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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nick's Summary of Great Books Lists, Part II

Here is part two of Nick’s Summary of Great Books Lists. See this page for a further explanation of where this list came from.

[Note: An L indicates that this title is available as a free, unabridged audio download from Librivox.org.]

Books that showed up on 7 of 13 lists:
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice - L1; L2
Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales - L
Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy - L
Edward Gibbon - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Plato - Symposium
Plutarch - Lives
William Shakespeare - Complete Works
Murasaki Shikibu - The Tale of Genji
Vyasa - Mahabharata

Books that showed up on 6 of 13 lists
Jane Austen - Emma - L
James Boswell - The Life of Samuel Johnson
Charles Darwin - The Origin of Species
Daniel DeFoe - Robinson Crusoe - L
Fyodor Dostoyevski - Crime and Punishment
George Eliot - Middlemarch
Euripides - Bacchae, Hippolytus
Hamilton, Madison, Jay - The Federalist Papers
William James - Pragmatism
Franz Kafka - The Trial
John Locke - Second Treatise on Government
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels - The Communist Manifesto - L
Herman Melville - Moby Dick
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - Thus Spake Zarathustra
George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-four
Plato - Crito
Jean Jacques Rousseau - Confessions
Sai Shonagon - The Pillow Book
Baruch Spinoza - Ethics
Stendhal - The Red and the Black
Laurence Sterne - Tristram Shandy
Valmiki - The Ramayana
Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse
Cao Xeugin - The Story of the Stone

Books that showed up on 5 of 13 lists
Aristophanes - The Clouds
Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot
John Bunyan - Pilgrim's Progress - L
Albert Camus - The Stranger
Anton Chekhov - Uncle Vanya
Confucius - The Analects
Charles Dickens - Pickwick Papers
Desiderius Erasmus - In Praise of Folly
Euclid - Elements
William Faulkner - The Sound and the Fury
Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
Sigmund Freud - The Interpretation of Dreams
James Joyce - Ulysses
Franz Kafka - The Castle
Kalidasa - Sakuntala
Immanuel Kant - Critique of Pure Reason
Lao-Tzu (Laozi) - Tao te Ching (Daodejing) - L
Mencius - The Book of Mencius
John Milton - Areopagitica
Moliere - Tartuffe
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil - L
Plato - Meno
Plotinus - Enneads
Marcel Proust - Remembrance of Things Past
Sima Qian - Records of the Grand Historian
Sophocles - Oedipus at Colonnus
Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons
Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
Tacitus - Annals
St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica
Henry David Thoreau - Walden - L
Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in America

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Comments on "Nick's Summary of Great Books Lists, Part II"


Blogger huibstarlite said ... (Sunday, March 04, 2007 3:28:00 PM) : 

Come check out Librivox.org and you will see many on your list in the catalogue or in progress.



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