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THE RELIGIOUS BOOKS

The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James

The Bible (King James Edition), by people pretending to be God

The Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu (trans. Stephen Mitchell)

The Selected Poems of Rumi

The Analects, Confucius (trans. Simon Leys)

The Bhagavad-Gita (trans. Stephen Mitchell)

Essays (complete), Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mount Analogue, Rene Daumal

Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse

In Praise of Folly, Desiderius Erasmus

THE BIG, OLD NOVELS

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Bleak House, Charles Dickens

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Ambassadors, Henry James

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

The Return of the Native, Thomas Hardy

MODERN GENRE NOVELS

The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

The Dispossessed, Ursula K. LeGuin

Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein

Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

The Postman Always Rings Twice, James M. Cain

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1984, George Orwell

THE MODERN NOVEL

The Sportswriter, Richard Ford

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson

Arcadia, Lauren Groff

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

The Ask, Sam Lipsyte

The Counterlife, Philip Roth

Written on the Body, Jeannette Winterson

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

Possession, A. S. Byatt

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen

PLAYS

Plays (complete), Oscar Wilde

Plays (complete), William Shakespeare

Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett

The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O’Neill

A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams

Our Town, Thornton Wilder

The Threepenny Opera, Bertolt Brecht

POEMS

The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

Selected Poems, Alfred Lord Tennyson

Selected Poems, T. S. Eliot

Complete Poems, Pablo Neruda

Complete Works, Edgar Allen Poe

Complete Poems, Sylvia Plath

Complete Poems, Emily Dickinson

Complete Poems, Langston Hughes

Selected Poems, John Donne

Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

SELECTED NONFICTION

Complete Essays, Michel de Montaigne

Biophilia, E. O. Wilson

The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene

Civilization and its Discontents, Sigmund Freud

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams

The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch

Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond

Selected Writings and Speeches, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan

SHORT STORIES

Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson

Complete Short Stories, Ernest Hemingway

Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson

Complete Short Stories, Flannery O’Connor

Self-Help, Lorrie Moore

Selected Short Fiction, Leo Tolstoy

Complete Short Fiction, Giovanni Verga

Complete Short Fiction, Anton Chekhov

Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories, Raymond Carver

Selected Stories, O. Henry

PHILOSOPHY

The Complete Works of Plato

Selected Writings of Friedrich Nietzsche

The Foucault Reader

The Kierkegaard Reader

The Hegel Reader

Selected Writings, Immanuel Kant

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ludwig Wittgenstein

Illuminations, Walter Benjamin

Minima Moralia, Theodor Adorno

Ethics, Baruch Spinoza

MODERNISM AND POSTMODERNISM

Ulysses, James Joyce

In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust

The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Hopscotch, Julio Cortazar

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon

Underworld, Don DeLillo