Great Books Reading List

This finder is a list of the works I have covered or plan to cover in my Great Books project. It contains links to the blog posts I have written about each text, places where you can get the text, and secondary sources which I found particularly useful when I was writing the blog posts. I plan to update this page whenever I post another Great Books article.

Wherever possible I have included a link to a downloadable, public domain version of each text, suitable for use on an e-reader.  I have privileged the Project Gutenberg version, where available, because I find that the Gutenberg texts generally have the best proofreading.  If you prefer to own a physical book you can click through the link to buy it on Amazon.  A (small) percentage of each sale will go towards my domain fees and other costs of running this website.

Rational for the List

This list is based on the one included in Adler and Van Doren’s How to Read a Book.  To make the list a more manageable size I only included books which I actually have in my own collection, either physical or electronic.  This does not reflect any judgement on the omitted works.  I simply feel that I should study the books I already have before I go looking for more.  I also added a few authors whom I feel deserved inclusion, such as Walt Whitman and Rudyard Kipling. At present the list only includes works published through 1915.  I’m sure I will eventually add some more recent works.  At my present rate of progress, however, it will be years before I need to worry about it.

Reading List

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Homer The Bardic Memory
Iliad The Iliad Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Odyssey The Odyssey Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Reference Works
Gladstone, Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age
Durant, The Life of Greece
Hebrew Bible
Approches to the Hebrew Bible
The Hebrew Bible in Classic Science Fiction
Genesis Genesis Through Numbers Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy The Deuteronomistic History
Joshua
Judges
Samuel
Kings
Isaiah Conclusion
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
Psalms
Proverbs
Job
Song of Songs
Ruth
Lamentations
Ecclesiastes
Esther
Daniel
Ezra
Nehemiah
Chronicles
Reference Works
Miles, God: A Biography
Durant, Our Oriental Heritage
Aeschylus
Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus
The Persians Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Seven Against Thebes
The Supplicants
Agamemnon Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
The Libation Bearers
The Furies
Prometheus Bound Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Sophocles
Antigone Greek Tragedy: Sophocles’ Women Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Ajax (Aias)
King Oedipus
Electra
The Trachinian Maidens
Philotetes
Oedipus at Colonos
Herodotus
The Persian War (Bks 5-9 of History) Herodotus and History Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Euripides
Medea Greek Tragedy: Medea of Euripides Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Hippolytus Greek Tragedy: Hippolytus of Euripides Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Bacchae Amazon WorldCat
Reference Works
Durant, The Life of Greece
Thucydides
History of the Peloponnesian Wars Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Reference Works
McClymont, Greece
Aristophanes
The Clouds Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
The Birds Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
The Frogs Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Plato
The Republic Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Symposium Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Phaedo Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Meno Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Apology Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Crito Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Phaedrus Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Protagoras Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Gorgias Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Sophist Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Theaetetus Gutenberg Amazon WorldCat
Aristotle
Ethics Gutenberg Amazon
Politics Gutenberg Amazon
Rhetoric U of Adelaide Amazon
Poetics Gutenberg Amazon
Organon
Categories U of Adelaide Amazon
On Interpretation U of Adelaide
Prior Analytics U of Adelaide
Posterior Analytics U of Adelaide
Topics U of Adelaide
On Sophistical Refutations U of Adelaide
Physics U of Adelaide Amazon
On the Soul U of Adelaide Amazon
Metaphysics U of Adelaide Amazon
Euclid
Elements of Geometry
Cicero
Orations
On Friendship
On Old Age
Virgil
The Aeneid
Horace
Odes and Epodes
The Art of Poetry
Livy
History of Rome
Ovid
Metamorphoses
Plutarch
Lives of the Nobel Greeks and Romans
Morals
Tacitus
Histories
Annals
Agricola
Germania
Epictetus
Discourses
Lucian of Samosata
The Way To Write History Gutenberg
The True History
The Sale of Creeds Gutenberg
Marcus Aurelius
Meditations
Galen
On the Natural Faculties
The New Testament Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Plotinus
The Enneads Gutenberg
St. Augustine of Hippo
The City of God
Confession
The Song of Roland
The Nibelungen
The Saga of Burnt Njal
St. Thomas Aquinas
Summa Theologica
Dante Alighieri
The New Life
On Monarchy
The Divine Comedy
Geoffrey Chaucer
Troilus and Crisyde
Canterbury Tales
Leonardo da Vinci
Notebooks
Niccolo Machiavelli
The Prince
Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy
Desiderius Erasmus
In Praise of Folly
Sir Thomas Moore
Utopia
Martin Luther
Three Treatises
Table Talk
Francois Rabelais
Gargantua and Pantagruel Gutenberg
John Calvin
Institutes of the Christian Religion Gutenberg
Michel de Montaigne
Essays
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
History of Don Quixote Gutenberg
Francis Bacon
Essays Gutenberg
The Advancent of Learning Gutenberg
Novum Organum Gutenberg
New Atlantis Gutenberg
William Shakespeare
Works Gutenberg
Galileo Galilei
The Starry Messenger Gutenberg
Thomas Hobbes
The Leviathan
Rene Descartes
Discourse on Method Gutenberg
John Milton
Minor Poems
Aeropagitica
Paradise Lost
Samson Agonistes
Moliere
Tartuffe Gutenberg
Benidict de Spinoza
Theologio-Political Treatise
Ethics
John Locke
Essay Concerning Human Understanding Gutenberg (V1)
Gutenberg (V2)
Second Treatise of Government Gutenberg
Jean Baptiste Racine
Phaedra Gutenberg
Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe Gutenberg
Jonathan Swift
A Tale of a Tub Gutenberg
Journal to Stella Gutenberg
Gulliver’s Travels Gutenberg
A Modest Proposal Gutenberg
William Congreve
The Way of the World Gutenberg
George Berkeley
Principles of Human Knowledge Gutenberg
Alexander Pope
Essay on Criticism Gutenberg
Rape of the Lock Gutenberg
Essay on Man
Voltaire
Letters on the English Gutenberg
Candide Gutenberg
Philosophical Dictionary Gutenberg
Henry Fielding
History of Tom Jones Gutenberg
Joseph Andrews Gutenberg (V1)
Gutenberg (V2)
Samuel Johnson
The Vanity of Human Wishes Gutenberg
Dictionary Gutenberg (Preface Only)
Rasselas Gutenberg
Lives of the Poets Gutenberg (V1)
Gutenberg (V2)
David Hume
Treatise on Human Nature Gutenberg
Essays Moral and Political Gutenberg
An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding Gutenberg
Jean Jacques Rosseau
Emile Gutenberg
The Social Contract Gutenberg
Laurence Sterne
Tristam Shandy Gutenberg
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy Gutenberg
Adam Smith
Theory of Moral Sentiment
Wealth of Nations Gutenberg
Immanuel Kant
Critique of Pure Reason Gutenberg
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals Gutenberg
Critique of Practical Reason Gutenberg
Critique of Judgement Gutenberg
Edward Gibbon
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Gutenberg (Index & Maps)
V1
V2
V3
V4
V5
V6
Autobiography Gutenberg
Marquis de Sade
Justine
Philosophy in the Boudoir
James Boswell
Life of Samuel Johnson Gutenberg
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier
Elements of Chemistry Gutenberg
John Jay/Jame Madison/Alexander Hamilton
Federalist Papers Gutenberg
Articles of Confederation Library of Congress
Consitution of the United States Gutenberg
Declaration of Independence Gutenberg
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Faust Gutenberg
Geog Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Lectures on the Philosophy of History
William Wordsworth
Lyric Ballads
Lucy Poems
Sonnets
The Prelude
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Kubla Khan Gutenberg
Rime of the Ancient Mariner Gutenberg
Biographia Literaria Gutenberg
Jane Austen
Pride and Predjudice Gutenberg
Emma Gutenberg
Karl von Clausewitz
On War Gutenberg (V1)
OLL (V2)
Internet Archive (V3)
Stendahl
The Red and the Black Internet Archive
The Charterhouse of Parma Internet Archive
George Gordon Lord Byron
Don Juan Gutenberg
Prometheus Unbound Gutenberg
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Gutenberg
Arthur Schopenhauer
Studies in Pessimism Gutenberg
Michael Faraday
Chemical History of a Candle Gutenberg
Experimental Researches in Electricity Gutenberg (V1)
Charles Lyell
Principles of Geology Gutenberg
Honore de Balzac
Pere Goriot Gutenberg
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Representative Men Gutenberg
Essays Gutenberg
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter
Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America
John Stuart Mill
A System of Logic Gutenberg
On Liberty Gutenberg
Representative Government Gutenberg
Utilitarianism Gutenberg
The Subjection of Women Gutenberg
Autobiography Gutenberg
Charles Darwin
The Origen of Species Gutenberg
The Descent of Man Gutenberg
Autobiography Gutenberg
Charles Dickens
Works Gutenberg
Henry David Thoreau
Civil Disobedience
Walden
Karl Marx
Capital Marxist Internet Archive
Communist Manifesto
George Elliot
Adam Bede Gutenberg
Middlemarch Gutenberg
Herman Melville
Moby Dick Gutenberg
Billy Budd U of Adelaide
Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass Leaves of Grass Gutenberg Amazon Worldcat
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment Gutenberg
The Idiot Gutenberg
The Brothers Karamazov Gutenberg
Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary Gutenberg
Three Stories Gutenberg
Walter Bagehot
Physics and Politics Gutenberg
Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler Gutenberg
A Doll’s House Gutenberg
The Wild Duck U of Adelaide
Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace Gutenberg
Anna Kerenina Gutenberg
What is Art? Gutenberg
Twenty-Three Tales Plough
Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Gutenberg
The Mysterious Stranger Gutenberg
William James
The Principles of Psychology U of Adelaide
The Varieties of Religious Experience Gutenberg
Pragmatism Gutenberg
Essays in Radical Empiricism Gutenberg
Henry James
The American Gutenberg
The Ambassadors Gutenberg
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Thus Spoke Zarathustra Gutenberg
Beyond Good and Evil Gutenberg
The Geneology of Morals Internet Archive
The Will to Power Internet Archive
Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest Gutenberg
The Picture of Dorian Gray Gutenberg
Jules Henri Poincare
Science and Hypothesis Gutenberg
Science and Method
Sigmund Freud
The Interpretation of Dreams U of Adelaide
George Bernard Shaw
Caesar and Cleopatra Gutenberg
Man and Superman Gutenberg
Major Barbara Gutenberg
Pygmalion Gutenberg
John Dewey
How We Think Gutenberg
Democracy and Education Gutenberg
Alfred North Whitehead
An Introduction to Mathematics Gutenberg
George Santayana
The Life of Reason Gutenberg
W.E.B. Dubois
The Souls of Black Folk Gutenberg
Rudyard Kipling
Works Gutenberg
Bertrand Russell
The Problems of Philosophy Gutenberg
James Joyce
Dubliners Gutenberg