A Reading List

Bunch of booksBelow is a reading list I received upon entering high school. Uh hem, looks like I still have some reading to do.

It is strongly recommended that all Freshman begin individual reading programs that will lead to the completion of the following works by the time of graduation from high school. This will give you a basis upon which to begin your reflections on the history of Western Civilization.

[BTW, I have hardly read any of these, but who knows, maybe I will now.]

  1. Iliad by Homer
  2. Odyssey by Homer
  3. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  4. Antigone by Sophocles
  5. Persians by Aeschylus
  6. Bacchae by Euripides (MIT version)
  7. Hippolytus by Euripides
  8. Clouds, Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  9. Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (YouTube version) (431 B.C.)
  10. Histories by Herodotus
  11. Education of Cyrus, Cyropaedia by Xenophon
  12. Apology, Symposium by Plato
  13. Nicomacean Ethics by Aristotle (340 B.C.)
  14. On the Nature of Things by Lucretius
  15. Letters by Seneca
  16. Aeneid by Vergil
  17. Eunichus by Terence
  18. Discourses by Epictetus
  19. History of Rome by (Titus Livius) Livy
  20. Annals by Tacitus
  21. Pro Cluentio, On Old Age, On Friendship by Cicero
  22. Metamorphosis by Ovid
  23. Golden Ass by Apuleius
  24. New Testament
  25. Life of Charlemagne
  26. Beowulf
  27. Ecclestical History by Bede
  28. Divine Comedy by Dante
  29. Confessions by Augustine
  30. Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  31. 2nd Shepards Play by Wakefield Poet
  32. Autobiography by Celleni
  33. Discourses by Machiavelli
  34. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  35. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  36. Midsummer’s Night Dream by Shakespeare
  37. Tempest by Shakespeare
  38. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  39. Discourse on Method by Descartes
  40. Confessions by Rosseau
  41. Essays by Montaigne
  42. Fables by La Fontaine
  43. Pensees by Pascal
  44. Misanthrope by Moliere
  45. Faust by Goethe
  46. Tom Jones by Fielding
  47. Moll Flanders by Defoe
  48. Humphrey Clinker by Smollett
  49. Sense and Sensibility by Austen
  50. Gryll Grange by Peacock
  51. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon
  52. War and Peace by Tolstoy
  53. Pickwick Papers by Dickens
  54. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  55. Marius, the Epicurean by Pater
  56. Conclusion to the Renaissance by Pater
  57. Culture and Anarchy by Arnold
  58. Pere Goriot by Balzac
  59. Salammbo by Flaubert
  60. Swann’s Way by Proust
  61. Death in Venice by Mann
  62. Turn of the Screw by James
  63. Billy Budd by Melville
  64. Huckleberry Finn by Twain
  65. Essays by Emerson
  66. Walden by Thoreau
  67. Double Helix by Watson and Crick
  68. Metamorphosis by Kafka
  69. Gravity’s Rainbow by Pyncheon
  70. Jitterbug Perfume by Robbins
  71. Alexandria Quartet by Durrell


So where did I go to high school, right? Not a New Year’s resolution, but definitely something to ponder.







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