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Important Books

Welcome to my labor of love, a listing of some of the books I most want to read and add to my collection. The criteria for inclusion are loose: historical importance, innovation, diversity of style, a little attention to diversity of author characteristics (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion)–and, of course, personal interest. I tended to stay away from books I had already read. But, then again, sometimes I felt like advocating for a particular book–especially one that I’d already read–placing it among more established canonical works as a statement of value. The list is imperfect, and yet completely finished, faithfully representing a highly subjective process with objective overtones, laying out a lifetime’s worth of future collecting and reading.

The list is organized by category and then chronologically, from the earliest works to the most recent. Most categories hold 10 works, but a couple of them (Fiction, 21st C or 21st century fiction and Poetry, in Translation) contain only five. Literature (Fiction prior to the 19th Century, Fiction of the 19th, 20th, & 21st Centuries [separate categories], Fiction in Translation, Drama, Poetry from the U.S. and from the UK & Ireland [separate categories], Poetry in Translation, Children’s Literature for all ages and reading levels [Picture Books, Children’s books, and YA Fiction], and Graphic Novels) is more heavily represented because I know it well. The sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics) are well-represented because I don’t know them as well, but I want to. Two further categories (Medicine and Psychology) are directly related to my choice of career. The remainder (History, Myth/Religion, Philosophy, & the Social Sciences) are soft ciences and nonliterary humanities, which I love and know, but not as fervently as everything else.

Even though it is finished, it will never be truly done. I may add categories (Art comes to mind) and I would like to publish a list of the books that were under consideration but didn’t make the list. First, however, I must clean this up a little and add some hyperlinked annotations. Perhaps as I go along, I can add annotations on the works that I have read. I love pointless, ongoing projects!

In the meantime, I invite you to comment, to advocate for your own “important books,” to critique, to ask questions, etc.

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Title Author Year Category
Beowulf unknown 1000 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) various 1150 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The Canterbury Tales Chaucer, Geoffrey 1380 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Le Morte d’Arthur Malory, Thomas 1471 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The Faerie Queene Spenser, Edmund 1596 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Pilgrim’s Progress (The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come) Bunyan, John 1678 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Tom Jones Fielding, Henry 1749 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia Johnson, Samuel 1759 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Evelina Burney, Frances 1778 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The Interesting Narrative and the life of ‘Olaudah Equiano’ or Gustavus Vassa, the African Olaudah Equiano 1789 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Emma Austen, Jane 1815 Fiction, 19th C
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque Poe, Edgar Allen 1840 Fiction, 19th C
Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte 1847 Fiction, 19th C
Moby-Dick Melville, Herman 1851 Fiction, 19th C
The House of the Seven Gables Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1851 Fiction, 19th C
A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, Charles 1859 Fiction, 19th C
Erewhon Butler, Samuel 1872 Fiction, 19th C
Middlemarch Eliot, George 1872 Fiction, 19th C
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hardy, Thomas 1886 Fiction, 19th C
Dracula Stoker, Bram 1897 Fiction, 19th C
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Joyce, James 1916 Fiction, 20th C
The Age of Innocence Wharton, Edith 1920 Fiction, 20th C
The Sun Also Rises Hemingway, Ernest 1926 Fiction, 20th C
The Sound and the Fury Faulkner, William 1929 Fiction, 20th C
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter McCullers, Carson 1940 Fiction, 20th C
The Heart of the Matter Greene, Graham 1948 Fiction, 20th C
Under the Net Murdoch, Iris 1954 Fiction, 20th C
Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua 1958 Fiction, 20th C
Another Country Baldwin, James 1962 Fiction, 20th C
Less Than Zero Easton Ellis, Bret 1985 Fiction, 20th C
The Blind Assassin Atwood, Margaret 2000 Fiction, 21st C
White Teeth Smith, Zadie 2000 Fiction, 21st C
Bel Canto Patchett, Ann 2001 Fiction, 21st C
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Chabon, Michael 2001 Fiction, 21st C
Things that Fall from the Sky Brockmeier, Kevin 2003 Fiction, 21st C
The Tale of Genji Shikibu, Murasaki 1000 Fiction, in Translation
The Divine Comedy Alighieri, Dante 1321 Fiction, in Translation
Don Quixote Part I Cervantes, Miguel 1605 Fiction, in Translation
The Sorrows of Young Werther Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1774 Fiction, in Translation
Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo 1877 Fiction, in Translation
Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky, Feodor 1880 Fiction, in Translation
À rebours (Against the Grain) Huysmans, Joris-Karl 1884 Fiction, in Translation
The Magic Mountain Mann, Thomas 1924 Fiction, in Translation
The Baron in the Trees Calvino, Italo 1957 Fiction, in Translation
One Hundred Years of Solitude Marquez, Gabriel Garcia 1967 Fiction, in Translation
Medea Euripides 431BC Drama
The Frogs Aristophanes 405BC Drama
King Lear Shakespeare, William 1623 Drama
The Way of the World Congreve, William 1700 Drama
The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde, Oscar 1895 Drama
Three Sisters Chekhov, Anton 1900 Drama
A Streetcar Named Desire Williams, Tennessee 1948 Drama
Waiting for Godot Beckett, Samuel 1953 Drama
Long Day’s Journey Into Night O’Neill, Eugene 1956 Drama
Arcadia Stoppard, Tom 1993 Drama
Poems Dickinson, Emily 1890 Poetry, American
Leaves of Grass Whitman, Walt 1892 Poetry, American
Harlem Shadows McKay, Claude 1922 Poetry, American
Collected Poems H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) 1925 Poetry, American
Paterson Williams, William Carlos 1947 Poetry, American
The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara O’Hara, Frank 1966 Poetry, American
Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror Ashbery, John 1975 Poetry, American
The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 Bishop, Elizabeth 1979 Poetry, American
Garbage: A Poem Ammons, A.R. 1993 Poetry, American
Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006 Angel, Ralph 2006 Poetry, American
The Complete Poems of John Donne Donne, John 1631 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Jubilate Agno Smart, Christopher 1763 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and the
Conversation Poems
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor 1817 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats Keats, John 1821 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Goblin Market and Other Poems Rossetti, Christina 1862 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson (Poet Laureate) Tennyson, Alfred, Lord 1892 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Waste Land and Other Poems Eliot, T.S. 1934 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats Yeats, W.B. 1939 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry Morrison, Blake & Motion, Andrew 1982 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Welsh Verse: Fourteen Centuries of Poetry Conran, Tony 2003 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Basho: The Complete Haiku Basho, Matsuo 1694 Poetry, in Translation
Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du mal) Baudelaire, Charles 1857 Poetry, in Translation
A Season in Hell (Une Saison en Enfer) Rimbaud, Arthur 1873 Poetry, in Translation
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Neruda, Pablo 1924 Poetry, in Translation
Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer

Maria Rilke

Rilke, Rainer Maria 1926 Poetry, in Translation
Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience Blake, William 1794 Picture Book
Der Struwwelpeter Heinrich Hoffmann 1845 Picture Book
The Story of Little Black Sambo Bannerman, Helen 1899 Picture Book
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Picture Book 1902 Picture Book
The Story of Babar De Brunhoff, Jean 1933 Picture Book
Harold and the Purple Crayon , Crockett
Johnson 
1955 Picture Book
Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, Maurice 1963 Picture Book
Frederick Leo Lionni  1967 Picture Book
Oh! The Places You Will Go Seuss, Dr. 1990 Picture Book
Kitten’s First Full Moon Kevin Henkes 2004 Picture Book
Aesop’s Fables Aesop 750BC Children’s Lit
The tales of Mother Goose (Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l’Oye) Perrault, Charles 1695 Children’s Lit
The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes Anonymous 1765 Children’s Lit
The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales Grimm, The Brothers  1812 Children’s Lit
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh Milne, A.A. 1928 Children’s Lit
The Secret of the Old Clock Keene, Caroline 1930 Children’s Lit
The Hobbit Tolkien, J.R.R. 1937 Children’s Lit
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Lewis, C.S. 1950 Children’s Lit
The Lonely Doll Wright, Dare 1957 Children’s Lit
Matilda Dahl, Roald 1988 Children’s Lit
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel 1719 YA Fiction
Treasure Island Stevenson, Robert Louis 1883 YA Fiction
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain, Mark 1884 YA Fiction
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Smith, Betty 1943 YA Fiction
Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J.D. 1951 YA Fiction
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret Blume, Judy 1970 YA Fiction
Ruby Rosa Guy 1976 YA Fiction
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars Daniel Pinkwater 1979 YA Fiction
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Haddon, Mark 2003 YA Fiction
Twilight Meyer, Stephanie 2005 YA Fiction
The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland Vol. 1: 1905-1907 McKay, Winsor 1907 Graphic Novels
Prince Valiant, Vol. 1 Foster, Hal 1939 Graphic Novels
Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2 Tezuka, Osamu 1952 Graphic Novels
A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories Eisner, Will 1978 Graphic Novels
Jaka’s Story Sim, Dave & Gerhard 1990 Graphic Novels
Signal to Noise Gaiman, Neil & McKean, Dave 1992 Graphic Novels
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories Hernandez, Gilbert 1996 Graphic Novels
300 Miller, Frank & Varley, Lynn 1999 Graphic Novels
From Hell Moore, Allan & Campbell, Eddie 1999 Graphic Novels
Fun Home Bechdel, Alison 2006 Graphic Novels
Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine) various 100BC Medicine
Hippocratic Corpus Hippocrates 100 Medicine
The Canon of Medicine Avicenna 1025 Medicine
Fabrica (De humani corporis fabrica) Vesalius 1543 Medicine
Notes on Nursing What It Is, and What It Is Not  Nightengale, Florence 1859 Medicine
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales  Sacks, Oliver 1985 Medicine
Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies? Kenneth V. Iserson 2001 Medicine
The Discovery of the Germ: Twenty Years That Transformed The Way We Think About Disease Waller, John 2003 Medicine
Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis Sanders, Lisa 2009 Medicine
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Mukherjee, Siddhartha 2010 Medicine
The Anatomy of Melancholy Burton, Robert 1621 Psychology
The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud (Psychopathology of Everyday

Life, the Interpretation of Dreams, and Three Contributions To the Theory of
Sex)

Freud, Sigmund 1905 Psychology
The Child’s Conception of the World Piaget, Jean 1928 Psychology
Symbols of Transformation Jung, Carl 1956 Psychology
Identity and the Life Cycle. Selected Papers Erikson, Erik 1959 Psychology
The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct Szasz, Thomas 1961 Psychology
On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy Rogers, Carl 1961 Psychology
About Behaviorism Skinner, B.F. 1974 Psychology
How the Mind Works Pinker, Steven 1997 Psychology
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide Jamison, Kay Redfield 1999 Psychology
Histoire Naturelle Leclerc, Georges-Louis, Comte de Buffon 1788 Biology
On the Origin of Species Darwin, Charles 1859 Biology
The History of Creation, Or, the Development of the Earth and Its

Inhabitants by the Action of Natural Causes

Haeckel, Ernst 1876 Biology
The theory of island biogeography MacArthur,R.H. & Wilson, E.O. 1967 Biology
The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA Watson, James D. 1968 Biology
In the Shadow of Man Goodall, Jane 1971 Biology
Ontogeny and Phylogeny Gould, Steven J. 1977 Biology
The Private Life of Plants Attenborough, David 1995 Biology
Evolution and Learning: The Baldwin Effect Reconsidered Weber, Bruce H., & Depew, David J. 2007 Biology
The Cognitive Neurosciences Gazzaniga, Michael S., ed 2009 Biology
The Atomists: Leucippus and Democritus: Fragments Leucippus and Democritus 400BC* Chemistry
Opus Maius Bacon, Roger 1267 Chemistry
The Sceptical Chymist Boyle, Robert 1661 Chemistry
Elementary Treatise of Chemistry (Traité Élémentaire de Chimie) Lavoisier, Antoine 1789 Chemistry
A New System of Chemical Philosophy Dalton, John 1827 Chemistry
The Dependence Between the Properties of the Atomic Weights of

the Elements

Mendeleev, Dmitri 1869 Chemistry
Names, Natures and Things: The Alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan and his

Kitab al-Ahjar

Haq, Syed Nomanul 1995 Chemistry
Transforming Matter: A History of Chemistry from Alchemy to the

Buckyball

Levere, Trevor Harvey 2001 Chemistry
The Emergence of Life: From Chemical Origins to Synthetic Biology Luisi, Pier Luigi 2006 Chemistry
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Kean, Sam 2010 Chemistry
Baudhāyana Śulbasûtra Baudhāyana -700 Mathematics
The Elements Euclid -300 Mathematics
The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library: An Anthology of Ancient Writings Which Relate to Pythagoras and Pythagorean Philosophy Guthrie, Kenneth Sylvan 100 Mathematics
The struggle for existence Gause, G.F. 1936 Mathematics
Number Theory, An approach through history from Hammurapi to
Legendre
Weil, Andre 1984 Mathematics
Mathematics for the Nonmathematician Kline, Morris 1985 Mathematics
Fermat’s Last Theorem Singh, Simon 1997 Mathematics
An Imaginary Tale: The Story of "i"  Nahin, Paul J. 1998 Mathematics
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea Seife, Charles 2000 Mathematics
The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret Olsen, Scott 2006 Mathematics
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems Galilei, Galileo 1632 Physics
Principia (Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica) Newton, Isaac 1687 Physics
Relativity:The Special and General Theory Einstein, Albert 1916 Physics
The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory Heisenberg, Werner 1930 Physics
The Feynman Lectures on Physics Feynman, Richard P. 1964 Physics
Chaos: Making a New Science Gleick, James 1987 Physics
The Universe in a Nutshell Hawking, Stephen 2001 Physics
Entanglement Aczel, Amir 2002 Physics
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Greene, Brian 2003 Physics
In Search of Dark Matter Freeman, Ken 2006 Physics
The Histories Heroditus 440BC History
History of the Peloponnesian War Thucydides 395BC History
The Alexiad Comnena, Anna 1148 History
Gesta Danorum Saxo Grammaticus 1208 History
The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor Babur, Zahiruddin Muhammad 1530 History
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Gibbon, Edward 1788 History
The Outline of History Wells, H.G. 1919 History
A People’s History of the United States Zinn, Howard 1980 History
Coming of Age: Growing Up in the Twentieth Century Terkel, Studs 1995 History
St. Augustine’s Bones: A Microhistory Harold Samuel Stone 2003 History
The Epic of Gilgamesh Sin-liqe-unninni 1000BC Myth/Religion
The Analects of Confucius Confucius 500BC Myth/Religion
The Vedas various 150BC Myth/Religion
Metamorphoses Ovid 8 Myth/Religion
Pāli Canon various 29 Myth/Religion
The Koran Muhammed 632 Myth/Religion
Kabbalah various 1200 Myth/Religion
Popol Vuh Quiche, communal 1558 Myth/Religion
The Holy Bible: King James Version various 1611 Myth/Religion
The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion Frazer, Sir James George 1915 Myth/Religion
The Republic Plato 380BC Philosophy
Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle 320BC Philosophy
Critique of Pure Reason (Kritik der reinen Vernunft) Kant, Immanuel 1781 Philosophy
The Concept of Anxiety (Begrebet Angest) Kierkegaard, Søren 1844 Philosophy
Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller 1845 Philosophy
The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson, Ralph Waldo 1882 Philosophy
The Birth of Tragedy, Or: Hellenism and Pessimism (Die Geburt der Tragödie, Oder: Griechentum und Pessimismus) Nietzsche, Frederick 1886 Philosophy
The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry Pater, Walter 1888 Philosophy
Being and Time (Sein und Zeit) Heidegger, Martin 1927 Philosophy
Of Grammatology (De la grammatologie) Derrida, Jacques 1967 Philosophy
Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil Hobbes, Thomas 1651 Social Sciences
An Essay on the Principle of Population Malthus, Thomas 1798 Social Sciences
The Mind of Primitive Man Boas, Franz 1911 Social Sciences
Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture Lynd, Robert Staughton & Lynd, Helen Merrell 1929 Social Sciences
Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies Mead, Margaret 1935 Social Sciences
The Road to Serfdom Hayek, Friedrich von 1944 Social Sciences
The Wretched of the Earth Fanon, Frantz 1961 Social Sciences
Sociobiology: The new synthesis Wilson, E.O. 1975 Social Sciences
Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music Walser, Robert 1993 Social Sciences
Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States Durand, Jorge & Massey, Douglas S. 1995 Social Sciences

Notes
* I have read this work

 
x I have read parts of this work

 
¤ I have seen or heard a production of or performance based directly on this work

 
# I own a copy of this work

 
I was in process of writing a paper on this work when I drank my way out of grad school

 
Those works whose date is uncertain, especially works originally transmitted orally, I have tended to record the most recent date given by scholars for the writing of the youngest parts of the work

 
The date here is derived from the author’s date of death, not the date of the edition of the author’s work

 
The categories Picture Book (formerly Literature, Children’s P), Children’s Lit (formerly Literature, Children’s N), and YA Fiction (formerly Literature, YA) are used mainly for convenience. These three levels of “children’s literature” overlap considerably, and time has changed what is appropriate for whom. Inasmuch as I have defined the categories, they are defined thusly: Picture Books are usually written for children from birth to early school age, focus as much or more on the illustration as on the text, and have a minimum of one picture every other page. Children’s Lit books are written for or read by school-age children up to 12 years old, focus mainly on the text, and contain fewer than one picture on every other page. YA Fiction books are written for teens, by and large have no pictures, and often feature “coming of age” plots and/or “adult” content (i.e., sex and drugs) Prior to the 1950s, YA books were almost all adventure stories that seem too tame for today’s jaded adolescents.

Title Author Year Category
Beowulf * unknown 1021 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) various 1160 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The Canterbury Tales x Chaucer, Geoffrey 1380 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Le Morte d’Arthur ¤ Malory, Thomas 1470 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The Faerie Queene x Spenser, Edmund 1596 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Pilgrim’s Progress (The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come) Bunyan, John 1678 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Tom Jones Fielding, Henry 1749 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia # Johnson, Samuel 1759 Fiction, Pre-19th C
Evelina * # Burney, Frances 1778 Fiction, Pre-19th C
The Interesting Narrative and the life of ‘Olaudah Equiano’ or Gustavus Vassa, the African Olaudah Equiano 1789 Fiction, Pre-19th C

Title Author Year Category
Emma Austen, Jane 1815 Fiction, 19th C
Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque x Poe, Edgar Allen 1840 Fiction, 19th C
Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte 1847 Fiction, 19th C
Moby-Dick * Melville, Herman 1851 Fiction, 19th C
The House of the Seven Gables # Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1851 Fiction, 19th C
A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, Charles 1859 Fiction, 19th C
Erewhon Butler, Samuel 1872 Fiction, 19th C
Middlemarch Eliot, George 1872 Fiction, 19th C
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hardy, Thomas 1886 Fiction, 19th C
Dracula ¤ Stoker, Bram 1897 Fiction, 19th C

Title Author Year Category
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man # Joyce, James 1916 Fiction, 20th C
The Age of Innocence Wharton, Edith 1920 Fiction, 20th C
The Sun Also Rises Hemingway, Ernest 1926 Fiction, 20th C
The Sound and the Fury Faulkner, William 1929 Fiction, 20th C
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter # McCullers, Carson 1940 Fiction, 20th C
The Heart of the Matter Greene, Graham 1948 Fiction, 20th C
Under the Net Murdoch, Iris 1954 Fiction, 20th C
Things Fall Apart * Achebe, Chinua 1958 Fiction, 20th C
Another Country Baldwin, James 1962 Fiction, 20th C
Less Than Zero x Easton Ellis, Bret 1985 Fiction, 20th C

Title Author Year Category
The Blind Assassin Atwood, Margaret 2000 Fiction, 21st C
White Teeth Smith, Zadie 2000 Fiction, 21st C
Bel Canto # Patchett, Ann 2001 Fiction, 21st C
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Chabon, Michael 2001 Fiction, 21st C
Things that Fall from the Sky x Brockmeier, Kevin 2003 Fiction, 21st C

Title Author Year Category
The Tale of Genji Shikibu, Murasaki 1000 Fiction, in Translation
The Divine Comedy x Alighieri, Dante 1321 Fiction, in Translation
Don Quixote Part I * Cervantes, Miguel 1605 Fiction, in Translation
The Sorrows of Young Werther Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1774 Fiction, in Translation
Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo 1877 Fiction, in Translation
Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky, Feodor 1880 Fiction, in Translation
À rebours (Against the Grain) Huysmans, Joris-Karl 1884 Fiction, in Translation
The Magic Mountain # Mann, Thomas 1924 Fiction, in Translation
The Baron in the Trees Calvino, Italo 1957 Fiction, in Translation
One Hundred Years of Solitude Marquez, Gabriel Garcia 1967 Fiction, in Translation

Title Author Year Category
Medea * # Euripides 431BC Drama
The Frogs Aristophanes 405BC Drama
King Lear # Shakespeare, William 1623 Drama
The Way of the World Congreve, William 1700 Drama
The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde, Oscar 1895 Drama
Three Sisters # Chekhov, Anton 1900 Drama
A Streetcar Named Desire ¤ Williams, Tennessee 1948 Drama
Waiting for Godot Beckett, Samuel 1953 Drama
Long Day’s Journey Into Night O’Neill, Eugene 1956 Drama
Arcadia Stoppard, Tom 1993 Drama

Title Author Year Category
Poems x Dickinson, Emily 1886 Poetry, American
Leaves of Grass x Whitman, Walt 1892 Poetry, American
Harlem Shadows x McKay, Claude 1922 Poetry, American
Collected Poems of H.D. H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) 1925 Poetry, American
Paterson * Williams, William Carlos 1947 Poetry, American
The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara x O’Hara, Frank 1966 Poetry, American
Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror Ashbery, John 1975 Poetry, American
The Complete Poems, 1927-1979 x Bishop, Elizabeth 1979 Poetry, American
Garbage: A Poem x Ammons, A.R. 1993 Poetry, American
Exceptions and Melancholies: Poems 1986-2006 Angel, Ralph 2006 Poetry, American

Title Author Year Category
The Complete Poems of John Donne x Donne, John 1631 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Jubilate Agno x Smart, Christopher 1763 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and the Conversation Poems x Coleridge, Samuel Taylor 1817 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats x Keats, John 1821 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Goblin Market and Other Poems x Rossetti, Christina 1862 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Poetical Works of Alfred Lord Tennyson (Poet Laureate) x Tennyson, Alfred, Lord 1892 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Waste Land and Other Poems x Eliot, T.S. 1934 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats x Yeats, W.B. 1939 Poetry, UK & Ireland
The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry Morrison, Blake & Motion, Andrew 1982 Poetry, UK & Ireland
Welsh Verse: Fourteen Centuries of Poetry Conran, Tony 2003 Poetry, UK & Ireland

Title Author Year Category
Basho: The Complete Haiku Basho, Matsuo 1694 Poetry, in Translation
Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du mal) x # Baudelaire, Charles 1857 Poetry, in Translation
A Season in Hell (Une Saison en Enfer) Rimbaud, Arthur 1873 Poetry, in Translation
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Neruda, Pablo 1924 Poetry, in Translation
Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose of Rainer Maria Rilke x Rilke, Rainer Maria 1926 Poetry, in Translation

Title Author Year Category
Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience x # Blake, William 1794 Picture Book
Der Struwwelpeter x Heinrich Hoffmann 1845 Picture Book
The Story of Little Black Sambo Bannerman, Helen 1899 Picture Book
The Tale of Peter Rabbit * ¤ Potter, Beatrix 1902 Picture Book
The Story of Babar * De Brunhoff, Jean 1933 Picture Book
Harold and the Purple Crayon * ¤ Johnson , Crockett 1955 Picture Book
Where the Wild Things Are * ¤ Sendak, Maurice 1963 Picture Book
Frederick * Leo Lionni  1967 Picture Book
Oh! The Places You Will Go x Seuss, Dr. 1990 Picture Book
Kitten’s First Full Moon Kevin Henkes 2004 Picture Book

Title Author Year Category
Aesop’s Fables x ¤ Aesop 560BC Children’s Lit
The tales of Mother Goose (Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l’Oye) x Perrault, Charles 1695 Children’s Lit
The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes Anonymous 1765 Children’s Lit
The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales x Grimm, The Brothers ¤ 1812 Children’s Lit
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh x ¤ Milne, A.A. 1928 Children’s Lit
The Secret of the Old Clock Keene, Carolyn 1930 Children’s Lit
The Hobbit x ¤ Tolkien, J.R.R. 1937 Children’s Lit
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe * ¤ Lewis, C.S. 1950 Children’s Lit
The Lonely Doll Wright, Dare 1957 Children’s Lit
Matilda ¤ Dahl, Roald 1988 Children’s Lit

Title Author Year Category
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel 1719 YA Fiction
Treasure Island ¤ # Stevenson, Robert Louis 1883 YA Fiction
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn * ¤ # Twain, Mark 1884 YA Fiction
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Smith, Betty 1943 YA Fiction
Catcher in the Rye * Salinger, J.D. 1951 YA Fiction
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret Blume, Judy 1970 YA Fiction
Ruby Rosa Guy 1976 YA Fiction
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars Daniel Pinkwater 1979 YA Fiction
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Haddon, Mark 2003 YA Fiction
Twilight Meyer, Stephanie 2005 YA Fiction

Title Author Year Category
The Complete Little Nemo in Slumberland Vol. 1: 1905-1907 McKay, Winsor 1907 Graphic Novels
Prince Valiant, Vol. 1 Foster, Hal 1939 Graphic Novels
Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2 Tezuka, Osamu 1952 Graphic Novels
A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories Eisner, Will 1978 Graphic Novels
Jaka’s Story x Sim, Dave & Gerhard 1990 Graphic Novels
Signal to Noise Gaiman, Neil & McKean, Dave 1992 Graphic Novels
Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories * Hernandez, Gilbert 1996 Graphic Novels
300 ¤ Miller, Frank & Varley, Lynn 1999 Graphic Novels
From Hell ¤ Moore, Allan & Campbell, Eddie 1999 Graphic Novels
Fun Home Bechdel, Alison 2006 Graphic Novels

Title Author Year Category
Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine)

various 100BC Medicine
Hippocratic Corpus Hippocrates 100 Medicine
The Canon of Medicine Avicenna 1025 Medicine
Fabrica (De humani corporis fabrica) Vesalius 1543 Medicine
Notes on Nursing What It Is, and What It Is Not  Nightengale, Florence 1859 Medicine
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales  Sacks, Oliver 1985 Medicine
Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies? Kenneth V. Iserson 2001 Medicine
The Discovery of the Germ: Twenty Years That Transformed The Way We Think About Disease Waller, John 2003 Medicine
Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis Sanders, Lisa 2009 Medicine
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Mukherjee, Siddhartha 2010 Medicine

Title Author Year Category
The Anatomy of Melancholy Burton, Robert 1621 Psychology
The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud (Psychopathology of Everyday Life, the Interpretation of Dreams, and Three Contributions To the Theory of Sex) Freud, Sigmund 1905 Psychology
The Child’s Conception of the World Piaget, Jean 1928 Psychology
Symbols of Transformation Jung, Carl 1956 Psychology
Identity and the Life Cycle. Selected Papers Erikson, Erik 1959 Psychology
The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct Szasz, Thomas 1961 Psychology
On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy Rogers, Carl 1961 Psychology
About Behaviorism Skinner, B.F. 1974 Psychology
How the Mind Works Pinker, Steven 1997 Psychology
Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide Jamison, Kay Redfield 1999 Psychology
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