6 September

A transcription of the list from the original document: chapter III of Adventures in Genius.
Group I. Introductory
1. Thomson, J. A., The Outline of Science. 4v.

2. Clendening, L., The Human Body.

3. Kellogg, J. H., The New Diatetics; pp. 1-531, 975-1011.

4. James, Wm., Principles of Psychology. 2v.

5. Wells, H. G., The Outline of History; chapters 1-14. [combined with other excerpts below, Durant only excludes two chapters from this work, meaning that this entry consists of enough of the full text to count as a monograph instead of an excerpt]

6. Sumner, W. G., Folkways.

7. Frazer, Sir Jas., The Golden Bough. 1-vol. ed. [apparently referring to 1922 abridged version]

Group II. Asia and Africa
8. Breasted and Robinson, The Human Adventure. 2v. Vol. I, chs. 2-7. [combined with other excerpts below, Durant only excludes two chapters from this work, meaning that this entry consists of enough of the full text to count as a monograph instead of an excerpt] [originally published as two distinct works: The Conquest of Civilization by James Henry Breasted; and The Ordeal of Civilization by James Harvey Robinson]

5. Wells, chs. 15-21, 26.

9. Brown, Brian, The Wisdom of China.

10. The Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Amos, Micah, the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and Epistles of St. Paul.

11. Faure, Elie, History of Art. 4v. Vol I, chs. 1-3; vol. II, chs. 1-3.

12. Williams, H. S., History of Science. 5v. Bk. I, chs. 1-4.

Group III. Greece
8. Breasted and Robinson, vol. I, chs. 8-19.

5. Wells, chs. 22-25.

13. Bury, J. B., History of Greece. 2v.

14. Herodotus, Histories. (Everyman Library.)

15. Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War. (Everyman Library.)

16. Plutarch, Lives of Illustrious Men (esp. Lycurgus, Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Pericles, Alcibiades, Demosthenes, Alexander).

17. Murray, G., Greek Literature.

18. Homer, Iliad. Trans. Bryant. Selections.

19. Homer, Odyssey. Trans. Bryant. Selections.

20. Æschylus, Prometheus Bound. Trans. Eliz. Browning.

21. Sophocles, Œdipus Tyrannus, and Antigone. Trans. Young. (Everyman Library.)


22. Euripides, all plays so far translated by Gilbert Murray.

23. Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers.

24. Plato, Dialogues. Trans. Jowett. Esp. The Apology of Socrates, Phadeo, and The Republic (sections 327-32, 336-77, 384-85, 392-426, 433-35, 481-3, 512-20, 572-95). 1-v. ed. by Irwin Edman.

25. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.

26. Aristotle, Politics.

12. Williams, History of Science, bk. I, chs. 5-9.

11. Faure, History of Art, vol. I, chs. 4-7.

Group IV. Rome

8.  Breasted and Robinson, vol. I, chs. 20-30.

5. Wells, chs. 27-29.

16. Plutarch, Lives (esp. Cato Censor, Tiberius and Caius Gracchus, Marius, Sylla, Pompey, Cicero, Cæsar, Brutus, Antony).

27. Lucretius, On the Nature of Things. Trans. Munro. (Certain passages are admirably paraphrased in W. H. Mallock, Lucretius on Life and Death.)

28. Virgil, Æneid. Trans. Wm. Morris. Selections.

29. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. (Everyman Library.)

12. Williams, bk. I, chs. 10-11.

11. Faure, vol. I, ch. 8.

30. Gibbon, E., Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 6v. (Everyman Library.) Esp. chs. 1-4, 9-10, 14, 15-24, 26-28, 30-31, 35-6, 44, 71.

Group V. The Age of Christianity
8. Breasted and Robinson, vol. II, chs. 1-11.

5. Wells, chs. 30-34.

30. Gibbon, chs. 37-8, 47-53, 55-9, 64-5, 68-70.

31. Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat. Fitzgerald's paraphrase.

32. Moore, Geo., Héloïse and Abélard. 2v. 

33. Dante, Divine Comedy. Trans. Longfellow, or C. E. Norton.

34. Taine, H., History of English Literature, bk. I. [combined with other excerpts below, this entry includes enough of the text to warrant inclusion as a monograph, not an excerpt]

35. Chaucer, G., Canterbury Tales. (Everyman Library.) Selections.

36. Adams, H., Mont St.-Michel and Chartres.

12. Williams, bk. II, chs. 1-3.

11. Faure, vol. II, chs. 4-9.

37. Gray, C., History of Music, chs. 1-3, 5.

Group VI. The Italian Renaissance

5. Wells, ch. 35.

38. Symonds, J. A., The Renaissance in Italy. 7v. 

39. Cellini, B.Autobiography. Trans. Symonds.

40. Vasari, G., Lives of the Painters and Sculptors. 4v. Esp. Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

41. Höffding, H., History of Modern Philosophy. 2v. Sections on Bruno and Machiavelli.

42. Machiavelli, N., The Prince.

37. Gray, chs. 6, 8.

Group VII. Europe in the Sixteenth Century 8. Breasted and Robinson, vol. II, chs. 13-14.

43. Smith, P., The Age of the Reformation.

44. Faguet, E., The Literature of France; sections on the 16th century.

45. Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel.


46. Montaigne, Essays. 3v. (Everyman Library.) Esp. Of Coaches, Of the Incommodity of Greatness, Of Vanity, and Of Experience.

47. Cervantes, Don Quixote.

48. Shakespeare, Plays. Esp. Hamlet, Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Henry IV, Merchant at Venice, As You Like It, Midsummer Night's Dream, Timon of Athens, and The Tempest.

34. Taine, bk. II, chs. 1-4.

37. Gray, chs. 4,7.

12. Williams, bk. II, chs. 4-8.

11. Faure, vol. III, chs. 4-6.

Group VIII. Europe in the Seventeenth Century

8. Breasted and Robinson, vol II, ch. 15.

44. Faguet, sections on the 17th century.

49. La Rochefoucauld, Reflections.

50. Molière, Plays. Esp.TartuffeThe Miser, The Misanthrope, The Bourgeois Gentleman,
The Feast of the Statue (Don Juan).

51. Bacon, F., Essays. All. (Everyman Library.)

52. Milton, J., Lycidas, L'AllegroIl PenserosoSonnetsAreopagitica, and selections from Paradise Lost.

12. Williams, bk. II, chs. 9-13.

41. Höffding, sections on Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza, and Leibnitz.

53. Hobbes, Leviathan. (Everyman Library.)

54. Spinoza, Ethics, On the Improvement of the Understanding. (Everyman Library.)

11. Faure, vol. IV, chs. 1-4.

37. Gray, chs. 9-10.

Group IX. Europe in the Eighteenth Century

8. Breasted and Robinson, vol. II, chs. 16-21.

5. Wells, chs. 26-7.

44. Faguet, sections on the 18th century.

55. Sainte-Beuve, Portraits of the 18th Century.

56. Voltaire, Works. 1-vol. ed. Esp. Candide, Zadig, and essays on Toleration and History

57. Rousseau, J. J., Confessions.

58. Taine, H., Origins of Contemporary France. 6v. Vols. I-IV. [combined with other excerpts below, this entry includes enough of the text to warrant inclusion as a monograph, not an excerpt]

59. Carlyle, The French Revolution. 2v. (Everyman Library.)

34. Taine, History of English Literature, bk. III, chs. 4-7.

60. Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson. 2v. (Everyman Library.)

61.  Fielding, H., Tom Jones. (Everyman Library, 2v.)

62. Sterne, L., Tristram Shandy. (Everyman Library.)

63. Swift, J., Gulliver's Travels. (Everyman Library.)

64. Hume, D., Treatise on Human Nature. 2v. Esp. bks. II and III.

65. Wollstonecraft, Mary, Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

66. Smith, Adam, The Wealth of Nations. 2v. (Everyman Library.) Selections.

12. Williams, bk. II, chs. 14-15.

41. Höffding, sections on the 18th century.

11. Faure, vol. IV, chs. 5-6.

37. Gray, chs. 11-12.

Group X. Europe in the Nineteenth Century

8. Breasted and Robinson, vol. II, chs. 22-28.

5. Wells, chs. 38-9.

58. Taine, Origins of Contemporary France. Vol. V, The Modern Régime, pp. 1-90.

67.  Ludwig, E., Napoleon.

68. 
Brandes, G., Main Currents of 19th Century Literature. 6v.


69. Goethe, Faust.

70. Eckermann, Conversations with Goethe.

71. Heine, Poems. Trans. Louis Untermeyer.

34. Taine, History of English Literature, bks. IV-V.

72. Keats, Poems. 

73. Shelley, Poems.

74. Byron, Poems.

44. Faguet, sections on the 19th century.

75. Balzac, Père Goriot.

76. Flaubert, Works. 1-vol. ed. Esp. Mme. Bovary and Salammbo. 

77. Hugo, Les Misérables.

78. France, Anatole, Penguin Isle.

79. Tennyson, Poems

80. Dickens, Pickwick Papers.

81. Thackeray, Vanity Fair.

82. Turgeniev, Fathers and Children.

83. Dostoievski, The Brothers Karamazov.

84. Tolstoi, War and Peace.

85. Ibsen, Peer Gynt.

86. Darwin, Descent of Man.

87. Buckle, Introduction to the History of Civilization in England. Esp. Part I, chs. 1-5, 15.

88. Schopenhauer, Works. 1-vol. ed.


89. Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra.

11. Faure, vol. IV, chs. 7-8.

37. Gray, chs. 13-17.

Group XI. America
90. Beard, C. and M., The Rise of American Civilization. 2v.

91. Poe, Poems and Tales.

92. Emerson, Essays.

93. Thoreau, Walden.

94. Whitman, Leaves of Grass.

95. Lincoln, Letters and Speeches.

Group XII. The Twentieth Century

8. Breasted and Robinson, vol. II, 29-30.

5. Wells, chs. 40-41.

96. Rolland, R., Jean Christophe.

97. Ellis, H., Studies in the Psychology of Sex. Vols. I, II, III, VI.

98. Adams, H., The Education of Henry Adams.

99. Bergson, Creative Evolution.

100. Spengler, O., Decline of the West. 2v.