Reading Lists and Libraries



Below are some photos of impressive libraries and a few reading lists. If you have a favorite list send it to me for inclusion.

"The Athenaeum" a graphic from the mind and pen of Brad W. Foster, 1984.


—Below: Libraries Then.

In 1874, the Public Library of Cincinnati opened in a small building originally intended to be an opera house. (Thanks to Dennis for sending the top photo.)

In 1955, the Public Library of Cincinnati was sadly demolished.

Iowa State Law Library, Des Moines, 1894

Iowa State Library, Des Moines, 1894

Trinity College Library, Ireland

The Library of El Escorial, Spain

George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


—Library Now


Below are some list of books and short stories that have been recommended by faculty at various universities.


UT Unrequired Reading List

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
Philosophy and other topics The Problems of Philosophy 
    B. Russell 
The Worldly Philosophers
    R. Heilbroner 
The Religions of Man 
    H. Smith 

The Republic 
A History of Western Philosophy 
    B. Russell 
The Social Contract 
    J. J. Rousseau
The Nicomachean Ethics 
Democracy in America 
    A. de Tocqueville 
Genesis, Exodus, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, & Amos 
    Old Testament 
Luke, John, Acts, Galatians, & Ephesians 
    New Testament 

The Prince 
    N. Machiavelli 
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed 
    P. Hallie 
The Theory of Social and Economic Organization 
    M. Weber
Utilitarianism On Liberty 
    J. S. Mill 
Purposes of Art, Second Edition 
    A. Elsen 
The Varieties of Religious Experience 
    W. James 

    W. James 
Meaning in Western Architecture 
    C. Norberg-Schulz 
    W. Chambers
Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals 
    I. Kant 
The Federalist 
    Hamilton, Madison, & Jay; Ed. B. F. Wright 
The Screwtape Letters 
    C. S. Lewis 

The Road to Serfdom 
    F. Hayek 
The Road to Wigan Pier 
    G. Orwell 
A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 
    K. Marx
Science The Double Helix 
    J. Watson 
    O. Sacks 
The Lives of a Cell 
    L. Thomas 

The Discoverers 
    D. Boorstin 
The Panda's Thumb 
    S. Gould 
King Solomon's Ring 
    K. Lorenz
Microbe Hunters 
    P. De Kruif 
Science and the Modern World 
    A. N. Whitehead 
The First Three Minutes 
    S. Weinberg 

The Creative Explosion 
    J. Pfeiffer 
Knowledge and Wonder 
    V. Weisskopf 
    J. Bernstein
A Mathematician's Apology 
    G. Hardy 
The Rise of Scientific Philosophy 
    H. Reichenbach 
The Cosmic Code 
    H. Pagels 

One Human Nature 
    E. O. Wilson 
The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution 
    C. P. Snow 
Scientific Knowledge and Its Social Problems 
    J. Ravetz
Science: Good, Bad, and Bogus 
    M. Gardner 
The Structure of Scientific Revolution 
    T. Kuhn 
Mankind Evolving 
    T. Dobzhansky 

The Growth of Biological Thought 
    E. Mayr 
Chance and Necessity 
    J. Monod 
The Nature of Light and Color in the Open Air 
    M. Minnaert
Literature The Odyssey 
    Homer (T. E. Lawrence translation) 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
    Mark Twain 
The Sun Also Rises 
    E. Hemingway 

Antigone Oedipus Rex 
Pride and Prejudice 
    J. Austen 
Heart of Darkness 
    J. Conrad
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass 
    L. Carroll 
Richard II 
    W. Shakespeare 
Moby Dick 
    H. Melville 

Paradise Lost 
    J. Milton 
Tom Jones 
    H. Fielding 
Brideshead Revisited 
    E. Waugh
    F. Voltaire 
    W. Shakespeare 
The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Third Edition 

Don Quixote 
    M. Cervantes 
Hard Times 
    C. Dickens 
To the Lighthouse 
    V. Woolf
A Midsummer Night's Dream  
    W. Shakespeare 
The Brothers Karamazov 
    F. M. Dostoyevsky 
Bread and Wine 
    I. Silone 

War and Peace 
    L. N. Tolstoy 
Light in August 
    W. Faulkner 
The Magic Mountain 
    T. Mann
History The Historian's Craft 
    M. Bloch 
The American Political Tradition 
    R. Hofstadter 
Young Man Luther 
    E. Erikson 

Samuel Johnson 
    J. Wain 
The Making of the Middle Ages 
    R. Southern 
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 
    B. Franklin
The Defeat of the Spanish Armada 
    G. Mattingly 
This Hallowed Ground 
    B. Catton 
    D. Cecil 

The Education of Henry Adams 
    H. Adams 
History of the Conquest of Mexico 
    W. Prescott 
Origins of the New South 
    C. Vann Woodward
The White Nile 
    A. Moorehead 
The Crisis of the Old Order 
    A. Schlesinger 
Hitler: A Study of Tyranny 
    A. Bullock 

Huey Long 
    T. H. Williams 
The Old Regime and the French Revolution 
    A. de Tocqueville 
The Raven 
    M. James
Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin 
    G. Kennan 
Tumultuous Years 
    R. Donovan 
Stillwell and the American Experience in China 
    B. Tuchman 

Stalin as Revolutionary 
    R. Tucker 
The Rebel 
    A. Camus 
Autobiography of Malcom X 
    M. Little


Masterpieces of Short Fiction
by Professor Michael Krasny
San Francisco State University and
The Great Courses’ Company
1. Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado"
2. Hawthorne's “Goodman Brown"
3. Gogol's "Overcoat"
4. Maupassant's "The Necklace"
5. Chekhov, "The Lady with the Dog"
6. James, "The Real Thing"
7. Joyce's “Araby"
8. Babel's "My First Goose"
9. Hemingway's "The Killers"
10. Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist"
11. Lawrence's “Rocking-Horse Winner"
12. Mansfield's "Party"
13. Jackson's "The Lottery"
14. O`Conner‘s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find“
15. Paley's "An Interest in Life"
16. Garcia Márquez's The “Enormous Wings"
17. Malamud's "The Jewbird"
18. Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues"
19. Updike's “A & P"
20. Kingston's "No Name Woman"
21. Atwood's "Happy Endings"
22. Gordimer's “Moment Before"
23. Carver's “Cathedral"
A Day’s Read
by Professors Arnold Weinstein(Brown U),
Grant L. Voth(Monterey Peninsula College)
and Emily Allen(Purdue U.)
  Course Available from
The Great Courses’ Company
Kafka, “A Country Doctor”
Prévost, "Manon Lescaut"
Flaubert, “A Simple Heart”
Faulkner, “Pantaloon in Black”
Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths" & "Emma Zunz"
Hemingway, "The Old Man and the Sea"
O’Connor, "The River" & "Judgement Day"
Lagerkvist, "The Sybil"
Vesaas, "The Ice Palace"
Calvino, "Invisible Cities"
Duras, "The Lover"
Coetzee, "Disgrace"
Rhys, "Wide Sargasso Sea"
Austen, "Lady Susan"
Balzac, "The Girl with the Golden Eyes"
Meredith, "Modern Love"
Huysmans, "Against the Grain"
Stevenson, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Wilde, "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
James, "The Beast in the Jungle"
Joyce, “The Dead”
Proust, "The Lemoine Affair"
Woolf, “Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street”
McEwan, "On Chesil Beach"
Cather, "Alexander’s Bridge"
Lu Xun, "Diary of a Madam" & Upstairs in a Wineshop"
Chopin, "The Awakening"
Melville, "Billy Budd"
McCullers, "Ballad of the Sad Café"
Chekhov, "The Party" & "The Lady with the Dog"
Hersey, "Hiroshima"
Satrapi, "Persepolis"
Jataka Story Selections
Munro, "Walker Brothers Cowboy" & "The Peace of Utrecht"
Basho, "The Narrow Road of the Interior"