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John Mark Reynolds, The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization [2011]

    29 entries: 28 monographical, one otherwise FINAL
    Unranked—arranged chronologically

    John Mark Reynolds, editor of The Great Books Reader: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization [2011], takes a fresh approach to canon-forming/ reading-course literature: offering excerpts of the works instead of extensive interpretation or summarizing. The list reflects Reynolds's status as a religious scholar.

    This list's Macroscopic 2013 page offers a transcription of the list as it was originally presented in the book.


  1. Homer

  2. Odýsseia_36
    The Odyssey
    ca. Ninth-Eighth centuries B.C; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Robert Fitzgerald's English translation—Greek

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  3. Plato

  4. Politeia_24
    The Republic
    early Fourth Century B.C—Greek

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  5. Aristotle

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

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  7. Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)

  8. Aeneid_26
    First Century B C; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Dudley Fitts and Robert Fagles's English translation—Latin
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  9. Augustine of Hippo

  10. Confessionum Libri Tredecim_23
    The Confessions of St. Augustine
    written 397-98—Latin

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  11. Boethius

  12. Consolatio Philosophiae_5
    The Consolations of Philosophy
    written ca. 524—Latin

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  13. Thomas Aquinas

  14. Summa Theologiae_12
    Summa Theologica
    written 1265-74—Latin

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  15. Dante

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

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  17. Geoffrey Chaucer

  18. Canterbury Tales_30
    1478; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Nevill Coghill's modern English version—English
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  19. Desiderius Erasmus

  20. Stultitiae Laus_10
    In Praise of Folly
    1511; revised—Latin

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  21. John Calvin

  22. Christianae Religionis Institutio_7
    Institutes of the Christian Religion
    1536; French translation, Institution de la Religion Chrestienne, 1541—Latin

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  23. Edmund Spenser

  24. The Faerie Queene_8
    originally published in two volumes, 1590 and 1596—English
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  25. Miguel de Cervantes

  26. 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

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  27. William Shakespeare

  28. Much Ado About Nothing_10
    ca. 1598-99—English
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  29. René Descartes

  30. Meditationes de Prima Philosophia, in Qua Dei Existentia et Animae Immortalitas Demonstratur_6
    Meditations on First Philosophy
    1641; French version, Meéeditations Metaphysiques, 1647—Latin

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  31. John Milton

  32. Paradise Lost_25
    1667; revised 1674—English
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  33. Blaise Pascal

  34. Pensées_20
    Thoughts
    1669—French

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    John Locke
  35. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding_9

  36. 1689—English
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    • Second Treatise [second part of Two Treatises of Government: In the Former, the False Principles, and Foundation of Sir Robert Filmer, and His Followers, Are Detected and Overthrown. The Latter Is an Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government]_8

    complete work originally anonymously published 1689—English
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  37. Isaac Newton

  38. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica_9
    The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
    1687; revised 1713 and 1726—Latin

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  39. John Wesley

  40. Sermons_2
    141 sermons; Eighteenth Century—English
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  41. Jane Austen

  42. Pride and Prejudice_30
    originally anonymously published 1813—English
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  43. Alexis de Tocqueville

  44. De la Démocratie en Amérique_12
    Democracy in America
    originally published in two volumes, 1835 and 1840—French

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  45. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

  46. Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei_13
    The Communist Manifesto
    1848—German

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  47. Charles Darwin

  48. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life_23
    1859—English
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  49. Leo Tolstoy

  50. Anna Karenina_19
    published in part serially 1873-7 in Rússkij Véstnik; in its entirety, 1877; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian
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  51. Fyodor Dostoevsky

  52. Brat'â Karamazovy_23
    The Brothers Karamazov
    originally published serially 1880 in Rússkij Véstnik—Russian

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  53. Friedrich Nietzsche

  54. Zur Genealogue der Moral: Eine Streitschrift_5
    On the Genealogy of Morals
    1887—German

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  55. G K Chesterton

  56. Orthodoxy_2
    1908—English
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