17 September

The Great Books of the Western World's first edition, 1952, is more common and well-known than the 1990 second. However, the rules I've set up for this project mandate the latest/ last version of a list, so I use the second. Note that Hutchins had passed away in 1977, so was not directly involved in any changes made for the second edition.

The first and second volumes of the '90 set are Adler's Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas. This is not considered part of the list, though Van Doren includes it in his Joy of Reading. The '52 set had Robert Hutchins's The Great Conversation as the first volume, followed by the two volumes of the Syntopicon; apparently it is included in the '90 set, just not numbered.

The Comparison of Two Editions of the Great Books of the Western World found at the (defunct) web site, Great Books of the Western World (by Alan Nicoll, meant to accompany the discussion group, Great Conversation (and its accompanying site) which does seem to be alive and well) does not include Racine's Phèdre. Other tables of contents, such as at Wikipedia, do include it. I have personally checked a copy of the 1990 set held by the Emory University libraries, and indeed that play is included.

A few other sites to visit while perusing this selection of classics: The Great Conversation (Confessions of an Eavesdropper), where an English teacher documents his reading of the entire Great Books set; a New Yorker article by the none-too-pleased Dwight Macdonald, 'The Book-of-the-Millennium Club'; and an article from the the University of Chicago Chronicle about an archival collection pertaining to the Great Books project, 'Special Collections Tells the Story of a Cornerstone of American Education'.

Volume 3:
Homer - Iliad
Odyssey


Volume 4:
Aeschylus - The Suppliant Maidens
The Persians
Seven Against Thebes
Prometheus Bound
The Oresteia

Sophocles - The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus the King 
Oedipus at Colonus 
Antigone 
Ajax 
Electra 
The Trachiniae 
Philoctetes 

Euripides - Rhesus
Medea
Hippolytus
Alcestis
Heracleidae
The Suppliants
Trojan Women
Ion
Helen
Andromache
Electra
Bacchantes
Hecuba
Heracles 
Mad Phoenician Women
Orestes
Iphigeneia in Tauris
Iphigeneia at Aulis
Cyclops

Aristophanes - The Acharnians
The Knights
The Clouds
The Wasps
Peace
The Birds
The Frogs
Lysistrata
Thesmophoriazusae
Ecclesiazousae
Plutus 


Volume 5:
Herodotus - The History

Thucydides - History of the Peloponnesian War


Volume 6:
Plato - Dialogues: Charmides
Lysis
Laches
Protagoras
Euthydemus
Cratylus
Phaedrus
Ion
Symposium
Meno
Euthyphro
Apology
Crito
Phaedo
Gorgias
The Republic
Timaeus
Critias
Parmenides
Theaetetus
Sophist
Statesman
Philebus
Laws
The Seventh Letter


Volume 7:
Aristotle - [Organon] Categories
- On Interpretation
- Prior Analytics
- Posterior Analytics
- Topics
- Sophistical Refutations
Physics
On the Heavens
On Generation and Corruption
Meteorology
Metaphysics
On the Soul
[Parva Naturalia] On Sense and the Sensible
- On Memory and Reminiscence
- On Sleep and Sleeplessness
- On Dreams
- On Prophesying by Dreams
- On Longevity and Shortness of Life
- On Youth and Old Age
- On Life and Death
- On Breathing


Volume 8:
Aristotle - History of Animals
On the Parts of Animals
On the Motion of Animals
On the Gait of Animals
On the Generation of Animals
Nicomachean Ethics
Politics
The Athenian Constitution
Rhetoric
Poetics


Volume 9:
Hippocrates - Works

Galen - On the Natural Faculties


Volume 10: Euclid - The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements 

Archimedes - On the Sphere and Cylinder
Measurement of a Circle
On Conoids and Spheroids
On Spirals
On the Equilibrium of Planes
The Sand-Reckoner
Quadrature of the Parabola
On Floating Bodies
Book of Lemmas
The Method Treating of Mechanical Problems

Nicomachus of Gerasa - Introduction to Arithmetic


Volume 11: Lucretius - On the Nature of Things

Epictetus - The Discourses

Marcus Aurelius - The Meditations

Plotinus - The Six Enneads


Volume 12: Virgil - Eclogues
Georgics
Aeneid


Volume 13Plutarch - The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans


Volume 14: Tacitus - The Annals
The Histories


Volume 15Ptolemy - Almagest

Nicolaus Copernicus - On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres

Johannes Kepler - Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (Books IV–V)
The Harmonies of the World (Book V)


Volume 16:  Augustine of Hippo - The Confessions
The City of God
On Christian Doctrine


Volume 17:  Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica (First part complete, selections from second part)


Volume 18: Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica (Selections from second and third parts and supplement)


Volume 19: Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy

Geoffrey Chaucer - Troilus and Criseyde
The Canterbury Tales


Volume 20: John Calvin - Institutes of the Christian Religion (Selections)


Volume 21Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince

Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan


Volume 22François Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantagruel


Volume 23Erasmus - The Praise of Folly

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne - Essays


Volume 24:  William Shakespeare - The First Part of King Henry the Sixth 
The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth
The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth
The Tragedy of Richard the Third
The Comedy of Errors
Titus Andronicus
The Taming of the Shrew
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Love's Labour's Lost
Romeo and Juliet
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Life and Death of King John
The Merchant of Venice
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth
Much Ado About Nothing
The Life of King Henry the Fifth
Julius Caesar
As You Like It


Volume 25: William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Troilus and Cressida
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure
Othello, the Moor of Venice
King Lear
Macbeth
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
Timon of Athens
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Cymbeline
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth
Sonnets


Volume 26William Gilbert - On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies

Galileo Galilei - Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences

William Harvey - On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
On the Circulation of Blood
On the Generation of Animals


Volume 27Miguel de Cervantes - The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha


Volume 28: Sir Francis Bacon - The Advancement of Learning
Novum Organum
New Atlantis

René Descartes - Rules for the Direction of the Mind
Discourse on the Method
Meditations on First Philosophy
Objections Against the Meditations and Replies
The Geometry

Benedict de Spinoza - Ethics


Volume 29: John Milton - English Minor Poems: 
[the following selections constitute nearly all of Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin [1645] so that book is being listed instead of the individual poems:]
On the Morning of Christs Nativity and The Hymn;
A Paraphrase on Psalm 114
Psalm 136
The Passion
On Time
Upon the Circumcision
At a Solemn Musick
An Epitaph on the Marchioness of Winchester
Song of May Morning
On the University Carrier
Another on the Same
L'Allegro
Il Penseroso
Arcades
Lycidas
Comus;
Sonnets I, VII-X;

'On Shakespear'

[the following selections constitute nearly all of Poems, &c. Upon Several Occasions [1673] so that book is being listed instead of the individual poems:]
'On the Death of a Fair Infant Dying of a Cough';
'At a Vacation Exercise'; 
'The Fifth Ode of Horace';
Sonnets XI-XIV, XVIII, XIX;
'On the New Forcers of Conscience';
Psalms I-VIII, LXXX-LXXXVIII;

'Sonnet 15'
'Sonnet 16'
'Sonnet 17';
'Sonnet 22';

Paradise Lost
'Samson Agonistes'
Areopagitica


Volume 30: Blaise Pascal - The Provincial Letters
Pensées
Preface to the Treatise on the Vacuum
New Experiments Concerning the Vacuum
Account of the Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids
Treatises on the Equilibrium of Liquids and on the Weight of the Mass of the Air
On Geometrical Demonstration
Treatise on the Arithmetical Triangle
Correspondence With Fermat on the Theory of Probabilities


Volume 31: Molière - The School for Wives
The Critique of the School for Wives
Tartuffe
Don Juan
The Miser
The Would-Be Gentleman
The Imaginary Invalid

Jean Racine - Bérénice
Phèdre


Volume 32: Sir Isaac Newton - Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 
Optics

Christian Huygens - Treatise on Light


Volume 33: John Locke - A Letter Concerning Toleration 
Concerning Civil Government, Second Essay
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

George Berkeley - The Principles of Human Knowledge 

David Hume - An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding


Volume 34Voltaire - Candide

Denis Diderot - Rameau's Nephew


Volume 35: Baron de Montesquieu de Secondat - The Spirit of the Laws

Jean Jacques Rousseau - A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
A Discourse on Political Economy
The Social Contract


Volume 36Adam Smith -  An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations


Volume 37Edward Gibbon - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Part 1)


Volume 38: Edward Gibbon - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Part 2)


Volume 39:  Immanuel Kant - The Critique of Pure Reason
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
The Critique of Practical Reason
Preface and Introduction to the Metaphysical Elements of Ethics With a Note on Conscience
General Introduction to the Metaphysic of Morals
The Science of Right
The Critique of Judgement


Volume 40: American State Papers: The Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The Constitution of the United States of America

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay - The Federalist

John Stuart Mill - On Liberty
Representative Government
Utilitarianism


Volume 41James Boswell - The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.



Volume 42Antoine Laurent Lavoisier - Elements of Chemistry

Michael Faraday - Experimental Researches in Electricity



Volume 43: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - The Philosophy of Right
The Philosophy of History

Søren Kierkegaard - Fear and Trembling

Friedrich Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil


Volume 44Alexis de Tocqueville -  Democracy in America



Volume 45Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust

Honoré de Balzac - Cousin Bette



Volume 46Jane Austen -  Emma

George Eliot - Middlemarch



Volume 47Charles Dickens - Little Dorrit


Volume 48Herman Melville - Moby Dick; or, The Whale

Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn


Volume 49Charles Darwin - The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex


Volume 50Karl Marx - Capital
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels -  Manifesto of the Communist Party


Volume 51Count Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace


Volume 52Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky - The Brothers Karamazov

Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House
The Wild Duck
Hedda Gabler
The Master Builder



Volume 53William James - The Principles of Psychology


Volume 54: Sigmund Freud - The Origin and Development of Psycho-Analysis
Selected Papers on Hysteria [Chapters 1-10]
The Sexual Enlightenment of Children
The Future Prospects of Psycho-Analytic Therapy
Observations on "Wild" Psycho-Analysis
The Interpretation of Dreams
On Narcissism
Instincts and Their Vicissitudes
Repression
The Unconscious
A General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
The Ego and the Id
Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety
Thoughts for the Times on War and Death
Civilization and Its Discontents
New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis


Volume 55William James - Pragmatism

Henri Bergson -  An Introduction to Metaphysics

John Dewey -  Experience and Education

Alfred North Whitehead - Science and the Modern World

Bertrand Russell - The Problems of Philosophy

Martin Heidegger - What Is Metaphysics?

Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations

Karl Barth - The Word of God and the Word of Man



Volume 56Henri Poincaré - Science and Hypothesis

Max Planck - Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers

Alfred North Whitehead - An Introduction to Mathematics 

Albert Einstein - Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Arthur Eddington - The Expanding Universe

Niels Bohr -  Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature (selections)
Discussion with Einstein on Epistemology

G H Hardy - A Mathematician's Apology

Werner Heisenberg - Physics and Philosophy

Erwin Schrödinger - What Is Life?

Theodosius Dobzhansky - Genetics and the Origin of Species

C H Waddington - The Nature of Life



Volume 57Thorstein Veblen - The Theory of the Leisure Class

R H Tawney - The Acquisitive Society

John Maynard Keynes - The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money



Volume 58: Sir James George Frazer - The Golden Bough (selections)

Max Weber - Essays in Sociology (selections)

{} Johan Huizinga - The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Claude Lévi-Strauss - Structural Anthropology (selections)


Volume 59Henry James - The Beast in the Jungle

George Bernard Shaw - Saint Joan

Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness

Anton Chekhov - Uncle Vanya

Luigi Pirandello - Six Characters in Search of an Author

Marcel Proust - Remembrance of Things Past: "Swann in Love"

Willa Cather -  A Lost Lady

Thomas Mann - Death in Venice

James Joyce - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


Volume 60Virginia Woolf -  To the Lighthouse

Franz Kafka -  The Metamorphosis

D H Lawrence - 'The Prussian Officer'

T S Eliot - 'The Waste Land'

Eugene O'Neill - Mourning Becomes Electra

F Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

William Faulkner - 'A Rose for Emily'

Bertolt Brecht - Mother Courage and Her Children

Ernest Hemingway - 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'

George Orwell - Animal Farm

Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot