The Literary Project

2015-02-21 12.32.37

“Gathering data and reading…are not the same occupation…When you gather data, you become informed. When you read, you develop wisdom.” ~Susan Wise Bauer

“To be informed is to know simply that something is the case. To be enlightened is to know, in addition, what it is all about.” ~Mortimer J. Adler

In this digital age, we’re inundated with facts and parcels of data. The internet offers up the world’s collective knowledge within the palm of your hand…which is wonderful, except that opportunities for deeper understanding seem scant. Plus, the ability to store everything in our phones and Google anything means that few of us bother to remember things.

I love technology and I love that I can Google anything, so I don’t mean to say it’s a bad thing.  We never know where technology will take us. Socrates himself was against the new technology of writing, and we all agree now that the written word is a beautiful thing.

“[Writing] will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.” ~Socrates

I just know that, for myself, I’d like a better balance between information and understanding.

So, my desire is to cultivate wisdom as I continue to stay informed of current events (and, yes, Facebook happenings). My intention is to read through this literary list mindfully, scribbling in the book margins, taking notes in my literary commonplace books, and committing portions of certain texts to memory (take note Socrates!).

How This Works

There is a book called The Well-Educated Mind (TWEM) by Susan Wise Bauer, which is a wonderful guide to “The Great Books” (both from the traditional literary canon written by dead, white, European men–or DWEMs–as well as Great Books written by women and people of color).

TWEM presents 6 genres–each with a respective reading list (fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science)–and explains how to go about reading them in the classical method: the Trivium. The Trivium is composed of a “Grammar Stage,” a “Logic Stage,” and a “Rhetoric Stage.” The grammar stage is where one simply takes in information and memorizes facts, the logic stage is where one learns to analyze, criticize, and identify fallacious arguments, and the rhetoric stage is where one learns to take the grammar knowledge together with the logic understanding to formulate arguments and persuade.

Bauer recommends reading chronologically genre-by-genre, but I’m afraid I’d get bored staying within the lines of one genre for such a long time. So I’ve decided to read chronologically across all genres and, in this way, read through history.

“Writers build on the work of those who have gone before them, and chronological reading provides you with a continuous story…You’ll find yourself following a story that has to do with the development of civilization itself…When you read through the poetry list, for example…[t]he structure of the poetry will change as each poet moves beyond what former writers have done. But beyond these technical differences, the concerns of the poets shift and change as the world itself hurtles toward modernity…When you’ve finished this particular list, you’ve done more than read poetry. You have learned something about the spiritual evolution of the West.” ~Susan Wise Bauer

“If you join at eleven o’clock a conversation which began at eight you will often not see the real bearing of what is said.” ~C.S. Lewis, on reading old books vs. new

Without further ado, here is the full book list from The Well-Educated Mind, plus many more. I took the liberty of adding a plethora of titles, as well as a “philosophy” category. Books I’ve read are crossed out, and those for whom I’ve written up my thoughts are linked to that particular essay.

(Note: I don’t bother typing up extensive plot summaries because there are already hundreds of sites out there that do just that.)

(Listed From BCE to CE)
(*denotes books not listed in TWEM)
Author Category
1 -2000 BCE Gilgamesh unknown POETRY
2 -1500 The Rg Veda (selections)* anonymous PHILOSOPHY
3 -800 The Iliad Homer POETRY
4 -800 The Odyssey Homer POETRY
5 -600 Greek Lyricists various POETRY
6 -500 Fragments* Heraclitus PHILOSOPHY
7 -500 Tao Te Ching* Lao Tzu PHILOSOPHY
8 -483 Dhammapada* Siddhartha Gautama PHILOSOPHY
9 -479 The Analects* Confucious PHILOSOPHY
10 -458 Agamemnon Aeschylus DRAMA
11 -450 Oedipus the King Sophocles DRAMA
12 -441 The Histories ~CURRENTLY READING~ Herodotus HISTORY
13 -431 Medea Euripides DRAMA
14 -430 Zeno’s Paradoxes* Zeno of Elea PHILOSOPHY
15 -430 On Airs, Waters, and Places Hippocrates SCIENCE
16 -400 Bhagavad Gita* Krishna Dvaipāyana Vyāsa PHILOSOPHY
17 -400 The Book of Chuang Tzu* Chuang-Tzu/Zhuangzi PHILOSOPHY
18 -400 Tattva-Kaumudi/Samkhya* Karika PHILOSOPHY
19 -400 The Peloponnesian War Thucydides HISTORY
20 -400 The Birds Aristophanes DRAMA
21 -375 The Republic Plato HISTORY
22 -370 The Essential Plato* Plato PHILOSOPHY
23 -340 Nicomachean Ethics* Aristotle PHILOSOPHY
24 -330 Poetics Aristotle DRAMA
25 -330 Physics Aristotle SCIENCE
26 -320 The Art of Rhetoric* Aristotle PHILOSOPHY
27 -300 Mencius* Mencius PHILOSOPHY
28 -280 The Argonautica* Apollonius Rhodius POETRY
29 -270 The Essential Epicurus* Epicurus PHILOSOPHY
30 -250 Basic Writings of Mo Tzu, Hsün Tzu, and Han Fei Tzu* Mo Tzu, Hsun Tzu, Han Fei Tzu PHILOSOPHY
31 -212 The Sand Reckoner* Archimedes SCIENCE
32 -100 Early Buddhist Discourses (from the Pali Canon)* various PHILOSOPHY
33 -65 Odes Horace POETRY
34 -60 On the Nature of Things (De Rerun Natura) Lucretius SCIENCE
35 -43 Treatises on Old Age and Friendship* Marcus Tullius Cicero PHILOSOPHY
36 -29 The Aeneid* Virgil POETRY
37 8 CE The Metamorphoses* Ovid POETRY
38 17 The Early History of Rome* Livy HISTORY
39 50 The Lotus Sutra* various PHILOSOPHY
40 64 Letters From A Stoic* Seneca PHILOSOPHY
41 100 Lives Plutarch HISTORY
42 100 Vimalakirti Sutra* various PHILOSOPHY
43 116 The Annals of Imperial Rome* Tacitus HISTORY
44 121 The Twelve Caesars* Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus HISTORY
45 125 The Art of Living* Epictetus PHILOSOPHY
46 180 Meditations* Marcus Aurelius PHILOSOPHY
47 250 Mūlamadhyamakakārikā of Nagarjuna* Nagarjuna PHILOSOPHY
48 265 The Enneads* Plotinus PHILOSOPHY
49 400 The Confessions Augustine AUTOBIOGRAPHY
50 400 The Origin of the Young God/Kumarasambhava* Kalidasa POETRY
51 400 The Loom of Time* Kalidasa POETRY
52 400 The Great Karika on the Mandukya Upanishad* Gaudapada PHILOSOPHY
53 415 Float Down Like Silver: Hypatia of Alexandria* Hypatia (modern Bio) AUTOBIOGRAPHY
54 426 The City of God Augustine HISTORY
55 731 The Ecclesiastical History of the English People Bede HISTORY
56 835 The Meanings of Sound, Word, and Reality* Kukai PHILOSOPHY
57 868 The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng* Hui-Neng PHILOSOPHY
58 890 The “Dhvanyaloka” of Anandavardhana with the “Locana” of Abhinavagupta* Anandavardhana, Abhinavagupta POETRY
59 900 The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch* Hui-neng PHILOSOPHY
60 900 Four Huts: Asian Writings on the Simple Life* various PHILOSOPHY
61 1000 Beowolf unknown POETRY
62 1002 The Pillow Book* Sei Shōnagon HISTORY
63 1021 The Tale of Genji* Murasaki Shikibu NOVEL
64 1077 Proslogium (and Gaunilon’s Reply and Anselm’s Response)* Anselm PHILOSOPHY
65 1133 The Letters of Abelard and Heloise* Heloise and Abelard PHILOSOPHY
66 1155 Physica* Hildegard Von Bingen SCIENCE
67 1190 Guide of the Perplexed* Maimonides PHILOSOPHY
68 1200 Gita Govinda: Love Song of the Dark Lord* Jayadeva POETRY
69 1240 The Tale of the Heike* anonymous NOVEL
70 1253 The Heart of Dogen’s Shobogenzo* Dogen Kigen PHILOSOPHY
71 1265 The Divine Comedy Dante POETRY
72 1273 The Essential Rumi * Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī POETRY
73 1274 Selected Writings* Thomas Aquinas PHILOSOPHY
74 1300 Everyman unknown DRAMA
75 1332 Essays in Idleness/Tsurezuregusa* Yoshida Kenko PHILOSOPHY
76 1343 The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer POETRY
77 1350 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight unknown POETRY
78 1360 Romance of the Three Kingdoms* Luo Guanzhong NOVEL
79 1372 Water Margin* Shi Naian NOVEL
80 1430 The Book of Margery Kempe Margery Kempe AUTOBIOGRAPHY
81 1485 Le Mort D’Arthur* Sir Thomas Malory NOVEL
82 1513 The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli HISTORY
83 1514 Commentariolus Nicolaus Copernicus SCIENCE
84 1516 Utopia Sir Thomas Moore HISTORY
85 1519 Notebooks* Leonardo da Vinci SCIENCE
86 1564 Sonnets Shakespeare POETRY
87 1572 The Complete English Poems John Donne POETRY
88 1580 Essays Michel De Montaigne AUTOBIOGRAPHY
89 1580 Journey to the West* Wu Cheng’en NOVEL
90 1588 Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe DRAMA
91 1588 The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself Teresa of Ávila AUTOBIOGRAPHY
92 1592 Richard III Shakespeare DRAMA
93 1594 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare DRAMA
94 1600 Hamlet Shakespeare DRAMA
95 1605 Don Quixote Miguel De Cervantes NOVEL
96 1608 Paradise Lost John Milton POETRY
97 1610 The Plum in the Golden Vase* Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng NOVEL
98 1611 Pslams, King James Version various POETRY
99 1620 Novum Organum Francis Bacon SCIENCE
100 1632 Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems Galileo Galilei SCIENCE
101 1641 Meditations René Descartes AUTOBIOGRAPHY
102 1641 Discourse on Method* René Descartes PHILOSOPHY
103 1642 The Book of Five Rings* Miyamoto Musashi PHILOSOPHY
104 1651 Leviathan* Thomas Hobbes PHILOSOPHY
105 1665 Micrographia Robet Hooke SCIENCE
106 1666 Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners John Bunyan AUTOBIOGRAPHY
107 1669 Tartuffe Molière DRAMA
108 1669 Pensées* Pascal PHILOSOPHY
109 1677 Ethics* Spinoza PHILOSOPHY
110 1679 The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan NOVEL
111 1682 The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration Mary Rowlandson AUTOBIOGRAPHY
112 1689 Two Treatises of Government* John Locke PHILOSOPHY
113 1689 An Essay Concerning Human Understanding* John Locke PHILOSOPHY
114 1690 The True End of Civil Government John Locke HISTORY
115 1694 A Serious Proposal to the Ladies* Mary Astell PHILOSOPHY
116 1694 Candide* Voltaire NOVEL
117 1694 Basho’s Journey: The Literary Prose of Matsuo Basho* Matsuo Basho POETRY
118 1700 The Way of the World William Congreve DRAMA
119 1716 Philosophical Essays* Leibniz PHILOSOPHY
120 1726 Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift NOVEL
121 1727 St. Matthew Passion* Johann Sebastian Bach DRAMA
122 1729 “Rules” and “General Scholium” from Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica Isaac Newton SCIENCE
123 1746 Critique of Pure Reason and Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals* Immanuel Kant PHILOSOPHY
124 1748 Concerning Human Understanding and Principles of Morals* Hume PHILOSOPHY
125 1750 The Scholars* Wu Jingzi NOVEL
126 1754 The History of England, Volume V David Hume HISTORY
127 1757 Songs of Innocence and of Experience William Blake POETRY
128 1762 The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau HISTORY
129 1763 Dream of the Red Chamber* Cao Xueqin NOVEL
130 1764 Philosophical Dictionary* Voltaire PHILOSOPHY
131 1770 Selected Poetry of… William Wordsworth POETRY
132 1772 Selected Poems Samuel Taylor Coleridge POETRY
133 1773 She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith DRAMA
134 1773 Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral* Phillis “Phyllis” Wheatley POETRY
135 1774 The Sorrows of Young Werther Goethe NOVEL
136 1776 Common Sense Thomas Paine HISTORY
137 1776 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon HISTORY
138 1776 The Wealth of Nations* Adam Smith PHILOSOPHY
139 1777 The School for Scandal Richard Brinsley Sheridan DRAMA
140 1781 Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau AUTOBIOGRAPHY
141 1787 Don Giovanni* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart DRAMA
142 1791 The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin AUTOBIOGRAPHY
143 1792 A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft HISTORY
144 1794 The Mysteries of Udolfo* Ann Radcliffe NOVEL
145 1795 Complete Poems John Keats POETRY
146 1807 Selected Poems Henry Wadsworth Longfellow POETRY
147 1809 Idylls and In Memoriam Alfred, Lord Tennyson POETRY
148 1811 Sense & Sensibility* Jane Austin NOVEL
149 1812 Preliminary Discourse Georges Cuvier SCIENCE
150 1813 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austin NOVEL
151 1814 Mansfield Park* Jane Austin NOVEL
152 1815 Emma* Jane Austin NOVEL
153 1817 Northanger Abbey* Jane Austin NOVEL
154 1817 Persuasion* Jane Austin NOVEL
155 1819 Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman POETRY
156 1830 Final Harvest Emily Dickinson POETRY
157 1830 Poems and Prose Christina Rossetti POETRY
158 1830 The Red & The Black* Stendhal NOVEL
159 1831 Principles of Geology Charles Lyell SCIENCE
160 1835 Democracy in America Alexis De Tocqueville HISTORY
161 1838 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens NOVEL
162 1843 Introduction to the Philosophy of History* Hegel PHILOSOPHY
163 1843 Fear and Trembling* Kierkegaard PHILOSOPHY
164 1843 A Christmas Carol* Charles Dickens NOVEL
165 1843 Either/Or* Kierkegaard PHILOSOPHY
166 1844 Hopkins: Poems and Prose Gerard Manley Hopkins POETRY
167 1844 Essays* Emerson PHILOSOPHY
168 1844 The Count of Monte Cristo* Alexandre Dumas NOVEL
169 1847 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë NOVEL
170 1847 Wuthering Heights* Emily Brontë NOVEL
171 1848 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall* Anne Brontë NOVEL
172 1848 The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels HISTORY
173 1849 Selected Works* Edgar Allan Poe POETRY
174 1850 The Scarlett Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne NOVEL
175 1851 Moby-Dick Herman Melville NOVEL
176 1851 Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe NOVEL
177 1851 Essays & Aphorisms (esp. The World as Will and Idea)* Schopenhauer PHILOSOPHY
178 1853 12 Years a Slave* Solomon Northup AUTOBIOGRAPHY
179 1854 Walden Henry David Thoreau AUTOBIOGRAPHY
180 1857 Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert NOVEL
181 1859 On Liberty* John Stuart Mill PHILOSOPHY
182 1859 On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin SCIENCE
183 1859 A Tale of Two Cities* Charles Dickens NOVEL
184 1860 The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy Jacob Burckhardt HISTORY
185 1861 Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself Harriet Jacobs AUTOBIOGRAPHY
186 1862 Les Miserables* Victor Hugo NOVEL
187 1865 The Collected Poems William Butler Yeats POETRY
188 1865 Experiments in Plant Hybridization Gregor Mendel SCIENCE
189 1865 Tristan and Isolde* Richard Wagner DRAMA
190 1866 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky NOVEL
191 1868 Little Women* Louisa May Alcott NOVEL
192 1871 Middlemarch* George Elliot NOVEL
193 1872 The Collected Poetry of… Paul Laurence Dunbar POETRY
194 1874 The Poetry of… Robert Frost POETRY
195 1877 Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy NOVEL
196 1878 Selected Poems Carl Sandburg POETRY
197 1878 The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy NOVEL
198 1879 A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen DRAMA
199 1881 Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass AUTOBIOGRAPHY
200 1881 The Portrait of a Lady Henry James NOVEL
201 1882 Cecilia Valdes* Cirilo Villaverde NOVEL
202 1883 Selected Poems William Carlos Williams POETRY
203 1884 Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain NOVEL
204 1885 Selected Poems of… Ezra Pound POETRY
205 1886 Beyond Good and Evil* Friedrich Nietzsche PHILOSOPHY
206 1887 A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes)* Sir Arthur Conan Doyle NOVEL
207 1888 The Waste Land and Other Poems T.S. Eliot POETRY
208 1890 The Picture of Dorian Gray* Oscar Wilde NOVEL
209 1895 The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane NOVEL
210 1895 The Jungle* Upton Sinclair NOVEL
211 1899 The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde DRAMA
212 1901 Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington AUTOBIOGRAPHY
213 1902 Selected Poems of… Langston Hughes POETRY
214 1902 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad NOVEL
215 1902 The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes)* Sir Arthur Conan Doyle NOVEL
216 1903 The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. Du Bois HISTORY
217 1903 The Ambassadors* Henry James NOVEL
218 1904 The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov DRAMA
219 1904 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Max Weber HISTORY
220 1905 The House of Mirth Edith Wharton NOVEL
221 1905 I am a Cat* Natsume Soseki NOVEL
222 1907 Selected Poems W.H. Auden POETRY
223 1908 Ecce Homom Friedrich Nietzsche AUTOBIOGRAPHY
224 1912 Death in Venice* Thomas Mann NOVEL
225 1912 1912 New York Lectures* Carl Jung SCIENCE
226 1915 The Origin of Continents and Oceans Alfred Wegener SCIENCE
227 1916 The General Theory of Relativity Albet Einstein SCIENCE
228 1921 Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey HISTORY
229 1922 Collected Poems Philip Larken POETRY
230 1922 The Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory Max Planck SCIENCE
231 1922 The Enchanted April* Elizabeth Von Arnem NOVEL
232 1922 Ulysses* James Joyce NOVEL
233 1924 Saint Joan George Bernard Shaw DRAMA
234 1924 A Passage to India* E. M. Forster NOVEL
235 1925 Mein Kampf Adolf Hitler AUTOBIOGRAPHY
236 1925 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald NOVEL
237 1925 Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf NOVEL
238 1925 The Trial Franz Kafka NOVEL
239 1926 Howl and Other Poems Allen Ginsberg POETRY
240 1927 Being and Time* Heidegger PHILOSOPHY
241 1928 Orlando* Virginia Woolf NOVEL
242 1929 Adrienne Rich’s Poetry and Prose Adrienne Rich POETRY
243 1929 An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth Mohandas Gandhi AUTOBIOGRAPHY
244 1932 Plath: Poems Sylvia Plath POETRY
245 1933 The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Gertrude Stein AUTOBIOGRAPHY
246 1934 Mark Strand: Selected Poems Mark Strand POETRY
247 1935 Murder in the Cathedral T.S. Eliot DRAMA
248 1935 New and Selected Poems Mary Oliver POETRY
249 1937 The Road to Wigan Pier George Orwell HISTORY
250 1937 Of Mice and Men* John Steinbeck NOVEL
251 1938 Our Town Thornton Wilder DRAMA
252 1939 Opened Ground: Selected Poems Seamus Heaney POETRY
253 1939 The New England Mind Perry Miller HISTORY
254 1939 The Iliad, or The Poem of Force* Simone Weil PHILOSOPHY
255 1940 The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems Robert Pinsky POETRY
256 1940 Long Day’s Journey Into Night Eugene O’Neill DRAMA
257 1940 Native Son Richard Wright NOVEL
258 1941 The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems Robert Hass POETRY
259 1942 The Stranger Albert Camus NOVEL
260 1942 Evolution: The Modern Synthesis Julian Huxley SCIENCE
261 1942 Go Down, Moses* William Faulkner NOVEL
262 1944 No Exit Jean Paul Sartre DRAMA
263 1944 What Is Life? Erwin Schrödinger SCIENCE
264 1945 Animal Farm George Orwell NOVEL
265 1945 The Catcher in the Rye* J. D. Salinger NOVEL
266 1946 Existentialism is a Humanism* Sartre PHILOSOPHY
267 1946 Man’s Search for Meaning* Viktor E. Frankl HISTORY
268 1946 Autobiography of a Yogi* Paramahansa Yogananda AUTOBIOGRAPHY
269 1947 Otherwise Jane Kenyon POETRY
270 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams DRAMA
271 1947 Education for a New World* Maria Montessori PHILOSOPHY
272 1947 The Diary of a Young Girl* Anne Frank AUTOBIOGRAPHY
273 1948 The Seven Storey Mountain Thomas Merton AUTOBIOGRAPHY
274 1949 Death of a Salesan Arthur Miller DRAMA
275 1949 1984 George Orwell NOVEL
276 1949 The Second Sex* Simone de Beauvoir PHILOSOPHY
277 1951 Fires on the Plain* Shōhei Ōoka NOVEL
278 1952 Selected Poems Rita Dove POETRY
279 1952 Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett DRAMA
280 1952 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison NOVEL
281 1952 The Old Man & The Sea* Ernest Hemingway NOVEL
282 1952 Thousand Cranes* Yasunari Kawabata NOVEL
283 1953 Philosophical Investigations* Ludwig Wittgenstein PHILOSOPHY
284 1955 The Great Crash of 1929 John Kenneth Galbraith HISTORY
285 1955 Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life C.S. Lewis AUTOBIOGRAPHY
286 1956 Seize the Day Saul Bellow NOVEL
287 1958 Physics and Philosophy* Heisenberg PHILOSOPHY
288 1958 The Human Condition* Hannah Arendt PHILOSOPHY
289 1959 The Longest Day Cornelius Ryan HISTORY
290 1960 A Man for All Seasons Robert Bolt DRAMA
291 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird* Harper Lee NOVEL
292 1961 Catch-22* Joseph Heller NOVEL
293 1962 Silent Spring Rachel Carson SCIENCE
294 1962 A Dark Night’s Passing* Naoya Shiga NOVEL
295 1963 The Feminine Mystique Betty Friedan HISTORY
296 1965 The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X AUTOBIOGRAPHY
297 1967 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard DRAMA
298 1967 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez NOVEL
299 1967 The Naked Ape Desmond Morris SCIENCE
300 1967 Tres Tristes Tigres* Guillermo Cabrera Infante NOVEL
301 1968 The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA James D. Watson SCIENCE
302 1969 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou AUTOBIOGRAPHY
303 1969 Slaughterhouse-Five* Kurt Vonnegut NOVEL
304 1972 If on A Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino NOVEL
305 1973 Journal of Solitude May Sarton AUTOBIOGRAPHY
306 1973 The Gulag Archipelago Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn AUTOBIOGRAPHY
307 1974 Equus Peter Shaffer DRAMA
308 1974 Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made Eugene D. Genovese HISTORY
309 1975 Animal Liberation* Peter Singer PHILOSOPHY
310 1976 The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins SCIENCE
311 1977 Born Again Charles W. Colson AUTOBIOGRAPHY
312 1977 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison NOVEL
313 1977 The Fire and the Sun* Iris Murdoch PHILOSOPHY
314 1977 The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe Steven Weinberg SCIENCE
315 1978 A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century Barbara Tuchman HISTORY
316 1978 On Human Nature E.O. Wilson SCIENCE
317 1979 Gaia James Lovelock SCIENCE
318 1979 A Bend in the River* V. S. Naipaul NOVEL
319 1979 The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age* Hans Jonas PHILOSOPHY
320 1981 Women, Race, and Class* Angela Davis PHILOSOPHY
321 1981 Ain’t I a Woman* Bell Hooks PHILOSOPHY
322 1981 The Mismeasure of Man Stephen Jay Gould SCIENCE
323 1982 Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez AUTOBIOGRAPHY
324 1985 White Noise Don Delillo NOVEL
325 1987 All the President’s Men Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein HISTORY
326 1987 Chaos: Making a New Science James Gleick SCIENCE
327 1988 Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era James M. McPherson HISTORY
328 1988 A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking SCIENCE
329 1989 The Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway AUTOBIOGRAPHY
330 1989 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love* Oscar Hijuelos NOVEL
331 1990 A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich HISTORY
332 1990 Possession A.S. Byatt NOVEL
333 1992 The End of History and the Last Man Francis Fukuyama HISTORY
334 1992 Soñar en Cubano* Cristina García NOVEL
335 1993 The Alchemist* Paulo Coelho NOVEL
336 1995 All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs Elie Wiesel AUTOBIOGRAPHY
337 1997 T. rex and the Crater of Doom Walter Alvarez SCIENCE
338 2005 The Penelopiad* Margaret Atwood NOVEL
339 2006 The Road Cormac McCarthy NOVEL
340 2007 Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin* John Hope Franklin AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Phew! That’s quite the list!

Between this and the SF&F sub-project list, it will take me over 10 years if I read 2 books per month. But considering the fact that I also read lots of modern books that are not on this list, that some of these books will take much longer than 2 weeks due to their length and/or difficulty, and that life events will inevitably derail reading plans…my guess is it may take more like 20? That’s perfectly fine with me, because the time will pass anyway. And let’s not forget: literature is to be relished, not rushed.

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