Thursday, October 1, 2020

I have been reading through Susan Wise-Bauer's The Well-Educated Mind [TWEM] book list since January 2012. These are the books I have completed and the ones I started but did not finish [DNF]. I was able to salvage some reviews from my old blog, Great Book Study. 


Cervantes: Don Quixote  (1605)

Bunyan: The Pilgrim's Progress in Modern English (1679) re-read review

Swift: Gulliver's Travels (1726)

Austen: Pride and Prejudice (1815) re-read review

Dickens: Oliver Twist (1838)

Brontë: Jane Eyre (1847)

Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter (1850)

Melville: Moby-Dick (1851)

Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin: Or, Life Among the Lowly (1851)

Flaubert: Madame Bovary (1857)

Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment (1866)

Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (1877)

Hardy: The Return of the Native (1878)

James: The Portrait of a Lady (1881)

Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)

Crane: The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

Conrad: Heart of Darkness (1902)

Wharton: The House of Mirth (1905)

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)

Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

Kafka: The Trial (1925)

Wright: Native Son (1940)

Camus: The Stranger (1942)

Orwell: 1984 (1949)

Ellison: Invisible Man (1952)

Bellow: Seize the Day (1956)

Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)

Cavino: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (1972)

Morrison: Song of Solomon (1977) [DNF - read one chapter]

DeLillo: White Noise (1985)

Byatt: Possession (1990)


Augustine: Confessions (AD c. 400)

Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1430)

Montaigne: The Complete Essays  (1580)

Descartes: Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings (1641)

Bunyan: Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666)

Rousseau: Confessions (1781)

Franklin: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin  (1791)

Thoreau: Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (1854)

Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)

Douglass: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881)

Washington: Up From Slavery (1901)

Nietzsche: Ecce Homo (1908)

Hitler: Mein Kampf (1925)

Gandhi: An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth (1929)

Stein: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)

Merton: The Seven Story Mountain (1948)

Lewis: Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (1955)

The Autobiography of Malcolm X  (1965)

Sarton: Journal of a Solitude (1973)

Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago (1973)

Colson: Born Again (1977)

Rodriguez: Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (1982)

Conway: The Road from Coorain (1989)

Wiesel: All Rivers Run to the Sea (1995)


Herodotus: The Histories (441 BC)

Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War (c. 400 BC)

Plato: The Republic (c. 375 BC) [DNF - read 100 pages]

Plutarch: Lives (AD 100-125) [read selections]

Augustine: City of God (426)

Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731)

Machiavelli: The Prince (1513)

More: Utopia (1516)

Hume: The History of England, Vol. V (1754) [DNF]

Rousseau: The Social Contract (1762)

Paine: Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings (1776)

Tocqueville: Democracy in America (1835-40)

Marx / Engles: The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (1848)

Burckhardt: The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860) [DNF - read a few chapters]

Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

Weber: The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904)

Strachey: Queen Victoria (1921)

Miller: The New England Mind (1939) [DNF - I started this, but don't remember what happened]

Galbraith: The Great Crash 1929 (1955)

Ryan: The Longest Day (1959)

Friedan: The Feminine Mystique (1963)

Tuchman: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century (1978) [DNF - read 22%]

Bernstein / Woodward: All The President's Men (1087)

McPherson: Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (1988)  [did not even attempt]

Ulrich: A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary (1990) [DNF - read 30%]

Fukuyama: The End of History and the Last Man (1992) [DNF - read 30%]


Aeschylus: Agamemnon (c. 458 BC)

Sophocles: Oedipus the King (c. 450 BC)

Euripides: Medea (c. 431 BC)

Aristophanes: The Birds (c. 400 BC)

Aristotle: Poetics (c. 330 BC)

Everyman (14th c.)

Marlowe: Doctor Faustus (1588)

Shakespeare: Richard III (1592-93) / A Midsummer Night's Dream (1594-95) / Hamlet (1600)

Molière: Tartuffe (1669)

Congreve: The Way of the World (1700)

Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer (1773)

Sheridan: The School for Scandal (1777)

Ibsen: A Doll's House (1879)

Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest (1899)

Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard (1904)

Shaw: Saint Joan (1924)

Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral (1935)

Wilder: Our Town (1938)

O'Neill: Long Day's Journey Into Night (1940)

Satre: No Exit (1944)

Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)

Miller: Death of a Salesman (1949)

Beckett: Waiting for Godot (1952)

Bolt: A Man for All Seasons (1960)

Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1967)

Shaffer: Equus (1974)


Unk: The Epic of Gilgamesh (c. 2000 BC)

Homer: The Iliad / The Odyssey (c. 800 BC)

Greek Lyricists (c. 600 BC)

Horace: Odes (65-8 BC)

Unk: Beowulf (c. 1000)

Alighieri: Inferno (1265-1321) [read in 2021]

Unk: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1350)

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales (c. 1343-1400) [read 111 pages and bailed] 

Shakespeare: Sonnets (1564-1616) [read selected]

John Donne (1572-1631) [read selected]

King James Bible: Psalms (1611) [always reading]

Milton: Paradise Lost (1608-1674)

Blake: Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1757-1827)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

John Keats (1795-1821)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1883)

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

After the Modernists:

Philip Larkin

Allen Ginsberg

Sylvia Plath

Mark Strand

Adrienne Rich

Seamus Heaney

Robert Pinsky

Jane Kenyon

Rita Dove

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