Great Books

Great Books List

Homer, Greece, ca. 800 BCE. The Iliad, The Odyssey.

Lao Tzu, China, ca. 550 BCE. The Tao Te Ching.

Various, India, ca. 400 BCE. The Teachings of The Buddha.

Sun-Tzu, China, ca. 500 BCE. The Art of War.

Virgil, Rome, 19 BCE. The Aeneid.

Muhammad of Medina, Arabia, 632. The Koran.

Unknown, England, ca. 1000. Beowulf.

Thomas Malory, England, 1485. Le Morte D¹Arthur.

Geoffrey Chaucer, England, 1395. The Canterbury Tales.

Niccolo Macchiavelli, Italy, 1513. The Prince.

Thomas a Kempis, Germany, 1418. The Imitation of Christ.

Wu Cheng-en, China, 1590. The Journey to the West.

John Milton, England, 1667. Paradise Lost.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, France, 1762. The Social Contract.

Hamilton, Madison and Jay, US, 1786. The Federalist Papers.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, 1808. Faust.

George Fredrick Hegel, Germany, 1807. Phenomenology of Mind.

Alexis de Tocqueville, France, 1835. Democracy in America.

Jane Austen, England, 1837. Pride and Prejudice.

Karl Marx, Frederick Engels. 1848. The Communist Manifesto.

Herman Melville, US, 1851. Moby Dick.

John Stuart Mill, England, 1859. On Liberty.

Charles Dickens, England, 1861. Great Expectations.

Mark Twain, US. 1884. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

B.T. Washington, US. 1901. Up From Slavery.

Joseph Conrad, England, 1902. Heart of Darkness.

W.E.B. Dubois, US. 1903. The Souls of Black Folk.

J. W. Johnson, US. 1912. Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.

F Scott FitzGerald, US, 1925. The Great Gatsby.

William Faulkner, US, 1929. The Sound and the Fury.

Ralph Ellison, US, 1952. The Invisible Man.

Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, 1958. Things Fall Apart.

Franz Fanon, France, 1963. The Wretched Earth,

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Columbia, 1967. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Maya Angelou, US, 1969. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Assata Shakur, US, 1987. Assata: An Autobiography.