Gateway to the Great Books

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The Gateway to the Great Books is a ten volume set of readings, designed as a preparatory set to the Great Books of the Western World.

Volume 1: Introduction; Syntopical Guide

  • A letter to the reader
  • Introduction
  • Syntopical guide
  • Appendices
    • A plan of graded reading
    • Recommended novels
    • Recommended anthologies of poetry

Volume 2: Imaginative Literature I

  • Daniel Defoe
    • Robinson Crusoe (excerpts)
  • Rudyard Kipling
    • “Mowgli’s Brothers” from The Jungle Book
  • Victor Hugo
    • “The Battle with the Cannon” from Ninety-Three
  • Guy de Maupassant
    • “Two Friends”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    • “The Killers” from Men Without Women
  • Sir Walter Scott
    • “The Two Drovers” from Chronicles of the Canongate
  • Joseph Conrad
    • “Youth”
  • Voltaire
    • Micromégas
  • Oscar Wilde
    • “The Happy Prince” from The Happy Prince and Other Tales
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    • “The Tell-Tale Heart”
    • “The Masque of the Red Death”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
    • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Charles Dickens
    • “A Full and Faithful Report of the Memorable Trial of Bardell against Pickwick” from The Pickwick Papers
  • Nikolai Gogol
    • “The Overcoat”
  • Samuel Butler
    • “Customs and Opinions of the Erewhonians” from Erewhon
  • Sherwood Anderson
    • “I’m a Fool”
  • Anonymous
    • Aucassin and Nicolette

Volume 3: Imaginative Literature II

  • Stephen Crane
    • “The Open Boat”
  • Herman Melville
    • “Billy Budd”
  • Ivan Bunin
    • “The Gentleman from San Francisco”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • “Rappaccini’s Daughter”
  • George Eliot
    • “The Lifted Veil”
  • Lucius Apuleius
    • “Cupid and Psyche” from The Golden Ass
  • Ivan Turgenev
    • “First Love”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • “White Nights”
  • John Galsworthy
    • “The Apple-Tree”
  • Gustave Flaubert
    • “The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”
  • Honoré de Balzac
    • “A Passion in the Desert”
  • Anton Chekhov
    • “The Darling”
  • Isaac Singer
    • “The Spinoza of Market Street”
  • Alexander Pushkin
    • “The Queen of Spades”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    • “The Rocking-Horse Winner”
  • Henry James
    • “The Pupil”
  • Thomas Mann
    • “Mario and the Magician”
  • Isak Dinesen
    • “Sorrow-Acre”
  • Leo Tolstoy
    • “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”
    • “The Three Hermits”
    • “What Men Live By”

Volume 4: Imaginative Literature III

  • Molière
    • The Misanthrope
    • The Doctor in Spite of Himself
  • Richard Sheridan
    • The School for Scandal
  • Henrik Ibsen
    • An Enemy of the People
  • Anton Chekhov
    • The Cherry Orchard
  • George Bernard Shaw
    • The Man of Destiny
  • John Synge
    • Riders to the Sea
  • Eugene O’Neill
    • The Emperor Jones

Volume 5: Critical Essays

  • Virginia Woolf
    • “How Should One Read a Book?”
  • Matthew Arnold
    • “The Study of Poetry”
    • “Sweetness and Light”
  • Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
    • “What Is a Classic?”
    • “Montaigne”
  • Francis Bacon
    • “Of Beauty”
    • “Of Discourse”
    • “Of Studies”
  • David Hume
    • “Of the Standard of Taste”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    • “On Style”
    • “On Some Forms of Literature”
    • “On the Comparative Place of Interest and Beauty in Works of Art”
  • Friedrich Schiller
    • “On Simple and Sentimental Poetry”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • “A Defense of Poetry”
  • Walt Whitman
    • Preface to Leaves of Grass
  • William Hazlitt
    • “My First Acquaintance with Poets”
    • “On Swift”
    • “Of Persons One Would Wish to Have Seen”
  • Charles Lamb
    • “My First Play”
    • “Dream Children, a Reverie”
    • “Sanity of True Genius”
  • Samuel Johnson
    • Preface to Shakespeare
  • Thomas de Quincey
    • “Literature of Knowledge and Literature of Power”
    • “On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth”
  • T. S. Eliot
    • “Dante”
    • “Tradition and the Individual Talent”

Volume 6: Man and Society I

  • John Stuart Mill
    • “Childhood and Youth” from Autobiography
  • Mark Twain
    • “Learning the River” from Life on the Mississippi
  • Jean de La Bruyère
    • “Characters” from A Book of Characters
  • Thomas Carlyle
    • ‘The Hero as King” from On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “Thoreau”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • “Sketch of Abraham Lincoln”
  • Walt Whitman
    • “Death of Abraham Lincoln”
  • Virginia Woolf
    • “The Art of Biography”
  • Xenophon
    • “The March to the Sea” from The Persian Expedition
    • “The Character of Socrates” from Memorabilia
  • William H. Prescott
    • “The Land of Montezuma” from The Conquest of Mexico
  • Haniel Long
    • “The Power within Us”
  • Pliny the Younger
    • “The Eruption of Vesuvius”
  • Tacitus
    • “The Life of Gnaeus Julius Agricola”
  • François Guizot
    • “Civilization” from History of Civilization in Europe
  • Henry Adams
    • “The United States in 1800” from History of the United States of America
  • John Bagnell Bury
    • “Herodotus” from The Ancient Greek Historians
  • Lucian
    • “The Way to Write History”
  • Great Documents
    • The English Bill of Rights
    • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
    • The Virginia Declaration of Rights
    • The Declaration of Independence
    • Charter of the United Nations
    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Thomas Paine
    • “A Call to Patriots – December 23, 1776”
  • George Washington
    • “Circular Letter to the Governors of All the States on Disbanding the Army”
    • “The Farewell Address”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    • “The Virginia Constitution” from Notes on the State of Virginia
    • “First Inaugural Address”; “Biographical Sketches”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    • “A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge among the British Plantations in America”
    • “Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania”
  • Jean de Crevecoeur
    • “The Making of Americans” from Letters from an American Farmer
  • Alexis de Tocqueville
    • “Observations on American Life and Government” from Democracy in America
  • Henry David Thoreau
    • “Civil Disobedience”
    • “A Plea for Captain John Brown”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    • “Address at Cooper Institute”
    • “First Inaugural Address”
    • “Letter to Horace Greeley”
    • “Meditation on the Divine Will”
    • “The Gettysburg Address”
    • “Second Inaugural Address”
    • “Last Public Address”

Volume 7: Man and Society II

  • Francis Bacon
    • “Of Youth and Age”
    • “Of Parents and Children”
    • “Of Marriage and Single Life”
    • “Of Great Place”
    • “Of Seditions and Troubles”
    • “Of Custom and Education”
    • “Of Followers and Friends”
    • “Of Usury”
    • “Of Riches”
  • Jonathan Swift
    • “Resolutions when I Come to Be Old”
    • “An Essay on Modern Education”
    • “A Meditation upon a Broomstick”
    • “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country”
  • David Hume
    • “Of Refinement in the Arts”
    • “Of Money”
    • “Of the Balance of Trade”
    • “Of Taxes”
    • “Of the Study of History”
  • Plutarch
    • “Of Bashfulness”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    • “The Lantern-Bearers” from Across the Plains
  • John Ruskin
    • “An Idealist’s Arraignment of the Age” from Four Clavigera
  • William James
    • “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings”
    • “The Energies of Men”
    • “Great Men and Their Environment”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    • “On Education”
  • Michael Faraday
    • “Observations on Mental Education”
  • Edmund Burke
    • “Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol”
  • John Calhoun
    • “The Concurrent Majority”
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay
    • “Machiavelli”
  • Voltaire
    • “English Men and Ideas” from Letters on the English
  • Dante
    • “On World Government” from De Monarchia
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    • “A Lasting Peace through the Federation of Europe”
  • Immanuel Kant
    • “Perpetual Peace”
  • Carl von Clausewitz
    • “What Is War?” from On War
  • Thomas Robert Malthus
    • “The Principle of Population” from Population: The First Essay

Volume 8: Natural Science

  • Francis Bacon
    • “The Sphinx”
  • John Tyndall
    • “Michael Faraday” from Faraday as a Discoverer
  • Ève Curie
    • “The Discovery of Radium” from Madame Curie
  • Charles Darwin
    • “Autobiography”
  • Jean-Henri Fabre
    • “A Laboratory of the Open Fields”
    • “The Sacred Beetle”
  • Loren Eiseley
    • “On Time”
  • Rachel Carson
    • “The Sunless Sea” from The Sea Around Us
  • J. B. S. Haldane
    • “On Being the Right Size” from Possible Worlds
  • Thomas Henry Huxley
    • “On the Relations of Man to the Lower Animals”
    • “On a Piece of Chalk”
  • Francis Galton
    • “The Classification of Human Ability” from Hereditary Genius
  • Claude Bernard
    • “Experimental Considerations Common to Living Things and Inorganic Bodies”
  • Ivan Pavlov
    • “Scientific Study of the So-called Psychical Processes in the Higher Animals”
  • Friedrich Wöhler
    • “On the Artificial Production of Urea”
  • Charles Lyell
    • “Geological Evolution” from Principles of Geology
  • Galileo
    • “The Starry Messenger”
  • Tommaso Campanella
    • “Arguments for and against Galileo” from The Defense of Galileo
  • Michael Faraday
    • The Chemical History of a Candle
  • Dmitri Mendeleev
    • “The Genesis of a Law of Nature” from The Periodic Law of the Chemical Elements
  • Hermann von Helmholtz
    • “On the Conservation of Force”
  • Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld
    • “The Rise and Decline of Classical Physics” from The Evolution of Physics
  • Arthur Eddington
    • “The Running-Down of the Universe” from Nature and the Physical World
  • James Jeans
    • “Beginnings and Endings” from The Universe Around Us
  • Kees Boeke
    • “Cosmic View”

Volume 9: Mathematics

  • Lancelot Hogben
    • “Mathematics, the Mirror of Civilization” from Mathematics for the Million
  • Andrew Russell Forsyth
    • “Mathematics, in Life and Thought”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    • “On Mathematical Method” from An Introduction to Mathematics
    • “On the Nature of a Calculus”
  • Bertrand Russell
    • “The Study of Mathematics”
    • “Mathematics and the Metaphysicians”
    • “Definition of Number”
  • Edward Kasner and James R. Newman
    • “New Names for Old”
    • “Beyond the Googol”
  • Tobias Dantzig
    • “Fingerprints”
    • “The Empty Column”
  • Leonhard Euler
    • “The Seven Bridges of Königsberg “
  • Norman Robert Campbell
    • “Measurement”
    • “Numerical Laws and the Use of Mathematics in Science”
  • William Clifford
    • “The Postulates of the Science of Space”
  • Henri Poincaré
    • “Space”
    • “Mathematical Creation”
    • “Chance”
  • Pierre-Simon Laplace
    • “Probability” from A Philosophical Essay on Probabilities
  • Charles Sanders Peirce
    • “The Red and the Black”

Volume 10: Philosophical Essays

  • John Erskine
    • “The Moral Obligation to Be Intelligent”
  • William Clifford
    • “The Ethics of Belief”
  • William James
    • “The Will to Believe”
    • “The Sentiment of Rationality”
  • John Dewey
    • “The Process of Thought” from How We Think
  • Epicurus
    • “Letter to Herodotus”
    • “Letter to Menoeceus”
  • Epictetus
    • The Enchiridion
  • Walter Pater
    • “The Art of Life” from The Renaissance
  • Plutarch
    • “Contentment”
  • Cicero
    • “On Friendship”
    • “On Old Age”
  • Francis Bacon
    • “Of Truth”
    • “Of Death”
    • “Of Adversity”
    • “Of Love”
    • “Of Friendship”
    • “Of Anger”
  • George Santayana
    • “Lucretius”
    • “Goethe’s Faust”
  • Henry Adams
    • “St. Thomas Aquinas” from Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres
  • Voltaire
    • “The Philosophy of Common Sense”
  • John Stuart Mill
    • “Nature”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “Nature”
    • “Self-Reliance”
    • “Montaigne; or, the Skeptic”
  • William Hazlitt
    • “On the Feeling of Immortality in Youth”
  • Thomas Browne
    • “Immortality” from Urn-Burial

 

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