Monday, October 14, 2013

Novels in the Great Books

The reading for October is Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels'.  This got me thinking about the pure stories in the Great Books.  Outside of the science, history and pure philosophy, we have storytelling.  That breaks down neatly between theater (Aeschylus, Shakespeare), poetry (Homer, Milton) and what are probably best described as novels.  This is a list of the novels, including a breakdown on when we'll come across them in the reading list.

  • Gargantua and Pantagruel - Rabelais; (two parts) June of year one and June of year seven
  • Gulliver's Travels - Swift; October of year two
  • Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky; (two parts) November of year three and November of year four
  • Moby Dick - Melville; October of year four
  • Don Quixote - Cervantes; (two parts) July of year five and July of year 10
  • War and Peace - Tolstoy; (two parts) November of year five and December of year six
  • Tristam Shandy - Sterne; July of year eight
  • Tom Jones - Fielding; July of year nine

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