The Well Educated Mind Project


I will be reading through the list of books provided by Susan Wise Bauer in The Well Educated Mind. The list is below:

The Novel

Don Quixote, by Miguel Cerventes

The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy

The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

The Trial, by Franz Kafka

Native Son, by Richard Wright

The Stranger, by Albert Camus

1984, by George Orwell

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

Seize the Day, by Saul Bellow

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

White Noise, by Don DeLillo

Possession, by A. S. Byatt

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Autobiography and Memoir

The Confessions, by Augustine

The Book of Margery Kempe, by Margery Kempe

Essays, by Michel De Montaigne

The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself, by Teresa of Avila

Meditations, by Rene Descartes

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, by John Bunyan

The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration, Mary Rowlandson

Confessions, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, by Frederick Douglas

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, by Harriet Jacobs

Up from Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is, by Friedrich Nietzsche

Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, by Mohandas Gandhi

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, by Gertrude Stein

The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life, by C. S. Lewis

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: by Malcolm X

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Journal of Solitude, by May Sarton

The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Born Again, by Charles W. Colson

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, by Richard Rodriguez

The Road from Coorain, by Jill Ker Conway

All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs, by Elie Wiesel


The Histories, by Herodotus

The Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides

The Republic, by Plato

Lives, by Plutarch

The City of God, by Augustine

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, by Bede

The Prince, by Machiavelli

Utopia, by Sir Thomas More

The True End of Civil Government, by John Locke

The History of England, Volume V, by David Hume

The Social Contract, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine

History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, by Mary Wollstonecraft

Democracy in America, by Alexis De Tocqueville

The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, by Jacob Burckhardt

The Souls of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, by Max Weber

Queen Victoria, by Lytton Strachey

The Road to Wigan Pier, by George Orwell

The New England Mind, by Perry Miller

The Great Crash, by John Kenneth Galbraith

The Longest Day, by Cornelius Ryan

The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan

Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made, by Eugene D Genovese

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century, by Barbara Tuchman

All the President’s Men, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James M McPherson

A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

The End of History and the Last Man, by Francis Fukuyama


Agamemnon, by Aeschylus

Oedipus the King, by Sophocles

Medea, by Euripides

The Birds, by Aristophanes

Poetics, by Aristotle


Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

Richard III, by William Shakespeare

Tartuffe, by Moliere

The Way of the World, William Congreve

She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith

The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen

The Importance of being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekhov

Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw

Murder in the Cathedral, by T. S. Eliot

Our Town, by Thornton Wilder

Long Day’s Journey into Night, by Eugene O’Neil

No Exit, by Jean Paul Sartre

A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams

Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller

Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

A Man for All Seasons, by Robert Bolt

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard

Equus, by Peter Shaffer


The Epic of Gilgamesh, by Anonymous

The Iliad, by Homer

The Odyssey, by Homer

Greek Lyricists, by multiple

Odes, Horace

Beowulf, by Anonymous

Inferno, by Dante Alighieri

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by Anonymous

The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer

Sonnets, by William Shakespeare

John Donne

Psalms, in the King James Bible

Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Songs of Innocence and Experience, by William Blake

William Wordsworth

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

John Keats

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Walt Whitman

Emily Dickinson

Christina Rossetti

Gerard Manley Hopkins

William Butler Yeats

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Robert Frost

Carl Sandburg

William Carlos Williams

Ezra Pound

T. S. Eliot

Langston Hughes

W. H. Auden

Philip Larkin

Allen Ginsberg

Adrienne Rich

Sylvia Plath

Mark Strand

Mary Oliver

Seamus Heaney

Robert Pinsky

Robert Hass

Jane Kenyon

Rita Dove


On Airs, Waters, and Places, by Hippocrates

Physics, by Aristotle

On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius

Commentariolus, by Nicolaus Copernicus

Novum Ogranum, by Francis Bacon

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, by Galileo Galilei

Micrographia, by Robert Hooke

“Rules” and “General Scholium” from Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, by Isaac Newton

Preliminary Discorse, by Georges Cuvier

Principles of Geology, by Charles Lyell

On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin

Experiments in Plant Hybridization, by Gregor Mendel

The Origin of Continents of Oceans, by Alfred Wegener

The General Theory of Relativity, by Albert Einstein

The Origin and Development of Quantum Theory, by Max Planck

Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, by Julian Huxley

What is Life?, by Erwin Schrodinger

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson

The Naked Ape, by Desmond Morris

The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, by James D Watson

The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins

The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, by Steven Weinberg

On Human Nature, by E. O. Wilson

Gaia, by James Lovelock

The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen Jay Gould

Chaos: Making a New Science, by James Gleick

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

T. rex and the Crater of Doom, by Walter Alvarez