Reading List

The Harvard Classics

  1. His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin; Journal, by John Woolman; Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn
  2. The Apology, Phædo and Crito of Plato; The Golden Sayings of Epictetus; The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
  3. Essays, Civil and Moral & The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon; Areopagitica & Tractate on Education, by John Milton; Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne
  4. Complete Poems Written in English, by John Milton
  5. Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. Poems and Songs, by Robert Burns
  7. The Confessions of Saint Augustine; The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis
  8. Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies & Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus; Oedipus the King & Antigone of Sophocles; Hippolytus & The Bacchæ of Euripides; The Frogs of Aristophanes
  9. On Friendship, On Old Age & Letters, by Cicero; Letters, by Pliny the Younger
  10. Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
  11. The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
  12. Lives, by Plutarch
  13. Æneid, by Virgil
  14. Don Quixote, Part 1, by Cervantes
  15. The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan; The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton
  16. Stories from the Thousand and One Nights
  17. Fables, by Æsop; Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
  18. All for Love, by John Dryden; The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan; She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith; The Cenci, by Percy Bysshe Shelley; A Blot in the ‘Scutcheon, by Robert Browning; Manfred, by Lord Byron
  19. Faust, Part I, Egmont & Hermann and Dorothea, by J.W. von Goethe; Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
  20. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
  21. I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni
  22. The Odyssey of Homer
  23. Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr..
  24. On Taste, On the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the French Revolution & A Letter to a Noble Lord, by Edmund Burke
  25. Autobiography & On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill; Characteristics, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh & Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle
  26. Life Is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca; Polyeucte, by Pierre Corneille; Phèdre, by Jean Racine; Tartuffe, by Molière; Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephr aim Lessing; Wilhelm Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller
  27. English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay
  28. Essays: English and American
  29. The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
  30. Scientific Papers
  31. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
  32. Literary and Philosophical Essays
  33. Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern
  34. Discourse on Method, by René Descartes; Letters on the English, by Voltaire; On the Inequality among Mankind & Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar, by Jean Jacques Rousseau; Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
  35. The Chronicles of Jean Froissart; The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory; A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison
  36. The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli; The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper; Utopia, by Sir Thomas More; The Ninety-Five Theses, Address to the Christian Nobility & Concerning Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther
  37. Some Thoughts Concerning Education, by John Locke; Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists, by George Berkeley; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume
  38. The Oath of Hippocrates; Journeys in Diverse Places, by Ambroise Paré; On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William Harvey; The Three Original Publications on Vaccination Against Smallpox, by Edward Jenner; The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, by Oliver Wendell Holmes; On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery, by Joseph Lister; Scientific Papers, by Louis Pasteur; Scientific Papers, by Charles Lyell
  39. Prefaces and Prologues
  40. English Poetry I: Chaucer to Gray
  41. English Poetry II: Collins to Fitzgerald
  42. English Poetry III: Tennyson to Whitman
  43. American Historical Documents: 1000–1904
  44. Confucian: The Sayings of Confucius; Hebrew: Job, Psalms & Ecclesiastes; Christian I: Luke & Acts
  45. Christian II: Corinthians I & II & Hymns; Buddhist: Writings; Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita; Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran
  46. Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe; Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth & The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
  47. The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker; The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson; Philaster, by Beaumont and Fletcher; The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster; A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Philip Massinger
  48. Thoughts, Letters & Minor Works, by Blaise Pascal
  49. Epic & Saga: Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel & The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs
  50. The Editor’s Introduction, The Reader’s Guide, and Index
  51. Lectures on the Harvard Classic

The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction

  1. The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding (Part 1)
  2. The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding (Part 2)
  3. A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  4. Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott
  5. Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (Part 1)
  6. Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (Part 2)
  7. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens (Part 1)
  8. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens (Part 2)
  9. The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
  10. The Scarlet Letter & Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving; Three Short Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe; Three Short Stories, by Francis Bret Harte; Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog, by Samuel L. Clemens; The Man Without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale
  11. The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
  12. Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo
  13. Old Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac; The Devil’s Pool, by George Sand; The Story of a White Blackbird, by Alfred de Musset; Five Short Stories, by Alphonse Daudet; Two Short Stories, by Guy de Maupassant
  14. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship & The Sorrows of Werther, by J. W. von Goethe;The Banner of the Upright Seven, by Gottfried Keller;
  15. The Rider on the White Horse, by Theodor Storm; Trials and Tribulations, by Theodor Fontane
  16. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  17. Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy
  18. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  19. A House of Gentlefolk & Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev
  20. Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera; A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson; Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland

Barnes and Noble Classics Library

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  3. The Aeneid by Vergil
  4. Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
  5. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  6. Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
  7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  8. The Ambassadors by Henry James
  9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  10. The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Other Writings by James Weldon Johnson
  13. The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction by Kate Chopin
  14. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  15. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
  16. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  17. Beowulf Translated by John McNamara
  18. Billy Budd and The Piazza Tales by Herman Melville
  19. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  20. The Bostonians by Henry James
  21. The Brothers Karamazov byFyodorDostoevsky
  22. Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch
  23. The Call of the Wild and WhiteFang by Jack London
  24. Candide by Voltaire
  25. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  26. A Christmas Carol, The Chimes, & The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  27. The Collected Oscar Wilde
  28. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  29. The Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant
  30. Common Sense and Other Writings by Thomas Paine
  31. The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings by Karl Marx
  32. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume I by Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Arthur Conan Doyle
  34. The Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo
  35. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  36. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  37. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  38. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  39. Daisy Miller and Washington Square by Henry James
  40. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  41. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  42. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  43. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy
  44. The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
  45. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  46. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  47. Emma by Jane Austen
  48. The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit
  49. Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  50. Essential Dialogues of Plato by Plato
  51. Essential Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
  52. Ethan Frome & Selected Stories by Edith Wharton
  53. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
  54. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  55. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  56. The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay
  57. Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill of Rights Edited by Jack N. Rakove
  58. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason
  59. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  60. Germinal by Emile Zola
  61. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  62. Great American Short Stories: From Hawthorne to Hemingway Edited by Corinne Demas
  63. Great Escapes: Four Slave NarrativesIntroduction and notes by Daphne A. Brooks
  64. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  65. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm
  66. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  67. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  68. Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction by Joseph Conrad
  69. The Histories by Herodotus
  70. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  71. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  72. The House of the Dead and Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  73. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  74. Howards End by E. M. Forster
  75. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  76. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  77. The Iliad by Homer
  78. The Importance of Being Earnest and Four Other Plays by Oscar Wilde
  79. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  80. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
  81. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
  82. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
  83. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  84. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
  85. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  86. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  87. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
  88. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  89. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
  90. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  91. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  92. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  93. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Writings by Washington Irving
  94. Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  95. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  96. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  97. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  98. Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
  99. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  100. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and Other Writings About New York by Stephen Crane
  101. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
  102. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  103. Man and Superman and Three Other Plays by George Bernard Shaw
  104. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  105. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  106. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  107. Metamorphoses by Ovid
  108. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
  109. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  110. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  111. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  112. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  113. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  114. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
  115. Narrative of Sojourner Truth
  116. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
  117. Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens
  118. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  119. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  120. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
  121. Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  122. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  123. The Odyssey by Homer
  124. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
  125. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  126. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  127. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  128. Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
  129. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  130. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  131. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  132. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  133. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  134. Poetics and Rhetoric by Aristotle
  135. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  136. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners by James Joyce
  137. Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  138. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  139. The Prince and Other Writings by Niccolò Machiavelli
  140. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  141. Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins by Mark Twain
  142. Purgatorio by Dante Alighieri
  143. Pygmalion and Three Other Plays by George Bernard Shaw
  144. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  145. The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction by Stephen Crane
  146. Republic by Plato
  147. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  148. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William D. Howells
  149. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  150. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  151. Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
  152. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  153. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  154. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  155. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  156. Selected Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry
  157. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  158. A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
  159. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  160. Silas Marner and Two Short Stories by George Eliot
  161. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  162. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
  163. The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
  164. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  165. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  166. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  167. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
  168. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  169. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  170. Three Lives by Gertrude Stein
  171. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  172. Three Theban Plays by Sophocles
  173. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
  174. The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  175. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  176. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  177. The Turn of the Screw, The Aspern Papers, and Two Stories by Henry James
  178. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  179. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana
  180. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  181. Utopia by Thomas More
  182. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  183. The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
  184. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  185. The Virginian by Owen Wister
  186. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf
  187. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  188. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  189. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
  190. Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  191. The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot
  192. The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  193. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  194. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  195. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  196. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  197. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  198. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  199. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë