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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Nick's Summary of Great Books, Part I

Here is part one of Nick’s Summary of Great Books. 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 13 of 13 lists:
Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War - L

Books that showed up on 12 of 13 lists

Miguel de Cervantes — Don Quixote
Herodotus - The Histories
Homer - The Iliad
Michel de Montaigne - Complete Essays

Books that showed up on 11 of 13 lists
Lucretius - Of the Nature of the Universe
Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel
Virgil - The Aeneid

Books that showed up on 10 of 13 lists

St. Augustine — Confessions
Homer - The Odyssey
Machiavelli - The Prince - L
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels

Books that showed up on 9 of 13 lists:
Aeschylus - The Oresteia
Aristotle - Nichomachean Ethics
Rene Descartes - Discourse on Method - L
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Voltaire - Candide

Books that showed up on 8 of 13 lists:

Aristotle - Poetics - L
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations
Fyodor Dostoyevski - The Brothers Karamazov
Henry Fielding - Tom Jones
Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan
John Stuart Mill - On Liberty
John Milton - Paradise Lost
Blaise Pascal - Pensees
Plato - Republic
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex, Antigone
Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - L

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