Honors program recommended reading list

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  1. Narrative

Genesis, Exodus, I & II Samuel, I Kings, Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, The Four Gospels (King James Version)


Ovid Metamorphoses (tr. Horace Gregory)

Homer Iliad (tr. Richmond Lattimore)


Virgil Aeneid (tr. L. R. Lind)

(Anonymous) The Song of Roland

Tristan and Iseut

DeLorris and DeMeung The Romance of the Rose

Dante The Divine Comedy (tr. J.D. Sinclair)

Chaucer Canterbury Tales (tr. Coghill)

Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel

Cervantes Don Quixote (tr. William Starkie)

Johnson Rasselas

Milton Paradise Lost

Bunyan Pilgrim’s Progress

Defoe Robinson Crusoe

Swift Gulliver’s Travels

Richardson Pamela (Part I)

Sterne Tristam Shandy

Fielding Tom Jones

Rousseau Emile

Voltaire Candide

Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther

Kleist Michael Kohlhaas

Austen Pride and Prejudice


Scott Ivanhoe

Bronte, E. Wuthering Heights

Bronte, C. Jane Eyre

Dickens David Copperfield

Oliver Twist

Great Expectations

The Pickwick Papers

Hard Times

Thackeray Vanity Fair

Elliot Adam Bede

The Mill on the Floss


Silas Marner

Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Meredith The Egoist

Hardy Jude the Obscure

The Mayor of Casterbridge

Return of the Native

Tess of the D’Ubervilles

Galsworthy “The Apple Tree”

Poe “Fall of the House of Usher” “The Cask of Amontillado”

Hawthorne The Scarlett Letter

Melville Moby Dick

Billy Budd

Twain Huckleberry Finn

Crane The Red Badge of Courage

“The Open Boat”

Stendhal The Red and the Black

Balzac The Old Goriot (tr. Marion Crawford)

Eugenie Grandet


Flaubert Madame Bovary

A Sentimental Education

The Three Tales

Chateaubriand Rene

Hugo Les Miserables

Zola Nana



The Masterpiece

Proust Remembrance of Things Past (particularly “Swan’s Way”)(tr. Scott Moncrieff)

Manzoni The Betrothed

Pushkin Eugene Onegin (tr. Walter Arendt, Vladimir Nabokov)

Gogol Dead Souls

Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov

The Idiot

Crime and Punishment

Tolstoy War and Peace

Anna Karenina

“The Death of Ivan Ilych”


Conrad Heart of Darkness

Lord Jim


Lawrence Women in Love

Sons and Lovers

Joyce Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


Forster A Passage to India

Maugham “The Lotus Eater”

“The Verger”

“Mr. Know-It-All”

“The Colonel’s Lady”

Greene The Power and the Glory

The Heart and the Matter

The Quiet American

A Burnt-out Case

James, Henry The Ambassadors

Portrait of a Lady

The Wings of the Dove

The Golden Bowl

Daisy Miller

Cather My Antonia

Kafka The Trial

The Castle


“In the Penal Colony”

“The Hunger Artist”

Hesse Stppenwolf

Mann The Magic Mountain

Joseph and His Brothers

Maupassant “The Necklace”

Gide The Immoralist

The Counterfeiters

Malraux Man’s Fate

Camus The Stranger

Colette Claudine’s House

Sartre Nausea

Robbe-Gillet The Erasers

Silone Bread and Wine

Grass The Tin Drum

Local Anesthetic

Unamuno Mist

Pasternak Doctor Zhivago

Nabokov Pale Fire

Solzhenitsyn “Matrena’s Home”

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

The Cancer Ward

The First Circle

Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

Dreiser An American Tragedy

Sister Carrie

Lewis Main Street


Faulkner Absalom, Absalom!

The Sound and the Fury

“The Bear”

Hemingway A Farewell to Arms

Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath

Clark The Ox-Bow Incident

Buck The Good Earth

Mailer The Naked and the Dead

Wright Native Son

Agee A Death in the Family

Salinger The Catcher in the Rye

Updike Rabbit Run

Singer “Gimpel the Fool”

Malamud “The Assistant”

“The Magic Barrel”

O’Connor, Flannery Short stories

Bellow Herzog

Potok The Chosen

Heller Catch 22


The Floating World of Japanese Fiction

(Editor Hibbett)

Kojiki (trans. Donald Phillipi)

Tales of Ise (trans. McCollough)

Sei Shonogon The Pillow Book

Murasaki The Tale of Genji

Chikamatsu Kokoro (trans. Edwin McClellan)

Kawabata Snow Country

Tanizaki The Makioka Sisters

An Anthology of Chinese Literature (trans.

Cyril Birch

Lo Kuan-Chung All Men are Brothers

Wu Ch’eng-en Monkey

Ts’ao Hsueh-chi’in The Dream of the Red Chamber

Six Yuan Plays

The Jade Mountain (trans. Witter Bynner)

Latin American

The Modern Trend in Spanish American

Poetry (editor Craig)

Assis Dom Casmurro

Garcia Marquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Guiraldes Don Segundo Sombra

Cunha Rebellion in the Backlands

De Camoes The Lsiades

  1. Drama

Aeschylus The Oresteia (trans. Lattimore)

Sophocles Oedipus Rex

Oedipus at Colonus


Euripides Medea

The Trojan Women

The Bacchae (trans. Grene and Lattimore)

Aristiphanes The Frogs

(Anonymous) Abraham and Isaac

The Second Shepherd’s Play


Calderon Life is a Dream

Marlowe The Tragical History of Docter Faustus

Tamburlaine the Great

Shakespeare Hamlet



King Lear

Julius Ceasar

Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

Richard III

Henry V

Jonson Volpone

Congreve The Way of the World

Sheridan School for Scandal

Corneille The Cid

Racine Athalie


Moliere Tartuffle

The Misanthrope

The Would-be Gentleman

The Imaginary Invalid

The Miser

Hugo Hernani

Geothe Faust I, II (trans. W. Kaufman)

Schiller Wallenstein

Maria Stuart

Chekhov Uncle Vanya

The Seagull

The Three Sisters

The Cherry Orchard

Strinberg Miss Julie

Ibsen Peer Gynt


A Doll’s House

Hedda Gabler

Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest

Shaw Man and Superman


St. Joan

Synge The Playboy of the Western World

Kaiser Gas

The Citizens of Calais

Brecht Mother Courage

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Satre The Flies

No Exit

Ionesco The Bald Soprano

Genet The Balcony

The Maids

Anouilh Antigone


Duerenmatt The Visit

The Physicists

Beckett Waiting for Godot

Pirandello Right You Are if you Think You Are

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Lorca Yerma

Blood Wedding

The House of Bernarda Alba

O’Neill Long Day’s Journey into Night

Wilder Our Town

Williams The Glass Menagerie

A Streetcar Named Desire

Miller Death of a Salesman

Albee Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Pinter The Room

The Homecoming

  1. Poetry

Psalms Pindar

Sappho Homer (trans. Lattimore)

Virgil Geoffrey Chaucer

Edmund Spenser William Shakespeare

John Donne John Milton

John Dryden Alexander Pope

Thomas Gray William Blake

William Wordsworth Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Lord George Byron Percy Bysshe Shelley

John Keats Alfred Lord Tennyson

Robert Browning Rudyard Kipling

William Butler Yeats T. S. Eliot

W. H. Auden A.E. Houseman

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Dylan Thomas Henry Wadworth Longfellow

John Green leaf Whittier Sidney Lanier

Edgar Allan Poe Walt Whitman

Emily Dickinson Robert Frost

Carl Sandburg Ezra Pound

Wallace Stevens Wolfgang Goethe

Fredrick Schiller Heinrich Heine

Ranier Maria Rilke Francois Villon

Charles Baudelaire Paul Verlaine

Stephane Malarme Arthur Rimbaud

Paul Valery Guillaume Appollinaire

Francesco Petrarch Dante Alighieri

Lodvico Ariosto Pablo Neruda

Aleksandr Pushkin Mikhail Lermontov

Alekdandr Blok Vladimir Majakovsky

Boris Pasternak Anna Akhmatova

Andrej Voznesensky


Classical History

Herodotus Persian Wars (trans. Rawlinson)

Thucydides History of the Peloponesian Wars

Livy The Early History of Rome

Tacitus Annales


Josephus Jewish Wars

Eusebius Eccliastical History


Plutarch Lives of the Noble Greeks

Lives of the Noble Romans (trans.

Edmund Fuller)

Chambers, R. W. The Life of Thomas More

Pepys. S. Diary of Samuel Pepys

Morrison, E. Admiral of the Ocean Sea

Ludwig, E. Napoleon

Evans, J. H. Joseph Smith, An American Prophet

Pratt, P. P. Autobiography

Billington, R. Fredrick Jackson Turner

Sandburg, C. Lincoln

Trotsky, L. My Life

Bulloch, A. Hitler, A Study in Tyranny

Pogue, F. C. George C. Marshall: Organizer of Vistory,


New Views on the Human Legacy

Benedict, R. The Chrysanthemum and the Sword

Berdyaev, N. The Russian Idea

Bruce, F. F. New Testament History

Campbell, J. The Masks of God

Ceram, C. W, Gods, Graves, and Scholars

Clark, K. Civilization

Durant, W. & A. The Lessons of History

Eliade, M. The Sacred and Profane: The Nature of

Religion Cosmos and History

Fairbank, J. K. The U. S. and China

Fies, H. The Road to Pearl Harbor

Foucoult, M. Madness and Civilization

Frazer, J. G. The Golden Bough

LaSor, W. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New


Levi-Strauss Structural Anthropology

Marx, K. Capital

Nakane, C. Japanese Society

Nibley, H. W. The World and the Prophets

Otten, C. Anthropology and Art

Reischauer, E. Japan—Story of a Nation

Sapir, E. Language: An Introduction to the Study of


Spangler, O. The Decline of the West

Interpretations of American Culture

Baldwin, J. Go Tell it on the Mountain

Barnes, W.R. Constitution of the United States

Becker, C. The Declaration of Independence

Bell, D. The End of Ideology

Boorstin, D. The Americans: The National Experience

The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America

Cleever, E. Soul on Ice

Crossman, R. The God that Failed

DeLoria, V. Custer Died for Your Sins

Fogel, R. & Engerman, S. The Economics of American Negro Slavery

Galbraith, J. The Affluent Society

Halbertstam, D. The Best and the Brightest

Hansen, K. Quest for Empire

Hofstadter, R. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made it

Hoopes, T. The Limits of Intervention

Lasch, C. The Agony of the American Left

Lasswell, H.D. Politics: Who Gets What, When, How

Lerner, M. America as a Civilization

Malcolm X Autobiography of Malcolm X

McKiernan, M., es.al. The Restoration Movement: Essays in Mormon History

McLuhan, M. Understanding Media

Mydral, G. An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy

Packard, V. The Status Seekers

Phelps, E. The God of Economic Growth

Riesman, D. The Lonely Crowd

Samuelson, P. Readings in Economics

Shell The Time in Illusion

Von Hayek, F. The Road to Serfdom

Impact of Science on Man’s World View

Asimov, I. The Wellspings of Life

Barbour, I. Science and Religion

Barnett, L. The Universe and Doctor Einstein

Born, M. The Restless Universe

Bronowski, J. Science and Human Values the Ascent of Man

Brown, H. The Challenge of Man’s Future

Calder, N. Violent Universe: An Eyewitness Account of the New Astronomy

Crow, C. & A. editors Readings in General Psychology

Cassirer, E. Problems of Knowledge: Philosophy, Science and History

Dantzig, T. The Language of Science

Darwin, C. The Origin of Species

Voyage of the Beagle

Ed. Scientific American The Physics and Chemistry of Life

Einstein & Infield The Evolution of Physics

Eiseley, L. Darwin’s Century: Evolution and the Man who Discovered it

Franke Man and the Changing Environment

Freud, S. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis

The Interpretation of Dreams

Fromkin, V. An Introdution to Language

Impact of Science on Man’s World View

Gardner, M. Great Essays in Science

Hoffman, B. The Strange Story of the Quantum

Huxley, J. Man in the Modern World

Lyons, J. Noam Chomsky

Maslow, A. Motivation and Personality

Miller & Orgel The Origins of Life on Earth

Morowitz Life on the Planet Earth

Scientific American Landmark Readings

Storer, J.H. The Web of Life

Swanson, C.P. The Natural History of Man

Teilhard de Chardin, P. The Phenomenon of Man

Thompson, D. On Growth and Form

Velikovsky, I. Earth in Upheaval

Contemporary Social Issues and Ethical Challenges

Arendt, H. The Origins of Totalitarianism

Carson, R. Silent Spring

Cline, V. Where Do You Draw the Line? : an Exploration into Media Violence, Pornography, and Censorship

Commoner, B. The Closing Circle

DeBeauvoir, S. The Second Sex

Fanon, F. The Wretched of the Earth Toward the African Revolution

Frankel, V. E. Man’s Search for Meaning

Fromm, E. Escape from Freedom

Goble, F. The Third Force: A Psychology of Abraham Maslow

Hoffer, E. The True Believer

Homans, G. Social Behavior: Its Elementary Form

Lewis, O. Children of Sanchez

Meadows, D. & D. et al Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome’s Project on the Predicament of Mankind

Milgram, S. Obedience to Authority

Odum, H.T. Environment, Power and Society

Skinner, B.F. Beyond Freedom and Dignity

Solzhenitsyn The Gulag Archipelago

Religious Perspectives


Augustine Confessions

Edwards, J. Freedom of the Will

Erikson, E. Young Man Luther

Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling and the Sickness Unto Death

Lewis, C.S. Screwtape Letters

Mere Christianity

Merton, T. The Seven Storey Mountain

Tillich, P. Dynamics of Faith

Philosophy, Political Theory and Speculation

Aquinus Sections from the SUMMA THEOLOGICA

Aristotle Nichomachean Ethics

Augustine City of God

Brinton, C. Ideas and Man

Confucious The Analects

Descartes, R. Discourse on Method (tr. Wollaston)

DeToqueville, A. Democracy in America

Dewey, J. Human Nature and Conduct

Emerson, R.W. The American Scholar

Gibbon, E. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Hamilton, J. & M. The Federalist Papers (ed. A. Hacker)

Hegel On History

Hobbs, T. Leviathan

Hume, D. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

James, W. Varieties of Religious Experience


Kant, I. Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysic

Kenyes, J.M. The Economic Consequences of the Peace

Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching (tr. D.C. Lau)

Levi, A. Philosophy and the Modern World

Locke, J. Second Treatise on Government

Lucretius Of the Nature of Things

Machiavelli, N. The Prince

Marx, K. Early Writings

Das Capital

The Communist Manifesto

Mill, J.S. On Liberty

Montaigne, M. Essays

Montesquie, D. Spirit of the Laws (tr. Thomas Nugent)

Nietzsche, F. Thus Spake Zaratheustra (tr. Kaufman)

Pascal, B. Pensees

Plato Republic


Rousseau, J.-J The Social Contract

Santayana, G. The Lost Puritan

Smith, A. Wealth of Nations

Spengler, D. The Decline of the West

Thoreau, H.D. Walden

Duty of Civil Disobedience

White, M. Science and Sentiment in America

Social Thought in America, the Revolt Against Formalism


Abams, M.H. The Mirror and the Lamp

Aristotle Poetics

Auerbach Mimesis

Berenson, B. Aesthetics and History in the Visual Arts

Booth, W.C. The Rhetoric of Fiction

Bradley, A.C. Shakespearian Tragedy

Brewster, C. The Creative Process

Copland, A. What to Listen For in Music

Edman, I. Arts and the Man

Esslin, M. Theatre of the Absurd

Frye, N. Anatomy of Criticism

Grosser, M.R. The Painter’s Eye

Kael, P. Deeper into Movies

Keats, P. Letters

Kitto, D.H.F. Poesis

Knight, G.W. The Wheel of Fire

Leavis, F.R. The Great Tradition

Levin, H. The Gates of Horn: A Study of Five French Realists

Perkins, V.F. Film as Film

Richards, I.A. Practical Criticism

Santayana, G. The Sense of Beauty

Steiner, G. Death of Tragedy

Language and Silence

Sypher, W. Four Stages of Renaissance Sytle

Rococo to Cubism in Art and Literature

Wellek, R. Concepts of Criticism

Theory of Literature

Wilson, E. Axel’s Castle

The Triple Thinkers

Wingert, P.S. Primitive Art

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