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Wm. Theodore de Bary, Ainslie Embree, and Amy Vladeck Heinrich, eds., A Guide to Oriental Classics [1989]

    121 entries: 102 monographical, 19 otherwise
    Unranked—arranged chronologically within topical sections

    Read about the origin of this list at its Macroscopic 2013 page.

  1. Muallaqat_3

  2. The Seven Odes
    compiled Eighth Century—Arabic

    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  3. Quran_11

  4. Koran
    Seventh Century—Arabic

    *Downs* *Ward* *Oriental* *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *World*

  5. Ibn Hazm

  6. Tawq al-Hamamah_2
    The Ring of the Dove
    written ca. 1022—Arabic

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  7. Badi al-Zaman al-Hamadani

  8. Maqamat Badi az-Zaman al-Hamadhani_1
    Ninth Century—Arabic

  9. Al-Hariri of Basra

  10. Maqamat al-Hariri_3
    Eleventh Century—Arabic
    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  11. Kitab alf Laylah Wa-Laylah_17

  12. The Thousand and One Nights; The Arabian Nights
    Ninth-Fifteenth centuries; Taylor specifies Richard Burton's version—Arabic

    *Lubock* *Baldwin* *Eliot* *France* *Downs* *Ward* *Oriental* *Magill* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Taylor*

  13. Al-Ghazali

  14. Al-Munqidh min al-Dalal_2
    Deliverance From Error
    Eleventh-early Twelfth centuries—Arabic

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  15. Averroës (Ibn Rushd)

  16. Fasl al-Maqal_1
    On the Harmony of Religion and Philosophy
    Twelfth Century—Arabic


  17. Farid ud-Din Attar (Attar of Nishapur)

  18. Mantiq-ut-Tayr_2
    The Conference of the Birds

    *Ward* *Oriental*

    • Rumi

    Thirteenth Century—Persian
    *Oriental* *Graphic*

  19. Ibn Khaldun

  20. Muqaddimah_3
    Fourteenth Century; originally written as the preface to Kitab al-Ibar—Arabic
    *Ward* *Oriental* *Great*

  21. Ferdowsi

  22. Shahnameh_7
    The Book of Kings
    written ca. 977-1010—Persian

    *Lubbock* *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Dirda* *Great* *World*

  23. Omar Khayyam

  24. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam_8
    ca. Eleventh-Twelfth centuries; compiled by Edward FitzGerald in five editions, 1859, 1868, 1872, 1879, and 1889—Persian
    *Baldwin* *Durant* *Oriental* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Great*

  25. Dede Korkut_1

  26. The Book of Dede Korkut


    • Yunus Emre

    late Thirteenth-early Fourteenth centuries—Turkish

  27. Fuzuli

  28. Dastan-i Leyli vu Mecnun_3
    The Epic of Layla and Majnun
    Sixteenth Century—Turkic

    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

    • Vedas_1

    ca. Eighteenth-Fifth centurie B C—Sanskrit

  29. Rigveda_3

  30. Sanskrit
    *Oriental* *Great* *World*

    • Upanishads_4

    Seventh-Fourth centuries B C—Sanskrit
    *Ward* *Oriental* *SeymourSmith* *Great*

  31. Vyasa

  32. Mahabharata_13
    includes Bhagavad Gita; ca. Ninth Century B C-Fourth Century—Sanskrit
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Rexroth* *Oriental* *Magill* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *GlobeMail* *World* *Graphic*

    • Bhagavad Gita_8

    part of the Mahabharata; ca. Ninth Century B C-Fourth Century—Sanskrit
    *Eliot* *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *Great* *Zane*

  33. Valmiki

  34. Ramayana_10
    ca. Fifth-Second centuries B C—Sanskrit
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Ward* *Oriental* *Magill* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Norway* *Great* *World*

  35. Patanjali

  36. Yoga Sutras_3
    ca. Second Century B C—Sanskrit
    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  37. Badarayana

  38. Brahma Sutra_1
    Vedanta Sutra
    ca. Fifth Century B C—Sanskrit


  39. Adi Shankara

  40. Brahmasutra Bhasya_2
    Commentary on the Brahma Sutra
    ca. early Ninth Century—Sanskrit

    *Oriental* *World*

    • Tripitaka_2

    ca. Sixth-Fifth centuries B C; Sanskrit translations—north Indian language
    *Downs* *Oriental*

  41. Dhammapada_3

  42. part of the Khuddaka Nikaya, fifth of five nikayas in the Sutta Pitaka; written ca. Third Century B C—Pali
    *Ward* *Oriental* *SeymourSmith*

  43. Milinda Panha_2

  44. Questions of Milinda
    written ca. Second Century B C-Second Century—Pali

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  45. Mahasatipatthana Sutta_1

  46. —Pali

    • Prajnaparamita_1

    ca. First Century B C—Sanskrit

  47. Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra_1

  48. The Perfection of Wisdom
    ca. First Century B C—Sanskrit


  49. Vajracchedika Prajn˝aparamita Sutra_1

  50. The Diamond Sutra
    ca. First Century B C—Sanskrit


  51. Srimaladevi Simhanada Sutra_1

  52. The Lion's Roar of Queen Srimala
    complete Sanskrit original not extant; Chinese translation


  53. Lankavatara Sutra_1

  54. Sanskrit

  55. Infinite Life Sutra_1

  56. Sanskrit

  57. Amitabha Sutra_1

  58. Sanskrit

  59. Shantideva

  60. Bodhisattvacharyavatara_1
    written ca. 700—Sanskrit

  61. Kalidasa

  62. Abhijnanasakuntalam_6
    The Recognition of Sakuntala
    ca. Fifth Century—Sanskrit

    *Lubbock* *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Norway* *World*

  63. Sudraka

  64. Mrcchakatika_2
    The Little Clay Cart
    ca. Second Century B C-Fifth Century—Sanskrit

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  65. Panchatantra_3

  66. Pancatranta

    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  67. Jayadeva

  68. Gita Govinda_3
    Song of Govinda
    ca. 1200—Sanskrit

    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  69. Kalidasa

  70. Meghaduta_4
    The Cloud Messenger
    ca. Fifth Century—Sanskrit

    *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Great* *World*

  71. Bhartrihari

  72. Satakatraya_3
    The Three Satakas
    ca. Fifth Century—Sanskrit

    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

    Rabindranath Tagore
    • The Crescent Moon_2

    English translations of selections mostly from Sisu, 1903—Bengali
    *Ward* *Oriental*

    • The Gardener_2

    English translations of selections from Kshanika, 1900; Kalpana, 1900; Sonar Tari, 1894; and others—Bengali
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  73. Visarjan_2

  74. Sacrifice

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  75. Dakghar_2

  76. The Post Office

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  77. Chitrangada_2

  78. 1892; English translation entitled Chitra—not the same as the author's poetry book entitled Chitra, 1896—Bengali
    *Ward* *Oriental*

    • Fruit-Gathering_2

    1916; English translations of selections from Gitimalya, Gitali, Balaka, and others—Bengali
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  79. Stray Birds_2

  80. —Bengali
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  81. Phalguni_2

  82. The Cycle of Spring

    *Ward* *Oriental*

    • The Fugitive_2

    1921; English translations of selections from Manasi, 1890; Sonar Tari, 1894; Giti-Malya, 1914; Kahini, 1900; and others; also includes Viday-Abhisap [1894]—Bengali
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  83. Mohandas K Gandhi

  84. The Story of My Experiments With the Truth_4
    originally published serially 1925-9 in Navijan—Gujarati
    *Ward* *Oriental* *Great* *Educated*

  85. Confucius (Kǒng Zǐ) (Kǒng Fūzǐ) (K'ung Fu-tzu)

  86. Analects_12
    Lún Yǔ
    written and compiled by the author's pupils; ca. Fifth Century B C-Second Century—Chinese

    *Lubbock* *Eliot* *Downs* *Ward* *Oriental* *Good* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Great* *Taylor* *World* *Graphic*

  87. Mòzǐ (Mo Tzu)

  88. Mòzǐ_3
    ca. Fifth Century B C—Chinese
    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  89. Lǎozǐ (Lao-tzu) (Laocius)

  90. Dàodéjǐng_11
    Tao te Ching
    ca. Sixth Century B C—Chinese

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Good* *Recommended* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Dirda* *Great* *World* *Graphic*

  91. Zhuāngzī (Zhuāng Zhōu) (Chuang-tzu)

  92. Zhuāngzī_5
    Nánhuá Zhēnjīng
    ca. Third Century B C—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Utne* *Great* *World*

  93. Mèng Zǐ (Mencius) (Meng Tzu)

  94. Mèng Zǐ_5
    Fourth Century B C—Chinese
    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Great* *World*

    • The Doctrine of the Mean_1

    part of the Book of Rites—Chinese

    • The Great Learning_1

    part of the Book of Rites—Chinese

  95. Xúnzǐ (Hsün-tzu)

  96. Xúnzǐ_3
    Third Century B C—Chinese
    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  97. Hán Fēizi (Han Fei-tzu)

  98. Hán Fēizi_3
    Third Century B C—Chinese
    *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  99. Simǎ Qiān

  100. Shǐjì_4
    The Records of the Grand Historian
    written 109-91 B C—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *World*

  101. Saddharma Pundarika Sutra_2

  102. Lotus Sutra

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  103. Vimalakirti Sutra_2

  104. Sanskrit
    *Oriental* *World*

  105. Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana_2

  106. Sanskrit
    *Oriental* *World*

  107. Huìnéng

  108. Liùzǔ Tánjīng_3
    The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
    ca. Eighth-Thirteenth centuries—Chinese

    *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Great*

  109. Línjì Yìxuán (Lin-chi l-Hsüan)

  110. Línjì Yǔlù1
    Record of Linj
    ca. Ninth-Twelfth centuries—Chinese


    • Zhū Xī (Chu Hsi)

    Selected works_1
    Twelfth Century—Chinese

    Wáng Yángmíng (Bo'an)
  111. Chuáxí Lù_2

  112. Instructions for Practical Living
    late Fifteenth-early Sixteenth centuries—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  113. Inquiry on the Great Learning_2

  114. late Fifteenth-early Sixteenth centuries—Chinese
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  115. Shī Nài'ān

  116. Shuǐ Hŭ Zhuàn_5
    The Water Margin
    written Fourteenth Century—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Great* *World* *Graphic*

  117. Wú Chéng-ēn (Ruzhong)

  118. Xi Yóu Jì_6
    Journey to the West; Monkey
    late Sixteenth Century—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Great* *Graphic*

  119. Lánlíng Xiàoxiào Shēng

  120. Jīn Píng Méi_3
    The Plum in the Golden Vase; The Golden Lotus
    1610; author's identity unknown, given name is a pseudonym—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman*

  121. Cáo Xuěqín (Mengruan) (Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in)

  122. Hóng Lóu Mèng_7
    The Dream of the Red Chamber; The Story of the Stone

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Magill* *Fadiman* *Great* *World*

  123. Shījīng_4

  124. Shih-Ching; The Classic of Poetry; The Book of Poetry; The Book of Songs; The Book of Odes
    one of the Five Classics of Confucianism; Eleventh-Seventh centuries B C—Chinese

    *Lubbock* *Ward* *Oriental* *World*

  125. Qū Yuán and Sòng Yù

  126. Cǔ Chí_2
    Verses of Chu; Songs of the South
    ca. Third Century B C-Third Century—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental*

    • Three Hundred Tang Poems_2

    compiled by Sun Zhu ca. 1763—Chinese
    *Oriental* *World*

    • Man'yoshu_2

    The Ten Thousand Leaves
    poetry anthology; probably completed by Otomo Yakamochi; ca. Seventh and Eighth centuries—Japanese

    *Ward* *Oriental*

    • Kokin Wakashu_1



  127. Sei Shonagon

  128. Makura no Soshi_4
    The Pillow Book
    written 1002—Japanese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Great*

    Murasaki Shikibu
  129. Genji Monogatari_12

  130. The Tale of Genji
    ca. early Eleventh Century; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Royall Tyler's English translation—Japanese

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Magill* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *World* *Graphic*

  131. Murasaki Shikibu Nikki_1

  132. written ca. 1008-1010—Japanese

  133. Lady Nijo

  134. Towazugatari_1
    The Confessions of Lady Nijo
    early Fourteenth Century—Japanese


  135. Horikawa

  136. Sanuki no Suke nikki_1
    Emperor Horikawa Diary
    late Eleventh-early Twelfth centuries—Japanese


  137. Izumi Shikibu

  138. Izumi Shikibu Nikki_1
    The Izumi Shikibu Diary
    Eleventh Century—Japanese


  139. Ki no Tsurayuki

  140. Tosa Nikki_1
    originally anonymously published; written Tenth Century—Japanese

  141. Sugawara no Takasue no Musume (Takasue's Daughter) (Lady Sarashina)

  142. Sarashina Nikki_2
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  143. Mother of Michitsuna

  144. Kagero Nikki_2
    The Gossamer Years
    written ca. 974—Japanese

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  145. Ise Monogatari_1

  146. The Tales of Ise
    probably written in part by Ariwara no Narihira; Ninth-Tenth centuries—Japanese


  147. Yamato Monogatari_1

  148. Tales of Yamato
    written Tenth Century—Japanese


  149. Lady Daibu

  150. Kenreimon-in Ukyo no Daibu_1
    The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Daibu
    late Twelfth-early Thirteenth centuries—Japanese


    • Kukai

    Selected works_2
    early Ninth Century—Japanese

  151. Shinran

  152. Tannisho_1
    transcribed by Yuen, late Thirteenth Century—Japanese

  153. Genshin

  154. Ojoyoshu_1
    written 985—Japanese

  155. Dogen

  156. Shobogenzo Zuimonki_1
    Thirteenth Century—Japanese

    Hakuin Ekaku
  157. Orategama_1

  158. Eighteenth Century—Japanese

  159. Itsumadegusa_1

  160. Wild Ivy
    Eighteenth Century—Japanese


  161. Chomei Kamo

  162. Hojoki_2
    An Account of My Hut
    written 1212—Japanese

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  163. Yoshida Kenko

  164. Tsurezuregusa_2
    Essays in Idleness
    written 1330-32—Japanese

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  165. Heike Monogatari_1

  166. Tale of the Heike
    ca. Thirteenth-Fourteenth centuries—Japanese


    • Noh plays_1


    Ihara Saikaku
  167. Five Women Who Loved Love_1

  168. 1685—Japanese

  169. The Life of an Amorous Woman_2

  170. 1686—Japanese
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  171. Some Final Words of Advice_1

  172. —Japanese

  173. The Japanese Family Storehouse_1

  174. 1688—Japanese

  175. This Scheming World_1

  176. 1692—Japanese

  177. Basho Matsuo

  178. Oku no Hosomichi_4
    The Narrow Road to the Deep North
    late Seventeenth Century—Japanese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *World*

    Chikamatsu Monzaemon
  179. Sonezaki no Shinju_2

  180. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  181. Shinju Mannenso_2

  182. The Love Suicides in the Women's Temple

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  183. Meido no Hikyaku_2

  184. The Courier for Hell

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  185. Kokusen'ya Kassen_2

  186. The Battles of Coxinga

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  187. Nebiki no Kadomatsu_2

  188. The Uprooted Pine

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  189. Onnagoroshi Abura no Jigoku_2

  190. The Woman-Killer and the Hell of Oil

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  191. Shinju Ten no Amijima_2

  192. The Love Suicides at Amijima

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  193. Horikawa Nami no Tsuzumi_2

  194. 1721—Japanese
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  195. Tamba Yosaku Machiyo no Komurobushi_2

  196. 1721—Japanese
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  197. Yari no Gonza_2

  198. 1721—Japanese
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  199. Hakata Kojoro Namimakura_2

  200. 1721—Japanese
    *Ward* *Oriental*

  201. Izumo Takeda, Shoraku Miyoshi, and Senryu Namiki

  202. Kanadehon Chushingura_2
    The Treasure of Loyal Retainers

    *Ward* *Oriental*

  203. Natsume Soseki

  204. Kokoro_4
    originally entitled Kokoro: Sensei no Isho, published serially Apr.-Aug. 1914 in Asahi Shinbun—Japanese
    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Great*