), Evelyn Waugh


    34. The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler


    35. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis


    36. Room at the Top, John Braine
    37. The Alexandria Quartet (to 1960), Lawrence Durrell
    38. The London Novels (to 1960), Colin MacInnes
    39. The Assistant, Bernard Malamud


    40. The Bell, Iris Murdoch
    41. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alan Sillitoe
    42. The Once and Future King, T.H. White


    43. The Mansion, William Faulkner
    44. Goldfinger, Ian Fleming


    45. Facial Justice, L.P. Hartley
    46. The Balkans Trilogy (to 1965), Olivia Manning


    47. The Mighty and Their Fall, Ivy Compton-Burnett
    48. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
    49. The Fox in the Attic, Richard Hughes
    50. Riders in the Chariot, Patrick White
    51. The Old Men at the Zoo, Angus Wilson


    52. Another Country, James Baldwin
    53. An Error of Judgment, Pamela Hansford Johnson
    54. Island, Aldous Huxley
    55. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
    56. Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov


    57. The Girls of Slender Means, Muriel Spark


    58. The Spire, William Golding
    59. Heartland, Wilson Harris
    60. A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood
    61. The Defence, Vladimir Nabokov
    62. Late Call, Angus Wilson


    63. The Lockwood Concern, John O'Hara
    64. The Mandelbaum Gate, Muriel Spark


    65. A Man of the People, Chinua Achebe
    66. The Anti-Death League, Kingsley Amis
    67. Giles Goat-Boy, John Barth
    68. The Late Bourgeois World, Nadine Gordimer
    69. The Last Gentleman, Walker Percy


    70. The Vendor of Sweets, R.K. Narayan


    71. The Image Men, J.B. Priestley
    72. Cocksure, Mordecai Richler
    73. Pavane, Keith Roberts


    74. The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles
    75. Portnoy's Complaint, Philip Roth


    76. Bomber, Len Deighton


    77. Sweet Dreams, Michael Frayn
    78. Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon


    79. Humboldt's Gift, Saul Bellow
    80. The History Man, Malcolm Bradbury


    81. The Doctor's Wife, Brian Moore
    82. Falstaff, Robert Nye


    83. How to Save Your Own Life, Erica Jong
    84. Farewell Companions, James Plunkett
    85. Staying On, Paul Scott


    86. The Coup, John Updike


    87. The Unlimited Dream Company, J.G. Ballard
    88. Dubin's Lives, Bernard Malamud
    89. A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul
    90. Sophie's Choice, William Stryon


    91. Life in the West, Brian Aldiss
    92. Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban
    93. How Far Can You Go?, David Lodge
    94. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole


    95. Lanark, Alasdair Gray
    96. Darconville's Cat, Alexander Theroux
    97. The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux
    98. Creation, Gore Vidal


    99. The Rebel Angels, Robertson Davies


    100. Ancient Evenings, Norman Mailer

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  • The Lifetime Reading Plan, by Clifton Fadiman (3rd edition)

  • The Beginning

    1. Homer, The Iliad
    2. Homer, The Odyssey
    3. Herodotus, The Histories
    4. Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
    5. Plato, Selected Works
    6. Aristotle, Ethics, Politics
    7. Aeschylus, The Oresteia
    8. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
    9. Euripides, Alcestis, Medea, Hipploytus, Trojan Women, Electra, Bacchae
    10. Lucretius, Of the Nature of Things
    11. Virgil, The Aeneid
    12. Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations

    The Middle Ages

    1. Saint Augustine, Confessions
    2. Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
    3. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales


    1. William Shakespeare, Complete Works
    2. Moliere, Selected Plays
    3. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
    4. Henrik Ibsen, Selected Plays
    5. George Bernard Shaw, Selcted Plays and Prefaces
    6. Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard
    7. Eugene O'Neill, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey into Night
    8. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp's Last Tape
    9. Contemporary Drama, edited by E. Bradlee Watson and Benfield Pressey


    1. John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
    2. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
    3. Jonathon Swift, Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, Meditations upon a Broomstick, Resolutions when I Come to be Old
    4. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
    5. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
    6. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Emma
    7. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
    8. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
    9. Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend, Little Dorrit
    10. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch
    11. Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass
    12. Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge
    13. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo
    14. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
    15. James Joyce, Ulysses
    16. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves
    17. D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Women in Love
    18. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Collected Essays
    19. George Orwell, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four
    20. Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
    21. Franz Kafka, The Trial, The Castle, Selected Short Stories
    22. Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
    23. Voltaire, Candide and Selected Works
    24. Stendhal, The Red and the Black
    25. Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot, Eugenie Grandet
    26. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
    27. Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
    28. Andre Malraux, Man's Fate
    29. Albert Camus, The Plague, The Stranger
    30. Edgar Allan Poe, Short Stories and Other Works
    31. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Selcted Tales
    32. Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener
    33. Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
    34. Henry James, The Ambassadors
    35. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying
    36. Ernest Hemingway, Short Stories
    37. Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Humboldt's Gift
    38. Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra, Don Quixote
    39. Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, Dreamtigers
    40. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
    41. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Dead Souls
    42. Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
    43. Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov
    44. Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, War and Peace
    45. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Pale Fire, Speak, Memory
    46. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle, Cancer Ward

    Philosophy, Psychology, Politics, Essays

    1. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
    2. John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
    3. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
    4. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
    5. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
    6. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra,

    Selected Other Works

    1. Sigmund Freud, Selected Works
    2. Niccolo Macchiavelli, The Prince
    3. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Selected Essays
    4. Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method
    5. Blaise Pascal, Thoughts
    6. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
    7. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Works
    8. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Civil Disobedience
    9. William James, The Principles of Psychology, Pragmatism and Four Essays from The Meaning of Truth, The Varieties of Religious Experience
    10. John Dewey, Human Nature and Conduct
    11. George Santayana, Skepticism and Animal Faith, Selected Other Works


    1. John Donne, Selected Works
    2. John Milton, Paradise Lost, Lycidas, On the Morning of Christ's Nativity, Sonnets, Areopagitica
    3. William Blake, Selected Works
    4. William Wordsworth, The Prelude, Selected Shorter Poems, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, 1800
    5. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, Christabel, Kubla Khan, Biographia Literaria, Writings on Shakespeare
    6. William Butler Yeats, Collected Poems, Collected Plays, The Autobiography
    7. T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems and Collected Plays
    8. Walt Whitman, Selected Poems, Democratic Vistas, Preface to the first issue of Leaves of Grass (1855), A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads
    9. Robert Frost, Collected Poems
    10. Poets of the English Language, edited by W.H. Auden and Norman Holmes Pearson
    11. The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, edited by Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair

    History, Biography, Autobiography

    1. Basic Documents in American History, edited by Richard B. Morris The Federalist Papers, edited by Clinton Rossiter
    2. Jean Jacques Rousseau, Confessions
    3. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
    4. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
    5. Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II, Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century


    1. William H. McNeill, The Rise of the West Will and Ariel Durant, The Story of Civilization
    2. Samuel Eliot Morison, The Oxford History of the American People Page Smith, A People's History of the United States
    3. Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World
    4. Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics
    5. E.H. Gombrich, The Story of Art
    6. Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book

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  • Recommended Reading in Great Literature, Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, Illinois

  • Ancient World

    1. The Bible
    2. Aristophanes, The Birds
    3. Aristotle, Poetics
    4. Homer, Odyssey, Iliad
    5. Horace, Odes, etc.
    6. Pindar, Olympians, etc.
    7. Plato, Republic
    8. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
    9. Theocritus, Idylls
    10. Virgil, Aeneid, etc.
      For background & lighter reading
    11. E. Hamilton, Mythology, etc.
    12. M. Renault, The King Must Die, etc.
    13. J. William, Augustus

    Middle Ages

    1. Bede, History of the English Church and People
    2. Beowulf
    3. A.C. Cawley, Everyman & Miracle Plays
    4. G. Chaucer Canterbury Tales
    5. Dante, Divine Comedy
    6. W. Langland, Piers the Ploughman
    7. T. Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur
      For background & lighter reading
    8. Ackerman, Backgrounds to Medieval Literature
    9. J. Gardner, Grendel
    10. M. Stewart, The Crystal Cave, etc.
    11. T.H. White Once and Future King

    Renaissance & 17th Century

    1. M. Cervantes, Don Quixote
    2. J. Donne, Collected Poems
    3. J. Dryden, MacFlecknoe, etc.
    4. B. Jonson, Epigrams, Plays
    5. C. Marlowe, Poems, Doctor Faustus
    6. J. Milton, Paradise Lost, L'Allegro
    7. W. Shakespeare, Sonnets, Plays
    8. E. Spenser, Shephearde's Calender

    18th Century

    1. H. Fielding, Joseph Andrews
    2. T. Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
    3. S. Johnson, Life of Milton, etc.
    4. A. Pope, Rape of the Lock, etc.
    5. J. Swift, Gulliver's Travels

    19th Century

    1. M. Arnold, Dover Beach
    2. R. Browning, Collected Works
    3. S.T. Coleridge, Ancient Mariner
    4. E. Dickinson, Collected Works
    5. J. Keats, Collected Works
    6. E.A. Poe, The Raven
    7. P.B. Shelley, Collected Works
    8. A. Tennyson, Idylls of the King, etc.
    9. W. Whitman, Leaves of Grass
    10. W. Wordsworth, Collected Works
    11. J. Austen, Pride and Prejudice
    12. C. Bronte, Jane Eyre
    13. E. Bronte, Wuthering Heights
    14. L. Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
    15. W. Cather, My Antonia, etc.
    16. J. Cooper, Last of the Mohicans
    17. C. Dickens, Great Expectations, etc.
    18. F. Dostoyevsky, Crime & Punishment, etc.
    19. G. Eliot, Adam Bede
    20. R.W. Emerson, American Scholar, etc.
    21. G. Flaubert, Madame Bovary
    22. T. Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, etc.
    23. N. Hawthorne, Scarlet Letter, etc.
    24. W. Irving, Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    25. H. Melville, Billy Budd, Moby Dick, etc.
    26. W. Scott, Ivanhoe, etc.
    27. W.M. Thackery, Vanity Fair
    28. H.D. Thoreau, Walden
    29. L. Tolstoy, War and Peace
    30. M. Twain, Huckleberry Finn, Roughing It

    Late 19th & 20th Century

    1. S. Becket, Waiting for Godot
    2. B. Brecht, Mother Courage
    3. A. Chekhov, Cherry Orchard
    4. L. Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
    5. H. Ibsen, A Doll's House, etc.
    6. A. Miller, Death of a Salesman
    7. E. O'Neill, Ah Wilderness, etc.
    8. Pirandello, Six Characters in Search...
    9. G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, Major Barbara, etc.
    10. A. Strindberg, Miss Julie, etc.
    11. J. Synge, Playboy of the Western World
    12. O. Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest
    13. T. Wilder, Our Town, Skin of Our Teeth
    14. T. Williams, Streetcar Named Desire
    15. W.H. Auden, Collected Works
    16. e.e. cummings, Collected Works
    17. T.S. Eliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    18. R. Frost, Collected Works
    19. G.M. Hopkins, Collected Works
    20. A.E. Housman, Collected Works
    21. T. Roethke, Collected Works
    22. W.B. Yeats, Collected Works
      Essays, Short Stories, Expository Works
    23. J. Didion, Collected Works
    24. A. Dillard, Collected Works
    25. L. Eiseley, Immense Journey, etc.
    26. J. McPhee, Collected Works
    27. F. O'Connor, Collected Works
    28. Saki (Munro), Collected Short Stories
    29. L. Thomas, Collected Works
    30. J. Thurber, Carnival, etc.
    31. E.B. White, Essays
    32. S. Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
    33. J. Conrad, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness
    34. W. Faulkner, Sound and the Fury
    35. F.S. Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby
    36. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
    37. J. Galsworthy, Forsyte Saga
    38. E. Hemingway, The Sun also Rises
    39. A. Huxley, Brave New World
    40. H. James, The Ambassadors, etc.
    41. J. Joyce, Portrait of the Artist..., etc.
    42. D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love
    43. S. Lewis, Main Street
    44. J. Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
    45. V. Woolf, To the Lighthouse
    46. R. Wright, Native Son


    1. K. Amis, Lucky Jim
    2. J. Baldwin, Go Tell it on the Mountain
    3. S. Beckett, Murphy
    4. J. Barth, The End of the Road
    5. R. Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
    6. A. Burgess, Enderby, A Clockwork Orange
    7. A. Camus, Outsider, Plague
    8. R. Ellison, Invisible Man
    9. F.M. Ford, The Good Soldier
    10. J. Gardner, October Light
    11. W. Golding, Lord of the Flies
    12. J. Heller, Catch-22
    13. J. Herriot, All Creatures Great & Small
    14. J. Knowles, A Separate Peace
    15. H. Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
    16. N. Mailer, Armies of the Night
    17. T. Morrison, Song of Solomon
    18. G. Orwell, Animal Farm, 1984
    19. A. Paton, Cry the Beloved Country
    20. J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye
    21. J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
    22. J. Watson, The Double Helix

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  • Classics Revisited and More Classics Revisited by Kenneth Rexroth

    1. From Classics Revisited

    2. The Epic of Gilgamesh
    3. Homer, The Iliad
    4. Homer, The Odyssey
    5. Beowulf
    6. Njal's Saga
    7. Job
    8. The Mahabharata
    9. The Kalevala
    10. Sappho, Poems
    11. Aeschylus, The Oresteia
    12. Sophocles, The Theban Plays
    13. Euripides
    14. Herodotus, History
    15. Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
    16. Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates
    17. Plato, The Republic
    18. The Greek Anthology
    19. Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
    20. Livy, Early Rome
    21. Julius Caesar, The War in Gaul
    22. Petronius, The Satyricon
    23. Tacitus, Histories
    24. Plutarch, Parallel Lives
    25. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
    26. Apuleius, The Golden Ass
    27. Medieval Latin Lyrics
    28. Tu Fu, Poems
    29. Classic Japanese Poetry
    30. Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
    31. Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
    32. Rabelais, The Adventures of Gargantua and Pantagruel
    33. Marco Polo, The Travels of Marco Polo
    34. Thomas More, Utopia
    35. Machiavelli, The Prince
    36. Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur
    37. Montaigne, Essays
    38. Cervantes, Don Quixote
    39. Shakespeare, Macbeth
    40. Shakespeare, The Tempest
    41. Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
    42. Ben Jonson, Volpone
    43. Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
    44. John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
    45. Tsao Hsueh Chin, The Dream of the Red Chamber
    46. Giacomo Casanova, History of My Life
    47. Henry Fielding Tom Jones
    48. Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent.
    49. Restif de la Bretonne, Monsieur Nicolas
    50. Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    51. Stendhal, The Red and the Black
    52. Baudelaire, Poems
    53. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto
    54. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
    55. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
    56. Gustave Flaubert, A Sentimental Education
    57. Tolstoy, War and Peace
    58. Rimbaud, Poems
    59. Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, Journal
    60. Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
    61. Chekhov, Plays

      From More Classics Revisited

    62. The Song of Songs
    63. Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
    64. Euripides, Hippolytus
    65. Aristotle, Poetics
    66. Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius
    67. The Bhagavad-Gita
    68. Ssu-Ma Chien, Records of the Grand Historian of China
    69. Catullus
    70. Virgil, The Aeneid
    71. The Early Irish Epic
    72. Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book
    73. Abelard and Heloise
    74. Heike Monogatari
    75. St. Thomas Aquinas
    76. The English and Scottish Popular Ballad
    77. Racine, Phedre
    78. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
    79. Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders
    80. Jonathon Swift, Gulliver's Travels
    81. Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    82. Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Acquaintances
    83. Gilbert White, A Natural History and Antiquity of Selbourne
    84. Robert Burns
    85. William Blake
    86. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    87. Honore de Balzac
    88. The Journal of John Woolman
    89. Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
    90. Francis Parkman, France and England in North America
    91. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
    92. Frederick Douglass
    93. Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
    94. Arthur Conan Doyle, ``Sherlock Holmes''
    95. Alexander Berkman
    96. Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is within You
    97. H.G. Wells
    98. William Butler Yeats, Plays
    99. Ford Madox Ford, Parade's End
    100. Franz Kafka, The Trial
    101. Herbert Read, The Green Child
    102. William Carlos Williams, Poems

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  • The UWM Bookstore's Select 100 as of April, 1989

    1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
    2. Animal Farm, Orwell
    3. Art of War, Sun Tsu
    4. As I Lay Dying, Faulkner
    5. Atlas Shrugged, Rand
    6. The Bible
    7. Brave New World, Huxley
    8. Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky
    9. Candide, Voltaire
    10. Canticle for Liebowitz, Miller
    11. Catch-22, Heller
    12. Catcher in the Rye, Salinger
    13. City in History, Mumford
    14. Clockwork Orange, Burgess
    15. Color Purple, Walker
    16. Communist Manifesto, Marx & Engels
    17. Complete Works, Shakespeare
    18. Confederacy of Dunces, Toole
    19. Confessions, St. Augustine
    20. Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
    21. Crucible, Miller
    22. Cry, the Bleoved Country, Paton
    23. Dancing Wu-Li Masters, Zukav
    24. Divine Comedy, Dante
    25. Doctor Zhivago, Pasternak
    26. Don Quixote, Cervantes
    27. Double Helix, Watscon
    28. Dune Trilogy, Herbert
    29. Elements of Style, Strunk & White
    30. Entropy, Rifkin
    31. Ethan Frome, Wharton
    32. Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
    33. Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
    34. Faust, Goethe
    35. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Thompson
    36. Federalist Papers, Hamilton, Madison, Jay
    37. Flatland, Abbott
    38. Forbidden Colors, Mishima
    39. Foundation Trilogy, Asimov
    40. Fountainhead, Rand
    41. Free to Choose, Friedman
    42. Godel, Escher, Bach, Hofstadter
    43. Gone with the Wind, Mitchell
    44. Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
    45. Gravity's Rainbow, Pynchon
    46. Great Expectations, Dickens
    47. Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
    48. Gulliver's Travels, Swift
    49. Handmaid's Tale, Atwood
    50. Hiroshima, Hersey
    51. How Democracies Perish, Revel
    52. Iliad, Homer
    53. Invisible Man, Ellison
    54. Jane Eyre, Bronte
    55. Leaves of Grass, Whitman
    56. Little Prince, St. Exupery
    57. Lord of the Flies, Golding
    58. Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
    59. Madame Bovary, Flaubert
    60. Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl
    61. Mere Christianity, Lewis
    62. Moby Dick, Melville
    63. Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey
    64. My Antonia, Cather
    65. 1984, Orwell
    66. Odyssey, Homer
    67. Of Human Bondage, Maugham
    68. Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
    69. Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway
    70. On the Road, Kerouac
    71. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Garcia Marquez
    72. Origin of Species, Darwin
    73. Paradise Lost, Milton
    74. Plague, Camus
    75. Pride and Prejudice, Austen
    76. Prince, Machiavelli
    77. Qu'ran
    78. Republic, Plato
    79. Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Shirer
    80. Road Less Travelled, Peck
    81. Room of One's Own, Woolf
    82. Sand County Almanac, Leopold
    83. Second Sex, de Beauvoir
    84. Seven Story Mountain, Merton
    85. Siddhartha, Hesse
    86. Slaughterhouse Five, Vonnegut
    87. Small Is Beautiful, Schumacher
    88. Steppenwolf, Hesse
    89. Stranger, Camus
    90. Stranger in a Strange Land, Heinlein
    91. Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn
    92. Tao of Physics, Capra
    93. Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
    94. Third Wave, Toffler
    95. Ulysses, Joyce
    96. Unsettling of America, Berry
    97. Utopia, More
    98. Walden, Thoreau
    99. War and Peace, Tolstoy
    100. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig

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