Jul 26, 2005

How educated is your mind?

KaneCitizen looks at the recommended reading from The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had by Susan Wise Bauer. You could probably quibble with some of the titles, but that's half the fun. I've put the ones I've read in bold. What have (or haven't) you read?


Don Quixote / Cervantes
The Pilgrim's Progress / Bunyan
Gulliver's Travels / Swift
Pride and Prejudice / Austen
Oliver Twist / Dickens
Jane Eyre / Bronte
The Scarlet Letter / Hawthorne
Moby-Dick / Melville

Uncle Tom's Cabin / Stowe
Madame Bovary / Flaubert
Crime and Punishment / Dostoyevsky
Anna Karenina / Tolstoy

The Return of the Native / Hardy
The Portrait of a Lady / James
Huckleberry Finn / Twain
The Red Badge of Courage / Crane
Heart of Darkness / Conrad

The House of Mirth / Wharton
The Great Gatsby / Fitzgerald
Mrs. Dalloway / Woolf
The Trial / Kafka

Native Son / Wright
The Stranger / Camus
1984 / Orwell
Invisible Man / Ellison

Seize the Day / Bellow
One Hundred Years of Solitude / Marquez
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler / Calvino
Song of Solomon / Morrison
White Noise / Delillo
Possession / Byatt

Autobiography and Memoir

The Confessions / Augustine
The Book of Margery Kempe / Kempe
Essays / Montaigne
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself / Teresa
Meditations / Descartes
Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners / Bunyan
The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration / Rowlandson
Confessions / Rousseau
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin / Franklin
Walden / Thoreau
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself / Jacobs
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass /Douglass
Up From Slavery / Washington
Ecce Homo / Nietzsche
Mein Kampf / Hitler
An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth / Gandhi
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
The Seven Storey Mountain / Merton
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life / Lewis
The Autobiography of Malcolm X / Malcolm X
Journal of a Solitude / Sarton
The Gualg Archipelago / Solzhenitsyn
Born Again / Colson
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez / Rodriguez
The Road From Coorain / Conway
All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs / Wiesel


The Histories / Herodotus
The Peloponnesian War / Thucydides
The Republic / Plato
Lives / Plutarch
The City of God / Augustine

The Ecclesistical History of the English People / Bede
The Prince / Machiavelli
Utopia / More

The True End of Civil Government / Locke
The History of England, Vol. V / Hume
The Social Contract / Rousseau
Common Sense / Paine
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire / Gibbon
A Vindication of the Rights of Women / Wollstonecraft
Democracy in America / Tocqueville
The Communist Manifesto / Marx & Engels
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy / Burckhardt
The Souls of Black Folk / Du Bois
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism / Weber
Queen Victoria / Strachey
The Road to Wigan Pier / Orwell

The New England Mind / Miller
The Great Crash 1929 / Galbraith
The Longest Day / Ryan
The Feminine Mystique / Friedan
Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made / Genovese
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century / Tuchman
All the President's Men / Woodward & Bernstein
Battle Cry of Freedom / McPherson
A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 / Ulrich
The End of History and the Last Man / Fukuyama


Agamemnon / Aeschylus
Oedipus the King / Sophocles
Medea / Euripedes
The Birds / Aristophanes
Poetics / Aristotle
Everyman /
Doctor Faustus / Marlowe
Richard III / Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream / Shakespeare
Hamlet / Shakespeare
Tartuffe / Moliere
The Way of the World / Congreve
She Stoops to Conquer / Goldsmith
The School for Scandal / Sheridan
A Doll's House / Ibsen
The Importance of Being Ernest / Wilde
The Cherry Orchard / Chekhov
Saint Joan / Shaw
Murder in the Cathedral / Eliot
Our Town / Wilder
Long Day's Journey Into Night / O'Neill
No Exit / Sartre
A Streetcar Named Desire / Williams
Death of a Salesman / Miller
Waiting for Godot / Beckett
A Man for All Seasons / Bolt
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead / Stoppard
Equus / Shaffer

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