Macroscopic 2013 documents the creation of the site, Greater Books, a collection of the major lists of the world's "great books" and similar lists of classics, canonical works, and "best books."

31 December

Probably several other anthologies similar to those discussed at the 23 September and 24 September posts warrant inclusion in the "great books" project, or nearly meet our criteria. The noted literary critic Lionel Trilling crafted an anthology of 52 works called The Experience of Literature [1967]; his introductory essays for each work have been published separately as Prefaces to the Experience of Literature [1979]. Divided into sections for Drama, Fiction, and Poetry, it doesn't quite fit our criteria because of its exclusion of non-fiction; other lists include only a tiny number of non-fiction works, perhaps because of the assumption that the reader doesn't expect them to be included among "great books" or "classics." Trilling's Experience also shows another reason not to include anthologies: many of the fictional entries are short stories, in order to include enough authors without turning the anthology into a multi-volume work. This favoring of short stories gives anthologies a purpose quite distinct from that of "great books" lists, which is to cover the greatest literature of all time. In the long run, though, I'd like to include Trilling's list. So, for now, to end the year, a quick, unadorned transcription:

Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of King Lear
Henrik Ibsen: The Wild Duck
Anton Chekhov: The Three Sisters
George Bernard Shaw: The Doctor's Dilemma
Luigi Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author: A Comedy in the Making
William Butler Yeats: Purgatory
Bertolt Brecht: Galileo

Nathaniel Hawthorne: My Kinsman, Major Molineux
Herman Melville: Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
Fedor Dostoevski: The Grand Inquisitor
Leo Tolstoi: The Death of Ivan Ilych
William Somerset Maugham: The Treasure
Guy de Maupassant: Duchoux
Anton Chekhov: Enemies
Henry James: The Pupil
Joseph Conrad: The Secret Sharer
James Joyce: The Dead
Franz Kafka: The Hunter Gracchus
D H Lawrence: Tickets, Please
E M Forster: The Road From Colonus
Thomas Mann: Disorder and Early Sorrow
Isaac Babel: Di Grasso: A Tale of Odessa
Isak Dinesen: The Sailor-Boy's Tale
Ernest Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants
William Faulkner: Barn Burning
John O'Hara: Summer's Day
Lionel Trilling: Of This Time, of That Place
Albert Camus: The Guest
Bernard Malamud: The Magic Barrel

Anonymous: Edward
Sir Thomas Wyatt: They Flee From Me
John Donne: A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
John Milton: Lycidas
Andrew Marvell: To His Coy Mistress
Alexander Pope: An Essay on Main: Epistle 1
William Blake: Tyger! Tyger!
William Wordsworth: Resolution and Independence
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Kubla Khan or A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment
George Gordon, Lord Byron: Don Juan: An Epistle from Canto II
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ode to the West Wind
John Keats: Ode to a Nightingale
Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach
Walt Whitman: Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo
Emily Dickinson: "Go Tell It"What a Message
William Butler Yeats: Sailing to Byzantium
Thomas Stearns Eliot: The Waste Land
Robert Frost: Neither Out Far Nor in Deeep
E E Cummings: My Father Moved Through Dooms of Love
W H Auden: In Memory of Sigmund Freud (d. 1939)
Robert Lowell: For the Union Dead

30 December

Several of the Lou Reed "greatest hits" albums over the years have included Velvet Underground tracks; several more, though confined to the solo years, include later live versions of V U songs. In either case, they do not successfully blend the Velvet tracks with the solo-Reed material. The difference in recording fidelity between the two is quite stark. And given how legendary the V U have become, Reed's solo work inevitably seems ordinary. It isn't of course--but, placed next to the experimentation and sonic extremes of the V U recordings, Reed's extraordinary literary contributions to the art of song are overshadowed. Moreover, the entirety of Berlin and Metal Machine Music are essential, the latter obviously distinct and not suited for a compilation anyway; much of Transformer is essential as well. And, in the last decade or so of his career, Reed stopped making Rock albums. After Ecstasy [2000], only The Raven and Lulu, both conceived as singular works, featured Lou's vocals. Instead, he returned to the noise/ experimentation of Metal Machine Music and some of the V U recordings (participating in Zeitkratzer's version of Machine, forming and recording a live album with the Metal Machine Trio, and recording a live album with Laurie Anderson and John Zorn) and did an ambient album. Thus, my compilation of Lou Reed tracks, 1975-2000, his years as a Rock singer-songwriter, sequenced like a double L P (no tracks from The Bells, a disaster that should've been great--Don Cherry's on there, for Christ's sake--Street Hassle is too for the most part, the titular track placed here because omitting it would mean this imaginary compilation fails to convey what awaits the listener upon exploring those two albums; New Sensations and Set the Twilight Reeling, fine albums but with no essential tracks; and Rock and Roll Heart and Mistrial, decent albums):

My House, from The Blue Mask [1982]
Power and Glory, from Magic and Loss [1992]
Legendary Hearts, from Legendary Hearts [1983]
Think It Over, from Growing Up in Public [1980]
She's My Best Friend, from Coney Island Baby [1975]
Dirty Blvd., from New York [1989]
Halloween Parade, from New York [1989]
The Gun, from The Blue Mask [1982]
Rock Minuet, from Ecstasy [2000]
Coney Island Baby, from Coney Island Baby [1975]
Street Hassle, from Street Hassle [1978]
The Blue Mask, from The Blue Mask [1982]
Magic and Loss, from Magic and Loss [1992]
Ecstasy, from Ecstasy [2000]
Waves of Fear, from The Blue Mask [1982]
Home of the Brave, from Legendary Hearts [1983]

So, what if this double L P were matched with a compilation of V U and early Reed-solo material? I see no reason for anyone not to listen to the entirety of The Velvet Underground and Nico and Berlin, but here's what I'd include for a double album to cover the rest of the V U (no tracks from Lou Reed [1972] or Sally Can't Dance [1974]):

Rock and Roll
What Goes On
Perfect Day
Candy Says
Sweet Jane [full version, first released on Peel Slowly and See boxed set]
I Can't Stand It
White Light/ White Heat
Sister Ray
Some Kinda Love
Satellite of Love [Transformer version]
Walk on the Wild Side
Pale Blue Eyes
Ocean [1970 version, from Peel Slowly and See]
Lisa Says
I Heard Her Call My Name
Here She Comes Now
Beginning to See the Light
The Gift (mono version, to avoid the annoying split with John Cale's vocal alone in the left channel)--or, if you're more inclined toward the band's rocking side, replace The Gift with Head Held High and New Age, but only the "full-length" version of the latter.

29 December

Morrissey's oeuvre, including that with The Smiths, has been poorly presented in reissues at least since his second singles compilation, World of Morrissey [1995]. Things started alright: the first solo-Morrissey compilation, Bona Drag [1990], includes most of the tracks only available on singles released prior to its release, excluding 'I Know Very Well How I Got My Name', 'Oh Well I'll Never Learn', 'Sister I'm a Poet'; 'Michael's Bones', 'East West', 'Girl Least Likely To', 'Get Off the Stage', and 'At Amber'; four of these tracks ('Poet', 'Bones', 'Girl', and Amber') were included on the third singles compilation, My Early Burglary Years [1998]. Morrissey's discography soon enough got more complicated; the jumbled World and Burglary compilations reflect that sad state of affairs, as do the re-sequenced versions of Kill Uncle, Southpaw Grammar, and Maladjusted released in recent years. We only hope that a sequel to The H M V/ Parlophone Singles '88-'95, covering his recent years more thoroughly than the fourth singles compilation, Swords [2009] (which, granted, is at least comparable to Bona Drag in focusing on a particular period: namely, the Sanctuary comeback), surfaces at some point. However, that three-disc Singles box should not only expand to include the Maladjusted singles of 1997. It also ideally would have the few U S-exclusive singles that unfortunately were excluded, so that 'Let the Right One Slip In', the alternate U S versions of 'My Love Life', 'I've Changed My Plea to Guilty', and 'Tomorrow', and two of the three At KROQ tracks find their rightful place. The discography at the exemplary fan site, Morrissey-Solo, can clarify all these matters.

As for the Smiths, the Complete boxed set, which should be called Nearly Complete, finally gave us proper, but not great, digital remasters (in other words, it should've come out around 1995, and by this point we should've had even-better remasters; while you can hear the details of Johnny Marr's many overdubbed guitars more than before, they could definitely be coming in clearer). The greatest problem with the Complete set, though, is that other B B C recordings were not included. Ideally, we would've had a deluxe version of Hatful of Hollow, featuring the rest of the Peel-session tracks from 1983 and the other non-album tracks from the years, 1983-84 (namely, the live version of 'Handsome Devil' that served as 'Hand in Glove''s B side; 'Jeane'; and 'Wonderful Woman'; also, the 'This Charmless Man' remixes and 7-inch edits of several of the singles could be dumped in as bonus tracks). Since Morrissey seems to enjoy re-sequencing albums, perhaps he could re-order Hatful into these two halves. And of course, The World Won't Listen/ Louder Than Bombs needs its own reshuffling: more 7-inch edits, the Strangeways singles, and a few other stray tracks.

The Complete set annoys for another reason: while keeping the original, British nine-track sequence of Meat Is Murder (not the U S version with 'How Soon Is Now?' added), it uses the U S sequence of the debut album, with 'This Charming Man' added to the original ten tracks. This choice was made, of course, because without that 'Charming' bonus, the set would not have one of the band's legendary songs; the version of 'Charming' on Hatful is a B B C recording. In short, because the compilers didn't include the tracks from singles not on Hatful, The World Won't Listen, or Louder Than Bombs, they had to take an inconsistent approach to the studio albums as well. These are all minor matters, of course, but they attest to the importance of definitive compilation and archival releases, sequenced and presented clearly--a task that even labels dedicated to reissues (Rhino, Rhino, Rhino) have difficulty with.


Here's my own (longish) single L P of Morrissey essential tracks from the first phase of his solo career (that is, through 1997). No Southpaw Grammar or Maladjusted tracks make the cut, though 'Reader Meet Author' from the former came close ('Southpaw' is a great song, but the extended instrumental passage that ends the track is a bore--tastes like meatloaf leftovers of U 2 demos). The live version of 'Jack the Ripper' from Beethoven Was Deaf (also included on both World of Morrissey and My Early Burglary Years) is included, not the inferior studio original.

Glamorous Glue
Certain People I Know
The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get
Interesting Drug
The Last of the Famous International Playboys
Sing Your Life
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Jack the Ripper
Late Night, Maudlin Street
Such a Little Thing Makes a Big Difference
I Know Very Well How I Got My Name
Billy Budd
The National Front Disco

28 December

The major academic (English-language) journals on music:

Asian Music
Chamber Music Journal
Computer Music Journal
Early Music
Early Music History
General Music Today
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Journal of Musicology
Journal of Music Theory
Journal of New Music Research
Journal of the Royal Music Association
Leonardo Music Journal
Music Analysis
Musical Quarterly
Musical Times
Music and Letters
Music Perception
Music Theory Online
Music Theory Spectrum
19th Century Music
Perspectives of New Music

27 December

Year 49:
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274).
Selected Writings. Selected and edited by M C D'Arcy. Everyman's Library (2nd ed., Dent and Dutton, 1964).
[incl. {858} Summa Theologiae; {859} Summa Contra Gentiles]

George Borrow (1803-1881).
{860} Lavengro. First published 1851. And {861} The Romany Eye. First published 1857.
[and {862} The Bible in Spain; {863} Wild Wales]

{864} Kuruntokai. (1st-3rd centuries A D).
[and {865} Akananuru; {866} Purananuru]

{867} William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863).
Vanity Fair. First published serially 1847-8.

{868} Sirat 'Antar ('The Romance of 'Antar'). First composed anonymously from disparate sources between 1080 and 1400.

Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637).
[incl. {869} Volpone; {870} The Alchemist; {871} Bartholomew Fair]

{872} Salvador Dalí (b. 1904).
The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí.

{873} Marcel Proust (1871-1922).
À la Recherche du Temps Perdu. First definitively published 1913-27.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831).
Selections. Edited by J Loewenberg (Scribner's, 1929). Or The Philosophy of Hegel: Hegel's Basic Writings. Edited by C J Friedrich (Modern Library, 1965).

Hiraoka Kimitake (Mishima Yukio) (1925-1970).
Hojo no Umi ('The Sea of Fertility', 1969-71), a tetralogy consisting of {874} Haro no Yuki ('Spring Snow'), {875} Homba ('The Runaway Horses'), {876} Akatsuki no Tera ('The Temple of the Dawn') and {877} Tennin Gosui ('Decay of the Angel').
[and {878} Kinkakuji]

Year 50:
{879} Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951).
Logisch-Philosophisches Traktat. First published in Annalen der Natur-Philosophie, 1921. First book publication in bilingual form, as Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1922).

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375).
{880} Il Decameron. Completed in 1353.
[and {881} Teseida]

{882} Nur ad-Din 'Abd ar-Rahman Jami (1414-1492).

{883} Plotinus (c. 205-c. 262 A D).

{884} Abu Bakr Muhammad Bin 'Abdulmalik Ibn Tufail (c. 1105-1185). Hay ibn Yaqzan ('Alive, Son of Awake').

Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955).
{885} Espana Invertebrada. First published 1921. And {886} La Rebelion de las Masas. First published 1929.
[and {887} Meditaciones del Quijote]

Sir Rabindranath Thakur ('Tagore') (1861-1941).
Collected Poems and Plays (Macmillan, 1966).
[incl. {888} Gitanjali and {889} Gharer Baire]

Yüan Mei (1716-1798).
Sui-yuan Ch'üan Chi.

John Milton (1608-1674).
{890} Areopagitica: A Speech for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing. First published 1644. And Poetical Works edited by Douglas Bush (Oxford U P, 1966).
[incl. 'L'Allegro'; 'Il Penseroso'; Comus; 'Lycidas'; 'On His Blindness'; 'Samson Agonistes']

{891} Immanuel Kant (1724-1804).
Critik der Reinen Vernunft. First published in Riga, 1781. Definitive edition 1787.

26 December

Year 47:
Anthology of Korean Poetry, From the Earliest Era to the Present, compiled and translated by Peter H Lee (John Day, New York, 1964).

Ettore Schmitz ('Italo Svevo') (1861-1928).
{822} La Coscienza di Zeno. First published 1923.
[and {823} Una Vita; {824} Senilità; 'Corto Viaggio Sentimentale']

Ch'u Tz'u: The Songs of the South. An ancient Chinese anthology collected by Wang I in A D 125.

{825} Saint Thomas More (1477-1535).
Libellus... de Optimo Reipublicae Statu, Deque Nova Insula Utopia. First published in Louvain, undated, in 1516. Definitive Latin edition, March 1518.

Farid ad-Din Attar (c. 1136-c. 1230).
{826} Ilahinama ('The Book of Divine Wisdom'). And {827} Mantiq at-Tair.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593).
Complete Plays. Edited by J B Steane (Penguin, 1969). [{828} Tamburlaine the Great; {829} The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus; {830} The Jew of Malta; {831} Edward II; despite listing an edition of all six plays, Ward refers to Dido, Queen of Carthage as "insignificant" and Massacre at Paris as "trivial"]

{832} Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand (1768-1848).
Memoires d'Outre-tombe. First published 1849-50.

{833} Carlos Fuentes (b. 1928).
Terra Nostra. First published 1975.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882).
The Portable Emerson. Selected and arranged by Mark Van Doren (Viking Press, 1946; Penguin, 1977).
[incl. {834} Nature; {835} The American Scholar]

David Jones (1895-1974).
{836} In Parenthesis. And {837} The Anathmeata.

Year 48:
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).
{838} Waverley; or, 'Tis Sixty Years Since. First published anonymously (3 vols., 1814).
[and {839} Wilhelm Hauff - Liechtenstein; {840} James Fenimore Cooper - Last of the Mohicans]

{841} Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540).
L'Historia d'Italia. First published 1561.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889).
Poems. Edited by W H Gardner and N H MacKenzie (4th ed. Oxford U P, 1970).

Henry James (1843-1916).
The American Novels and Stories. Edited by F O Matthiessen (Knopf, 1947) [{842} The Ivory Tower; {843} The Europeans; {844} Washington Square; {845} The Bostonians]. And {846} The Portrait of a Lady. First published 1881.

{847} Li Ho (791-817).
San-chia Li Ch'ang-chi Ko-shih.

{848} Amos Tutuola (b. 1920).
The Palm-Wine Drunkard, and His Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads' Town.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky (1893-1930).
Poems. Translated by Herbert Marshall (Hill & Wang, 1964; Dennis Dobson, 1965).
[incl. 'Kak Delat' Stikhi?']
[and {849} Klop; {850} Banya [1930]]

Ilango Adigal (2nd century A D).
{851} Shilappadikaram. ('The Ankle Bracelet'). 
[and {852} Cattanar - Manimekalai]

Bertrand, 3rd Earl Russell (1872-1970).
{853} History of Western Philosophy. First published 1946.
[and {854} The Analysis of Mind; {855} An Inquiry Into Meaning and Truth; {856} Human Knowledge]

{857} Shimazaki Harki ('Shimazaki Toson') (1872-1943).
Hakai. First published 1906.


continued at 27 December post...

25 December

A Christmas Bonus of portions of the Phliip Ward list, years 37-46 in a single post to leave room for a few other posts before the end of the year:

Year 37:
The New Oxford Book of American Verse, chosen and edited by Richard Ellmann (Oxford U P, 1976).

Antoine-Francois, l'Abbé Prévost (1697-1763).
{648} Memoires et Aventures d'un Homme de Qualité. 7 vols. 1728-31.
[incl. {649} Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut]

John Ruskin (1819-1900).
{650} Praeterita. First published 1885-9.
[and {651} Modern Painters; {652} The Stones of Venice; {653} Unto This Last; {654} Munera Pulveris]

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace) (65-8 B C).
{655} Odes.
[and {656} Epodes]

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).
Works. (Spring Books, 1963).
[incl. {657} The Picture of Dorian Gray; {658} De Profundis; {659} Lady Windermere's Fan; {660} A Woman of No Importance; {661} The Importance of Being Earnest; {662} An Ideal Husband]

{663} James Joyce (1882-1941).
Ulysses. First published in Paris, 1922.

Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (1831-1895).
Sobraniye Sochinenly. 11 vols., 1956-8.
[incl. {664} The March Hare; {665} Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District]

{666} Abolqasim Mansur Bin Hasan Firdausi (or Ferdowsi) (c. 940-1020).
Shahnameh. Composed between about 980 and about 1010.

Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920).
{667} Nazarín. First published 1895. {668} Halma. First published 1895. {669} Misericordia. First published 1897.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955).
Collected Poems (Knopf, 1954; Faber & Faber, 1955).
[incl. Opus Posthumous; {670} The Necessary Angel]

Year 38:
{671} Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920).
Fortunata y Jacinta. First published 1886-7.

{672} Jayadeva (12th century A D).

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703).
{673} Diary.
[and The Letters and Second Diary of Samuel Pepys]

{674} Gaius Petronius Arbiter (d. c. 65 or 66 A D).

Eugene O'Neill (1888-1955).
{675} A Long Day's Journey Into Night.
[and {676} Mourning Becomes Electra; {677} The Iceman Cometh]

Pre-Columbian Peru.
[incl. Francisco López de Jérez; Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala; Garcilaso de la Vega]

Josef Škvorecký (b. 1924).
{678} Zbabelic. Written in 1948-9 and first published 1958. And {679} Bassaxofon. First published 1967.

Demosthenes (384?-322 B C).
{680-682} Philippics, {683} Olynthiacs, and Minor Public orations.

Marina Ivanovna Tsvetayeva (1894-1941).
Selected Poems.

{684} Mary Anne Cross, nee Evans ('George Eliot') (1819-1880).
Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life. First published 1871-2 in installments. 

Year 39:
The Penguin Book of Latin American Verse, edited by E Caracciolo-Trejo (Penguin, 1971).

{685} Lu Yu (1125-1210).
Chien-nan Shih-kao. Definitive collection of poems published 1220.

Modern Czech Poetry. ["Modern Czech Poetry (1945; reprinted by Arden, 1979), an anthology translated by Ewald Osers and J K Montgomery"; Three Czech Poets (Penguin, 1971); Jaroslav Seifert - {686} The Plague Column; {687} An Umbrella From Piccadilly; Miroslav Holub - Selected Poems; Vladimir Holán - Selected Poems; {688} Noc s Hamletem]

{689} Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).
Walden, or Life in the Woods. First published 1854.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939).
Collected Poems (Definitive ed. Macmillan, 1956).
[incl. Irish Fairy and Folk Tales; {690} The Tower]

{691} Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923).
Osudy Dobréno Vojáka Švejka. Written 1920-3 and left unfinished.

Portuguese Voyages (1498-1663), edited by Charles David Ley.
[and {692} Fernão Mendes Pinto - Peregrinação; {693} Joâo de Barros - Décadas; {694} Castanheda - História; {695} Damião de Góis - Crónica de D. Manual; {696} Antonio de Galvão - [Tratado dos Descobrimentos, Antigos, e Modernos, Feitos Ate a Era de 1555. Com os Nomes Particulars das Pessos as Que os Fiserao: e em Que Tempos, e as Suas Alturas, e dos Desvairado Caminhos por Onde a Pimento, e Especiaria Veyo da India as Nossas, Partes, Obra Certo Muy Notavel, e Copiosa] Tratado; {697} Fr. Gaspar da Cruz - Tratado]

Like Water, Like Fire: An Anthology of Byelorussian Poetry From 1828 to the Present Day. Translated by Vera Rich (Allen and Unwin, 1971).

{698} Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881).
Idiot. First published 1868-9.

New Writing in Yugoslavia, edited by Bernard Johnson (Penguin, 1970).

Year 40:
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745).
{699} Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. By Lemuel Gulliver. First published 1726.
[and The Battle of the Books; {700} The Drapier's Letters]

Polish Post-War Poetry, selected and translated by Czeslaw Milosz (Penguin, 1970).

Natsume Kinnosuke (Natsume Soseki) (1867-1916).
{701} Kokoro. First published 1914.
[and {702} Michikusa]

Poems of Black Africa, edited and introduced by Wole Soyinka (Hinemann Educational, 1975).
[and Soyinka - 'Telephone Conversation']

James Cook (1728-1779).
The Journals of Captain James Cook on his Voyages of Discovery. First published 1773-1784.

Adam Bernard Mickiewicz (1798-1855).
{703} Pan Tadeusz. First published 1834.
[and Ballady i Romanse; {704} Poezye II]

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816).
Plays. Edited by Joseph Knight in World's Classics (Oxford U P, 1951).
[incl. {705} The Rivals; {706} The School for Scandal]

{707} Sasuntsi Davith. The Armenian national epic, translated as Daredevils of Sassoun by L Surmelian (Allen & Upwin, 1966).

Slawomir Mrozek (b. 1930).
{708} Tango. First performed in Polish 1964. And {709} The Ugupu Bird.

Romanian Poems: A Bilingual Anthology, by Sever Trifu and Dumitru Ciocoi-Pop (Dacia Publishing House, Cluf, 1972). And Poesía Rumana Contemporanea, translated into Spanish by Darie Novaceanu (Seix Barral, Barcelona, 1972).
[and Nichita Stanescu - The Still Unborn About the Dead--incl. {710} 11 Elegai]

Year 41:
{711} Anna Commena (1083-c. 1153).
Alexiad. Completed after 1148.

Moses Ben Jacob Ben Ezra (c. 1055-c. 1138).
Selected Poems. Bilingual edition, with translations by S de Solis-Cohen (Jewish Publication Society of America, 1934).

{712} Giovanni Battista Vico (1668-1744).
Principi di una Scienza Nuova Intorno Alla Natura Delle Nazioni. First published 1725.a Rust

Samuel Beckett (b. 1906).
{713} Molloy. {714} Malone Mueurt. {715} L'Innommable. Trilogy of novels first published respectively in 1947, 1951, and 1953. And {716} En Attendant Godot. First published 1952.

Vladimir Ilyrich Ulyanov ('Lenin') (1870-1917).
Selected Works (3 vols. Lawrence & Wishart, 1964). And {717} What Is to Be Done? Translated from Chto Delat'? (first published in Russian by Dietz of Stuttgart, 1902) by S V and P Uteching (Panther, 1970).

{718} Shota Rustaveli (fl. 1200).
Vepkhis-tqaosani. First critical edition 1712.

{719} Miguel de Unamuno (1846-1936).
Del Sentimiento Tragico de la Vida en Los Hombres y en Los Pueblos. First published 1913.

Robert Graves (b. 1895).
Collected Poems (Cassell, 1965; Doubleday, 1966).
[and {720} The White Goddess; {721} Goodbye to All That; {722} Wilfred Owen - Collected Poems]

{723} Theodor Fontane (1819-1898).
Effi Briest. First published 1895.

Modern Hungarian Poetry. [Th. Kabdebo, ed. - One Hundred Hungarian Poems (Albion Books, Manchester, 1976); Modern Hungarian Poetry edited by Miklos Vajda (Columbia U P, 1977)]
[and Lajos Kassák; Attila József; Gyula Illyés; Sándor Weöres; Ferenc Juhasz; Miklós Radnóti; János Pilinszky; László Nagy]  

Year 42:
Giovanni Verga (1840-1922).
{724} I Malavoglia. First published 1881. {725} Novelle Rusticane. First published 1883. {726} Mastro Don Gesualdo. First definitively published 1889.

{727} Jacques de Varagine (c. 1227-1298).
Legenda Aurea. Written before 1264.

{728} Guillaume de Lorris (c. 1212-c. 1237) and Jean de Meun (c. 1237-c. 1305).
Le Roman de la Rose.

Laurence Sterne (1713-1768).
{729} The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent. First published in 9 vols., 1760-1767.
[and {730} Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, by Mr. Yorick, 1768; {731} The Sermons of Mr. Yorick]

Hungarian Short Stories. With an introduction by A Alvarez. World's Classics (Oxford U P, 1967). And Folktales of Hungary by Linda Degh. Translated by J Halász (2nd ed., University of Chicago Press, 1969). 

Wang Shou-jen (Wang Yang-ming) (1472-1529).
{732} Instructions for Practical Living, and Other Neo-Confucian Writings [incl. {733} Inquiry on the Great Learning].

Akutagawa Ryunosuke (1892-1927).
Rashoman and Other Stories. Translated by Kojima Takashi (Bantham, 1959).
[and {734} Kappa; {735} Mori Ogai - The Wild Geese]

Judah Ha-levi (c. 1075-after 1140).
Selected Poems. Bilingual edition, with translations by N Salaman (Jewish Publication Society of America, Philadelphia, 1928).
[and {736} Ha-Levi - [Kuzari] Kitab al-Huyya wa 'd-Dalil fi Nusr ad-Din ad-Dalil]

James Joyce (1882-1941).
{737} Finnegans Wake. First published 1939.
[and {738} Dubliners; {717} A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; {739} Dylan Thomas - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog]

Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533).
{740} Orlando Furioso. Begun about 1503 and first published 1516. First definitive edition 1532.
[and {741} Matteo Boiardo - Orlando Innamorato]

Year 43:
{742} 'Currer Bell' (Charlotte Brontë) (1816-1855).
Jane Eyre. First published 1847.

{743} Pindar (c. 518-c. 438 B C).
The Odes, including the principal fragments.

{744} René Descartes (1596-1650).
Discours de la Méthode Pour Bien Conduire sa Raison & Chercher la Verité Dans les Sciences. First published 1637. 

{745} Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873).
I Promessi Sposi. First definitive edition 1840-2.

{746} Bhartrhari (7th century A D).
[Satakatraya] Poems. Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller (Columbia U P, 1967).

Sean O'Casey (1884-1964).
Three Plays: {747} Juno and the Paycock, {748} The Shadow of a Gunman, {749} The Plough and the Stars. First published in 1925, 1925 and 1926.
[and J M Synge - {750} The Playboy of the Western World; {75130} Riders to the Sea]

Vladimir Nabakov (1899-1977).
{752} Ada or Ador: A Family Chronicle
[and {753} Pale Fire; {754} Bend Sinister]

T'ao Ch'ien (365-427).
The Poetry of T'ao Ch'ien. Translated with commentary and annotation by J R Hightower (Oxford U P, 1970).

{755} Ivy Compton-Burnett (1892-1969).
A God and His Gifts.

{756} Gottfried Von Strassburg (f. 1210).
Tristan. Composed in the years up to 1210, but unfinished.

Year 44:
The Maya. [Historical and critical surveys are listed, plus an anthology, La Literatura de los Mayas by Demetrio Sodi M]

Ezra Pound (1885-1972).
{757} The Cantos.
[and Collected Shorter Poems (Faber & Faber, 1968); The Literary Essays (New Directions and Faber & Faber, 1954); {758} The Spirit of Romance; {759} The A B C of Reading; {760} Guide to Kulchur]

Mariano Azuela (1873-1952).
{761} Los de Abajo. First published in El Paso, Texas, 1916. Standard edition published by Pedro Robredo (Mexico City, 1938).
[and {762} Los Caciques; {763} Las Moscas]

Octavio Paz (b. 1914).
{764} El Laberinto de la Soledad: Vida y Pensamiento de Mexico. With Posdata. And Configurations [includes {765} Piedra de Sol and {766} Blanco].
[and Poemas (Seix Barral, Barcelona, 1979); {767} Ladera Este]

{768} Chu Hsi (1130-1200).
Chin-ssu lu. First published during the compiler's lifetime. Translated by Wing-tsit Chan, from the printed Chu Tzu i-Shu datable to about 1717, as Reflections on Things at Hand: The Neo-Confucian Anthology (Columbia U P, 1967).

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684).
The Chief Plays. Translated by Lacy Lockert (New ed. Princeton U P, 1957). [{769} Le Cid; {770} Polyeucute; {771} Cinna]

Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980).
{773} Los Pasos Perdidos. First published in Mexico Cit, 1953.
[and {774} El Recurso del Método]

Cesar Vallejo (1892-1938).
Obra Poética Completa. First published 1968.
[incl. {775} Los Heraldos Negros; {776} Trilce; {777} Poemas Humanos; {778} España, Aparta de Mi Este Cáliz]

{779} Hasan Ibn Ali Tusi, Nizam Al-Mulk (1018-1092).
Siyasatnama. Written 1086-1091.

Juan Jose Arreola (b. 1918).
{780} Confabulario Total, 1941-1961. First published 1962.
[and {781} La Feria; {782} Marcel Schwob - La Vies Imaginaires; Juan Rulfo - {783} El Llano en Llamas; {784} Pedro Páramo] 

Year 45:
{785} Naturalist on the River Amazons. First published 1863.

João Guimarães Rosa (1908-1967).
{786} Sagarana. First published 1946; definitive ed., 1956. {787} Grande Sertão: Veredas. First published 1956; definitive ed., 1958.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809).
{788} Rights of Man. First published 1791.
[and {789} Edmund Burke - Reflections on the Revolution in France; {790} Alexis de Tocqueville - L'Ancien Regime et la Revolution]

{791} Orlando & Claudio Villas Boas (b. 1916 and 1918 respectively).
Xingu: The Indians, Their Myths.

{792} Walt Whitman (1819-1892).
Leaves of Grass. First published 1855.

Gilberto Freyre (b. 1900).
{793} Casa-Grande & Senzala. First published 1933. And {794} Sobrados & Mucambos. First published 1936. And {795} Ordem & Progresso.

{796} Tokutomi Roka ('Tokutomi Kenjiro') (1868-1927).
Omoide no Ki. First published 1901.

{797} Theophrastus (c. 372 B C-c. 287 B C).
Characters. First published 319 B C.

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755).
{798} De l'Esprit des Loix. First published 1748.
[and {799} Lettres Persanes; {800} Considérations sur les Causes de la Grandeur des Romains et de Leur Décadence]

Year 46:
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (1799-1837).
{801} The Captain's Daughter and Other Stories. ['Peter the Great's Negro'; 'The Station-Master';' Queen of Spades'; 'Dubrovsky']

Torquato Tasso (1544-1595).
{802} Gerusalemme Liberata. First published complete 1581.
[and {803} Rinaldo; {804} Bernardo Tasso - Amadigi]

Herbert Read (1893-1968).
{805} The Contrary Experience: Autobiographies. And {806} The Green Child. First published by Heinemann, 1935.

Vidyapati Thakur (1352-1448?).
Love Songs.

{807} Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux (1688-1763).
Le Paysan Parvenu. First published 1735-6, but left unfinished.

Luis Velez de Guevara (1579-1644).
{808} El Diablo Cojuelo. First published 1641.
[and {809} Rodrigo Fernández de Ribera - Los Anteojos de Mejor Vista]

{810} Moshe Ben Maimon (Maimonides) (1135-1204).
Moreh Nebukhim. First published in Rome 1473-5.

{811} Hermann Broch (1886-1951).
Der Tod des Vergil. First published 1945.

{812} Milarepa (1052-1135).
Mila Grubum.

Apollonius Rhodius (fl. 220 B C).
{813} Argonautica.
[and Callimachus of Cyrene; {814} Theocritus - Idylls; Lawrence Durrell - {815} Justine; {816} Balthazar; {817} Mountolive; {818} Clea; {819} Bitter Lemons; {820} Reflections on a Marine Venus; {821} The Greek Islands]


continued at 26 December and 27 December posts...  

24 December

Year 35:
Anthology of Japanese Literature to the Nineteenth Century, introduced and compiled by Donald Keene (Penguin, 1968).

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950).
{622} Man and Superman. First published 1903. And {23} Saint Joan. First published 1924.

{624 Ihara Saikaku (1642-1693).
Koshoku Ichidai Onna. First published 1686.

Ch'an and Zen Teaching, edited, translated and explained by Lu K'uan Yu (Charles Luk) (3 vols., Rider, 1960-62).

Marie-René-Auguste-Alexis Léger ('St.-John Perse') (1887-1975).
Oeuvre Poétique. Gallimard, 1953.
[incl. {625} Anabasis; {626} Birds; {627} Chronique; {628} Eloges; {629} Exile; {630} Seamarks; {631} Winds]

{632} Matsuo Munefusa (Basho) (1644-1694).
Oku no Hosomichi.

{633} Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400).
The Canterbury Tales. Written between 1386 and 1400 in ten fragments but never finished.
[and {634Troilus and Criseyde}

{635} Ueda Tosaku (Ueda Akinari) (1734-1809).
Ugetsu Monogatori. First published 1776.

{636} Manyoshu.

{37} Epictetus (c. 55-135).

Year 36:
The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse. Translated with an introduction by Geoffrey Bownas and Anthony Thwaite (Penguin, 1964).

{638} Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859).
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. First published 1822, but definitively revised, 1856.

Twenty Plays of the Nō Theatre, edited by Donald Keene, with the assistance of Royall Tyler (Columbia U P, 1970).

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1980).
{639} The Family Moskat. First published 1950.
[and {640} In My Father's Country; {641} The Séance]

Hekigan Roku. Compiled about 1000. Translated as The Blue Cliff Records by R D M Shaw (Michael Joseph, 1961).

{642} Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974).
Evening Land/ Aftonland. First published 1953.

Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972).
{643} Yukiguni. First published in book form 1947. And {644} Sembazuru. First published 1949-51.

{645} Mabinogion. Translated by J Gantz (Penguin, 1976).

{646} Sei Shonagon (c. 966-after 1008).
Makura no Soshi.

{647} Marcus Annius Verus, later Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180, ruled 161-180). 
Works. [Meditations]


continued at 25 December26 December, and 27 December posts...