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Literature and Philosophy

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
Aeschylus, Orestia
Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio
Anonymous, Beowulf
Anonymous, Gilgamesh
Jean Anouilh, Becket, Tiger at the Gates
Aristophanes, The Clouds, Lysistrata
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, The Poetics
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility
Francis Bacon, Essays
Honoré de Balzac, Old Goriot
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience
Boccaccio, The Decameron
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Thomas Brown, Religio Medici
Sanuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, Erewhon
Albert Camus, The Plague, The Stranger, The Fall
Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
Willa Cather, My Antonia, Professor's House
Benvenuto Cellini, Autobiography
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Anton Chekov, stories and plays
Wilkie Collins, Woman in White, Moonstone
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Secret Agent
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Dante, The Divine Comedy, The New Life
Daniel Defoe, Journal of the Plague Year, Robinson Crusoe
Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers, Little Dorrit
Diderot, Rameau's Nephew, Jacques the Fatalist
Isak Dinesen, Winter's Tales, Out of Africa
John Donne, Sonnets
John Dos Passos, USA Trilogy
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov
Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy
George Eliot (Marian Evans), The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Erasmus, Colloquies
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Light in the August, As I Lay Dying
Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
E.M. Forster, Passage to India, Room with a View, Howards End
Ben Franklin, Autobiography
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
Graham Greene, End of the Affair, Heart of the Matter, Power and the Glory
Thomas Hardy, Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Stories
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi), Journey to the East, Siddhartha
Horace, Epistles, Odes
Homer, Odyssey, Iliad
William Hudson, Green Mansions
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
David Hume, Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow, Brave New World
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Enemy of the People
Henry James, The Ambassadors, Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, The American
William James, Varieties of Religious Experience, Pragmatism
Ben Johnson, Volpone
Samuel Johnson, Rasselas
James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as Young Man, Ulysses, Dubliners
Franz Kafka, The Trial, Metamorphosis
Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country, Sound of the Mountain, Beauty and Sadness
John Keats, Poems and Letters
Giuseppe Lampedusa, The Leopard
D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Rainbow, Women in Love, short stories
John Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Malcolm X, Autobiography
Thomas Mallory, Le Morte d'Arthur
Francois Mauriac, Vipers' Tangle, Therese, The Desert of Love
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women, Autobiography
John Milton, Paradise Lost
Montaigne, Essays
Thomas More, Utopia, A Dialogue of Conmfort against Tribulation
Lady Murasaki, Tale of Genji
John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University, Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood, The Violent Bear it Away, short stories
Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night
Ovid, Metamorphoses
Pascal, Pensées
Plato, The Republic, The Apology
Edgar Allen Poe, Stories
Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Ship of Fools
Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
Racine, Phaedra
Dorothy Richardson, Pointed Roofs
Rainer Maria Rilke, poems
Arthur Rimbaud, poems
Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit, Nausea
Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Lady of the Lake
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, Pygmalion
Sophocles, Antigone, Oedipus
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen
Stendahl, The Red and the Black
Laurence Stern, Tristram Shandy
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal
Junichiro Tanizaki, Makioka Sisters, In Praise of Shadows
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Lev Tolstoy, War and Peace, Anna Karenina
Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, The Way We Live Now
Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, short stories
Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter, Olaf Olafsson
Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary, Letters on England
Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust, Brideshead Revisited, Vile Bodies
Edith Wharton, House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, Age of Innocence
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Mary Wollstonecraft, Rights of Woman
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, Waves
William Wordsworth, Prelude
Richard Wright, Native Son
Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian

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Contemporary Writers

Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Margaret Atwood, Surfacing, The Handmaid's Tale
Anne Beatty, short stories
Paul Bellow, Herzog, Mr. Sammler's Planet, Henderson the Rain King
Raymond Carver, stories
Robertson Davies, The Deptford Trilogy
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
John Fowles, French Lieutenant's Woman
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Margaret Lawrence, The Stone Angel
Bernard Malamud, The Fixer, Assistant, Natural, Magic Barrel
Walter Miller, A Canticle for Liebowitz
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Alice Monro, stories
Joyce Carol Oates, Them
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
Barbara Pym, Quartet in Autumn, A Glass of Blessings
May Sarton, As You Are Now
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, stories
Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
John Updike, Rabbit, Run
Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding, One Writer's Beginnings

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Cultural History

Henry Adams, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
John Aubrey, Brief Lives
Bede, A History of the English Church and People
James Boswell, Life of Johnson, London Journal
Jacob Burckhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Muriel St Clare Byrne (ed.), The Lisle Letters (Tudor England)
Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present
Philippe de Commynes, Memoirs
Charles Darwin, Autobiography, The Voyage of the "Beagle"
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life
Jean Froissart, Chronicles
Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Memoirs of my Life
Gregory of Tours, A History of the Franks
Herodotus, Histories
David Hume, Essays Philosophical, Political, and Literary
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia
Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Letters
Thomas Macaulay, The History of England
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Francis Parkman, France and England in North America
Samuel Pepys, Diaries
Christine de Pisan, The Book of the City of Ladies
William Roper, Life of Sir Thomas More
Rosseau, Confessions, Reflections of a Solitary Walker
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian Wars
Georgio Vasari, Lives of the Artists

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Contemporary Historical Writing

Philipe Ariès and Georges Duby (eds.), A History of Private Life
Roland Bainton, Here I Stand, A Life of Martin Luther
Frank Barlow, 1066: The Year of the Conquest
Marc Bloch, The Historian's Craft
Daniel Boorstin, The Discoverers, The Creators
W.J. Bouwsma, John Calvin: A Sixteenth Century Portrait
Fernand Braudel, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II
Jacob Bronowski and Bruce Mazlish, The Western Intellectual Tradition
Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo, The World of Late Antiquity
Alan Bullock, Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
Herbert Butterfield, The Whig Interpretation of History, Writings on Christianity and History
Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History
Owen Chadwick, Victorian Miniatures
R.W. Chambers, Thomas More
Kenneth Clark, Leonardo da Vinci
R. G. Collingwoood, The Idea of History
Thomas Costain, The Magnificent Century
Vincent Cronin, Napoleon Bonaparte
Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre
Christopher Dawson, The Making of Europe
Carolly Erickson, The First Elizabeth
Antonia Fraser, Mary Queen of Scots
Peter Gay, The Enlightenment: An Interpretation
Joseph and Frances Gies, Women in the Middle Ages
Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth Century Miller
S. de Grazia, Machiavelli in Hell
Robert Heilbroner, The Worldly Philosophers
Christopher Hibbet, Rome: The Biography of a City, London: The Biography of a City
Donald Howard, Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World
Johan Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages
Lynn Hunt, Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution
Paul Johnson, Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Eighties
Amy Kelly, Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Emmanuel LeRoy Ladurie, Montaillou, The Promised Land of Error
W.H. Lewis, The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV
Maynard Mack, Alexander Pope: A Life
L. Martines, Power and Imagination: City-States in Renaissance Italy
Robert Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra
Garret Mattingly, The Armada
William McNeill, Plagues and People
Nancy Mitford, Madame de Pompadour
Frederic Morton, A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889
Lewis Mumford, The City in History
J.F. Neale, Queen Elizabeth I
Iris Origo, The Merchant of Prato
Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Bibles
Walter Pater, Studies in the History of the Renaissance
Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture
J.H. Plumb, Sir Robert Walpole
Roy Porter, A Social History of Madness: The World through the Eyes of the Insane
Pierre Riché, Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne
Cornelius Ryan, The Longest Day
J.J. Scarisbrick, Henry VIII
Simon Schama, Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, Landscape and Memory
William Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Otto von Simpson, The Gothic Cathedral
Maynard Solomon, Beethoven, Mozart
Richard Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages
Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West
Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians
Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic
Arnold Toynbee, The Study of History
Hugh Trevor-Roper, The Last Days of Hitler
Barbara Tuchman, The Guns of August, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
Philip Ziegler, The Black Death

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