My Adopted Readinglist

Readinglist This is the suggested reading of James D. Sass a Magister of the Church of Satan

He quotes: "This list provides a solid, chronological guide to the majority of the most important books ever written:"

Epic of Gilgamesh(c. 2000?-1400? BC)
Old Testament(c. 1400?-300? BC)
Homer(fl.c. 850? BC)The Illiad, The Odyssey
Hesiod(fl.c. 700? BC)Theogony, Works and Days
Confucius (c. 551-479 BC) The Analects
Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BC) Tragedies
Pindar (c. 522-446? BC) Odes
Lao-Tzu (fl.c. 500? BC) The Tao Te Ching
Sophocles (c. 495-406 BC) Tragedies
Euripides (c. 485-406 BC) Tragedies
Herodotus (c. 484-425 BC) Histories
Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC) The Peloponnesian Wars
Hippocrates (c. 460-377? BC) Medical Writings
Aristophanes (c. 448-380 BC) Comedies
Xenophon (c. 431-354 BC) Anabasis, Cyropaedia
Plato (c. 427-347 BC) Dialogues, The Republic, The Laws
Bhagavad-Gita (c. 400 BC)
Sun-Tzu (c. 400?-320? BC) The Art of war
Aristotle (c. 384-322 BC) Works
Epicurus (c. 341-270 BC) Letters
Aesop (fl.c. 300 BC) Fables
Euclid (fl.c. 300 BC) Elements of Geometry
Archimedes (c. 287-212 BC) Mathematical Writings
Apollonius of Perga (fl.c. 240 BC) Mathematical Writings
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali(c. 150 BC)
Cicero (106-43 BC) Works, Letters
Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) The Gallic Wars, The Civil Wars
Titus Lucretius Carus (c. 95-55 BC) On the Nature of Things
Virgil (70-19 BC) The Aeneid, Eclogues, Georgics
Horace (65-8 BC) Odes, Epodes, Eistles, Art of Poetry, etc.
Livy (59 BC-AD17) History of Rome
Ovid (43 BC-AD 17) Metamorphoses, Fasti, Erotic writings
Josephus (c. 38-100) The Jewish Wars, Antiquities of the Jews
Plutarch (c. 45-120) Parallel Lives, Moralia
New Testament (c. 45?-95?)
Tacitus (c. 55-117) Agricola, Germania, Annals, Histories
Epictetus (c. 60-120) Discourses, Enchiridion, Golden Sayings
Ptolemy (c. 100-178) Almagest, Tetrabiblos
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Meditations
Galen (129 - c. 210) On the Natural Faculties, Exhortation to the Study of the Arts, On Diagnosis in Dreams
Plotinus (205-270) The Enneads
Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 265-339) Ecclesiastical History
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Confessions, City of God
The Koran (c. 632)
Beowulf (c. 725)
Tales from the 1001 Nights(c. 850?)
Omar Khayym (1048-1131) The Rubaiyat
The Mabinogion (c. 1050?)
Peter Abelard (1079-1142) Letters of Abelard and Heloise
The Song of Roland (c. 1100)
Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) Guide of the Perplexed
The Story of the Volsungs(12th century)
The Nibelungenlied (c. 1200)
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles
The Saga of Burnt Njal (13th century)
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) The Divine Comedy, On Monarchy, The New Life
Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) Sonnets
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) The Decameron
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400) The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Late 14th century)
Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1405-1471) The Death of Arthur
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Notebooks
Giovanni Pico della Mrandola(1463-1494) The Dignity of Man
Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) The Prince, Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy
Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1469-1536) In Praise of Folly
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Sheres
Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533) Orlando Furioso
Baldassare Castiglione (1478-1529) The Courtier
Sir Thomas More (c. 1478-1535) Utopia
Martin Luther (1483-1546) Writings
St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) Spiritual Exercises
Francois Rabelais (c. 1495-1553) Gargantua and Pantagruel
John Calvin (1509-1564) Institutes of the Christian Religion
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) Essays
William Gilbert (1540-1603) On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Don Quixote
The Book of Common Prayer(1549)
Edmund Spenser (1552-1559) The Faerie Queen
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Advancement of Learning, Essays, New Atlantis, Novum Organum
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) Doctor Faustus, Edward the Second
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Dialoges Concerning Two New Sciences, The Starry Messenger
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Plays, Sonnets
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) Concerning the Harmonies of the World, Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
John Donne (1572-1631) Poetry
William Harvey (1578-1657) On the Circulation of Blood, On the Generation of Animals, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
Thomas Hobes (1588-1679) Leviathan
Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Philosophical Writings
John Milton (1608-1674) Paradise Lost
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) Pensees, Provincial Letters
Christian Huygens (1629-1695) Treatise on Light
Benedict de Sinoza (1632-1677) Ethics
John Locke (1632-1704) Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Two Treatises on Government
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) Principia
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) Philosophical Writings
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Robinson Carusoe
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Gulliver's Travels
George Berkeley (1685-1753) Three Dialogues, Treatise Concerning the Princials of Human Knowledge
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Poetry
Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755) Persian Letters, Spirit of Laws, Principles of Government
Voltaire (1694-1778) Candide
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Autobiography
Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Lives of the oets
David Hume (1711-1776) An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, A Treatise of Human Nature, Dialogues Concerning natural Religion
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Confessions, Emile, The Social Contract
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) Tristam Shandy
Adam Smith (1723-1790) Wealth of Nations, Theory of Moral Sentiments
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) Critique of Pure Reason, Prolegomena, etc.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Reflections on the Revolution in France
Edward Gibbon (1737-1795) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) Common Sense, The Rights of Man
James Boswell (1740-1795) Life of Johnson
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Writings, Letters
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier(1743-1794) Elements of Chemistry
John Jay (1745-1829) James Madison (1751-1836) Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) The Federalist
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe(1749-1832) Faust
William Blake (1757-1827) Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, Prophetic Books
Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) Analytical Theory of Heat
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegal (1770-1831) Phenomenology, Logic, Pilosophy of Right, Philosophy of History
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) Poetic Writings
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Ivanhoe
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Poetic Writings
Jane Austen (1775-1817) Emma, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensabilty
Karl von Clausewitz (1780-1831) On War
Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle) (1783-1842) The Red and the Black
Washington Irving (1783-1859) Llegend of Sleepy Hollow
Constitution of the United States (1787; effect. 1789)
George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) Poetical Works
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) World as Will and Representation, Studies in Pessimism, Essays
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) Last of the Mohicans
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) Chemical History of a Candle, Researches in Electricity, The Forces of Matter
Percy Bysshe Shelly (1792-1822) Poetical Works
John Keats (1795-1821) Poetical Works
Mary Shelly (1797-1851) Frankenstein
Charles Lyell (1797-1875) Principles of Geology
Auguste Comte (1798-1857) The Positive Philosophy
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) Eugenie Grandet, Pere Goriot
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Essays, Representative Men, Journals
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) Democracy in America
Hns Chrisian Anderson (1805-1875) Fairy Tales
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1859) Poems
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) Autobiography, On Liberty, Representative Government, Utilitarianism, The Subject of Women
Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Poems
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852) Dead Souls
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Speeches
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) The Decent of Man, The Origin of Species, The Voyage of the Beagle
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Vanity Fair
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Uncle Tom's Cabin
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities, etc.
S[oslash]ren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Fear and Trembling, The Sickness Unto Death, Either/Or
Claude Bernard (1813-1878) Introduction o the Study of Experimental Medicine
Charlotte Bront[e-umlaut] (1816-1855) Jane Eyre
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Walden, Civil Disobedience
Emily Bront[e-umlaut] (1818-1848) Poems
Karl Marx (1818-1883) The Capitalist Manifesto, Das Kapital
George Eliot (1819-1880) Silas Marner, The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch
Herman Melville (1819-1891) Moby Dick, Billy Budd, Omoo, Typee, etc.
Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Mademe Bovary
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, Notes From the Underground, etc.
Jules Verne (1828-1905) Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Voyage to the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, etc.
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) The Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, etc.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) War and Peace, Anna Karenina
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Poems
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) Little Women, Little Men
Lewis Carrol (1832-1898) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Hunting of the Snark
Mark Twain (1835-1910) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, etc.
Henry Adams (1838-1918) The Education of Henry Adams
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Far From the Maddenng Crowd, Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Return of the Native, Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) The Common Law
William James (1842-1910) Pragmatism, Varieties of Religious Experience, Psychology, etc.
Henry James (1843-1916) The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, etc.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) Beyond Good and Evil, Genealogy of Morals, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, The Birth of Tragedy, The Will To Power, etc.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, etc.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) The Importance of Being Earnest, Picture of Dorian Gray, etc.
Jules Henri Poincare (1854-1912) Science and Hypotheses, Science and Method
L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) The Wizard of Oz, etc.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) General Introduction to Psychoanalsis, The Interpretation of Dreams, Civilization and Its Discontents, The Ego and the Id, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, etc.
William Butler Yeats (1856-1939) A Vision, Poems, Essays
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Plays, Introductions
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) The Heart of Darkness, etc.
Max Planck (1858-1947) Origin and Development of Quantum Theory, Where is Science Going?, Scientific Autobiography
Henri Bergson (1859-1941) Creative Evolution, Matter and Memory, Two Sources of Morality and Religion
John Dewey (1859-1952) Art As Experience, Democracy and Education, The Quest for Certainty, etc.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Plays
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) Process and Reality
George Santayana (1863-1952) The Life of Reason, Persons and laces, Skepticism and Animal Faith, The Last Puritan
Max Weber (1864-1920) The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, etc.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Captains Courageous, The Jungle Book, Kim, Poems
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau, An Outline of History, etc.
Vladimir Ilich "Nikolai" Lenin (1870-1924) The State and Revolution
Stephan Crane (1871-1900) The Red Badge of Courage
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) Rememberance of Things Past
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) Human Knowledge; Its Scope and Limits, Inquiry into Meaning and Truth, Our Knowledge of the External World, The Problems of Philosophy, etc.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) History of the English Speaking Peoples, History of the Second World War, etc.
Robert Frost (1874-1963) Poetry
Thomas Mann (1875-1955) The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice, etc.
Jack London (1876-1916) The Sea Wolf, White Fang, Call of the Wild, etc.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) Demian, Narcissus and Goldmund, etc.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Evolution of Physics, Meaning of Relativity, On the Method of Theoretical Physics, etc.
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) Human Action, Socialism, etc.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own, etc.
James Joyce (1882-1941) Ulysses, Finnegan's Wake, Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, etc.
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Short Stories
Oswald Spengler (1880-1936) The Decline of the West
Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) A Study of History
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) Brave New World, etc.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) The Great Gatsby
William Faulkner (1897-1962) Absalom, Absalom! The Sound and the Fury, etc.
Trofim D. Lysenko (1898-1976) Heredity and Its Variability
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, etc.
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) Being and Time, Introduction to Metaphysics, etc.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) Lolita, etc.
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, etc.
George Orwell (1903-1950) 1984, Animal Farm, etc.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, etc.
Aleksander I. Solzhenitsyn (1918-) The Gulag Archipelago, etc.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1928-) Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundered Years of Solitude