The recommended reading list in The Well Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. This list is transcribed from my personal copy of the book and will be part of my personal reading journey.

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The Well Educated Mind Reading List @ TL Wright | A Bookish Life

Novel

  1. Miguel de CervantesDon Quixote (1605)
  2. John BunyanPilgrim’s Progress (1679)
  3. Jonathan SwiftGulliver’s Travels (1726)
  4. Jane AustenPride & Prejudice (1815)
  5. Charles DickensOliver Twist (1838)
  6. Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre (1847)
  7. Nathaniel HawthorneThe Scarlet Letter (1850)
  8. Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick (1851)
  9. Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom’s Cabin (1851)
  10. Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary (1857)
  11. Fydor Dostoyevsky- Crime and Punishment (1866)
  12. Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina (1877)
  13. Thomas HardyThe Return of the Native (1878)
  14. Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady (1881)
  15. Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
  16. Stephen CraneThe Red Badge of Courage (1895)
  17. Joseph ConradHeart of Darkness (1902)
  18. Edith WhartonThe House of Mirth (1905)
  19. F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby (1925)
  20. Virginia WoolfMrs. Dalloway (1925)
  21. Franz KafkaThe Trial (1925)
  22. Richard WrightNative Son (1940)
  23. Albert CamusThe Stranger (1942)
  24. George Orwell1984 (1949)
  25. Ralph EllisonInvisible Man (1952)
  26. Saul BellowSeize the Day (1956)
  27. Gabriel García MárquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  28. Italo CalvinoIf on a winter’s night a traveler (1972)
  29. Toni MorrisonSong of Solomon (1977)
  30. Don DeLilloWhite Noise (1985)
  31. A. S. ByattPossession (1990)
  32. Cormac McCarthyThe Road (2006)

Autobiography & Memoir

  1. St. AugustineThe Confessions (c. 400 AD)
  2. Margery KempeThe Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1420)
  3. Michel de MontaigneEssays (1580)
  4. Teresa of ÁvilaThe Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself (1588)
  5. René DescartesMeditations (1641)
  6. John BunyanGrace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666)
  7. Mary RowlandsonThe Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration (1682)
  8. Jean-Jacques RousseauConfessions (1781)
  9. Benjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791)
  10. Frederick DouglassNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)
  11. Henry David ThoreauWalden (1854)
  12. Harriet JacobsIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written By Herself (1861)
  13. Booker T. WashingtonUp From Slavery (1901)
  14. Friederich NietzscheEcce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (1908)
  15. Adolf HitlerMein Kampf (1925)
  16. Mohandas GandiAn Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with the Truth (1929)
  17. Gertrude SteinThe Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)
  18. Thomas MertonThe Seven Storey Mountain (1948)
  19. C. S. LewisSurprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (1955)
  20. Malcolm XThe Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)
  21. Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
  22. May SartonJournal of a Solitude (1973)
  23. Aleksandr I. SolzhenitsynThe Gulag Archipelago (1973)
  24. Charles C. ColsonBorn Again (1977)
  25. Richard RodriguezHunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (1982)
  26. Jill Ker ConwayThe Road from Coorain (1989)
  27. Elie WieselAll Rivers Run to the Sea: A Memoir (1995)

History & Politics

  1. HerodotusThe Histories (441 BC)
  2. ThucydidesThe Peloponnesian War (c. 400 BC)
  3. PlatoThe Republic (c. 375 BC)
  4. PlutarchLives (AD 100-125)
  5. St. AugustineThe City of God (425)
  6. BedeThe Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731)
  7. Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince (1513)
  8. Sir Thomas MoreUtopia (1516)
  9. John LockeThe True End of Civil Government (1690)
  10. David HumeThe History of England, Volume V (1754)
  11. Jean-Jacques RousseauThe Social Contract (1762)
  12. Thomas PaineCommon Sense (1776)
  13. Edward GibbonThe History of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88)
  14. Mary WollstonecraftThe Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
  15. Alexis de TocquevilleDemocracy in America (1835-40)
  16. Karl Marx and Friedrich EngelsThe Communist Manifesto (1848)
  17. Jacob BurckhardtThe Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860)
  18. W. E. B. du BoisThe Souls of Black Folks (1903)
  19. Max WeberThe Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904)
  20. Lytton StracheyQueen Victoria (1921)
  21. George OrwellThe Road to Wigan Pier (1937)
  22. Perry MillerThe New England Mind (1939)
  23. John Kenneth GalbraithThe Great Crash 1929 (1955)
  24. Cornelius RyanThe Longest Day (1959)
  25. Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique (1963)
  26. Eugene D. GenoveseRoll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made (1974)
  27. Barbara TuchmanA Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century (1978)
  28. Bob Woodward and Carl BernsteinAll The President’s Men (1987)
  29. James M. McPhersonBattle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988)
  30. Laurel Thatcher UlrichA Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812 (1990)
  31. Francis FukuyamaThe End of History and The Last Man (1992)

Drama

  1. AeschylusAgamemnon (c. 458 BC)
  2. SophoclesOedipus the King (c. 450 BC)
  3. EuripidesMedea (c. 431 BC)
  4. AristophanesThe Birds (c. 400 BC)
  5. AristotlePoetics (c. 330 BC)
  6. Everyman (14th Century)
  7. Christopher MarloweDoctor Faustus (1588)
  8. William ShakespeareRichard III (1592-93)
  9. William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night’s Dream (1594-95)
  10. William ShakespeareHamlet (1600)
  11. MolièreTartuffe (1669)
  12. William CongreveThe Way of the World (1700)
  13. Oliver GoldsmithShe Stoops to Conquer (1773)
  14. Richard Brinsley SheridanThe School for Scandal (1777)
  15. Henrik IbsenA Doll’s House (1879)
  16. Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest (1899)
  17. Anton ChekhovThe Cherry Orchard (1904)
  18. George Bernard ShawSaint Joan (1924)
  19. T.S. EliotMurder in the Cathedral (1935)
  20. Thornton WilderOur Town (1938)
  21. Eugene O’NeillLong Day’s Journey into Night (1940)
  22. Jean-Paul SartreNo Exit (1944)
  23. Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire (1947)
  24. Arthur MillerDeath of a Salesman (1949)
  25. Samuel BeckettWaiting for Godot (1952)
  26. Robert BoltA Man for All Seasons (1960)
  27. Tom StoppardRosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)
  28. Peter ShafferEquus (1974)

Poetry

Read at least the best known poems or the collected poems if available.

  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2000 BC)
  2. HomerThe Iliad and The Odyssey (c. 800 BC)
  3. Greek Lyricists – [Greek Lyrics trans. Richard Lattimore] (c. 600 BC)
  4. HoraceThe Odes (65-68 BC)
  5. Beowulf  (c. 1000)
  6. Dante AlighieriInferno (1265-1321)
  7. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1350)
  8. Geoffrey ChaucerThe Canterbury Tales  (c. 1343-1400)
  9. William ShakespeareSonnets (1564-1616)
  10. John Donne (1572-1631)
  11. King James BiblePsalms (1611)
  12. John MiltonParadise Lost (1608-1674)
  13. William BlakeSongs of Innocence and of Experience (1757-1827)
  14. Williams Wordsworth (1770-1850)
  15. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
  16. John Keats (1795-1821)
  17. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
  18. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
  19. Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
  20. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
  21. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
  22. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
  23. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
  24. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
  25. Robert Frost (1874-1963)
  26. Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
  27. William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
  28. Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
  29. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
  30. Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
  31. W.H. Auden (1907-1973)
  32. Philip Larkin (1922-1985)
  33. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)
  34. Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)
  35. Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
  36. Mark Strand (1934-2014)
  37. Mary Oliver (1935- 2019)
  38. Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)
  39. Robert Pinsky (1940- )
  40. Robert Haas (1941- )
  41. Jane Kenyon (1947-1995)
  42. Rita Dove (1952- )

Science

  1. Hippocrates – On Airs, Waters, and Places (460-370 BC)
  2. Aristotle – Physics (c. 330 BC)
  3. Lucretius – On the Nature of Things (c. 60 BC)
  4. Nicolaus Copernicus – Commentariolus (1514)
  5. Francis Bacon – Novum Organum (1620)
  6. Galileo Galilei – Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632)
  7. Robert Hooke – Micrographia (1665)
  8. Isaac Newton – “Rules” and “General Scholium” from Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687/1713/1726)
  9. Georges Cuvier – “Preliminary Discourse” (1812) [Essay on the Theory on the Theory of Earth, trans. Robert Jameson (1818)]
  10. Charles Lyell – Principles of Geology (1830-1832)
  11. Charles Darwin – On the Origin of Species (1859)
  12. Gregor Mendel – Experiments in Plant Hybridization (1865)
  13. Alfred Wegener – The Origin of Continents and Oceans (1915/1929)
  14. Albert Einstein – The General Theory of Relativity (1916)
  15. Max Planck – The Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory (1922)
  16. Julian Huxley – Evolution: The Modern Synthesis (1942)
  17. Erwin Schrodinger – What is Life? (1944)
  18. Rachel Carson – Silent Spring (1962)
  19. Desmond Morris– The Naked Ape (1967)
  20. James D. Watson – The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of DNA (1968)
  21. Richard Dawkins – The Selfish Gene (1976)
  22. Steven Weinberg – The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe (1977) [updated edition: 1993]
  23. E. O. Wilson – On Human Nature (1978)
  24. James Lovelock –  Gaia (1979)
  25. Stephen Jay Gould – The Mismeasure of Man (1981)
  26. James Gleick – Chaos: Making a New Science (1987)
  27. Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time (1988)
  28. Walter Alvarez  – T. Rex and the Crater of Doom (1997)

Source: The Well Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.