Well-Educated Mind Reading List by Susan Wise Bauer

Fiction:
  1. Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes 
  2. The Pilgrim's Progress -John Bunyan
  3. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  4. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 
  5. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens  
  6. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 
  7. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. Moby Dick - Herman Melville  
  9. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  10. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  11. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 
  13. The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
  14. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
  15. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain 
  16. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  17. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad  
  18. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton 
  19. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald  
  20. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Wolfe
  21. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  22. Native Son - Richard Wright 
  23. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  24. 1984 - George Orwell  
  25. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  26. Seize the Day - Saul Bellow 
  27. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez  
  28. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino 
  29. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison  
  30. White Noise - Don DeLillo  
  31. Possession - A.S. Byatt
  32. The Road - Cormac McCarthy


     Autobiography
    1. Augustine - The Confessions
    2. Margery Kempe - The Book of Margery Kempe
    3. Michel De Montaigne - Essays
    4. Teresa Of Avila - The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
    5. Rene Descartes - Meditations
    6. John Bunyan - Grace Abounding in the Chief of Sinners
    7. Mary Rowlandson - The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration
    8. Jean Jacques Rousseau - Confessions
    9. Benjamin Franklin - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
    10. Frederick Douglass - Life and Times of Frederick Douglas
    11. Henry David Thoreau - Walden 
    12. Harriet Jacobs - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself 
    13. Booker T. Washington - Up from Slavery 
    14. Friedrich Nietzsche - Ecce Homo
    15. Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf 
    16. Mohandas Gandhi - An Autobiography: The Story of my Experiments with Truth
    17. Gertrude Stein - Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas 
    18. Thomas Merton  - Seven Storey Mountain  
    19. C.S. Lewis - Surprised by Joy: the Shape of my Early Life
    20. Malcolm X - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    21. Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    22. May Sarton - Journal of a Solitude 
    23. Aleskandr Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago
    24. Charles W. Colson - Born Again
    25. Richard Rodriguez - Hunger of Memory: Education of Richard Rodriguez
    26. Jill Ker Conway - The Road from Coorain
    27. Elie Wiesel - All Rivers Run to the Sea

      History/Politics
      1. Herodotus - The Histories
      2. Thucydides - The Peloponnesian War
      3. Plato - The Republic  
      4. Plutarch - Lives
      5. Augustine - The City of God
      6. Bede - The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
      7. Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
      8. Sir Thomas More - Utopia
      9. John Locke - The True End of Civil Government 
      10. David Hume - The History of England, Volume V
      11. Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract
      12. Thomas Paine - Common Sense
      13. Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
      14. Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 
      15. Alexis De Tocqueville - Democracy in America 
      16. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - Communist Manifesto
      17. Jacob Burckhardt - Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
      18. W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk
      19. Max Weber - The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism
      20. Lytton Strachey - Queen Victoria
      21. George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier 
      22. Perry Miller - The New England Mind
      23. John Kenneth Galbraith - The Great Crash
      24. Cornelius Ryan - The Longest Day
      25. Betty Friedan - The Feminine Mystique
      26. Eugene D. Genovese - Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
      27. Barbara Tuchman - A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
      28. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - All the President's Men
      29. James McPherson - Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
      30. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard
      31. Francis Fukuyama - End of History and the last Man

      Drama
      1. Aeschylus - Agamemnon
      2. Sophocles - Oedipus the King
      3. Euripides - Medea
      4. Aristophanes - The Birds
      5. Aristotle - Poetics  
      6. Everyman (14th Century)
      7. Christopher Marlowe - Doctor Faustus
      8. William Shakespeare - Richard III
      9. William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
      10. William Shakespeare - Hamlet
      11. Moliere - Tartuffe 
      12. William Congreve - The Way of the World
      13. Oliver Goldsmith - She Stoops to Conquer 
      14. Richard Brinsley Sheridan - The School for Scandal 
      15. Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House 
      16. Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Ernest
      17. Anton Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard 
      18. George Bernard Shaw - Saint Joan
      19. T.S. Eliot - Murder in the Cathedral 
      20. Thornton Wilder - Our Town
      21. Eugene O'Neill - Long Day's Journey into Night
      22. Jean Paul Sartre - No Exit 
      23. Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire 
      24. Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman 
      25. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot 
      26. Robert Bolt - A Man for All Seasons
      27. Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
      28. Peter Shaffer - Equus

      Poetry 
      1. The Epic of Gilgamesh 
      2. Homer - The Iliad and the Odyssey
      3. Greek Lyricists 
      4. Horace - The Odes 
      5. Beowulf 
      6. Dante Alighieri - Inferno 
      7. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 
      8. Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales
      9. William Shakespeare - Sonnets 
      10. John Donne 
      11. King James Bible - Psalms 
      12. John Milton - Paradise Lost 
      13. William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience 
      14. Williams Wordsworth 
      15. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
      16. John Keats
      17.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
      18. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
      19. Walt Whitman
      20. Emily Dickinson 
      21. Christina Rossetti
      22. Gerald Manley Hopkins
      23. William Butler Yeats
      24. Paul Laurence Dunbar
      25. Robert Frost 
      26. Carl Sandburg
      27. William Carlos Williams
      28. Ezra Pound
      29. T.S. Eliot
      30. Langston Hughes 
      31. W.H. Auden

      Science
        1. Hippocrates - On Airs, Waters and Places
        2. Aristotle - Physics
        3. Lucretius - On the Nature of Things
        4. Nicolaus Copernicus - Commentariolus
        5. Francis Bacon - Novum Organum
        6. Galileo Galilie - Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
        7. Robert Hooke - Micrographia
        8. Isaac Newton - excerpts from Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica 
        9. Georges Cuvier - Preliminary Discourse
        10. Charles Lyell - Principles of Geology 
        11. Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species
        12. Gregor Mendel - Experiments in Plant Hybridization
        13. Alfred Wegener - The Origin of Continents and Oceans
        14. Albert Einstein - The General Theory of Relativity
        15. Max Planck - The Origin and Development of the Quantum Theory
        16. Julian Huxley - Evolution: The Modern Synthesis
        17. Erwin Schrodinger - What is Life?
        18. Rachel Carson - Silent Spring
        19. Desmond Morris- The Naked Ape 
        20. James D. Watson - The Double Helix 
        21. Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene
        22. Steven Weinberg - The First Three Minutes:
        23. A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe 
        24. E. O. Wilson- On Human Nature
        25. James Lovelock -  Gaia 
        26. Stephen Jay Gould - The Mismeasure of Man
        27. James Gleick - Chaos: Making a New Science
        28. Stephen Hawking - A Brief History of Time
        29. Walter Alvarez  - T. Rex and the Crater of Doom