The Big Reading List

This is an interesting list of great works that I pulled from the sources at the bottom. Guess I'll dip into it over a long period, but not as diligently as I've read the other lists. It's kind of like the life list a birder would have, but for books instead. I've checked off the ones I've already read. Books that I am in the process of reading are marked with an open book.

Author Works Read
Anonymous The Epic of Gilgamesh
King James Version The Holy Bible
Homer The Iliad
The Odyssey
Aeschylus The Oresteia
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Oedipus at Colonus
Euripides Alcestis
Trojan Women
Herodotus The Histories
Thucydides The History of the Peloponnesian War
Aristophanes Lysistrata
The Clouds
The Birds
Plato Selected Works (Dialogues)
Aristotle Ethics
Valmiki The Book of Ramayana
Vyasa The Mahabharata
Anonymous The Bhagavad Gita
Lucretius Of the Nature of Things
Virgil The Aeneid
Saint Augustine The Confessions
Revealed to Muhammad The Koran
Omar Khayyam The Rubaiyat
Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy
Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales
Niccolò Macchiavelli The Prince
François Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Selected Essays
Miguel de Cervantes de Saavedra Don Quixote
William Shakespeare Complete Works
John Donne Selected Works (Poems, Sermons)
Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
John Milton Paradise Lost
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Molière Selected Plays
Blaise Pascal Thoughts (Pensées)
John Bunyan. Pilgrim's Progress
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe
Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels
Voltaire Candide
Other Works  
Henry Fielding Tom Jones
Jean Jacques Rousseau Confessions
Laurence Sterne Tristram Shandy
James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust
William Blake Selected Works
William Wordsworth The Prelude
Selected Shorter Poems
Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Ancient Mariner
Kubla Khan
Biographia Literaria
Writings on Shakespeare
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Stendhal The Red and the Black
Honoré de Balzac Père Goriot
Eugénie Grandet
Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Works
Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter
Selected Tales
John Stuart Mill On Liberty
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Dead Souls
Edgar Allan Poe Short Stories and Other Works
William Makepeace Thackeray Vanity Fair
Charles Dickens Pickwick Papers
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Hard Times
Our Mutual Friend
Little Dorrit
Anthony Trollope The Warden
The Last Chronicle of Barset
The Eustace Diamonds
The Way We Live Now
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
Emily Brontë Wuthering Heights
Henry David Thoreau Walden
Civil Disobedience
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev Fathers and Sons
Herman Melville Moby Dick
Bartleby the Scrivener
George Eliot The Mill on the Floss
Walt Whitman Selected Poems
Preface to the first issue of Leaves of Grass (1855)
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary
Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy War and Peace
Henrik Ibsen Selected Plays
Emily Dickinson Collected Poems
Lewis Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass
Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn
Henry Adams The Education of Henry Adams
Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge
William James Pragmatism
The Varieties of Religious Experience
Henry James The Ambassadors
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche The Genealogy of Morals
Beyond Good and Evil
Sigmund Freud The Interpretation of Dreams
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
Civilization and Its Discontents
George Bernard Shaw Selected Plays and Prefaces
Joseph Conrad Nostromo
Anton Chekhov Uncle Vanya
Three Sisters
The Cherry Orchard
Selected Short Stories
Edith Wharton The Custom of the Country
The Age of Innocence
The House of Mirth
William Butler Yeats Collected Poems
Collected Plays
Marcel Proust Remembrance of Things Past
Robert Frost Collected Poems
Thomas Mann The Magic Mountain
E. M. Forster A Passage to India
James Joyce Ulysses
Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway
To the Lighthouse
The Waves
Franz Kafka The Trial
The Castle
Selected Short Stories
D. H. Lawrence Sons and Lovers
Women in Love
Eugene O'Neill The Iceman Cometh
Long Day's Journey into Night
T. S. Eliot Collected Poems
Collected Plays
Aldous Huxley Brave New World
William Faulkner The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
Ernest Hemingway Short Stories
Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinths
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
Pale Fire
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
R. K. Narayan The English Teacher
The Vendor of Sweets [or The Guide]
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot
Krapp's Last Tape
W. H. Auden Collected Poems
Albert Camus The Plague
The Stranger
Saul Bellow The Adventures of Augie March
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Cancer Ward
Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart

I used two sources to pull this list together:

Dave's Books

Dave's Page


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