The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo - An epic tale of beauty and sadness, The Hunchback of Notre Dame portrays the sufferings of humanity with compassion and power.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - In this story of the trials of the peasant Jean Valjean–a man
unjustly imprisoned, baffled by destiny, and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized, ambiguously malevolent police detective
Javert–Hugo achieves the sort of rare imaginative resonance that allows a work of art to transcend its genre.
Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac - A masterful study of a father whose sacrifices for his daughters
have become a compulsion, this novel marks Balzac's 'real entrée' into La Comédie Humaine, his series of almost one hundred novels and short
stories meant to depict “the whole pell-mell of civilization.
The Atheist's Mass by Honore de Balzac - Bianchon, who was with Desplein all through his last illness,
dares not affirm to this day that the great surgeon died an atheist.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Dostoyevsky’s first masterpiece, the novel is a
psychological analysis of the poor student Raskolnikov, whose theory that humanitarian ends justify evil means leads him to murder a St. Petersburg
Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Violating literary conventions in ways never before
attempted, this classic tells of a mid-19th-century Russian official's breakaway from society and descent 'underground'.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - The story of fiercely independent Elizabeth Bennet, one of five
sisters who must marry rich, as she confounds the arrogant, wealthy Mr. Darcy.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen - A wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that
revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.
The Tao Te Ching by Laozi - Reportedly written by a sage named Lao Tzu over 2,500 years ago, the Tao Te
Ching is one of the most succinct and yet among the most profound spiritual texts ever written.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - A scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who learns how to create life and
creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful
The Complete Works of P.B. Shelley - One of the major English Romantic poets and is widely considered
to be among the finest lyric poets in the English language.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - The old story still stands up as one of the best adventure yarns for
children who are interested in tales of shipwreck.
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe - Defoe’s excellence it is, to make me forget my specific class,
character, and circumstances, and to raise me while I read him, into the universal man.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver’s encounters with the
petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish
Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunk
father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. But when Huck’s dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi
river with runaway slave, Jim.
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes - In 1651, Hobbes published his work about the relationship between the
government and the individual. More than four centuries old, this brilliant yet ruthless book analyzes not only the bases of government but also
physical nature and the roles of man.
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche - In the book the philosopher attempts to systematically
sum up his philosophy through a collection of 296 aphorisms grouped into nine different chapters based on their common theme.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche - This book addresses the problem of how to live a
fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of “the death of God.” His solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence,
which he calls “the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot - A dark fantasy drawing on contemporary scientific interest in the
physiology of the brain, mesmerism, phrenology, and experiments in revification, it is Eliot’s anatomy of her own moral philosophy.
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence - The first modern portrayal of a phenomenon that later, thanks to
Freud, became easily recognizable as the Oedipus complex.
Women in Love by DH Lawrence - Women in Love examines the ill effects of industrialization on the human
psyche, resolving that individual and collective rebirth is possible only through human intensity and passion.
White Fang by Jack London - The story of a wolf-dog who endures great cruelty before he comes to know
Call of the Wild by Jack London - This gripping story follows the adventures of the loyal dog Buck, who
is stolen from his comfortable family home and forced into the harsh life of an Alaskan sled dog.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - Lamenting the loss of a gentle but passionate woman, the narrator
drinks, yet somberly dwells on her name.
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe - The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its
dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe.
Dracula by Bram Stoker - A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation,
language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written.
Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker - Set in central England, the work is brimming with adventure and
Discourse by Descartes - One of the few works of philosophy that absolutely every educated person
needs to read at least once.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created.