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The New Lifetime Reading Plan

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1. The Epic of Gilgamesh
2. Homer, The Iliad
3. Homer, The Odyssey
4. Confucius, The Analects
5. Aeschylus, The Oresteia
6. Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
7. Euripides, Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, The Trojan Women, Electra, The Bacchae
8. Herodotus, The Histories
9. Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
10. Sun-tzu, The Art of War
11. Aristophanes, Lysistrata, The Clouds, The Birds
12. Plato, Selected Works
13. Aristotle, Ethics, Politics, Poetics
14. Mencius, The Book of Mencius
15. The Ramayana
16. The Mahabharata
17. The Bhagavad Gita
18. Ssu-ma Ch’ien, Records of the Grand Historian
19. Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
20. Virgil, The Aeneid
21. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
22. Saint Augustine, The Confessions
23. Kalidasa, The Cloud Messenger, Sakuntala
24. The Koran
25. Hui-neng, The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
26. Firdausi, Shah Nameh
27. Sei Shnagon, The Pillow Book
28. Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
29. Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat
30. Dante, The Divine Comedy
31. Luo Kuan-chung, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms
32. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
33. The Thousand and One Nights
34. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
35. Franois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
36. Wu Ch’eng-en, Journey to the West
37. Michel de Montaigne, Selected Essays
38. Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
39. William Shakespeare, Complete Works
40. John Donne, Selected Works
41. The Plum in the Golden Vase (Chin P’ing Mei)
42. Galileo, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
43. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
44. Ren Descartes, Discourse on Method
45. John Milton, Paradise Lost, Lycidas, On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Sonnets, Areopagitica
46. Molire, Selected Plays
47. Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (Penses)
48. John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
49. John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
50. Matsuo Bash, The Narrow Road to the Deep North
51. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
52. Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
53. Voltaire, Candide and other works
54. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
55. Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
56. Ts’ao Hseh-ch’in, The Dream of the Red Chamber (a.k.a. The Story of the Stone)
57. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions
58. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
59. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
60. Thomas Jefferson and others, Basic Documents in American History (ed. Richard B. Morris)
61. Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, The Federalist Papers (ed. Clinton Rossiter)
62. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
63. William Blake, Selected Works
64. William Wordsworth, The Prelude, Selected Shorter Poems, Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
65. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, Christabel, Kubla Khan, Biographia Literaria, Writings on Shakespeare
66. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Emma
67. Stendhal, The Red and the Black
68. Honor de Balzac, Pre Goriot, Eugnie Grandet, Cousin Bette
69. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Works
70. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Selected Tales
71. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
72. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, The Subjection of Women
73. Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species
74. Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
75. Edgar Allan Poe, Short Stories and Other Works
76. William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
77. Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Our Mutual Friend,
           The Old Curiosity Shop, Little Dorrit
78. Anthony Trollope, The Warden, The Last Chronicle of Barset, The Eustace Diamonds, The Way We Live Now, Autobiography
79. The Bront Sisters:
      79A. Charlotte Bront, Jane Eyre
79B. Emily Bront, Wuthering Heights
80. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Civil Disobedience
81. Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
82. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
83. Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Bartleby the Scrivener
84. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch
85. Walt Whitman, Selected Poems, Democratic Vistas, Preface to the first issue of Leaves of Grass,
            A Backward Glance O’er Travelled Roads
86. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
87.Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov
88. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
89. Henrick Ibsen, Selected Plays
90. Emily Dickenson, Collected Poems
91. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass
92. Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
93. Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
94. Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Castorbridge
95. William James, The Principles of Psychology, Pragmatism, Four Essays from The Meaning of Truth,
           The Varieties of Religious Experience
96. Henry James, The Ambassadors
97. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Genealogy of Morals, Beyond Good and Evil, and other works
98. Sigmund Freud, Selected Works, including The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, and
           Civilization and Its Discontents
99. George Bernard Shaw, Selected Plays and Prefaces
100. Joseph Conrad, Nostromo
101. Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Selected Short Stories
102. Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country, The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth
103. William Butler Yeats, Collected Poems, Collected Plays, Autobiography
104. Natsume Sseki, Kokoro
105. Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
106. Robert Frost, Collected Poems
107. Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
108. E.M. Forster, A Passage to India
109. Lu Hsn, Collected Short Stories
110. James Joyce, Ulysses
111. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves
112. Franz Kafka, The Trial, The Castle, Selected Short Stories
113. D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Women in Love
114. Junichiro Tanizaki, The Makioka Sisters
115. Eugene O’Neill, Mourning Becomes Electra, The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey into Night
116. T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems, Collected Plays
117. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
118. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying
119. Ernest Hemingway, Short Stories
120. Yasunari Kawabata, Beauty and Sadness
121. Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, Dreamtigers
122. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita; Pale Fire; Speak, Memory
123. George Orwell, Animal Farm, 1984, Burmese Days
124. R.K. Narayan, The English Teacher, The Vendor of Sweets
125. Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Krapp’s Last Tape
126. W.H. Auden, Collected Poems
127. Albert Camus, The Plague, The Stranger
128. Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Humboldt’s Gift
129. Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle, Cancer Ward
130. Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
131. Yukio Mishima, Confessions of a Mask, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
132. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
133. Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Table of contents of Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major’s The New Lifetime Reading Plan (HarperCollins,1998).

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