21 June

The works listed here are those discussed and recommended in the first-sixth chapters: 'Playful Imaginations', 'Heroes of Their Time', 'Love's Mysteries', 'Words From the Wise', 'Everyday Magic', and 'Lives of Consequence'. (Dirda uses c. as an abbreviation for circa, whereas I prefer ca. so that c. can stand for century.)

Lucian (c. 115-200 B C)
The True History
 

Lucius, or The Ass 

Dialogues of the Dead
 

Dialogues of the Heterae*

Dialogues of the Gods*

Essays

 

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) 
Rameau’s Nephew

Other Works 
(incl. Encyclopedia; 
The Indiscreet Jewels; 
Supplement to the Voyage to Bougainville;
The Nun;
'This Is Not a Story';
Jacques the Fatalist)

 

Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)
Crotchet Castle

Other Novels 
(incl.
Nightmare Abbey;
Gryll Grange;
Maid Marian)

 

Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
Seven Men
 

A Christmas Garland

Zuleika Dobson

Selected Essays 
(incl. anthology And Even Now)

 

Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923)
The Good Soldier Švejk

 

Ivy Compton-Burnett (1884-1969)
Brothers and Sisters [1929]
 

Manservant and Maidservant

Other Novels 
(incl.
Daughters and Sons;
Parents and Children;
A House and Its Head;
A Father and His Fate;
Darkness and Day;
Pastors and Masters;
The Present and the Past)

 

S J Perelman (1904-1979)
The Most of S J Perelman (esp. 'Strictly From Hunger'; 'Cloudland Revisited' series)


Italo Calvino (1923-1985)
Invisible Cities
 

The Castle of Crossed Destinies
 

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler

 

Edward Gorey (1925-2000)
Amphigorey

Amphigorey Too

Amphigorey Also

Amphigorey Again


Beowulf (eighth century)


Abolqasem Ferdowsi (940?-1020)
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings


The Icelandic Sagas (twelfth to fifteenth centuries) (incl.
Njal Saga

Laxdaela Saga

Grettir Saga

Egil Saga)


Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
Plays (incl. 
The Jew of Malta;
Dr. Faustus;
The Tragedy of Dido;
Edward II;
Tamburlaine)

Poems


Émile Zola (1840-1902)
Germinal

Other Novels 
(incl. 
L'Assommoir;
Nana;
La Bête Humaine;
Au Bonheur des Dames;
La Terre)


Ernst Jünger (1895-1998)
48) Storm of Steel

 
James Agee (1909-1955)
49) Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
   
Film Criticism

 
Sappho (fl. ca. 600 B C E)
Poems and Fragments

 
Arthurian Romances (twelfth and thirteenth centuries) (incl.
Chrétien de Troyes - Yvain, or The Knight of the Lion

Gottfried von Strassburg -Tristan

Wolfram von Eschenbach - Parzival)

 
Marie-Madeleine de la Fayette (1634-1693)
53) The Princess of Clèves


Sören Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Diary of a Seducer [part of Either/ Or]


George Meredith (1828-1909)
Modern Love


C P Cavafy (1863-1933)
Collected Poems 
(incl. 'Waiting for the Barbarians';
'The God Abandons Antony';
'Ithaka';
'A Byzantine Nobleman in Exile Composing Verses';
'The Melancholy of Iason Kleandros, Poet in Kommagini, 595 C E';
'And I Lounge and Lay on Their Beds')


Georgette Heyer (1902-1974)
The Grand Sophy

Venetia

Friday's Child

Cotillion 

A Civil Contract


Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)
Selected Poetry 
(incl. 'Evening';
'Rosary';
'White Flock';
Requiem;
Poem Without a Hero)


Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989)
Rebecca


Lao-Tse (ca. 570 B C)
Tao tê Ching


Heraclitus (fl. ca. 500 B C)
Philosophical Fragments


Cicero (106-43 B C)
On Duties

Discussions at Tusculum

The Dream of Scipio [part of De re Publica]

The Letters to Atticus


Erasmus (1466?-1536)
The Praise of Folly


The English Religious Tradition (incl.
The King James Bible

The Book of Common Prayer

John Bunyan - The Pilgrim's Progress

Isaac Watts - Hymns

Charles Wesley - Hymns

George Whitefield - Sermons

Jonathan Edwards - Sermons)


Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677)
Ethics

Theological-Political Treatise


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
The Vanity of Human Wishes

Rasselas

Essays From the Rambler and the Idler

Lives of the Poets


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (fourteenth century)

Pearl*


The Classic Fairy Tales (incl.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Hans Christian Andersen

Charles Perrault

Countess d'Aulnoy
[incl. 'The Yellow Dwarf']

Angela Carter - 'The Comany of Wolves' [from The Bloody Chamber]

Tanith Lee - Red as Blood[, or Tales From the Sisters Grimmer])


E T A Hoffmann(1776-1822)
Short Stories 
(incl. 'The Golden Pot';
'The Sandman';
'Mademoiselle de Scudery';
'The Mines of Falun')

The Devil's Elixirs*


Prosper Mérmiée (1803-1870)
Short Stories 
(incl. Carmen;
'Mateo Falcone';
''La Double Méprise';
'The Spanish Witches';
'Djoumane';
Lokis;
Colomba;
'The Venus of Ille')

The Chronicle of the Reign of Charles IX*

 
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
The Secret Garden

Little Ford Fauntleroy*

A Little Princess*

 
E Nesbit (1858-1924)
Five Children and It

The Story of the Treasure-Seekers*

The Railway Children*

The Story of the Amulet*

Wet Magic*

The Phoenix and the Carpet*

 
John Masefield (1878-1967)
The Box of Delights

 
Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Memoirs of a Midget

Other Works
(incl. 'The Listeners';
Peacock Pie;
'Seaton's Aunt';
'All Hallows';
'The Riddle';
'Crewe';
The Return)

 
Plutarch (fl.ca. 66)
Parallel Lives of the Greeks and Romans



Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576)
The Book of My Life

The Secrets of Eternity*


John Aubrey (1626-1697)
Brief Lives


Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Selected Poems 
(incl. Essay on Criticism;
The Rape of the Lock;
'Elegy for an Unfortunate Lady';
'Eloisa to Abelard';
'Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot';
The Dunciad


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
The Social Contract

Confessions

On the Origin of Inequality

Julie, or The New Héloïse*

Émile, or On Education*

Discourse on the Sciences and Arts

Reveries of a Solitary Walker*


Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself


Jacob Burckhardt (1818-1897)
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy


Henry James (1843-1916)
Collected Letters

Collected Essays

The American Scene

Italian Hours [twenty essays, only two of which had not been previously published in periodicals or other books, 1873-1902; many of the works were revised for this book, published 1909; see the Notes on the Text for Library of America's version]

A Small Boy and Others

The Turn of the Screw*

The Aspern Papers*

The Beast in the Jungle*


W H Auden (1907-1973)
Selected Poems 
(incl. 'Meiosis';
'Ode';
'Letter to Lord Byron';
'The Sea and the Mirror';
'The Platonic Blow';
'Spain';
'September 1, 1939';
elegies for Yeats and Freud;
'On the Circuit';
'The Cave of Making')

The Dyer's Hand

The Enchafèd Flood

Forewords and Afterwords

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