4 December

Year 1:
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll') (1832-1898)
The Complete Works. (Modern Library, 1937; Nonesuch Library, 1939).
[incl. {1} Symbolic Logic; {2} Game of Logic; {3} Pillow Problems; {4} A Tangled Tale; {5} Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; {6} Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There; {7} The Hunting of the Snark, esp. in the form of Martin Gardner's Annotated Snark (Penguin, 1967)]

Plato (c. 429-347 B C).
{8} Apology, {9} Crito, {10} Phaedo.

The Old Testament.

Vaclav Havel (b. 1936).
{11} Zahradní Slavnost.
{12} Vyrozumení.

{13} The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (c. 55-c. 120 A D).
{14} Annales. And {15} Historiae.

Ondra Lysohorsky (b. 1905).
Selected Poems, selected and introduced by Ewald Osers (Cape, 1971).

Ernst Hans Gombrich (b. 1909).
{16} The Story of Art. First published 1950.

Poem Into Poem: World Poetry in Modern Verse Translation, introduced and edited by George Steiner (Penguin, 1970).

Pierre Abélard (1079-1143) and Héloïse (1101-1164).
Letters. And the {17} Historia Calamitatum of Abélard.


Year 2:
{18} The New Testament

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (c. 69-after 121 A D).
{19} De Vita Caesarum. First published 1470.

'Murasaki Shikibu' (c. 978-1030).
{20} Genji Monogatari.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
Tragedies. First published 1623.
"A recommended order to read the tragedies is chronological, beginning with {21} Romeo and Juliet (1594-95 - like most dates, conjectural), {22} Hamlet (1600-02), {23} All's Well That Ends Well (1602), {24} Troilus and Cressida (1602), {25} Othello (1604-05), {26} Measure for Measure (1604), {27} King Lear (possibly Shakespeare's greatest achievement, 1605-06), {28} Macbeth (1605-06), {29} Antony and Cleopatra (1607), {30} Coriolanus (1608), {31} Timon of Athens (1608), and {32} Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1608)." Ward also especially recommends Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet and Verdi's operas for Macbeth and Othello.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890).
Complete Letters. 3 vols. (Thames & Hudson, 1958; new ed., New York Graphic Society, 1978, distributed by Little, Brown).

Alexei Maximovich Peshkov (Maxim Gorki) (1868-1936).
{33} Na Dne. The Lower Depths and other plays.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834).
The Portable Coleridge. (Viking and Penguin, 1961).
[incl. 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan']

Lin Yutang (b. 1895).
{34} The Importance of Living.

Aeschylus (525-456 B C).
{35} Oresteia.

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