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Apology of Socrates

(Απολογια  Σωκρατους)

4th century BC, Plato

An innocent man delivers an inspiring speech to the court before he is executed.






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Breakfast of Champions

1973, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Little do a frustrated writer and a troubled car dealer realize, that their impolite author is using their journey to meet each other as an excuse to mastermind a deconstruction of modern values!





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 The Catcher in the Rye

1951, J. D. Salinger

He may not know what he wants to be in life, but he sure knows one thing he doesn't want to be—phony! Unfortunately, the world doesn't seem to agree with him.



1930, Edna Ferber

The Oklahoma land rush of 1889 gives Yancey Cravat an opportunity to rescue his wife from civilized mediocrity, and head west for the untamed life of the pioneer.




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Discourse on Method

(Discours de la méthode)

1637, René Descartes

A scientist-philosopher wishes that all the deep questions of life could be as certain as his mathematical results—so he decides to start from scratch and make them that way.


The Dream of the Rood

7th-8th century, Anglo-Saxon poet (anonymous)

In a vision, the cross of Christ reflects with awe on its part in the death of God.


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First Love

1860, Ivan Turgenev

A young man is thrown into the sweet agony of unrequited love for his beautiful new neighbor.






Art by Noel Rivard



Go Down, Moses

1942, William Faulkner

Vivid tales from the deeply rooted McCaslin family of Mississippi explore the human desire to dominate others.


Great Expectations

1860-1861, Charles Dickens

Pip tells us of his lifelong love, the unexpected rise and fall of his fortune, and the lessons he learned about what makes a gentleman.









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Hippolytus  (Ἱππολυτος)

429 BC, Euripides

Disaster follows when Phaedra falls for her stepson!


The History of Mr. Polly

1910, H. G. Wells

A man of precisely 37.5 years of age can’t seem to find success or happiness in life… perhaps he has to do something drastic.


The Honorary Consul

1973, Graham Greene

Argentinian revolutionaries abduct the wrong political figure by mistake, and one cynical acquaintance is the only one who cares… perhaps not even he does.


The Hound of the Baskervilles

1902, Arthur Conan Doyle

The scientific minds of Holmes and Watson are tested by howls on the moor, the legend of a fiery hell-hound, and a giant pawprint next to a dead nobleman.


The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame de Paris)

1831, Victor Hugo

Love for a young gypsy woman allows an ugly man to rise above the world’s hatred of him, and to show his inner beauty.


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Art by Tamara Newman



"The Judgment" ("Das Urteil")

1912, Franz Kafka

After treating a needy friend superficially for years, Georg finally pays the price.


July's People

1981, Nadine Gordimer

A white South African family in danger of racial violence flees to a village under the protection of their black servant.







Art by Tina Bone





97-109 AD, Pliny the Younger

A wealthy lawyer reveals his personality and attitudes, and the way of life in Imperial Rome.


The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)

1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A little man leaves his tiny planet to explore the universe, only to discover that the most important things in life can be found anywhere.


Lyrical Ballads, and other early poems

1785-1799, William Wordsworth 

A poetic sage takes lessons on goodness and beauty from nature.

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Madame Bovary

1857, Gustave Flaubert

An unhappily married woman pursues a lifelong quest for the fulfillment of her romantic desires, by any means necessary.


The Mayor of Casterbridge

1886, Thomas Hardy

The fortunes of a strong-willed hay-trusser prove to be as volatile as he is.


My Name Is Aram

1940, William Saroyan

An open and curious boy growing up in an Armenian community in California encounters the rich quirkiness of his family and neighbors.


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Njáls Saga 


1270-1290, anonymous

A sage in medieval Iceland attempts to restore order in the face of bloody vengeance and warrior’s honor.




Art by Kathryn Finter


"On Fairy-stories"

1938, J. R. R. Tolkien

The realm of Faërie is no frivolity, but a place of profound enchantment, offering glimpses into deep mysteries and addressing fundamental human desires.


"On Taste"

1759, Edmund Burke

What does it really mean for an opinion to be “a matter of taste”?


One of Cleopatra's Nights

(Une nuit de Cléopâtre)

1838, Théophile Gautier

A young hunter is willing to die to be with queen Cleopatra for just one evening.


The Oregon Trail

1849, Francis Parkman

Horses, rifles, and knives see a party of adventurers through the land of expansive plains, craggy mountains, buffalo, and the Sioux.







Art by Kathryn Finter



Passages from the American Notebooks

1835-1853, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The exercise of a young author’s pen creates images of the New England landscape and its people.



14th century, The West Midlands Poet

A father struggles to recover faith and peace after losing his baby daughter.

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The Right Stuff

1979, Tom Wolfe

Seven pilots scale the ziggurat of manliness on the quest to be America’s space heroes.


The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

(Le Roman de Tristan et Iseut)

1900, Joseph Bédier

A knight and a lady pursue their magical love through bloodshed and sorrow.


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A Sand County Almanac

1949, Aldo Leopold

An ecologist contemplates and celebrates the land, and recommends an expansion of our moral world.


The Scarlet Pimpernel

1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy

A master of disguise rescues French aristocrats from the guillotine and drops them safely into London society—until a sly French inspector tracks him down.


The Song of Roland

(La Chanson de Roland)

late 11th century, anonymous (Turold?)

The mightiest and noblest of Charlemagne’s crusading knights is betrayed, but his companions stand fiercely by him as the Saracens attack.


Songs and Sonets

d.1631, John Donne

An earthy, imaginative, thoughtful soul reveals his view of love, steeped in metaphor and emotion.







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The Time Machine

1895, H. G. Wells

A push on a lever, a blurry dizziness, a clap of thunder… and a veil falls away to reveal the world of our far distant descendants.


Tom Jones

1749, Henry Fielding

Tom really wants to be good for the sake of his love Sophia, but his nature keeps getting in the way!


The Travels

1299, Marco Polo (with Rustichello of Pisa)

An Italian explorer treks fearlessly into the unknown East, and discovers astonishing cultures and kingdoms no European had ever seen.

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe

Two slaves struggle mightily: one for her liberty, the other for his integrity.







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1854, Henry David Thoreau

A philosopher and naturalist returns from the woods to deliver a message: Wake Up! Think! Live Meaningfully!


Whose Body?

1923, Dorothy L. Sayers

A financier goes missing and a lookalike is found dead in a bathtub.  The easygoing Lord Peter Wimsey searches for the connection.


Collected works


(early poems)

1840-1849, Matthew Arnold

A man of intellect and of spiritual sensitivity contemplates the purpose of life and its struggles.


(poetic fragments)

7th-6th centuries BC, Sappho

The tenth muse expresses beauty, love, and the contents of her heart.



1865-1890, Mark Twain

A champion of common sense and nonsense casually delivers his colorful yarns, witty satires, and twisty dramas.


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