Life-Long Reading List

I’ve pulled together this list of books that I think a well-read person should experience in his or her lifetime. It’s been curated from more than a dozen different sources, some of which agree and some of which don’t. I’ve exercised some judgment of my own.

The list is sortable. Besides author and title, I’ve included the century of the work (negative numbers indicate BC dates), the linguistic origin of the author or the work, and a high-level list of categories of my own devising—autobiography, biography, Catholicism, dialogue, epic, essay (i.e., non-fiction), fables & tales, fiction, math & science, other, play, poetry, religious text.

This list, for me, is aspirational. It’s got a “great books” aura; as such, it’s under-representative of non-Western work and doesn’t include a ton of very recent releases. Very good contemporary works unlikely to be canon-eligible don’t appear (but I still read them). If you’re interested in the books I own or have read from my own library, see the Library page on this site.

Recommendations welcome, in the comment section below the table.

Originally published 12/26/2017. Last revised 10/29/2019.

TitleAuthorCenturyOriginCategoryRead?
Education of Henry Adams, TheAdams20EnglishAutobiography
AgamemnonAeschylus-5GreekPlay
EumenidesAeschylus-5GreekPlay
Libation BearersAeschylus-5GreekPlay
OresteiaAeschylus-5GreekPlay
Prometheus BoundAeschylus-5GreekPlay
Seven Against ThebesAeschylus-5GreekPlay
FablesAesop-6GreekFables & Tales
Collected Romanian FolkloreAlecsandri19RomanianFables & Tales
Divine Comedy, TheAlighieri14ItalianFiction
Song of RolandAnonymous12FrenchEpic
NibelungenliedAnonymous13GermanEpic
Saga of Burnt NjalAnonymous13NorseEpic
ProslogiumAnselm of Canterbury11LatinCatholicism
Conic SectionsApollonius of Perga-3GreekMath & Science
Golden AssApuleius2LatinFictionY
Of Being and EssenceAquinas13LatinCatholicism
Summa Contra GentilesAquinas13LatinCatholicism
Summa Theologica, Summa Contra GentilesAquinas13LatinCatholicism
WorksArchimedes-3GreekMath & Science
Clouds, TheAristophanes-4GreekPlay
Frogs, TheAristophanes-4GreekPlay
CategoriesAristotle-4GreekDialogue
De AnimaAristotle-4GreekDialogue
MetaphysicsAristotle-4GreekDialogue
Nicomachean EthicsAristotle-4GreekDialogueY
PoeticsAristotle-4GreekDialogue
PoliticsAristotle-4GreekDialogueY
City of GodAugustine of Hippo5LatinCatholicism
ConfessionsAugustine of Hippo5LatinCatholicism
On Christian DoctrineAugustine of Hippo5LatinCatholicism
MeditationsAurelius2GreekEssayY
Pride and PrejudiceAusten19EnglishFiction
EssaysBacon17LatinEssay
Eugenie GrandetBalzac19FrenchFiction
Pere GoriotBalzac19FrenchFiction
Barber of Seville, TheBeaumarchais19FrenchFiction
Ecclesiastical History of the English People, TheBede8LatinHistory
How The Reformation HappenedBelloc20EnglishCatholicism
Survivals and New ArrivalsBelloc20EnglishCatholicism
Henderson the Rain KingBellow20EnglishFiction
Introduction to the Principles of Morals and LegislationBentham19EnglishEssay
Theory of FictionsBentham19EnglishEssay
Creative EvolutionBergson20FrenchEssay
Matter and MemoryBergson20FrenchEssay
Time and Free WillBergson20FrenchEssay
Two Sources of Morality and Religion, TheBergson20FrenchEssay
Principles of Human KnowledgeBerkeley18EnglishEssay
Diary of a Country Priest, TheBernanos20FrenchCatholicism
Introduction to the Study of Experimental MedicineBernard19FrenchMath & Science
Commentaries on the Laws of EnglandBlackstone17EnglishEssay
DecameronBoccaccio14ItalianFiction
Consolation of PhilosophyBoethius6LatinEssay
Laws of Thought, TheBoole19EnglishEssay
Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.Boswell18EnglishBiography
Skeptical Chemist, TheBoyle17EnglishMath & Science
Wuthering HeightsBronte19EnglishFiction
Ordinary MenBrowning20EnglishEssay
History of Civilization in England, ABuckle19EnglishHistory
Master and Margarita, TheBulgakov20RussianFiction
Pilgrim's ProgressBunyan16EnglishHistory
Clockwork Orange, ABurgess20EnglishFiction
Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and BeautifulBurke18EnglishEssay
Reflections on the Revolution in FranceBurke18EnglishEssay
Tarzan of the ApesBurroughs20EnglishFiction
Way of All FleshButler19EnglishFiction
Don JuanByron19EnglishFiction
Commentaries on the French WarsCaesar-1LatinHistoryY
Postman Always Rings Twice, TheCain20EnglishFiction
Tobacco RoadCaldwell20EnglishFiction
Institutes of the Christian ReligionCalvin16LatinEssay
Stranger, TheCamus20FrenchFiction
Transfinite NumbersCantor19RussianMath & Science
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleCarnegie20EnglishEssay
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandCarroll19EnglishFiction
Death Comes for the ArchbishopCather20EnglishFiction
Dialog of Catherine of SienaCatherine of Siena14ItalianCatholicism
Don QuixoteCervantes17SpanishFiction
Long Goodbye, TheChandler20EnglishFiction
Rape of Nanking, TheChang20EnglishHistory
Canterbury Tales, TheChaucer14EnglishFictionY
Troilus and CriseydeChaucer14EnglishFiction
Collected Short StoriesCheckov19RussianFiction
Cherry Orchard, TheChekhov20RussianPlay
Everlasting ManChesterton20EnglishCatholicism
OrthodoxyChesterton20EnglishCatholicism
Cataline OrationsCicero-1LatinDialogueY
Orations and LettersCicero-1LatinDialogue
On WarClausewitz19GermanEssay
PoemsColeridge19EnglishPoetry
Positive Philosophy, TheComte19FrenchEssay
Analects of ConfuciusConfucius-5ChineseEssay
Way of the World, TheCongreve18EnglishPlay
Heart of DarknessConrad19EnglishFiction
NostromoConrad20EnglishFiction
Secret Agent, TheConrad20EnglishFiction
Last of the MohicansCooper19EnglishFiction
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly SpheresCopernicus16LatinMath & Science
Red Badge of Courage, TheCrane20EnglishFiction
Notebooksda Vinci16ItalianEssay
Life at the BottomDalrymple21EnglishEssay
New System of Chemical Philosophy, ADalton19EnglishMath & Science
Descent of Man, TheDarwin19EnglishMath & Science
Origin of Species, The Darwin19EnglishMath & Science
Long Loneliness, TheDay20EnglishAutobiography
Fablesde La Fontaine17FrenchFables & Tales
Maximesde La Rochefoucauld17FrenchEssay
Short Account of the Destruction of the IndiesDe Las Casas16SpanishHistory
Book of Deeds of Arms and of ChivalryDe Pizan15FrenchEssay
Introduction to Devout Lifede Sales19FrenchCatholicism
Essay on the Theory of NumbersDedekind20GermanMath & Science
Robinson CrusoeDefoe18EnglishFiction
White NoiseDelillo20EnglishFiction
Discourse on the MethodDescartes17FrenchEssay
Meditations on First PhilosophyDescartes17FrenchEssayY
Rules for the Direction of the MindDescartes17FrenchEssay
GeometryDescartes17FrenchMath & Science
Democracy and EducationDewey20EnglishEssay
Experience and NatureDewey20EnglishEssay
Habits and WillDewey20EnglishEssay
How We ThinkDewey20EnglishEssay
LogicDewey20EnglishEssay
Theory of Inquiry, TheDewey20EnglishEssay
Virtues, TheDewey20EnglishEssay
Bleak HouseDickens19EnglishEssay
David CopperfieldDickens19EnglishEssay
Great ExpectationsDickens19EnglishEssayY
Oliver TwistDickens19EnglishEssay
Tale of Two Cities, ADickens19EnglishEssay
DeliveranceDickey20EnglishFiction
Rameau’s NephewDiderot19FrenchDialogue
Lives and Opinions of Eminent PhilosophersDiogenes Laertius3GreekHistory
Brothers KaramazovDostoevskey19RussianFiction
Crime and PunishmentDostoevskey19RussianFiction
Idiot, TheDostoevskey19RussianFiction
DemonsDostoevsky19RussianFiction
Notes from UndergroundDostoevsky19RussianFiction
American Tragedy, AnDreiser20EnglishFiction
Sister CarrieDreiser20EnglishFiction
Souls of Black Folk, TheDu Bois20EnglishEssay
Count of Monte Cristo, TheDumas19FrenchFiction
Man in the Iron Mask, TheDumas19FrenchFiction
On SuicideDurkheim19FrenchEssay
Foucault's PendulumEco20ItalianFiction
Meaning of Relativity, TheEinstein20GermanMath & Science
On the Method of Theoretical PhysicsEinstein20GermanMath & Science
History of Religious Ideas, A [3-vol]Eliade20EnglishHistory
Adam BedeEliot19EnglishFiction
MiddlemarchEliot19EnglishFiction
Silas MarnerEliot19EnglishFiction
Invisible ManEllison20EnglishFiction
EssaysEmerson19EnglishEssay
Representative MenEmerson19EnglishEssay
Self RelianceEmerson19EnglishEssay
DiscoursesEpictetus2GreekDialogue
Letter to HerodotusEpicurus-3GreekDialogue
Praise of Folly, TheErasmus16LatinEssay
Christ is Passing ByEscriva20SpanishCatholicism
Way of the CrossEscriva20SpanishCatholicism
ElementsEuclid-2GreekMath & Science
BacchaeEuripides-5GreekPlay
HippolytusEuripides-5GreekPlay
Imphigeneia at AulisEuripides-5GreekPlay
MedeaEuripides-5GreekPlay
Trojan WomenEuripides-5GreekPlayY
Chemical History of a CandleFaraday19EnglishMath & Science
Experimental Researches in ElectricityFaraday19EnglishMath & Science
Studs Lonigan TrilogyFarrell20EnglishFiction
As I Lay DyingFaulkner20EnglishFiction
Light in AugustFaulkner20EnglishFiction
Sound and the FuryFaulkner20EnglishFiction
Essence of ChristianityFeuerbach19GermanEssay
Joseph AndrewsFielding18EnglishFiction
Tom JonesFielding18EnglishFiction
Great Gatsby, TheFitzgerald20EnglishFiction
Tender is the NightFitzgerald20EnglishFiction
Madame BovaryFlaubert19FrenchFiction
Good Soldier, TheFord20EnglishFiction
Howards EndForster20EnglishFiction
Passage to India, AForster20EnglishFiction
Room with a View, AForster20EnglishFiction
Analytical Theory of HeatFourier19FrenchMath & Science
Man's Search for MeaningFrankl20GermanEssay
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, TheFranklin18EnglishAutobiography
Beyond the Pleasure PrincipleFreud20GermanEssay
Civilization and Its DiscontentsFreud20GermanEssay
Ego and the Id, TheFreud20GermanEssay
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the EgoFreud20GermanEssay
Interpretation of Dreams, TheFreud20GermanEssay
Introductory Lectures on PsychoanalysisFreud20GermanEssay
New Introductory Lectures on PsychoanalysisFreud20GermanEssay
Origin and Development of PsychoanalysisFreud20GermanEssay
Three Essays on the Theory of SexualityFreud20GermanEssay
On the Natural FacultiesGalen2GreekMath & Science
Dialogues Concerning Two New SciencesGalilei17LatinMath & Science
Starry Messenger, TheGalilei17LatinMath & Science
Inquiries into Human Faculties and Its DevelopmentGalton19EnglishMath & Science
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, TheGibbon18EnglishHistory
On the Loadstone and Magnetic BodiesGilbert16LatinMath & Science
FaustGoethe19GermanPlay
Dead SoulsGogol19RussianFiction
Lord of the FliesGolding20EnglishFictionY
I, ClaudiusGraves20EnglishFiction
Heart of the MatterGreene20EnglishFiction
Commentary on JobGregory of Tours6LatinCatholicism
On the Law of War and PeaceGrotius17LatinEssay
History of Civilization in FranceGuizot19FrenchHistory
King Solomon's MinesHaggard19EnglishFiction
Federalist Papers, TheHamilton et al18EnglishEssay
Maltese Falcon, TheHammett20EnglishFiction
Code of HammurabiHammurabi-25MesopotamianFables & Tales
On the Circulation of the BloodHarvey17LatinMath & Science
On the Generation of AnimalsHarvey17LatinMath & Science
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in AnimalsHarvey17LatinMath & Science
Scarlet Letter, TheHawthorne19EnglishFiction
Lectures on the Philosophy of HistoryHegel19GermanEssay
Phenomenology of SpiritHegel19GermanEssay
Philosophy of RightHegel19GermanEssay
What is Philosophy?Heidegger20GermanEssay
Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory, TheHeisenberg20GermanMath & Science
Catch-22Heller20EnglishFiction
Farewell to Arms, AHemingway20EnglishFiction
For Whom the Bell TollsHemingway20EnglishFiction
Old Man and the Sea, TheHemingway20EnglishFiction
Sun Also Rises, TheHemingway20EnglishFiction
Corpus HermeticaHermes2EgyptianDialogue
Histories, TheHerodotus-5GreekHistory
SteppenwolfHesse20GermanFiction
Medical WritingsHippocrates-4GreekMath & Science
LeviathanHobbes18EnglishEssay
Common Law, TheHolmes20EnglishEssay
Catechism of the Catholic ChurchHoly Office20EnglishCatholicism
IliadHomer-9GreekPoetryY
OdysseyHomer-9GreekPoetryY
Poetic WorksHorace-1LatinPoetry
Hunchback of Notre Dame, TheHugo19FrenchFiction
Les MiserablesHugo19FrenchFiction
Essays Moral and PoliticalHume18EnglishEssay
Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, AnHume18EnglishEssayY
Treatise on Human NatureHume18EnglishEssay
Brave New WorldHuxley20EnglishFictionY
Point Counter PointHuxley20EnglishFiction
On the Movement of Bodies by ImpactHuygens17LatinMath & Science
Treatise on LightHuygens17LatinMath & Science
Hedda GablerIbsen20NorwegianPlay
Master Builder, TheIbsen20NorwegianPlay
Wild Duck, TheIbsen20NorwegianPlay
Legend of Sleepy Hollow, TheIrving19EnglishFables & Tales
Ambassadors, TheJames, H20EnglishFiction
American, TheJames, H20EnglishFiction
Beast in the Jungle, TheJames, H20EnglishFiction
Wings of the DoveJames, H20EnglishFiction
Essays in Radical EmpiricismJames, W20EnglishEssay
PragamatismJames, W20EnglishEssay
Principles of Psychology, TheJames, W20EnglishEssay
Varieties of Religious Experience, TheJames, W20EnglishEssay
VulgateJerome5LatinCatholicism
Dark Night of the SoulJohn of the Cross16SpanishPoetry
Journal of a SoulJohn XXIII20ItalianCatholicism
Lives of the Poets, TheJohnson18EnglishBiography
Vanity of Human Wishes, TheJohnson18EnglishFiction
From Here to EternityJones20EnglishFiction
Thin Red Line, TheJones20EnglishFiction
Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManJoyce20EnglishFiction
UlyssesJoyce20EnglishFiction
Modern Man in Search of a SoulJung20GermanMath & Science
Castle, TheKafka20GermanFiction
Metamorphosis, TheKafka20GermanFictionY
Trial, The Kafka20GermanFiction
Critique of JudgmentKant18GermanEssay
Critique of Practical ReasonKant18GermanEssay
Critique of Pure ReasonKant18GermanEssayY
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of MoralsKant18GermanEssay
Perpetual PeaceKant18GermanEssay
Science of Right, TheKant18GermanEssay
History of the Russian StateKaramzin19RussianHistory
FratricidesKazantzakis20GreekFiction
Zorba the GreekKazantzakis21GreekFiction
Imitation of ChristKempis15LatinCatholicism
Concerning the Harmonies of the WorldKepler17LatinMath & Science
Dharma BumsKerouac20EnglishFiction
On the RoadKerouac20EnglishFiction
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestKesey20EnglishFiction
Sometimes a Great NotionKesey20EnglishFiction
RubaiyatKhayyam11PersianPoetry
Structure of Scientific Revolutions, TheKuhn
Either/OrKierkegaard19DanishEssay
Fear and TremblingKierkegaard19DanishEssay
Philosophical FragmentsKierkegaard19DanishEssay
Separate Peace, AKnowles20EnglishFiction
Darkness at NoonKoestler20EnglishFiction
Painted Bird, TheKosinski20PolishFiction
Into the WildKrakauer20EnglishBiography
Into Thin AirKrakauer20EnglishBiography
Tao Te ChingLaozi-4ChineseEssay
Stone Angel, TheLaurence20EnglishFiction
Elements of ChemistryLavoisier18FrenchMath & Science
Sons and LoversLawrence20EnglishFiction
To Kill a MockingbirdLee10EnglishFictionY
Discourse on MetaphysicsLeibniz18LatinEssay
New Essays Concerning Human UnderstandingLeibniz18LatinEssay
State and Revolution, TheLenin20RussianEssay
Mere ChristianityLewis20EnglishCatholicismY
Main StreetLewis20EnglishFiction
Journals of Lewis and Clark, TheLewis19EnglishHistory
History of RomeLivy1LatinHistory
Theory of ParallelsLobachevsky19RussianMath & Science
Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingLocke17EnglishEssayY
Letter Concerning TolerationLocke17EnglishEssay
Of Civil GovernmentLocke17EnglishEssay
Thoughts Concerning EducationLocke17EnglishEssay
Call of the WildLondon20EnglishFiction
Under the VolcanoLowry20EnglishFiction
Dialogues of the CourtesansLucian of Samosata2GreekDialogue
Dialogues of the DeadLucian of Samosata2GreekDialogue
Dialogues of the GodsLucian of Samosata2GreekDialogue
Dialogues of the Sea-GodsLucian of Samosata2GreekDialogue
On the Nature of ThingsLucretius-1LatinEssayY
Table TalkLuther16GermanEssay
Three TreatisesLuther16GermanEssay
Principles of GeologyLyell19EnglishMath & Science
Prince, TheMachiavelli16ItalianEssay
River Runs Through It, AMaclean20EnglishFiction
Naked and the Dead, TheMailer20EnglishFiction
Guide for the Perplexed, TheMaimonides12JewishEssay
Malcolm X: The AutobiographyMalcom X20EnglishAutobiography
Treatise on EthicsMalebranche17FrenchEssay
Le Morte d'ArthurMalory15EnglishFiction
Essay on the Principle of PopulationMalthus18EnglishEssay
Joseph and His BrothersMann20GermanFiction
Magic Mountain, TheMann20GermanFiction
Art and ScholasticismMaritain20FrenchEssay
Degrees of Knowledge, TheMaritain20FrenchEssay
Freedom and the Modern WorldMaritain20FrenchEssay
Rights of Man and Natural Law, TheMaritain20FrenchEssay
True HumanismMaritain20FrenchEssay
CapitalMarx19GermanEssay
Communist ManifestoMarx19GermanEssay
Of Human BondageMaugham20EnglishFiction
Complete Short StoriesMaupassant19FrenchFiction
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the WestMcCarthy20EnglishFiction
Road, TheMcCarthy20EnglishFiction
Heart is a Lonely Hunter, TheMcCullers20EnglishFiction
Lonesome DoveMcMurty20EnglishFiction
Billy BuddMelville19EnglishFiction
Moby DickMelville19EnglishFiction
MenciusMencius-4ChineseEssay
Seven Storey MountainMerton20EnglishCatholicism
On LibertyMill19EnglishEssayY
Representative GovernmentMill19EnglishEssay
Subjection of Women, TheMill19EnglishEssayY
System of Logic, AMill19EnglishEssay
UtilitarianismMill19EnglishEssay
Tropic of CancerMiller20EnglishFiction
Death of a SalesmanMiller20EnglishPlay
AreopagiticaMilton17EnglishEssay
Paradise LostMilton17EnglishFiction
Imaginary Invalid, TheMoliere17FrenchPlay
Misanthrope, TheMoliere17FrenchPlay
Miser, TheMoliere17FrenchPlay
TartuffeMoliere17FrenchPlay
EssaysMontaigne16FrenchEssay
Persian LettersMontesquieu18FrenchEssay
Spirit of LawsMontesquieu18FrenchEssay
UtopiaMore16LatinEssay
Something Beautiful for GodMuggeridge20EnglishBiography
Under the NetMurdoch20EnglishFiction
Life of Alexander Nevsky, TheN/A13RussianBiography
I ChingN/A-8ChineseEssayY
Great LearningN/A-5ChineseEssay
Thirty-Six StrategemsN/A-5ChineseEssay
Doctrine of the MeanN/A-4ChineseEssay
Letters of Abelard and Heloise, TheN/A12FrenchEssay
Epic of GilgameshN/A-19MesopotamianFables & Tales
Adapa and the Food of LifeN/A-10MesopotamianFables & Tales
Aesop's FablesN/A-6GreekFables & TalesY
Descent of the Goddess IshtarN/A-5MesopotamianFables & Tales
Enuma ElishN/A-5MesopotamianFables & Tales
One Thousand and One NightsN/A9ArabicFables & Tales
BeowulfN/A14EnglishFables & TalesY
Sir Gawain and the Green KnightN/A14EnglishFiction
Magna CartaN/A13LatinOtherY
Book of the DeadN/A-16EgyptianReligious Text
RigvedaN/A-11SanskritReligious Text
UpanishadsN/A-6IndianReligious Text
Bhagavad GitaN/A-3IndianReligious Text
KoranN/A6ArabicReligious Text
LolitaNabokov20RussianFiction
Pale FireNabokov20EnglishFiction
House for Mr Biswas, ANaipaul20EnglishFiction
Catholic MattersNeuhaus20EnglishCatholicism
Apologia Pro Vita SuaNewman19EnglishCatholicism
Essay on Development of Christian DoctrineNewman19EnglishCatholicism
Idea of a UniversityNewman19EnglishCatholicism
Mathematical Principles of Natural PhilosophyNewton18LatinMath & Science
Introduction to ArithmeticNicomachus of Gerasa1GreekMath & Science
Anti-Christ, TheNietzsche19GermanEssay
Beyond Good and EvilNietzsche19GermanEssay
Birth of TragedyNietzsche19GermanEssay
Gay Science, TheNietzsche19GermanEssay
Geneology of MoralsNietzsche19GermanEssay
Thus Spoke ZarathustraNietzsche19GermanEssay
Twilight of the IdolsNietzsche19GermanEssay
Will to Power, TheNietzsche19GermanEssay
Appointment in SamarraO'Hara20EnglishFiction
Road to Wigan PierOrwell20EnglishEssay
Animal FarmOrwell20EnglishFiction
Nineteen Eight-FourOrwell20EnglishFictionY
MetamorphosisOvid1LatinPoetry
Affective NeurosciencePanksepp20EnglishMath & Science
Travels in the Interior of AfricaPark18EnglishBiography
MeditationsPascal17FrenchEssay
PenseesPascal17FrenchEssay
Provincial Letters, ThePascal17FrenchEssay
Scientific TreatisesPascal17FrenchEssay
Moviegoer, ThePercy20EnglishFiction
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of BeliefPeterson21EnglishMath & Science
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science ….Pinker21EnglishEssay
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenancePirsig20EnglishEssay
Origin and Development of the Quantum TheoryPlanck20GermanMath & Science
Where Is Science Going?Planck20GermanMath & Science
ApologyPlato-4GreekDialogueY
CritoPlato-4GreekDialogueY
GorgiasPlato-4GreekDialogueY
MenoPlato-4GreekDialogueY
ParmenidesPlato-4GreekDialogue
PhaedoPlato-4GreekDialogueY
PhaedrusPlato-4GreekDialogue
RepublicPlato-4GreekDialogueY
SophistPlato-4GreekDialogue
SymposiumPlato-4GreekDialogue
TheatetusPlato-4GreekDialogue
TimaeusPlato-4GreekDialogue
Enneads, ThePlotinus3GreekEssay
Lives of the Noble Greeks and RomansPlutarch1GreekHistory
Parallel LivesPlutarch1GreekHistory
Science and HypothesisPoincare20FrenchMath & Science
Science and MethodPoincare20FrenchMath & Science
Travels of Marco Polo, ThePolo15ItalianBiography
Essay on CriticismPope18EnglishEssay
Essay on ManPope18EnglishEssay
Rape of the LockPope18EnglishEssay
Remembrance of Things PastProust20FrenchFiction
AlmagestPtolemy2GreekMath & Science
Eugene OneginPushkin20RussianFiction
Boris GodunovPushkin19RussianFiction
Ruslan and LudmilaPushkin19RussianPoetry
Institutes of OratoryQuintilian1LatinEssay
Gargantua and PantagruelRabelais16FrenchFiction
AndromaqueRacine17FrenchPlay
IphigenieRacine17FrenchPlay
PhedreRacine17FrenchPlay
Atlas ShruggedRand20EnglishFiction
Introduction to ChristianityRatzinger20GermanCatholicism
All Quiet on the Western FrontRemarq20GermanFiction
Wide Sargasso SeaRhys20EnglishFiction
On the Principles of Political Economy and TaxationRicardo19EnglishEssay
Hypotheses of Geometry, TheRiemann19GermanMath & Science
Rough Riders, TheRoosevelt20EnglishBiography
Cyrano de BergeracRostand19FrenchPlay
Portnoy's ComplaintRoth20EnglishFiction
EmileRousseau18FrenchEssay
On the Origin of InequalityRousseau18FrenchEssay
On the Political EconomyRousseau18FrenchEssay
Social Contract, TheRousseau18FrenchEssay
Midnight's ChildrenRushdie20EnglishFiction
Analsysis of Mind, TheRussell20EnglishEssay
Human Knowledge: Its Scope and LimitsRussell20EnglishEssay
Inquiry into Meaning and Truth, AnRussell20EnglishEssay
Principles of MathematicsRussell20EnglishEssay
Problems of Philosophy, TheRussell20EnglishEssay
Killer Angels, TheSahaara20EnglishFiction
Catcher in the Rye, TheSalinger20EnglishFiction
Life of Reason, TheSantayana20EnglishEssay
Persons and PlacesSantayana20EnglishEssay
Realms of Being, TheSantayana20EnglishEssay
Skepticism and Animal FaithSantayana20EnglishEssay
Being and NothingnessSartre20FrenchEssay
NauseaSartre20FrenchEssay
No ExitSartre20FrenchEssay
Parerga and ParalipomenaSchopenhauer19GermanEssay
World as Will and Representation, TheSchopenhauer19GermanEssay
IvanhoeScott19EnglishFiction
DialoguesSeneca1LatinDialogue
Letters from a StoicSeneca1LatinEssay
Anthony and CleopatraShakespeare17EnglishPlay
As You Like ItShakespeare17EnglishPlay
HamletShakespeare17EnglishPlayY
Henry IVShakespeare17EnglishPlay
Henry VShakespeare17EnglishPlay
King LearShakespeare17EnglishPlay
MacbethShakespeare17EnglishPlay
OthelloShakespeare17EnglishPlay
Richard IIShakespeare17EnglishPlay
SonnetsShakespeare17EnglishPlay
Tempest, TheShakespeare17EnglishPlay
Plays and PrefacesShaw20EnglishPlay
FrankensteinShelly19EnglishFiction
House of God, TheShem20EnglishFiction
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, TheShirer20EnglishHistory
Jungle, TheSinclair20EnglishFiction
Sailing Alone Around the WorldSlocum19EnglishFiction
Theory of Moral Sentiments, TheSmith18EnglishEssayY
Wealth of NationsSmith18EnglishEssay
Gulag Archipelago, TheSolzhenitsyn20RussianEssayY
Cancer Ward, TheSolzhenitsyn20RussianFiction
First Circle, The Solzhenitsyn20RussianFiction
AntigoneSophocles-5GreekPlayY
OedipusSophocles-5GreekPlay
Oedipus at ColonusSophocles-5GreekPlay
Oedipus the KingSophocles-5GreekPlayY
PhiloctetesSophocles-5GreekPlay
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, TheSpark20EnglishFiction
Faerie Queene, TheSpenser16EnglishPoetry
ProthalamionSpenser16EnglishPoetry
EthicsSpinoza17LatinEssay
Cannery RowSteinbeck20EnglishFiction
East of EdenSteinbeck20EnglishFiction
Grapes of Wrath, TheSteinbeck20EnglishFictionY
Pearl, TheSteinbeck20EnglishFiction
Charterhouse of Parma, TheStendhal19FrenchFiction
On LoveStendhal19FrenchFiction
Red and the Black, TheStendhal19FrenchFiction
Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, TheSterne18EnglishFiction
Treasure IslandStevenson19EnglishFictionY
DraculaStoker19EnglishFictionY
Uncle Tom's CabinStowe19EnglishFiction
Sophie's ChoiceStyron20EnglishFiction
Lives of the CaesarsSuetonius2LatinBiographyY
Art of WarSun Tzu-6ChineseEssayY
Gulliver's TravelsSwift18EnglishFiction
Modest Proposal, ASwift18EnglishFiction
Dialogue on OratoryTacitus2LatinDialogue
AgricolaTacitus2LatinEssay
AnnalsTacitus2LatinEssay
GermaniaTacitus2LatinEssay
HistoriesTacitus2LatinEssay
Idylls of the KingTennyson19EnglishPoetry
Way of PerfectionTeresa of Avila16SpanishCatholicism
Interior CastleTeresa of Avila16SpanishCatholicism
Meditations from a Simple PathTeresa of Calcutta20IndianCatholicism
Vanity FairThackeray19EnglishFiction
Story of a SoulTherese of Lisieux19FrenchCatholicism
Great Railway Bazaar, TheTheroux20EnglishBiography
Fear and Loathing in Las VegasThompson20EnglishEssay
Civil DisobedienceThoreau19EnglishEssay
WaldenThoreau19EnglishEssay
History of the Peloponnesian WarThucydides-5GreekHistoryY
Democracy in AmericaTocqueville19FrenchEssay
Hobbit, TheTolkein20EnglishFictionY
Anna KareninaTolstoy20RussianFiction
War and PeaceTolstoy20RussianFictionY
Confederacy of DuncesToole20EnglishFiction
Civilization on TrialToynbee20EnglishEssay
Study of History, AToynbee20EnglishEssay
Frontier in American History, TheTurner19EnglishEssay
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, TheTwain19EnglishFictionY
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