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Huntington Cairns, Allen Tate, and Mark Van Doren, Invitation to Learning [1941]; The New Invitation to Learning [1944]

    59 entries: 49 monographical, 10 otherwise FINAL
    Unranked—arranged topically

    Invitation to Learning [1941] and The New Invitation to Learning [1944] consist of transcripts of episodes of the radio program, Invitation to Learning, which featured Huntington Cairns, Allen Tate, and Mark Van Doren discussing works of literature. Apparently the show continued on well past 1944, but only these two books offer lists that fit the criteria of this project. Two later books were confined to narrower subjects: Invitation to Learning: English and American Novels [1966] and The Invitation to Learning Reader on War and Peace [1960], both edited by George D Crothers. According to its World Cat entry, at least the Novels book also featured transcripts. For at least a couple years in the early 1950's, Invitation to Learning was a periodical as well, again corresponding to the radio program, though I don't know if it also simply featured transcripts.

    This list's Macroscopic 2013 page offers a transcription of the lists as they were originally presented in the books.


  1. Aristotle

  2. Politik_10
    Politics
    Fourth Century B.C—Greek

    *Lubbock* *Durant* *Invitation* *Downs* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Adler* *Fadiman* *Foundation*

  3. Niccolò Machiavelli

  4. Il Principe_28
    The Prince
    1532—Italian

    *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Downs* *Zulli* *Read* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *World* *Deposit* *Educated*

  5. Plato

  6. Symposium_10
    early Fourth Century B C—Greek
    *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Read* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Good* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *Graphic*

  7. Aristotle

  8. Ethika Nikomacheia_16
    Nicomachean Ethics
    Fourth Century B C—Greek

    *Lubbock* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Great* *Reynolds*

  9. Michel de Montaigne

  10. Les Essais_26
    Essays
    originally published in three volumes: 1580, 1588, and 1595—French

    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Durant* *Invitation* *France* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Zulli* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Norway* *Great* *GlobeMail* *World* *Newman* *Educated*

  11. Blaise Pascal

  12. Pensées_20
    Thoughts
    1669—French

    *Lubbock* *Eliot* *Invitation* *Classics* *France* *Zulli* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Great* *O'Hear* *Reynolds*

  13. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  14. Les Confessions_14
    1782—French
    *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *France* *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Dirda* *Newman* *Educated*

  15. John Stuart Mill

  16. Autobiography_7
    1873—English
    *Eliot* *Invitation* *Hundred* *Classics* *Read* *Ward* *Bloom*

  17. Henry Adams

  18. The Education of Henry Adams_11
    1918—English
    *Durant* *Invitation* *Hundred* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Foundation* *Fadiman* *Kanigel*

  19. Daniel Defoe

  20. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders_8
    1722—English
    *Invitation* *Classics* *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Dirda* *Smart* *Newman*

  21. Leo Tolstoy

  22. Voyna i Mir"_24
    War and Peace
    originally entitled 1805, published in part, 1865 and 1867; retitled and published in its entirety, 1869—Russian

    *Invitation* *Hundred* *France* *Rexroth* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Norway* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *World* *Newman*

    • Marcel Proust

    Du Côté de Chez Swann_3
    Swann's Way
    1913; first of seven volumes of À la Recherche du Temps Perdu; complete work originally published in seven volumes, two of which originally published as two books each, 1913-27—French

    *Invitation* *Adler* *Great*

  23. Aeschylus

  24. Promētheus Desmōtēs_12
    Prometheus Bound
    disputed authorship; Fifth Century B C—Greek

    *Lubbock* *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Trinity* *Newman*

  25. William Shakespeare

  26. Antony and Cleopatra_13
    ca. 1606-08—English
    *Invitation* *Classics* *Ward* *Magill* *Adler* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *SeymourSmith* *Zane* *Taylor* *World* *Newman*

  27. Aristotle

  28. Peri Poiêtikês_15
    De Poetica; Poetics
    Fourth Century B.C—Greek

    *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Smart* *Educated*

  29. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

  30. Laokoon Oder Über die Grenzen der Mahlerey und Poesie_3
    Laocoon: or, The Limits of Poetry and Painting
    1766—German

    *Invitation* *Classics* *Bloom*

  31. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  32. Biographia Literaria; or Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions_7
    originally published in two volumes, 1817—English
    *Invitation* *Classics* *Read* *Magill* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Newman*

    • Matthew Arnold

    Essays in Criticism_1
    previously published but uncollected in book form; originally published in two volumes: First Series, 1865; Second Series, 1888—English
    *Invitation*

  33. Titus Lucretius Carus

  34. De Rerum Natura_19
    On the Nature of Things
    First Century B.C—Latin

    *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Great* *Graphic* *Educated*

  35. Dante

  36. La Divina Commedia_33
    The Divine Comedy
    originally entitled La Commedia; written ca. 1308-21—Italian

    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Eliot* *Powys* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *France* *Downs* *Zulli* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Norway* *Great* *O'Hear* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Reynolds* *World* *Newman* *Graphic*

  37. John Milton

  38. Paradise Lost_25
    1667; revised 1674—English
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Powys* *Invitation* *Classics* *Read* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Great* *O'Hear* *Zane* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Reynolds* *World* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

    --
    • The Book of Job_8

    part of the Bible—Hebrew; Aramaic; Greek
    *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Rexroth* *Foundation* *Norway* *Great*

  39. John Bunyan

  40. The Pilgrim's Progress From This World to That Which Is to Come_18
    1678—English
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Eliot* *Invitation* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Zulli* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Dirda* *Great* *Newman* *Educated*

    • Leonardo da Vinci

    Notebooks_5
    late Fifteenth-early Sixteenth centuries—Italian
    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Read* *Ward* *Bloom*

  41. Cornelius Tacitus

  42. Historiae_8
    written ca. 100-10—Latin
    *Invitation* *France* *Rexroth* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Trinity*

  43. Edward Gibbon

  44. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire_23
    originally published in six volumes: first, 1776; second-third, 1781; fourth-sixth, 1788—English
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Durant* *Invitation* *Hundred* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Foundation* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Dirda* *Telegraph* *World* *Educated*

  45. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

  46. Vorlesungen Über die Philosophie der Weltgeschichtem_6
    Lectures on the Philosophy of History
    1837; edited 1821, 1824, 1827, and 1831 lectures—German

    *Invitation* *Classics* *Read* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Trinity*

    --
    • The Book of Psalms_4

    part of the Bible—Hebrew; Aramaic; Greek
    *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Educated*

  47. Aeschylus

  48. Oresteia_19
    The House of Atreus
    458 B C—Greek

    *Lubbock* *Eliot* *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Rexroth* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Great* *Zane* *Newman*

    • Horace

    Poems_2
    First Century B C—Latin
    *Lubbock* *Invitation*

  49. William Shakespeare

  50. Hamlet_27
    1602—English
    *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Downs* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *O'Hear* *Zane* *Taylor* *Harvard* *World* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  51. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  52. Faust_26
    originally published in two volumes: first, Faust. Der Tragödie Erster Teil, published in part, 1790; in its entirey, 1808; revised 1829; second, Faust. Der Tragödie Zweiter Teil, 1832—German
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Powys* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *France* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *O'Hear* *GlobeMail* *World* *Newman*

  53. Henrik Ibsen

  54. Vildanden_8
    The Wild Duck
    1885—Norwegian

    *Powys* *Invitation* *Classics* *Read* *Ward* *Adler* *Fadiman* *Newman*

  55. René Descartes

  56. Discours de la Méthode Pour Bien Conduire sa Raison, et Chercher la Vérité dans les Sciences_17
    Discourse on the Method
    1637—French

    *Lubbock* *Eliot* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *France* *Downs* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Good* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Great* *World*

  57. Baruch Spinoza

  58. Ethica, Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata_15
    Ethics
    1677—Latin

    *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *France* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Recommended* *SeymourSmith* *Dirda* *Deposit*

  59. Friedrich Nietzsche

  60. Jenseits von Gut und Böse: Vorspiel Einer Philosophie der Zukunft_8
    Beyond Good and Evil
    1886—German

    *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Read* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Fadiman*

    • Aesop

    Fables_6
    ca. late Seventh-early Sixth centuries B C—Greek
    *Baldwin* *Invitation* *Downs* *Van Doren* *Good* *Bloom*

  61. Jean de la Fontaine

  62. Fables_7
    originally published in 12 volumes: first-sixth, 1668; seventh-eleventh, 1678; twelfth, 1694—French
    *Invitation* *France* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Bloom* *Trinity* *Newman*

  63. François Rabelais

  64. La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel_22
    originally published in five volumes: Les Horribles et Épouvantables Faits et Prouesses du Très Renommé Pantagruel Roi des Dipsodes, Fils du Grand Géant Gargantua, 1532; La Vie Très Horrifique du Grand Gargantua, Père de Pantagruel, 1534; Le Tiers Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1546; Le Quart Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1552; Le Cinquiesme et Dernier Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1564; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Thomas Urquhart and Peter Motteux's English translation—French
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  65. Miguel de Cervantes

  66. El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha_36
    Don Quixote
    originally published in two volumes, 1605 and 1615; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Edith Grossman's English translation—Spanish

    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Powys* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *France* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *O'Hear* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Taylor* *Reynolds* *World* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  67. Voltaire

  68. Candide, ou L'Optimisme_22
    1759; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Tobias Smollett's English translation—French
    *Powys* *Durant* *Classics* *Hundred* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Campbell* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic*

  69. Henry Fielding

  70. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling_19
    1749—English
    *Baldwin* *Eliot* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Rexroth* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Newman*

  71. Lewis Carroll

  72. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_17
    1865—English
    *Powys* *Invitation* *France* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Harvard* *Deposit* *Graphic*

  73. Henry James

  74. The Turn of the Screw_9
    originally published in The Two Magics, with a second novella, Covering End, 1898—English
    *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Magill* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Dirda* *Newman*

  75. Arthur Conan Doyle

  76. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes_6
    stories originally published serially Jul. 1891-Jun. 1892 in the Strand—English
    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Ward* *Dirda* *Guardian* *Telegraph*

  77. Herodotus

  78. Historiē_25
    History
    Fifth Century B.C—Greek

    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *World* *Educated*

  79. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (Lord Chesterfield)

  80. Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman_1
    1774—English
    *Invitation*

  81. James Boswell

  82. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D._21
    1791—English
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Durant* *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Great* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Newman*

    • John James Audubon

    Delineations of American Scenery and Character_1
    fifty-nine essays originally published in the first-third volumes of Ornithological Biography, 1831-39—English
    *Invitation*

  83. William Hickling Prescott

  84. The History of the Conquest of Mexico_1
    1843—English
    *Invitation*

  85. Ulysses S Grant

  86. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant_1
    1885—English
    *Invitation*

    • Demosthenes

    Speeches_2
    Fourth Century B C—English
    *Baldwin* *Invitation*

    • Abraham Lincoln

    Speeches_2
    Nineteenth Century—English
    *Durant* *Invitation*

  87. Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

  88. De l'Esprit des Lois_8
    The Spirit of Laws
    originally anonymously published 1748—French

    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Downs* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Trinity*

  89. Edmund Burke

  90. Reflections on the Revolution in France_9
    1790—English
    *Eliot* *Invitation* *Classics* *Downs* *Ward* *Bloom* *Foundation* *SeymourSmith* *Great*

  91. Thomas Paine

  92. The Rights of Man: Being an Answer to Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution_7
    originally published in two volumes, 1791 and 1792—English
    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Ward* *Good* *Recommended* *Great* *Telegraph*

  93. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  94. Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique_17
    The Social Contract
    1762—French

    *Invitation* *Classics* *Hundred* *Downs* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Adler* *Good* *Foundation* *Trinity* *Dirda* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Telegraph* *Newman* *Educated*

  95. Thomas Robert Malthus

  96. An Essay on the Principle of Population_6
    originally anonymously published 1798; revised 1803 and published under the author's name—English
    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Downs* *Good* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith*

  97. Edward Bellamy

  98. Looking Backward, 2000-1887_4
    1888—English
    *Invitation* *Hundred* *Downs* *Smart*