Sunday, April 22, 2007

Thirty books every American college student should read

John Mark Reynolds gives his list of thirty books that every American college student should read. That is, thirty plus one -- he says that the English Bible should be read cover to cover alongside all the books on his list. And he's an academic.

Oh, the list?

1. Iliad
2. Odyssey
3. History of the Peloponnesian War
4. Ethics (Aristotle)
5. Metaphysics (Aristotle)
6. Meno
7. Republic
8. Timaeus
9. Oedipus Rex
10. Bacchae
11. Orestia
12. On Friendship and On Duties (Cicero)
13. Aeneid
14. Meditations
15. History of the Church (Eusebius)
16. Confessions
17. City of God
18. Histories (Tacitus)
19. Consolation of Philosophy
20. Summa Theologica (selections!)
21. Divine Comedy
22. Canterbury Tales
23. The Prince
24. The Institutes (selections from Calvin)
25. Fairie Queen
26. Shakespeare (Hamlet, Lear, As You Like It, Henry V, Julius Caesar)
27. Faerie Queen (at least Book I)
28. Leviathan
29. Second Treatise on Government
30. Pensees

And then 10 works you should read in order to call yourself civilized:

1-3. Some poetry by Donne, Blake, Wordsworth, and Dickenson (counts as 3!)
4. Pride and Prejudice
5. Tale of Two Cities
6. Jane Eyre
7. Moby Dick
8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
9. Brothers Karamazov
10. Anna Karenina

And finally, 10 modern works:

1. Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
2. Federalist Papers
3. Reflections on the Revolution in France
4. Wealth of Nations
5. Communist Manifesto
6. Origin of Species
7. On the Genealogy of Morals
8. Civilization and Its Discontents
9. No Exit
10. Lincoln’s speeches (especially Gettysburg, which should be memorized, and the Second Inaugural)
Even as a high school English teacher, I'm afraid I'm behind on a few of those. I suppose I should get started.

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