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

American:

  • Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle
  • Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity
  • Allan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind
  • Paul Fussell, Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays
  • Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation
  • Paul Feyerabend, Conquest of Abundance

South American:

  • Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude
  • Carlos Fuentes, Death of Artemio Cruz
  • Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph and Other Stories

Spanish:

  • Baltasar Gracián y Morales, The Critic
  • Miguel de Unamuno, Saint Manuel the Good, Martyr
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

Polish:

  • Wladyslaw Reymont, The Promised Land, The Revolt
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Primeval and Other Times

Czech:

  • Karel Čapek, Apocryphal Tales
  • Jaroslav Hasek, Soldier Shveik

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 College Preparatory curriculum.

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