Recommended Books

Classical Texts:

Title Author
The Odyssey Homer
The Republic Plato
“The Brothers” Terence
“The Menaechmi,” “Pseudolus” Plautus
The Aeneid Virgil
The Early History of Rome Livy
The Confessions Augustine

British/European Literature:

Title Author
“Pearl,” “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” The Pearl Poet
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri
Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion Jane Austen
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
Oliver Twist, Great Expectations Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
Vile Bodies, Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Graham
The Remains of the Day Kazu Ishiguro
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
Poetry from Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hopkins

American Literature:

Title Author
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea, In Our Time Ernest Hemingway
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
A Separate Peace John Knowles


Title Author
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Neil Postman
The Closing of the American Mind Allan Bloom
The Abolition of Man C.S. Lewis
Night, Dawn Elie Wiesel
Me, Myself, and Bob: A True Story About God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables Phil Vischer
Unique Phil Cooke
Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong William Kilpatrick
The Art of Teaching Gilbert Highet

Updated February 17, 2016