Great Books List

Posted On November 6, 2009

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List taken from here.  Dates indicate approx year I read.

The Bible

Homer

Aeschylus

Sophocles

Euripides

Herodotus

Thucydides

Hippocrates

Aristophanes

Plato

Aristotle

Euclid

Archimedes

Apollonius

Lucretius

Virgil

Tacitus

Epictetus

Nicomachus

Plutarch

Ptolemy

Marcus Aurelius

Galen

Plotinus

St Augustine

The Quran

St Thomas Aquinas

Dante

Chaucer

Erasmus

Machiavelli

Copernicus

Rabelais

John Calvin

Montaigne

William Gilbert

Cervantes

Francis Bacon

Galileo

William Shakespeare

Johannes Kepler

William Harvey

Thomas Hobbes

Descartes

John Milton

Moliere

Blaise Pascal

Christiaan Huygens

John Locke

Spinoza

Jean Racine

Isaac Newton

Leibnitz

Jonathan Swift

George Berkeley

Montesquieu

Voltaire

Henry Fielding

David Hume

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Diderot

Laurence Sterne

Adam Smith

Immanuel Kant

Edward Gibbon

Thomas Paine

James Boswell

Goethe

Fourier

Hegel

Jane Austen

USA Founding Documents

Michael Faraday

Honore de Balzac

Emerson

Alexis de Tocqueville

John Stuart Mill

Charles Darwin

Charles Dickens

Soren Kierkegaard

Thoreau

Karl Marx

George Eliot

Herman Melville

Friedrich Engels

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Henrik Ibsen

Leo Tolstoy

Mark Twain

William James

Henry James

Nietzsche

Henri Poincare

Sigmund Freud

George Bernard Shaw

Joseph Conrad

Thorstein Veblen

Max Planck

Henri Bergson

John Dewey

Anton Chekhov

A.N. Whitehead

Luigi Pirandello

Marcel Proust

Bertrand Russell

Thomas Mann

Willa Cather

G.H. Hardy

Albert Einstein

Arthur Eddington

James Joyce

Virginia Woolf

Franz Kafka

John Maynard Keynes

Niels Bohr

D.H. Lawrence

Erwin Schroedinger

T.S. Eliot

Eugene O’Neill

Martin Heidegger

Ludwig Wittgenstein

F. Scott Fitzgerald

William Faulkner

Werner Heisenberg

George Orwell

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2 Responses to “Great Books List”

  1. lazyorganizer

    That is a long list. If you have to read all that before you die, you’re going to live a long time. I just read a couple plays by Aristophanes and they were interesting to say the least. And not in the best way.

    I like Anna Karenina. Very depressing. Love Austen. How is it possible that you haven’t read Sense and Sensibility and how is it possible that I’ve never heard of Love and Friendship and Lady Susan? I’m reading Confessions of St. Augustine right now.

    Barefoot says: S&S is in my hospital bag. So maybe it will be read this week.

  2. DAD

    Let me know when you get through the list so we can compare notes.

    Barefoot says: Right. Because you’ve read them all 3 times already?