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uniform edition of The Great Books arranged in a circle          short history

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works by author, A-Z

both editions in volume order

other related works

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This page was triggered by the tradition of The Great Books, which was brought to publication by Mortimer Adler in 1952
in 54 volumes, with a Second Edition of 60 volumes in 1990. A partial version exists for Kindle, but too much is omitted there,
including Adler's 2-volume "Syntopicon", thus this gradually-expanding alternative.

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many you can get thru, but rather how many can get thru to you.”

“Philosophy is everybody's business.”

Dr. Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001]


          'The Great Books of The Western World' began when the president of the University of Chicago, Robert M. Hutchins, asked professor Mortimer J. Adler to select a list of 'Great Books' to be taught to businessmen, who would then fill in any gaps in their prior education. One of the original students, William Benton, became chairman of Encyclopædia Britannica and proposed that Hutchins & Adler develop a multi-volume series that Encyclopædia Britannica could publish. Adler had students research and define the 102 'Great Ideas' that later became the two-volume "Syntopicon"; part of the final selection process was the requirement that each considered work dealt with at least 25 of those Great Idea topics.
          Another original student, Walter Paepcke [1896-1960], became head od the Container Corporation of America and funded the Aspen Institute of Philosophical Research in 1950, which is based in Washington, DC.

          The first edition of 'The Great Books of The Western World' containing 443 great works in a 54-volume set was released to great fanfare in New York City in April 1952. But sales were poor - only 1,800 sets sold that year - until Encyclopædia Britannica turned marketing over to their door-to-door sales force. (By 1961, they were selling 50,000 sets per year.)
          Adler left the University of Chicago in 1952 and founded the Institute for Philosophical Research in San Francisco. Adler & Hutchins developed several other products - the annual "Great Ideas" volumes [1961-98], the 10-volume "Gateway To The Great Books" [1963] - and worked together until Hutchins's death in 1977.

          A second edition of 'The Great Books of The Western World' was published in 1990, of 60 volumes, supposedly with inclusion of more Hispanic and female authors and, for the first time, works by Afro-American authors. {You can't really tell from the Table of Contents.} A comparison of the two editions has been constructed below on this page.
          Neither the 54-volume nor 60-volume set is available on Amazon except as used; the Encyclopædia Britannica website appears broken (some pages not updated since 2008) but displays a list price of $995.

'Great Books' entry at Wikipedia
"Great Books of The Western World" entry at Wikipedia
Robert Maynard Hutchins [1899-1977] entry at Wikipedia
Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001] entry at Wikipedia

Great Books of the Western World 54-volume set of 1952 & 1987  "Great Books of the Western World" 54-volume set [1952 & 1987]
Encyclopedia Britannica 9½x6½ hardcover [5/87] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9¼x6½ hardcover set [1952] out of print/many used
Encyclopedia Britannica hardcover [1954] out of print/many used
Great Books of the Western World 60-volume set of 1990  "Great Books of the Western World, Second Edition" 60-volume set [1990]
Encyclopedia Britannica 17¼x14¾ {sic} hardcover [1990] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 18¼x12½ {sic} hardcover set [1990] out of print/many used

'Great Books' page at Encyclopedia Britannica website (list price $995 + s/h)


"The Great Books Collection" [1952 & 1990] for Kindle
These Kindle editions are absent Adler's "Syntopicon" as well as many other works from the 1952 & 1990 collections – whether there will be
a third volume is doubtful, so this page is intended to supplement (eventually) missing books in paper and-or Kindle and-or online etext formats.

Volume 1: Kindle Edition from H&H Books [10/2009] for $2.99
authors include Marcus Aurelius, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Daniel Defoe, Francois Rabelais, Jonathan Swift & Mark Twain: specific works include Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", "Don Quixote", Michel de Montaigne's "Essays", Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queen", "The Federalist Papers", Homer's "The Iliad" & "The Odyssey", Herman Melville's epic "Moby Dick", and Leonardo da Vinci's "Notebooks"
Volume 2: Kindle Edition from H&H Books [10/2009] for $2.99
authors include Honoré de Balzac, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Albert Einstein, George Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sigmund Freud, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, Henry David Thoreau, Thucydides & Leo Tolstoy; specific works include "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

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Books from 'The Great Books of the Western World' on CD-ROM  "Books from The Great Books of The Western World® Collection" on CD-ROM [2008]
B & R Samizdat Express CD-ROM [2/2008] list $39.00 - SOLD OUT!
Manufacturer is honest about incompleteness of the content, which is about two-thirds of the 1952 original, and absent copyrighted material such as commentaries or introductions; contains versions of 29 volumes, partial versions of 14 volumes, and omits 11 volumes {The Great Conversation, Syntopicon I & II, 10, 16, 17, 28, 46, 52, 53, 54}. All content is text-only and in English, though translations may be other than found in G.B.W.W.


'Great Books' by Author, A to Z

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"The Great Conversation: The Substance of A Liberal Education"
[GBWW Volume 1 1952] by Robert Maynard Hutchins
essay excerpt of 1990 at Encyclopedia Britannica website [posted 2008]
"The Great Conversation" entry at Wikipedia

partial cover for The Great Conversation, GBWW Volume 1 by Robert M. Hutchins  
University of Chicago 12x9¼ hardcover [1991] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9x6¼ hardcover [1971] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
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"The Great Ideas: Syntopicon" [1952] by Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001]
two-volumes that include essays written on 102 'great ideas' topics
Great Ideas / Syntopicon book by Mortimer Adler  "Syntopicon I: Angel to Love" [GBWW Volume 2 1952]
Encyclopedia Britannica 9½x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica hardcover [1952] out of print/used
"Syntopicon II: Man to World" [GBWW Volume 3 1952 & rev 1990]
Encyclopedia Britannica 9½x6½hardcover [1990] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9x6½ hardcover [1987] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9½x6¼ hardcover [1971] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9x56½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Encyclopedia Britannica 9¼x6 hardcover [1952] out of print/used

Great Ideas / Lexicon of Western Thought book by Mortimer J. Adler  "The Great Ideas: A Lexicon of Western Thought" [1992]
by Mortimer J. Adler

same 102 essays as the Syntopicon, with a new Introduction
Scribner Classics 9½x8 hardcover [1999] out of print/many used
Macmillan Publng 9½x7¾ hardcover [10/92] out of print/used

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Dante Alighieri [1265?–1321]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dante_Alighieri

epic poem "The Divine Comedy" [circa 1310]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy
http://www.danteinferno.info/

"In A Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, & The Mysteries of Love"
[HarperCollins] by Joseph Luzzi


Thomas Aquinas [1225-74]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas

"Summa Theologica" [written 1259-74]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summa_Theologica


Greek playwright Aristophanes [446?-386? B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristophanes


Greek philosopher Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Greek philosopher Aristotle [384-322 B.C.E.] Quotations Page at Working Minds

Great Books of The Western World The Works of Aristotle in two volumes  "Great Books of The Western World: The Works of Aristotle" [1952 & 1990]
Aristotle I Volume #8: G.B.W.W. 9¼x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Aristotle II Volume #9: G.B.W.W. 9¼x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Aristotle II Volume #9: G.B.W.W. 9x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Aristotle II Volume #9: G.B.W.W. 9½x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Aristotle II Volume #9: G.B.W.W. hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Aristotle I & II Volumes #8 & 9: G.B.W.W. hardcover [1982] out of print/used
Aristotle I & II Volumes #8 & 9: G.B.W.W. 9x6 hardcover [1988] out of print/used
Aristotle I Volume #7: G.B.W.W. 9¼x6½ hardcover [1990] out of print/used
Aristotle II Volume #8: G.B.W.W. 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1990] out of print/used

Complete Works of Aristotle, Illustrated in Kindle format from Delphi Classics  "Complete Works of Aristotle (Illustrated)" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Delphi Classics [2/2013] for $2.99
Contains sections on LOGIC (six essays), PHYSICS (30 essays), THE METAPHYSICS, ETHICS & POLITICS (six essays), RHETORIC & POETICS (five essays), and BIOGRAPHIES by Thomas Davidson, Elbert Hubbard, Diogenes Laërtius, Thomas Davidson, and Charles McRae


Roman emperor & philosopher Marcus Aurelius [121-180 C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius

"Meditations" [IVth Century]


British author Jane Austen [1775-1817]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Austen


Jeremy Bentham [1748-1832]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Bentham


French philosopher Henri Bergson [1859-1941]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Bergson
awarded the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature


James Boswell [1740-95]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Boswell

"The Life of Samuel Johnson" [1791]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_of_Samuel_Johnson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Johnson
Dr. Samuel Johnson [1709-84] Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website


Geoffrey Chaucer [1343?-1400]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Chaucer

"The Canterbury Tales" [XVth Century]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Canterbury_Tales


Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero [106-43 B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Polish-English novelist Joseph Conrad [1857-1924] Page

BLUE CHECK: listed #5 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100  Novels (8/2014)  "Heart of Darkness" [1899 novel]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Darkness
which was adapted as the movie "Apocalypse Now" [1979]


polymath & visionary Leonardo da Vinci [1452-1519]

"Notebooks" Translated by Jean Paul Richter in 1883


Charles Darwin [1809-82] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


French author Honoré de Balzac [1799-1850]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor%C3%A9_de_Balzac


Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra [1547-1616]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes

BLUE CHECK: listed #10 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100  Novels (8/2014)  "Don Quixote" [1605 & 1615]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixote


Michel Eyquem de Montaigne [1533-92]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_de_Montaigne

"Essays" [1580]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essays_(Montaigne)


Alexis de Tocqueville [1805-59]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_de_Tocqueville

"Democracy In America" [1835 & 1840]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_in_America


Dutch philosopher Benedict de Spinoza [1632-77] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


Daniel Defoe [1660?-1731]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Defoe


French philosopher René Descartes [1596-1650]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Descartes


American educator John Dewey [1859-1952] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

"Experience and Education" [1938]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experience_and_Education_(book)


Spirit of America Bookstore's
British author Charles Dickens [1812-70] Page

"Little Dorrit" serial novel [1855-57]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Dorrit


Russian author Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky [1821-81]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fyodor_Dostoyevsky


physicist Albert Einstein [1879-1955] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Albert Einstein Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

"Relativity: The Special and The General Theory" [German 1916, English 1920]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relativity:_The_Special_and_the_General_Theory


Mary Anne Evans [1819-1880] known as George Eliot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot

BLUE CHECK: listed #1 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100  Novels (8/2014)  "Middlemarch" [serialized 1871-72, book 1874]
"The most humane, the most morally serious novel ever produced in English"
"My Life In Middlemarch" [] by Rebecca Mead


American-British poet T.S. {Thomas Stearns} Eliot, OM [1888-1965]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._S._Eliot

"The Waste Land" [1922 poem]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waste_Land


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82] Page

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

Spirit of America Bookstore's
American Transcendentalism Movement Page


Greek philosopher Epictetus [55-135 C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epictetus

"The Discourses" [written circa 108 CE, printed 1535]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discourses_of_Epictetus


Greek playwright Euripedes [480?-406 B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euripedes


Spirit of America Bookstore's
American novelist William Faulkner [1897-1962] Page

Wm. Faulkner Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

"A Rose For Emily" [1930 short story]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rose_for_Emily


"The Federalist Papers" [1787-88]
a series of 85 articles & essays written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay & James Madison
'The Federalist' Papers entry at Wikipedia

Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay & James Madison  "The Federalist Papers" [1787-88]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE {sic}
Kindle Edition from Northpointe Classics [1/2013] for $1.99 {sic}
Tribeca Books 9¾x8 pb [2/2011] for $9.19
CreateSpace 10x7 pb [10/2008] for $7.51
Signet Classics mass pb [4/2003] for $7.16
Buccaneer Books 5¾x8¾ hardcover [1990] for $15.67


Spirit of America Bookstore's
F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940] Page

BLUE CHECK: listed #38 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  Spirit of America Bookstore's
"The Great Gatsby" 1925 Novel & Movies Page

Spirit of America Bookstore's
"The Last Tycoon" 1941/1993 Novel & Movies Page

F. Scott Fitzgerald Quotations Page at Working Minds


psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud [1856-1939]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud


English historian Edward Gibbon [1737-94]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Gibbon

"The Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire" [1776-89]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_the_Decline_and_Fall_of_the_Roman_Empire


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Nathaniel Hawthorne [1804-64] Page


German philosopher Martin Heidegger [1889-1976] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

"What Is Metaphysics?" [1929 essay]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060637633


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961] Page

Ernest Hemingway Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber" [1936 short story]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Short_Happy_Life_of_Francis_Macomber


German author Hermann Hesse [1877-1962]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Hesse
awarded the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature


epic poet Homer [VIIIth Century B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer

"The Iliad" epic poem [VIIIth Century B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliad

sequel "The Odyssey" epic poem [VIIIth Century B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey


Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley

GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 25 Best Sci-Fi Books Of All Time, 10/2013  "Brave New World" [1932]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World

"Brave New World" TV movie [1980] /tt0080468/
"Brave New World" TV movie [1998] /tt0145600/
"Brave New World" TV movie [2011] /tt1830515/

"Brave New World" TV show [Syfy Channel for 2017? broadcast]  
Announced 8/2016: the NBCUniversal-owned Syfy network's TV adaptation of Aldous Huxley's legendary dystopian novel will be
developed by comics writer Grant Morrison and filmmaker Brian Taylor • latest info at IMDb


Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen [1828-1906]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrik_Ibsen


Anglo-American novelist Henry James, OM [1843-1916]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_James


American philosopher William James [1842-1910]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James

"Pragmatism: A New Name For Some Old Ways of Thinking" [1907]


Irish ex-patriot author James Joyce [1882-1941]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce


Franz Kafka [1884-1923]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Kafka

"The Trial (Der Prozeß)" [1925]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trial

"The Castle (Das Schloss)" [1926]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Castle_(novel)

"The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung)" [1915 novella]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis


German philosopher Immanuel Kant [1724-1804] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


British economist John Maynard Keynes [1883-1946] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


Col. T.E. {Thomas Edward} Lawrence, CB, DSO
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.E._Lawrence

"Seven Pillars of Wisdom" [1922 & 1926]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Pillars_of_Wisdom


(Nelle) Harper Lee [1926-2016]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harper_Lee
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird

listed by Amazon Editors on '100 Young Adult Books to Read in  a Lifetime' (9/2015)  BLUE CHECK: listed #99 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #1 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "To Kill A Mockingbird" [1960 bestseller]
To Kill A Mockingbird novel by Harper Lee  As described by his tomboy daughter, an idealistic lawyer in 1932 Alabama agrees to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, revealing the depths of local bigotry & racism; awarded the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [7/2014] for $4.73
Grand Central Publng mass pb [10/88] for $4.99
Harper Perennial 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2005] for $10.76
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [5/2006] for $13.59
Heinemann 8x5¾ hardcover [11/99] out of prodn/90+ used
HarperCollins slipcover edition [10/2006] out of print/many used
HarperCollins 8½x5½ hardcover [9/95] out of print/many used
Perfection Learning 6¾x4 library hardcover [6/94] for $14.21
Caedmon UNABR audio CD read by Sissy Spacek [8/2006] out of prodn/40+ used

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "To Kill A Mockingbird" 1960 Novel & 1962 Movie Page


Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus [99-55 B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucretius

On The Nature of Things book by Lucretius  "On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura)" didactic poem [First Century B.C.E.]
"De Rerum Natura" entry at Wikipedia
NOTE: The translation by the Fowlers is biased against Lucretius's pro-Reason arguments
Kindle Edition (unspecified translation} from Amazon Digital Services [10/2012] for $2.99
Kindle Edition {Ian Johnston translxn} from Richer Resources Publns [7/2012] for $5.99
Kindle Edition (A.E. Stallings translation} from Penguin [2007 edition] for $9.99
Penguin Classics (A.E. Stallings translation} 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2007] for $10.20
Indiana Univ Press {Rolfe Humphries translation} 7¾x5 pb [1968] for $13.95
RECOMMENDED: poetic translation by Anthony M. Ensolen
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/95] for $25.48
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 7x5 hardcover [6/95] out of print/used

The Swerve book by Stephen Greenblatt  "The Swerve: How The World Became Modern" [2011] by Stephen Greenblatt
Author contends that in 1417 when Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini discovered the last manuscript of the poem "On The Nature of Things" by the Roman Lucretius and ordered copies made, that that single action triggered the later Renaissance - book won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [9/2012] for $9.43
W.W. Norton & Co. 8x5½ pb [9/2012] for $11.53
W.W. Norton & Co. 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2011] for $17.76


Niccolò Machiavelli [1469-1527]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niccol%C3%B2_Machiavelli

"The Prince" [circulated 1513, printed 1532]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince


Karl Heinrich Marx [1818-83]  &  Friedrich Engels [1820-95]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Engels

"The Communist Manifesto" [1848]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Communist_Manifesto

"Capital (Das Kapital)" [1867 & 1885 & 1894]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Kapital


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Herman Melville [1819-91] Page

BLUE CHECK: listed #2 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100  Novels (8/2014)  epic novel "Moby-Dick: or, The Whale" [1851]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick


English poet John Milton [1608-74]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Milton

"Areopagitica" [1644]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Areopagitica

epic poem "Paradise Lost" [1667]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Lost

"Samson Agonistes" [1671]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Agonistes

"The English Minor Poems" [1901] Edited by Samuel Thurber
http://www.amazon.com/Minor-Poems-Milton-John-ebook/dp/B004TPFGE2/


Montesquieu [1689-1755]
{full name Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu}
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montesquieu

"On The Spirit of The Laws (De l'Esprit des Lois)" [1748]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spirit_of_the_Laws


Sir Thomas More [1478-1535]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_More

"Utopia" [1516]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utopia_(book)


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche [1844-1900] Page

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Eugene O'Neill [1888-1953] Page

"Mourning Becomes Electra" stageplay trilogy [1931]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mourning_Becomes_Electra


Spirit of America Bookstore's
George Orwell [1903-50] Page

George Orwell Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

      "Animal Farm" 1945 Novel & Movies Page

          "Nineteen Eighty-Four" 1949 Novel & Movies Page


Greek philosopher Plato [427-347? B.C.E.] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


Greek philosopher Plotinus [205-270 C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plotinus

"The Six Enneads" [circa 270 C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneads


Greek historian Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus [46?-120 C.E.]
known as Plutarch of Chaeronea

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutarch
http://www.livius.org/pi-pm/plutarch/plutarch.htm

"The Lives of The Noble Grecians and Romans" [written First-Second Century C.E., printed 1517]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_Lives


French Renaissance scholar François Rabelais [1483?-1553]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Rabelais


Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau [1712-78]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Jacques_Rousseau


British philosopher Bertrand Russell [1872-1970] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Bertrand Russell Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

"The Problems of Philosophy" [1912]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Problems_of_Philosophy


Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana [1863-1952] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre [1905-80] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore


German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer [1788-1860]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer


Dr. Albert Schweitzer, OM [1875-1965]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Schweitzer
awarded the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616] Page

'Shakespeare On Film' Festival Pages
at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

'Great Books' contains pretty much all of Shakespeare's work
{in Volumes 26 & 27 in 1952, Volumes 24 & 25 in the 1990 Second Edition}
Great Books of The Western World Shakespeare in two volumes   Volume 26 9x6½ hardcover [1989] out of print/used
Volume 26 9x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Volume 27 9x6½ hardcover [1989] out of print/used
Volume 27 9x6¼ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Volume 27 9¼x6½ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
both Volumes 26 & 27 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1952] out of print/used
Volume 24 hardcover [1990] out of print/used


Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw [1856-1950]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bernard_Shaw
awarded the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature & shared the 1938 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

George Bernard Shaw Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

"Saint Joan" stageplay [1923]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joan_(play)
adapted by Grahame Green as the 1957 film directed by Otto Preminger
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joan_(film)


Adam Smith [1723-90] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

On The Wealth of Nations 1776 classic book by Adam Smith  "An Inquiry Into The Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations" [1776 classic]
"Still the best account of the foundations of market economics."
— Adam Gopnik, in 2010

illustrated Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [8/2013] for 99¢ {sic}
Bantam Classics mass pb [3/2003] for $7.19
Digireads 8¾x6 pb [2009] for $14.36
Modern Library 8¼x5½ hardcover [1/94] for $18.08
book entry at Wikipedia


Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [1918-2008]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn
awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature

"Cancer Ward" novel [1967]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer_Ward

"In The First Circle" novel [1968 & 2009]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Circle


Greek playwright Sophocles [496-405 B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophocles


English poet Edmund Spenser [1552-99]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Spenser

"The Faerie Queene" [1590 & 1596]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Faerie_Queene


Irish satirist Jonathan Swift [1667-1745]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Swift

"Gulliver's Travels" novel [1726, rev 1735]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels


Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus [56?-117? C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacitus


Spirit of America Bookstore's
Henry David Thoreau [1817-62] Page

Henry David Thoreau Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

Spirit of America Bookstore's
American Transcendentalism Movement Page


Greek historian Thucydides [460?-395? B.C.E.]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thucydides


Russian writer Count Lyev Nikolayevich 'Leo' Tolstoy [1828-1910]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Tolstoy


possible author Turoldus the Poet [XIth Century]

"The Song of Roland" [XIIth Century]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Song_of_Roland


Spirit of America Bookstore's
American humorist Mark Twain [1835-1910] Page

Mark Twain Quotations Page at Working Minds Philosophy website

Spirit of America Bookstore's
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Novel & Movies Page


sociologist-economist Thorstein B. Veblen [1857-1929] Page
at Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore

Theory of The Leisure Class classic book by Thorstein B. Veblen  "The Theory of The Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions" [1899]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2013] for $1.00 {sic}
Kindle Edition from Housemartin Classics [1/2014] for 99¢ {sic}
Dover Thrift 8x5 pb [6/94] for $3.15
Modern Library 8x5¼ pb [11/2001] out of print/used
Penguin Classics pb [3/94] for $14.40
IndyPublish 9x6 pb [12/2002] out of print/used
IndyPublish 9x6 hardcover [12/2002] for $18.99
book entry at Wikipedia


French philosopher François-Marie Arouet [1694-1778]
known as Voltaire

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire

"Candide, ou l'Optimisme (Candide: or, The Optimist)" [1759]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749-1832]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe


German sociologist & philosopher Max Weber [1864-1920]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Weber

selections from "Essays in Sociology" [1946]
http://www.amazon.com/Max-Weber-Essays-Sociology/dp/B0010NQ2EO/


Alfred North Whitehead, OM FRS [1861-1947]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_North_Whitehead

"An Introduction To Mathematics" [1911]
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41568

"Science and The Modern World" [1925]


Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's
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"Philosophical Investigations" [1953]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_Investigations


Virginia Woolf [1882-1941]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Woolf

"To The Lighthouse" [1927 novel]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_the_Lighthouse


Irish poet W.B. {William Butler} Yeats [1865-1939]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._B._Yeats



Both Editions in Volume Order

1952 edition, reprinted in 1988

Volume 1: The Great Conversation
Volume 2: Syntopicon I
Volume 3: Syntopicon II
Volume 4: Homer
Volume 5: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes
Volume 6: Herodotus, Thucydides
Volume 7: Plato
Volume 8: Aristotle I
Volume 9: Aristotle II
Volume 10: Hippocrates, Galen

Volume 11: Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius of Perga {dropped in Second
          Edition}, Nicomachus
Volume 12: Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius
Volume 13: Virgil
Volume 14: Plutarch
Volume 15: Tacitus
Volume 16: Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler
Volume 17: Plotinus
Volume 18: Augustine of Hippo
Volume 19: Thomas Aquinas I
Volume 20: Thomas Aquinas II

Volume 21: Dante Alighieri
Volume 22: Geoffrey Chaucer
Volume 23: Niccolò Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes
Volume 24: François Rabelais
Volume 25: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Volume 26: Shakespeare I
Volume 27: Shakespeare II
Volume 28: William Gilbert, Galileo Galilei, William Harvey
Volume 29: Miguel de Cervantes "Don Quixote"
Volume 30: Sir Francis Bacon

Volume 31: René Descartes, Benedict de Spinoza
Volume 32: John Milton
Volume 33: Blaise Pascal
Volume 34: Sir Isaac Newton, Christian Huygens
Volume 35: John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume
Volume 36: Jonathan Swift, Laurence Sterne {dropped in Second Edition}
Volume 37: Henry Fielding {dropped in Second Edition}
Volume 38: Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau
Volume 39: Adam Smith
Volume 40: Edward Gibbon I

Volume 41: Edward Gibbon II
Volume 42: Immanuel Kant
Volume 43: American State Papers, "The Federalist Papers", John Stuart Mill
Volume 44: James Boswell
Volume 45: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, Joseph Fourier {dropped in Second
          Edition}, Michael Faraday
Volume 46: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Volume 47: Goethe's "Faust"
Volume 48: Herman Melville
Volume 49: Charles Darwin
Volume 50: Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Volume 51: Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
Volume 52: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Volume 53: William James
Volume 54: Sigmund Freud


1990 edition of 60 volumes
This info is gleaned from Wikipedia & Amazon and attempts to account for renumbering and-or replacement.
Second Edition Volume 1: Syntopicon I {moved from Volume 2}
Second Edition Volume 2: Syntopicon II {moved from Volume 3}
Second Edition Volume 3: Homer {moved from Volume 4}
Second Edition Volume 4: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes {moved from Volume 5}
Second Edition Volume 5: Herodotus, Thucydides {moved from Volume 6}
Second Edition Volume 6: Plato {moved from Volume 7}
Second Edition Volume 7: Aristotle I {moved from Volume 8}
Second Edition Volume 8: Aristotle II {moved from Volume 9}
Second Edition Volume 9: Hippocrates, Galen {moved from Volume 10}
Second Edition Volume 10: Euclid, Archimedes, Nicomachus {moved from Volume 11}

Second Edition Volume 11: Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius {moved from Volume 12}
Second Edition Volume 12: Virgil {moved from Volume 13}
Second Edition Volume 13: Plutarch {moved from Volume 14}
Second Edition Volume 14: Tacitus {moved from Volume 15}
Second Edition Volume 15: Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler {moved from Volume 16}
Second Edition Volume 16: Augustine of Hippo {moved from Volume 18}
Second Edition Volume 17: Thomas Aquinas I {moved from Volume 19}
Second Edition Volume 18: Thomas Aquinas II {moved from Volume 20}
Second Edition Volume 19: Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer {merged from Volumes 21 & 22}
Second Edition Volume 20: John Calvin

Second Edition Volume 21: Niccolò Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes {moved from Volume 23}
Second Edition Volume 22: François Rabelais {moved from Volume 24}
Second Edition Volume 23: Erasmus, Montaigne {from Volume 25}
Second Edition Volume 24: Shakespeare I {from Volume 26}
Second Edition Volume 25: Shakespeare II {from Volume 27}
Second Edition Volume 26: William Gilbert, Galileo Galilei, William Harvey {moved from Volume 28}
Second Edition Volume 27: Miguel de Cervantes "Don Quixote" {moved from Volume 29}
Second Edition Volume 28: Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza {merged from Volumes 30 & 31}
Second Edition Volume 29: John Milton {moved from Volume 32}
Second Edition Volume 30: Blaise Pascal {moved from Volume 33}

Second Edition Volume 31: Molière, Jean Racine
Second Edition Volume 32: Sir Isaac Newton, Christian Huygens {moved from Volume 34}
Second Edition Volume 33: John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume {moved from Volume 35}
Second Edition Volume 34: Swift {from Volume 36}, Voltaire, Denis Diderot
Second Edition Volume 35: Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau {moved from Volume 38}
Second Edition Volume 36: Adam Smith {moved from Volume 39}
Second Edition Volume 37: Edward Gibbon I {moved from Volume 40}
Second Edition Volume 38: Edward Gibbon II {moved from Volume 41}
Second Edition Volume 39: Immanuel Kant {moved from Volume 42}
Second Edition Volume 40: American State Papers, "The Federalist Papers", John Stuart Mill {< Vol 43}

Second Edition Volume 41: James Boswell {moved from Volume 44}
Second Edition Volume 42: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, Michael Faraday {moved from Volume 45}
Second Edition Volume 43: Hegel {from Volume 46}, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche
Second Edition Volume 44: Alexis de Tocqueville
Second Edition Volume 45: Goethe {from Volume 47}, Honoré de Balzac
Second Edition Volume 46: Jane Austen, George Eliot
Second Edition Volume 47: Charles Dickens
Second Edition Volume 48: Herman Melville {from Volume 48}, Mark Twain
Second Edition Volume 49: Charles Darwin
Second Edition Volume 50: Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Second Edition Volume 51: Tolstoy's "War and Peace"
Second Edition Volume 52: Dostoyevsky {from Volume 52}, Henrik Ibsen
Second Edition Volume 53: William James
Second Edition Volume 54: Sigmund Freud

Volume 55: 20th Century Philosophy & Religion
          William James, Henri Bergson, John Dewey, Alfred North Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, Martin Heidegger,
          Ludwig Wittgenstein, Karl Barth

Volume 56: 20th Century Natural Science
          Henri Poincaré, Max Planck, Alfred North Whitehead, Albert Einstein, Arthur Eddington, Niels Bohr, G.H. Hardy,
           Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Theodosius Dobzhansky, C.H. Waddington

Volume 57: 20th Century Social Science I
          Thorstein Veblen, R.H. Tawney, John Maynard Keynes

Volume 58: 20th Century Social Science II
          Sir James George Frazer, Max Weber, Johan Huizinga, Claude Lévi-Strauss

Volume 59: 20th Century Imaginative Literature I
          Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Conrad, Anton Chekhov, Luigi Pirandello, Marcel Proust, Willa Cather,
          Thomas Mann, James Joyce.

Volume 60: 20th Century Imaginative Literature II
          Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Eugene O'Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner,
          Bertolt Brecht, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Samuel Beckett


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"The Great Ideas Today" [1961-1997]
Hutchins and Adler and Encyclopedia Britannica worked very hard at what might appear to be 'milking' the franchise. The annual "The Great Ideas Today" volumes overlapped the 10-volume "Gateway To The Great Books" and the 1992 "Great Ideas Lexicon" and other stand-alone books. The content, however, shows up as high quality – based on authors & panelists such as Hannah Arendt, Saul Bellow, Aldous Huxley, Cardinal Newman, Chaim Potok, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Tillich, Mark Van Doren & H.G. Wells – and may not be available elsewhere, so there is no reason not to include these books on this page.

Great Ideas Today 1962 book  Great Ideas Today 1963 book  
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"The Great Ideas Today, 1961"
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"The Great Ideas Today, 1962"
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"The Great Ideas Today, 1963"
Encyclopaedia Britannica hardcover [1963] out of print/used
"The Great Ideas Today, 1966"
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"The Great Ideas Today, 1967"
Encyclopaedia Britannica 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1967] out of print/used
"The Great Ideas Today, 1968"
Encyclopaedia Britannica 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1968] out of print/40+ used
"The Great Ideas Today, 1971"
Encyclopaedia Britannica hardcover [1971] out of print/used

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Books-Western-World-Ideas/dp/B000HMMFKE/ 1964
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1972/dp/B001DN8L0Y/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1973/dp/0852292864/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1978/dp/0852293445/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1979/dp/B000RPA23S/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1980/dp/0852293763/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1981/dp/0852293852/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-Books-1988/dp/0852294905/
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-Britannica-Books/dp/0852295081/ 1989
http://www.amazon.com/Britannica-Encyclopedia-Developments-Reconsiderations-Additions/dp/B003AYRV1O/ 1990
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-Britannica-Books/dp/0852295502/ 1991
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-1992/dp/0852295693/
http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Ideas-Today-Britannica/dp/0852295898/ 1993
http://www.amazon.com/The-Great-Ideas-Today-1995/dp/0852296142/ 1995
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Ideas-Today-Britannica-Black/dp/0852296584/ 1997

Great Books book by Frederic Farrar  "Great Books" [1898] by Frederic William Farrar
English theologian Farrar covers six topics: Great Books, John Bunyan, Wm. Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, and Thomas à Kempis ("The Imitation of Christ")
BiblioBazaar 8¾x5¾ pb [3/2009] for $21.59
BiblioLife 9x6 hardcover [3/2009] for $29.69
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Gateway to the Great Books set edited by Robert M. Hutchins & Mortimer J. Adler  "Gateway To The Great Books" 10-Volume Set [1963]
Edited by Robert M. Hutchins & Mortimer J. Adler, Illustrations by Fred Steffen

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William Benton 9x7½ hardcover [1963] 10 volumes - out of print/used
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Kindle Edition from Booktango [6/2012] for $$2.99
Great Books Adventures book by David Denby  "Great Books: My Adventures With Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of The Western World" [1996] by film critic David Denby
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Kindle Edition from Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [6/2013] for $10.53
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Simon & Schuster 9½x6½ hardcover [9/96] out of print/hundreds used

How to Think About the Great Ideas book by Mortimer J. Adler  "How To Think About The Great Ideas: From The Great Books of Western Civilization" [2000] by Mortimer J. Adler, Edited by Max Weismann
The publication of "The Great Books" provoked much controversy around Mortimer Adler; he was able to leave Chicago academia and found the Institute for Philosophical Research in San Francisco, where one of his innovations was a half-hour television program about philosophy for N.E.T. (now P.B.S.) based on "The Great Books". This book contains transcripts of those 52 TV programs.
Kindle Edition from Open Court [2000 edition] for $14.99
Open Court 8½x5¾ pb [3/2000] for $19.38

Book of Great Books by W. John Campbell  "The Book of Great Books: A Guide To 100 World Classics" [2000]
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A note to himself circa 1940 by Beatnik poet & novelist Jack Kerouac [1922-69]
has recently been made available as a photo on the internet.
The title at the top reads "REQUIRED READING FOR J.K.:"
1. Indian Scripture
2. Chinese [Scriptures]
3. Old and New Testament
4. Gibbon and Plutarch
5. Homer (again)
6. Shakespeare (again)
7. Wolfe (always)
ETC. ETC.
“Finnegan’s Wake”
“Outline of History” (again)
Thoreau and Emerson (ditto)
Joseph Conrad
Proust’s “Remembrance”
Dante (again)


L i n k s
Adler's Institute for Philosophical Research [1952-1990?] based in San Francisco, then Chicago
Adler's Center for the Study of The Great Ideas [est. 1990] based in Chicago

The Great Books Curriculum for 9th-12th grade [est.1999] is promoted
by the non-denominational Xian Worldview Academy [est. 1996]


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