7 September

The Psalms of David

Homer. The Odyssey. Butcher and Long's Prose Translation.

The Bacchanals. The Bacchae of Euripides. Translated by Professor Gilbert Murray.

Horace. Any selection in Latin of The Odes of Horace and complete prose translation published by Macmillan.

Catullus. Any Latin edition and the prose translation published by Macmillan bound up with Tibullus.


Dante's Divine Comedy. Best edition the 'Temple Classics', in three small volumes, with the Italian original and English prose translation on opposite pages.

François Rabelais. The English translation with the Doré illustrations. [Though not listing it, Powys's note about the illustrations indicates that he's referring to Gargantua and Pantagruel.]

Candide. Any French edition or English translation.

Shakespeare. In the Temple edition.

Milton. Any edition.
(incl. Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained, a Poem, in IV Books, to Which Is Added Samson Agonistes)

Sir Thomas Browne. Religio Medici and Urn Burial. In the 'Scott Library' series.

Goethe. Faust, translated in English Poetry by Bayard Taylor. Wilhelm Meister, in Carlyle's translation [presumably referring to both novels: Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre and Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre, Oder Die Entsagenden, both translated by Carlyle]. Goethe's Conversations With Eckerman, translation in Bohn's Library. 

Nietzsche. Zarathustra, The Joyful Wisdom, and Ecce Homo are all translated in the English edition of Foulis and published in America by Macmillan. Lichtenberger's exposition of his doctrines is in the same series. The most artistic life of him is by Daniel Halêvy, translated from the French.

Heine. Heine's Prose works with the 'Confessions', translated in the 'Scott Library'. A good short life of Heine in the 'Great Writers' Series.

Sudermann. Song of Songs. Translation into English published by Huebsch of New York.

Hauptmann. The Fool in Christ.

Ibsen. Any edition of Ibsen containing the Wild Duck.

Strindberg. The Confessions of a Fool.

Emerson. Routledge's complete works of Emerson, or any other edition containing everything in one volume.

Walt Whitman. The complete unexpurgated edition of all of his poems [Leaves of Grass, presumably, plus other works], with his prose works and Mr. Traubel's books about him as a further elucidation.

Edgar Lee Masters. Spoon River Anthology, published by Macmillan.

Theodore Dreiser. The Titan

Cervantes. Don Quixote. In any translation except those vulgarized by eighteenth century taste.

Victor Hugo. The Toilers of the Sea. In any translation.

Balzac. Lost Illusions. Cousin Bette. Pére Goriot. Human Comedy, in any translation. Saintsbury's is as good as any.


Guy de Maupassant. Le Maison Tellier. Madame Tellier's Establishment. [Though there is an 1881 collection of stories called Le Maison Tellier, Powys is referring only to the story.] Any translation, preferably not one bound in paper or in an 'Edition de Luxe'.
(plus 'A Farm Girl''Love')

Stendhal (Henri Beyle). Le Rouge et le Noir. Either the original French or any translation, if possible with a preface; for the life of Stendhal is of extraordinary interest.

Anatole France. L'Orme de Mail. L'Abbe Jerome Coignard. Le Livre de Mon Ami. Either in French or the authorized English translation.

Remy de Gourmont. Une Nuit au Luxembourg. Translated with a preface by Arthur Ransome, published by Luce, Boston.
[plus Litany of the Rose]

Paul Bourget. Le Disciple.

Romain Rolland. Jean Christophe. Translated by Gilbert Cannon.

Gabriele D'Annunzio. The Flame of Life. The Triumph of Death.

Dostoievsky. Crime and Punishment. The Idiot. The Brothers Karamazov. The Insulted and Injured. The Possessed. Translated by Constance Garnett and published by Macmillan. Other translations in Everyman's Library.

Turgeniev. Virgin Soil. A Sportsman's Sketches. Translated by Constance Garnett. And Lisa in Everyman's Library.

Gorki -- Foma Gordyeff. Translation published by Scribners.


Tchekoff -- Seagull. Tchekoff's plays and short stories are published by Scribners in admirable translations.


Artzibasheff. Sanine, translation published by Huebsch.


Sterne -- Tristram Shandy.

[plus The Sentimental Journey]

Jonathan Swift. Tale of a Tub.


Charles Lamb. The Essays of Elia.


Sir Walter Scott. Guy Mannering. Bride of Lammermoor. Heart of Midlothian.


Thackeray. The History of Henry Esmond.


Charles Dickens. Great Expectations.


Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice.


Emily Brontë. Wuthering Heights.


George Meredith. Harry Richmond.


Henry James. The Ambassadors. The Tragic Muse. The Soft Side. The Better Sort [incl. The Beast in the Jungle]. The Wings of the Dove. The Golden Bowl.


Thomas Hardy. Tess of the D'Urbervilles. The Return of the Native. The Mayor of Casterbridge. Far From the Madding Crowd. Wessex Poems.


Joseph Conrad. Chance. Lord Jim. Victory. Youth. Almayer's Folly. Published by Doubleday Page & Co. with a critical monograph, so admirably written (it is given gratis) by Wilson Follet that one longs to see more criticism from such an accomplished hand.

Walter Pater. Marius the Epicurean. Studies in the Renaissance. Imaginary Portraits. Plato and Platonism. Gaston de Latour.

George Bernard Shaw. Man and Superman.
[plus Fanny's First Play, Androcles, Pygmalion]

Gilbert K Chesterton. Orthodoxy.

Oscar Wilde. Intentions. The Importance of Being Earnest. Salomé. De Profundis.
[plus The Soul of Man Under Socialism]

Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book.

Charles L Dodgson. Alice in Wonderland. The edition with the original illustrations.
[plus Through the Looking Glass]

John Galsworthy. The Country House. The Man of Property. Fraternity.

W Somerset Maugham. Of Human Bondage.

Gilbert Cannan. Round the Corner.

Vincent O'Sullivan. The Good Girl. Published by Dutton & Co.

Oliver Onions. The Story of Louie.
[plus In Accordance With the Evidence; The Debit Account]

Arnold Bennett. Clayhanger.
[plus Hilda Lessways; These Twain; Old Wives' Tale; Anna of the Five Towns]

Oxford Book of English Verse.