World Literature

The study of World Literature is an integral part of any meaningful education. The following is cosmopolitan and chronologically eclectic selection of literary classics in English

Ancient Greek and Roman:

  • Isoctrates, Areopagiticus

  • Demosthenes, Public Orations, vol. 1

  • Xenophon, Anabasis

  • Cicero, Selected Works (Penguin Classics)

  • Marcus Fabius Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria: Books I-III (Loeb Classical Library)

British:

  • John Milton, Areopagitica

  • Samuel Johnson, The Patriot

  • John Ruskin, Stones of Venice

  • Walter Horatio Pater, The Renaissance

  • William Ralph Inge Outspoken Essays

  • Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue

  • Bruce Chatwin, Utz

Polish:

  • Wladyslaw Reymont, The Promised Land, The Revolt

  • Olga Tokarczuk, Primeval and Other Times

Spanish:

  • Baltasar Gracián y Morales, The Critic

  • Miguel de Unamuno, Saint Manuel the Good, Martyr

Czech:

  • Karel Čapek, Apocryphal Tales

  • Jaroslav Hasek, Soldier Shveik

French:

  • Charles de Montesquieu, Persian Letters

  • Michel de Montaigne, Essays

  • Prosper Mérimée, Carmen and Other Stories

  • Anatole France, Revolt of Angels

  • Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man

  • Georges Perec, Things: A Story of the Sixties

  • Jaques Attali, Millennium

Italian:

  • Lorenzo Valla, On True Good and False

  • Luigi Pirandello, Right You Are – If You Think You Are

  • Italo Calvino, The Cloven Viscount, The Nonexistent Knight, Invisible Cities

  • Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

South American:

  • Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude

  • Carlos Fuentes, Death of Artemio Cruz

  • Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories

Austrian:

  • Stefan Zweig, The Tide of Fortune, Buchmendel, Fantastic Night, The World of Yesterday

  • Klaus Ebner, Hominid

German:

  • Goethe, Italian Journey, Elective Affinities

  • Hermann Hesse, Demian, In Sight of Chaos

  • Erich Maria Remarque, The Road Back

Wide reading of World literary classics is a part of any comprehensive education curriculum.

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