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A S U M M E R ' S  R E A D I N G  L I S T
Bob Hatch - The Duck Pond
Someone once asked Freud what he took to be his favorite books. He responded with an opinion about important and influential books. Students frequently ask for a general reading list. What might an intelligent, educated person have read during the summer, or perhaps in the course of a life? Herewith are a few candidates for such a Summer Reading List.

This list began during my high school years--slightly over a century ago. Thanks to my teacher Orv Gilmore (with whom I have recently regained contact after some thirty years--another e-mail junkie) this list had its first start and continues to grow. With his help I hope we might continue to update this modest list (I still have Orv's two-page mimeographed sheets, one typed the other handwritten....). My list, alas, is in no particular order. And I like it that way. I have scribbled down titles at various times with different intentions. However disordered patterns can be seen. Browse and choose what you like. If you are aghast by missing candidates please e-me with your favorites. Alas, if you aren't aghast by what is missing you probably won't find much of interest here either.


Plato, all; Republic; Timaeus; Meno; Apology, Phaedo, Crito
Aristotle, all; Categories; Analysis; N. Ethics; On the Heavens
Aquinas, Summa Theologica (abridged)
Descartes, Meditations; Discourse on Method; Principles
Pascal, Pensees
Newton, selections by Thayer or Westfall & Cohen
Voltaire, Louis XIV
Darwin, Autobiography; Origin {1st edition}; Descent of Man
Freud, Autobiography; Interpretation of Dreams; Civilization & Its Discontents;
Einstein, selections


Frankfort, Henri, Before Philosophy {Intellectual Adventure...}
Santillana, G. de, Origins of Scientific Thought; Hamlet's Mill
Dodds, E.R., The Greeks & the Irrational
Knowles, David, Medieval stuff...
Huizinga, J., The Waning of the Middle Ages
Gilson, E., Reason & Revelation in the Middle Ages
Lewis, C.S., The Discarded Image
White, L., Medieval Technology & Social Change
Yates, F., Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition
Lovejoy, A., The Great Chain of Being
Burtt, E.A., The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science
Collingwood, R., The Idea of Nature
Koyr, A., From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe
Koestler, A., The Sleepwalkers
Whitehead, A.N., Science and the Modern World
Bury, J.B., The Idea of Progress
Becker, C., Heavenly City of 18th C. Philosophers
Eiseley, L., Darwin's Century
Toulmin, S. & J. Goodfield, Discovery of Time
Thomas, K., Man and the Natural World
Mumford, L., Technics & Civilization
Marx, K., Das Kapital
Barnett, L., The Universe and Dr Einstein
Cline, Barbara, Men Who Made a New Physics
Kuhn, T.S., Structure of Scientific Revolutions


Zukav, G., Dancing Wu Li Masters
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Trevor-Roper, H., A Hidden Life
Schorske, C.E., Fin-de-Sicle Vienna
Ginzburg, C., The Cheese and the Worms
Davis, N.Z., Return of Martin Guerre
Aris, P., Hour of Our Death
Braudel, F., The Mediterranean


Strunk, W., & E.B. White, Elements of Style
Cavell, Stanley, all
Cavell, Marcia - latest
Bernstein, Beyond Relativism and Objectivism
Danto, A., Connections to the World
Rorty, R., Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Aristotle, Categories; Analytics
Leitch, V.B., Deconstructive Criticism
Martin, M., Everyday Ethics

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Macbeth, all
The Bible
Augustine, Confessions
Twain, Huckleberry Finn
Homer, The Iliad; The Odyssey
Dante, Divine Comedy
Montaigne, Essays
Milton, Paradise Lost
Moliere, Misanthrope
Rousseau, The Reveries of a Solitary Walker
Goethe, Faust
Kierkegaard, Repetition
Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class
Dickens, David Copperfield
Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Kant, I., Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
Kleist, The Marquise of O----
Marx, K., Introduction to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
Mill, J.S., On Liberty
Heidegger, Being and Time
Carroll, Alice in Wonderl and
Stevenson, Treasure Island
Shaw, B., Pygmalion
Lawrence, Women in Love
Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath
Thoreau, Walden

Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Crane, Red Badge of Courage
Scott, Ivanhoe
Poe, Tales
Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Melville, Moby Dick
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Virgil, Aeneid
Huxley, Brave New World
Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Franklin, Autobiography
Wilder, Our Town
Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country
Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac
Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Bronte, C., Jane Eyre
Bronte, E. Wuthering Heights
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Miller, Death of a Salesman
Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Benedict, Patterns of Culture
Hugo, Les Miserables

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Plutarch, Lives
Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Hardy, The Return of the Native
Hemingway, Farewell to Arms
Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Kipling, Jungle Books
Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Dickens, Great Expectations
Adler, How to Read a Book
Emerson, Essays
Conrad, The Heart of Darkness
Tolstoy, War and Peace

Arts & Ideas
Copland, What to Listen for in Music
Barnett, The Universe and Dr Einstein
Maugham, Of Human Bondage
Buck, The Good Earth
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Frazer, The Golden Bough
Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Ibsen, A Doll's House
Stendal, The Red and the Black
Mann, Magic Mountain
Kafka, Amerika; The Trial; Metamorphosis
Camus, The Plague; The Fall; The Myth of Sisyphus
Joyce, Ulysses
Fielding, Tom Jones
Golding, Lord of the Flies
Mead, Coming of Age in Samoa
Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Curie, Madam Curie
The Federalist Papers

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