The Well-Educated Mind List

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The Well-Educated Mind List

Jul 4, 2008, 8:31 pm

This is a list in chronological order. I could do it by Genres too if that is how you are reading the books.

Chronology of Classics inThe Well-Educated Mind

(*ITC, +D overlap, T)

ITC= Invitation to the Classics D=Denby's Great Books T = Thelma's Library


2000 Epic of Gilgamesh Ferry Poetry DONE
800 Iliad *+ T Homer Lattimore Poetry READ
800 Odyssey*+ T Homer Lattimore Poetry READ
600 Greek Lyrics Lattimore Poetry READ
458 Agamemnon*+ T Aeschylus Drama READ
450 Oedipus Rex*+ T Sophocles Drama READ
441 Histories Herodotus History READ
431 Medea Euripedes Drama READ
400 Birds (Clouds – T) Aristophanes Drama READ
400 Peloponnesian War*+ Thucydides History READ
375 Republic*+ Plato History
330 Poetics+ Aristotle Drama READ
65 Odes Horace Poetry READ


100 Lives Plutarch History

Medieval Times

400 Confessions*+ T Augustine Fitzgerald Autobio DONE
426 City of God+ Augustine History
731 Ecclesiastical History of the English People Bede History
1000 Beowulf* Poetry READ
1300 Inferno*+ Poetry READ
1300's Everyman Drama READ
1350 Sir Gawain & the Green Knight* Poetry READ
1386 Canterbury Tales* Chaucer Poetry READ
1430 The Book of Margery Kempe Autobio READ
1513 Prince*+ Machiavelli History READ
1516 Utopia* Sir Thomas More History
1564 Sonnets Shakespeare Poetry READ
1580 Essays+ Montaigne Autobio
1588 Life of Teresa of Avila Autobio
1588 Doctor Faustus Marlowe Drama READ
1592 Richard III Shakespeare Drama READ
1594 Midsummer's Nights Dream* Shakespeare Drama READ
1600 Hamlet* Shakespeare Drama READ
1600 Poems* Donne Poetry

Early Modern (1600-1850)

1605 Don Quixote*+ Cervantes Penguin Novel DONE
1611 Psalms KJV Poetry DONE
1667 Paradise Lost*+ Milton Poetry
1641 Meditations+ Descartes Autobio
1666 Grace Abounding Bunyon Autobio DONE
1669 Tartuffe Moliere Drama DONE
1679 Pilgrim's Progress* Bunyon Novel DONE
1682 Narrative of Captivity & Restoration Rowlandson Autobio
1690 True End Civil Government Locke History
1700 Way of the World Congreve Drama
1726 Gulliver's Travels* Swift Novel DONE
1754 History of England, V.5 Hume History
1757 Songs of Innocence and Experience Blake Dover Poetry
1762 Social Contract+ Rousseau History
1781 Confessions* Rousseau Autobio
1776 Common Sense Paine Dover History
1776 Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire Gibbon Wormsley(Ab) History
1777 School of Scandal Sheridan Drama
1791 Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Autobio
1792 Vindication of the Rights of Women+ Wollstonecraft History
1798 Lyrical Ballads* Wordsworth, Cooleridge Poetry
Poems Wordsworth, Cooleridge Poetry
1813 Pride & Prejudice*+ Austen Novel DONE
1819 Odes* & Poems Keats Poetry
Longfellow Poetry
Tennyson Poetry
Whitman Poetry
1835 Democracy in America* Tocqueville History
1838 Oliver Twist Dickens Novel DONE
1847 Jane Eyre Bronte Novel DONE
1848 The Comunist Manifesto+ Marx&Engel History
1850 The Scarlet Letter* Hawthorne Novel DONE

Modern History (1850 to present)
1850- 1866 * Dickenson Poetry
Rosetti Poetry
1851 Moby-Dick Melville Novel DONE
1851 Uncle Tom's Cabin Stowe Novel DONE
1854 Walden Thoreau Autobio
1857 Madame Bovary* Flaubert Novel DONE
1860 Civilization of Renaissance Burckhardt History
1861 Slave Girl Jacobs Autobio
1866 Crime & Punishment Dostoyevsky Novel DONE
1872 Dunbar Poetry
1877 Anna Karenina* Tolstoy Novel DONE
1878 Return of the Native Hardy Novel DONE
1878 Sandburg Poetry
1879 Doll's House Ibsen Drama
1881 Life & Times of Frederick Douglas* Autobio
1881 The Portrait of a Lady* James Novel DONE
1883 Williams Poetry
1884 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn* Twain Novel DONE
1895 The Red Badge of Courage Crane Novel DONE
1899 Importance of Being Earnest Wilde Drama
1901 Up From Slavery Washington Autobio
1902 Heart of Darkness* Conrad Novel DONE
1902 Hughes Poetry
1903 Souls of Black Folk DuBois History
1904 Cherry Orchard Chekov Drama
1904 The Protestant Ethic & the Spirit of Capitalism Weber History
1905 House of Mirth Wharton Novel DONE
1907 Auden Poetry
1908 Ecce Homo Nietzsche Autobio
1913 Poems* Frost Poetry
1921 Queen Victoria Stachey History
1922 Larkin Poetry
1924 St. Joan Shaw Drama
1925 Mein Kampf Hitler Autobio
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald Novel DONE
Mrs. Dolloway Woolf Novel DONE
The Trial* Kafka Novel DONE
1926 Ginsberg Poetry
1929 An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth Gandhi Autobio
1932 Plath Poetry
1933 Yeats* Poetry
Auto of Alice B. Toklas Stein Autobio
1934 Strand Poetry
Rich Poetry
1935 Murder in Cathedral T.S. Eliot Drama
1937 Wigan Pier Orwell History
1938 Our Town Wilder Drama
1939 Heany Poetry
The New England Mind Miller History
1940 Long Day's Journey into Night O'Neill Drama
Native Son Wright Novel DONE
Pinsky Poetry
Surprised by Joy (1955) C.S. Lewis Autobio
1942 Stranger Camus Novel DONE
1944 No Exit Sartre Drama
1947 A Streetcar Named Desire Williams Drama
1947 Kenyon Poetry
1948 Seven Story Mountain Merton Autobio
1949 1984 Orwell Novel DONE
Death of a Salesman Miller Drama
1952 Invisible Man Ellison Novel DONE
Waiting for Godot Beckett Drama
Dove Poetry
1955 The Great Crash Galbraith History
1956 Seize the Day Bellow Novel DONE
1959 The Longest Day Ryan History
1960 A Man for All Seasons Bolt Drama
1963 The Feminine Mystique Frieden History DONE
1965 The Autobiography of + Malcolm X Autobio
1967 One Hundred Years of Solitude Marquez Novel DONE
Rosencrantz & Guildenstein Stoppard Drama DONE
1972 If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Calvino Novel DONE
1973 Journal of Solitude Sarton Autobio
Gulag Archipelago Solzhenitsyn Autobio
1974 Roll, Jordan, Roll Genovese History
1977 Born Again Colson Autobio READ
Song of Solomon Morrison Novel DONE
1978 Distant Mirror Tuchman History
1982 Hunger of Memory Rodriguez Autobio READ
1985 White Noise Delillo Novel DONE
1987 All the President's Men Woodward & Bernstein History
1988 Battle Cry of Freedom McPherson History
1989 Road from Coorain Conway Autobio READ
1990 Possession Byatt Novel DONE
1992 The End of History & the Last Man Fukuyama History
1995 All Rivers Run to the Sea Wiesel Autobio READ

Aug 22, 2013, 3:59 pm

I was looking for a comprehensive chronological list for the book, so thanks for posting this!

Sep 22, 2013, 10:12 am

You are very welcome literarymom. This is my blog with all my classics book lists that I finished over 8+ years:

Very rewarding!

Dec 8, 2014, 6:36 pm

What a wonderful list. Thank you so much!

Dec 11, 2015, 8:56 am

This is a wonderful list, thank you so much. I am new to the site and found this on Pinterest. :) Thanks again for sharing a great list.

Sep 22, 2021, 1:13 am

Thank you for compiling this list, especially with the categories.