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