1 May

Anonymous, ca. 2000 B C E (Scribe Sin-Leqi-Unninni, ca. 700 B C E),
The Epic of Gilgamesh

Homer, ca. 800 B C E, 
The Iliad
The Odyssey

Confucius, 551-479 B C E,
The Analects

Aeschylus, 525-456/5 B C E,
The Oresteia

Sophocles, 496-406 B C E,
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus at Colonus

Euripides, 484-406 B C E, 
The Trojan Women
The Bacchae

Herodotus, ca. 484-425 B C E,
The Histories

Thucydides, ca. 470/460-400 B C E,
The History of the Peloponnesian War

Sun-tzu, ca. 450-380 B C E,
The Art of War

Aristophanes, 448-388 B C E,
The Clouds
The Birds

Plato, 428-348 B C E,
Selected Works
The Republic]

Aristotle, 384-322 B C E,
Ethics [esp. Books I, II, III, VI, and X]
Politics [esp. Books I and III]

Mencius, ca. 400-320 B C E,
The Book of Mencius

Attributed to Valmiki, ca. 300 B C E,
The Ramayana

Attributed to Vyasa, ca. 200 B C E,
The Mahabharata

Anonymous, ca. 200 B C E,
The Bhagavad Gita [part of the Mahabharata]

Ssu-ma Ch'ien, 145-86 B C E,
Records of the Grand Historian [esp. chapters 6, 68, and 87 in Volume I and chapters 30, 110, 118, 121, 124, and 129 in Volume II]

Lucretius, ca. 100-50 B C E
Of the Nature of Things

Virgil, 70-19 B C E,
The Aeneid

Marcus Aurelius, 121-180,

Saint Augustine, 354-430,

Kālid āsa, ca. 400,
The Cloud Messenger

Revealed to Mohammed, completed 650,
The Koran

Hui-neng, 638-713,
The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

Firdausi, ca. 940-1020,
Shah Nameh

Sei Shōnagon, ca. 965-1035,
The Pillow-Book

Lady Murasaki, ca. 976-1015,
The Tale of Genji

Omar Khayyam, 1048-?,
The Rubaiyat

Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321,
The Divine Comedy

Luo Kuan-chung, ca. 1330-1400,
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Geoffrey Chaucer, 1342-1400,
The Canterbury Tales

Anonymous, ca. 1500,
The Thousand and One Nights

Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469-1527,
The Prince

Francois Rabelais, 1483-1553,
Gargantua and Pantagruel

Attributed to Wu Ch'eng-en, 1500-1582,
Journey to the West

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533-1592,
Selected Essays [excerpts from Essais, incl. Apology for Raymond Sebond; That Intention Is Judge of Our Actions; Of Idleness; Of Liars; That the Taste of Good and Evil Depends in Large Part on the Opinion We Have of Them; That to Philosophize Is to Learn to Die; Of the Power of the Imagination; Of Custom, and Not Easily Changing an Accepted Law; Of the Education of Children; Of Friendship; Of Moderation; Of Cannibals; Of Solitude; Of the Inequality That Is Between Us; Of Ancient Customs; Of Democritus and Heraclitus; Of Vain Subtleties; Of Age; Of the Inconsistency of Our Actions; Of Drunkenness; Of Practice; Of the Affection of Fathers for Their Children; Of Books; Of Presumption; Of a Monstrous Child; Of the Resemblance of Children to Fathers; Of the Useful and the Honorable; Of Three Kinds of Association; On Some Verses of Virgil; Of the Art of Discussion; Of Vanity; Of Experience]

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 1547-1616,
Don Quixote

William Shakespeare, 1564-1616,
Complete Works
[incl. The Merchant of Venice;
Romeo and Juliet;
Henry IV. Part 1;
Henry IV, Part 2;
Troilus and Cressida;
Measure for Measure;
King Lear;
Antony and Cleopatra;
The Tempest;
Sonnets, nos. 18, 29, 30, 33, 55, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66, 71, 73, 94, 106, 107, 116, 129, 130, 144, 146]

John Donne, 1573-1631,
Selected Works [incl.

Songs and Sonnets;
First and Second Anniversaries; 
Holy Sonnets;

Anonymous, published 1618,
The Plum in the Golden Vase (Ching P'ing Mei)

Galileo Galilei, 1574-1642
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems

Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679,
Leviathan [esp. Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, chapters 32, 33, 42, and 56 from Parts 3 and 4, Review, Conclusion]

René Descartes, 1596-1650,
Discourse on Method

John Milton, 1608-1674,
Paradise Lost,
On the Morning of Christ's Nativity,

Molière, 1622-1673,
Selected Plays [incl.
The Imaginary Invalid ;
The School for Wives ;
The Misanthrope;
The Would-Be Gentleman;
The Miser;
Don Juan;
The Learned Ladies]

Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662,
Thoughts (Pensées)

John Bunyan, 1628-1688,
Pilgrim's Progress

John Locke, 1632-1704,
Second Treatise of Government [second part of Two Treatises of Government]
Essay Concerning Human Understanding*

Matsuo Bashō, 1644-1694,
The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Daniel Defoe, 1660-1731,
Robinson Crusoe

Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745,
Gulliver's Travels

Voltaire, 1694-1778,
Candide and other works [incl. 
Philosophical Dictionary; 
The Age of Louis XIV; 
Letters Concerning the English Nation]

David Hume, 1711-1776,
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Henry Fielding, 1707-1754,
Tom Jones

Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in, 1715-1763,
The Dream of the Red Chamber (also called The Story of the Stone)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778,

Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768,
Tristram Shandy

James Boswell, 1740-1795,
The Life of Samuel Johnson

Thomas Jefferson and others,
Basic Documents in American History, edited by Richard B. Morris

Hamilton, Madison, and Jay,
The Federalist Papers, 1787, edited by Clinton Rossiter [esp. nos. 1-51, 84, and 85]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749-1832,

William Blake, 1757-1827,
Selected Works
[incl. Poetical Sketches; 
Songs of Innocence; Songs of Experience; 
The Everlasting Gospel; 
Preface to Milton;
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell; 
All Religions Are One; 
There Is No Natural Religion; 
Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds's Discourses]

William Wordsworth, 1770-1850,
The Prelude
Selected Shorter Poems [incl.
'On the Beach at Calais'
'Tintern Abbey'
'Ode: Intimations of Immortality'
'Resolution and Independence'
'Ode to Duty']
Preface to The Lyrical Ballads (1800)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834,
'The Ancient Mariner'
Christabel; Kubla Khan
Biographia Literaria
Writings on Shakespeare

Jane Austen, 1775-1817,
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park*
Sense and Sensibility*

Stendhal, 1783-1842,
The Red and the Black
The Charterhouse of Parma*

Honoré de Balzac, 1799-1850,
Father Goriot
Eugénie Grandet
Cousin Bette

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882,
Selected Works [incl.
English Traits; 
eulogy for Thoreau;
The American Scholar; 
essays on Plato and 
Montaigne from Representative Men]

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864,
The Scarlet Letter
Selected Tales [incl.
'Young Goodman Brown'
'The Minister's Black Veil'
'The Birthmark'
'Rappaccini's Daughter']

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805-1859,
Democracy in America
The Old Regime and the Revolution*

John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873,
On Liberty
The Subjection of Women

Charles Darwin, 1809-1882,
The Voyage of the Beagle
The Origin of Species

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, 1809-1852,
Dead Souls

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849,
Short Stories and Other Works [incl. 
'The Murders in the Rue Morgue'
'The Purloined Letter'
'The Gold Bug'
'William Wilson']

William Makepeace Thackery, 1811-1863,
Vanity Fair

Charles Dickens, 1812-1870,
Pickwick Papers
David Copperfield
Great Expectations
Hard Times
Our Mutual Friend
The Old Curiosity Shop
Little Dorrit

Anthony Trollope, 1815-1882,
The Warden
The Last Chronicle of Barset
The Eustace Diamonds
The Way We Live Now

Charlotte Brontë, 1816-1855,
Jane Eyre

Emily Brontë, 1818-1848,
Wuthering Heights

Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862,
'Civil Disobedience'

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, 1818-1883,
Fathers and Sons

Karl Marx, 1818-1883, and Friedrich Engels, 1820-1895,
The Communist Manifesto

Herman Melville, 1819-1891,
'Bartleby the Scrivener'
Billy Budd, Foretopman*

George Eliot, 1819-1880,
The Mill on the Floss

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892,
Selected Poems [excerpts of Leaves of Grass, incl. 'Song of Myself'; 'I Sing the Body Electric'; 'Song of the Open Road'; 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry'; 'Song of the Answerer'; 'Song of the Broad-Axe'; 'Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking'; 'As I Ebbed With the Ocean of Life'; 'When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer'; 'By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame'; 'As Toilsome I Wandered Virginia's Woods'; 'The Wound-Dresser'; 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd'; 'There Was a Child Went Forth'; 'Proud Music of the Storm'; 'Passage to India'; 'Prayer of Columbus'; 'A Noiseless Patient Spider'; 'Years of the Modern']
Democratic Vistas
Preface to the first issue of Leaves of Grass (1855)
A Backward Glance O'er Travelled Roads [preface to November Boughs [1888]]

Gustave Flaubert, 1821-1880,
Madame Bovary
Three Tales*

Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881,
Crime and Punishment
Brat'ya Karamazovy

Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, 1828-1910,
War and Peace
Anna Karenina* 

Henrick Ibsen, 1828-1906,
Selected Plays  [incl.
Peer Gynt;
A Doll's House;
Hedda Gabler;
The Master Builder;
When We Dead Awaken;
The Wild Duck;
An Enemy of the People]

Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886,
Collected Poems [incl.
'The Grass So Little Has to Do'
'God Gave a Loaf to Every Bird'
'A Prison Gets to Be a Friend']

Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898,
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass

Mark Twain, 1835-1910,
Huckleberry Finn

Henry Adams, 1838-1918,
The Education of Henry Adams
Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres*

Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928,
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Dynasts*

William James, 1842-1910,
The Principles of Psychology
Four Essays from The Meaning of Truth
The Varieties of Religious Experience

Henry James, 1843-1916,
The Ambassadors
A Portrait of a Lady*
The Turn of the Screw

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, 1844-1900,
Thus Spake Zarathustra
The Genealogy of Morals
Beyond Good and Evil
and other works [incl. 
Ecce Homo; 
The Antichrist]

Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Selected Works, including
The Interpretation of Dreams
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
Civilization and Its Discontents
[also incl. 190) The Psychopathology of Everyday Life 
A History of the Psycho-Analytical Movement
New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
The Ego and the Id]

George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950,
Selected Plays and Prefaces [incl.
Man and Superman; 
Arms and the Man; 
The Devil's Disciple;
Caesar and Cleopatra;
Major Barbara;
Androcles and the Lion;
Heartbreak House;
Back to Methusela;
Saint Joan]

Joseph Conrad, 1857-1924,
Heart of Darkness; 'The End of the Tether'; 'Youth'

Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904,
Uncle Vanya
Three Sisters 
The Cherry Orchard
Selected Short Stories

Edith Wharton, 1862-1937,
The Custom of the Country
The Age of Innocence
The House of Mirth

William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939,
Collected Poems [incl. 
'September 1913'
'Two Songs From a Play'
'Under Ben Buiben']
Collected Plays
Autobiography [this entry is being listed as Autobiographies, the 1955 book consisting of six shorter, monographical works]

Natsume Soseki, 1867-1916,

Marcel Proust, 1871-1922,
Remembrance of Things Past

Robert Frost, 1874-1963,
Collected Poems 
[incl. 'Mending Wall'
'After Apple Picking'
'The Road Not Taken'
'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening']

Thomas Mann, 1875-1955,
The Magic Mountain
Death in Venice*
Mario and the Magician*

E M Forster, 1879-1970,
A Passage to India
Howards End*

Lu Hsün, 1881-1936,
Collected Short Stories [incl.
'Diary of a Madman'
'The True Story of Ah Q']

James Joyce, 1882-1941,
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man*

Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941,
Mrs. Dalloway
To the Lighthouse
The Waves

Franz Kafka, 1883-1924,
The Trial
The Castle
Selected Short Stories [incl. 
In the Penal Colony
The Metamorphosis]

D H Lawrence, 1885-1930,
Sons and Lovers
Women in Love

Tanizaki Junichiro, 1886-1965,
The Makioka Sisters

Eugene O'Neill, 1888-1953,
Mourning Becomes Electra
The Iceman Cometh
Long Day's Journey Into Night

T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965,
Collected Poems  [incl. 
"the Prufock poems of 1917" [this entry is assumed to be Prufrock and Other Observations, 1917; which, being included in the author's collected poems, has already indirectly been selected]; 
'The Waste Land';
Four Quartets
Collected Plays

Aldous Huxley, 1894-1963
Brave New World

William Faulkner, 1897-1962,
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
The Reivers*

Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961,
Short Stories [incl.
The Old Man and the Sea; 
'The Snows of Kilimanjaro'
'The Undefeated'
'My Old Man'
'The Killers'
'Fifty Grand']

Kawabata Yasunari, 1899-1972,
Beauty and Sadness
Snow Country*
The Master of Go

Jorge Luis Borges, 1899-1986,

Vladimir Nabokov, 1899-1977,
Pale Fire
Speak, Memory
The Defense*
King, Queen, Knave*

George Orwell, 1903-1950,
Animal Farm
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Burmese Days

R K Narayan, 1906- ,
The English Teacher
The Vendor of Sweets
Swami and Friends*

Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989,
Waiting for Godot
Krapp's Last Tape
Come and Go*
Malone Dies*
The Unnameable*

W H Auden, 1907-1973,
Collected Poems [incl.
'In Memory of W B Yeats';
'In Memory of Sigmund Freud'

Albert Camus, 1913-1960,
The Plague 
The Stranger

Saul Bellow, 1915- ,
The Adventures of Augie March
Humboldt's Gift

Aleksander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, 1918- ,
The First Circle
Cancer Ward

Thomas Kuhn, 1922-1996,
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Mishima Yukio, 1925-1970,
Confessions of a Mask
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea*
The Sea of Fertility

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1928- ,
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Chinua Achebe, 1930- ,
Things Fall Apart

Richard Adams, 1920- ,
Watership Down
The Girl in the Swing

Kingsley Amis, 1922-1995,
Lucky Jim

Sherwood Anderson, 1876-1941,
Winesburg, Ohio

Margaret Atwood, 1939- ,
The Handmaid's Tale

Louis Auchincloss, 1917- ,
The Rector of Justin
Collected Stories

James Baldwin, 1924-1987,
Giovanni's Room
The Fire Next Time

John Barth, 1930- ,
The Sot-Weed Factor
Tidewater Tales

Simone de Beauvoir, 1908-1986,
The Second Sex

Paul Bowles, 1910- ,
The Sheltering Sky

Fernand Braudel, 1902-1985,
The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II

Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956,
Mother Courage
The Good Woman of Szechuan
The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Joseph Brodsky, 1940-1996,
So Forth

Pearl Buck, 1892-1973,
The Good Earth

Mikhail Bulgakov, 1891-1940,
The Master and Margarita

Anthony Burgess, 1917-1993,
A Clockwork Orange

Italo Calvino, 1923-1985,
If on a Winters' Night a Traveler

Truman Capote, 1924-1984,
Other Voices, Other Rooms
Breakfast at Tiffany's
In Cold Blood

Rachel Carson, 1907-1964,
The Sea Around Us
Silent Spring

Willa Cather, 1873-1947,
My Ántonia
Death Comes for the Archbishop
Shadows on the Rock

John Cheever, 1912-1982,
Collected Stories

Robertson Davies, 1913-1995,
The Rebel Angels
What's Bred in the Bone
The Lyre of Orpheus

E L Doctorow, 1931- ,

Theodore Dreiser, 1871-1945,
Sister Carrie
An American Tragedy

Albert Einstein, 1879-1955,
The Meaning of Relativity: Four Lectures Delivered at Princeton University

Ralph Ellison, 1914-1994,
Invisible Man

F Scott Fitzgerald, 1886-1940,
This Side of Paradise
Tender Is the Night
The Great Gatsby

Ford Madox Ford, 1873-1939,
The Good Soldier

William Gaddis, 1922- ,
The Recognitions

Federico García Lorca, 1898-1936,
Collected Poems
[incl. Gypsy Ballds;
Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías]

William Golding, 1911-1993,
Lord of the Flies
The Spire

Robert Graves, 1895-1985,
I Claudius
Good-Bye to All That

Graham Greene, 1904-1991,
Stamboul Train
The Ministry of Fear
The Quiet American
The Heart of the Matter

Jaroslav Hasêk, 1883-1923,
The Good Soldier Schweik

Joseph Heller, 1923- ,

John Hersey, 1914-1993,
The Call
A Bell for Adano

Langston Hughes, 1902-1967,
'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' [originally published in Crisis 1921]
Montage of a Dream Deferred [esp. 'Harlem']
Collected Poems

John Irving, 1942- ,
The World According to Garp [1978]

Christopher Isherwood, 1904-1986,
The Berlin Stories (esp. Goodbye to Berlin)
Christopher and His Kind

James Jones, 1921-1977,
From Here to Eternity

Nikos Kazantakis, 1895-1957,
Zorba the Greek

Jack Kerouac, 1922-1969,
On the Road

Lau Shaw, 1899-1966,
Hsiang the Camel

Philip Larkin, 1922-1985,
Collected Poems

John LeCarré, 1931- ,
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1908- ,
Tristes Tropiques
Structural Anthropology
The Raw and the Cooked: Introduction to a Science of Mythology

Sinclair Lewis, 1885-1951,
Elmer Gantry

David Lodge, 1935- ,
Changing Places
Small World

Norman Mailer, 1923- ,
The Naked and the Dead
The Armies of the Night
The Executioner's Song

André Malraux, 1901-1976,
Man's Fate

Mary McCarthy, 1912-1989,
The Group

Carson McCullers, 1917-1967,
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Margaret Mead, 1901-1978,
Coming of Age in Samoa

Arthur Miller, 1915- ,
Death of a Salesman
The Crucible 

Toni Morrison, 1931- ,
Song of Solomon

Iris Murdoch, 1919- ,
A Severed Head
The Sandcastle

Robert Musil, 1880-1942,
The Man Without Qualities

Flannery O'Connor, 1925-1964,
Complete Stories

John O'Hara, 1905-1970,
Appointment at Samarra 
BUtterfield 8
Collected Stories

José Ortega y Gasset, 1883-1955,
The Revolt of the Masses

Boris Pasternak, 1890-1960,
Doctor Zhivago

Georges Perec, 1936-1982,
Life: A User's Manual

Harold Pinter, 1930- ,
The Caretaker

Robert Pirsig, 1928- ,
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Ezra Pound, 1885-1972,

Anthony Powell, 1905- ,
A Question of Upbringing
A Buyer's Market
The Acceptance World
At Lady Molly's
Casanova's Chinese Restaurant
The Kindly Ones
The Valley of Bones
The Soldier's Art
The Military Philosophers
Books Do Furnish a Room
Temporary Kings
Hearing Secret Harmonies  

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 1925- ,
This Earth of Mankind
Child of All Nations
House of Glass

V S Pritchett, 1900-1997,
Complete Collected Stories

Barbara Pym, 1913-1980,
Excellent Women
An Unsuitable Attachment

Thomas Pynchon, 1937- ,
Gravity's Rainbow

Erich Maria Remarque, 1898-1970,
Im Westen Nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front)

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926,
Duino Elegies
Sonnets to Orpheus

Ole Edvard Rølvaag, 1896-1931,
Giants in the Earth

Philip Roth, 1933- ,
Goodbye, Columbus
Portnoy's Complaint

Anatoli Rybakov, 1911- ,
Children of the Arbat
Dust and Ashes

J D Salinger, 1919- ,
Catcher in the Rye
Franny and Zooey
'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters'

Jean-Paul Satre, 1905-1980,
Being and Nothingness
No Exit

Simon Schama, 1945- ,

Leopold Sédar Senghor, 1906- ,
Selected Poems

Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968,
The Jungle

Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1904-1991,
Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories
The Magician of Lublin

Wole Soyinka, 1934- ,
The Interpreters
Death and the King's Horsemen

Wallace Stegner, 1909-1993,
The Big Rock Candy Mountain
Angle of Repose

John Steinbeck, 1902-1968,
Of Mice and Men
The Grapes of Wrath

Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955
Collected Poems

Lytton Strachey, 1880-1932,
Eminent Victorians
Queen Victoria

James Thurber, 1894-1961,
Is Sex Necessary? (w/ E B White)
My Life and Hard Times

J R R Tolkien, 1892-1973,
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

William Trevor, 1928- ,
Collected Stories

John Updike, 1932- ,
Rabbit, Run
Rabbit Redux
Rabbit Is Rich
Rabbit at Rest 

Gore Vidal, 1925- ,
Myra Breckinridge

Derek Walcott, 1930- ,
Collected Poems
Ti-Jean and His Brothers

James D Watson, 1928- ,
The Double Helix

Evelyn Waugh, 1903-1966,
Brideshead Revisited
The Loved One

Eudora Welty, 1909- ,
Collected Stories

Rebecca West, 1892-1983,
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Patrick White, 1912-1990,
Riders in the Chariot

Thornton Wilder, 1897-1975,
Our Town
The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Tennessee Williams, 1911-1983,
The Glass Menagerie
A Streetcar Named Desire

William Carlos Williams, 1883-1963,
Collected Poems

Richard Wright, 1908-1960,
Native Son
Black Boy