Well Educated Mind


Well Educated Mind Perpetual Challenge

Susan Wise Bauer wrote the book "Well Educated Mind" as a guide to the Classical Education you never had.  She outlines how to read a book from the standpoint of the grammar, logic and rhetoric stages. Read, think and formulate your opinion of what the story means to you. She recommends keeping a journal and outlining the story as you read.

Included in the book are her suggestions of great books to read from 5 genres: Fiction, Autobiography, History/Politics, Drama and Poetry. The books are listed chronologically and she suggests reading them in order. The genres are broken down into 5 chapters with a detail explanation how to read them and a synopsis is included on each title with the best edition to read.

Please join me in this perpetual challenge.  I seem to have more success with the Fiction list than any other so far.  The ones marked with a *** are completed.  The goal of the perpetual challenge is to read at least 3 books in any category, each year.  Listed are the suggestions in each category.

Fiction:
  1. Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes ***
  2. The Pilgrim's Progress -John Bunyan
  3. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  4. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen ***
  5. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens  ***
  6. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte  ***
  7. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. Moby Dick - Herman Melville  ***
  9. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  10. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
  11. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  12. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy  ***
  13. The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy
  14. The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
  15. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain  ***
  16. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
  17. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad  ***
  18. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton  ***
  19. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald  ***
  20. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Wolfe
  21. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  22. Native Son - Richard Wright 
  23. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  24. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  25. Seize the Day - Saul Bellow 
  26. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez  ***
  27. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino ***
  28. Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison  ***
  29. White Noise - Don DeLillo  ***
  30. Possession - A.S. Byatt

 Autobiography
  1. Augustine - The Confessions
  2. Margery Kempe - The Book of Margery Kempe
  3. Michele De Montaigne - Essays
  4. Teresa Of Avila - The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
  5. Rene Descartes - Meditations
  6. John Bunyan - Grace Abounding in the Chief of Sinners
  7. Mary Rowlandson - The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration
  8. Jean Jacques Rousseau - Confessions
  9. Benjamin Franklin - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  10. Henry David Thoreau - Walden 
  11. Harriet Jacobs - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself 
  12. Frederick Douglass - Life and Times of Frederick Douglas 
  13. Booker T. Washington - Up from Slavery 
  14. Friedrich Nietzsche - Ecce Homo
  15. Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf 
  16. Mohandas Gandhi - An Autobiography: The Story of my Experiments with Truth
  17. Gertrude Stein - Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas 
  18. Thomas Merton  - Seven Storey Mountain  ***
  19. C.S. Lewis - Surprised by Joy: the Shape of my Early Life
  20.  Malcolm X - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  21. May Sarton - Journal of a Solitude 
  22. Aleskandr Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago
  23. Charles W. Colson - Born Again
  24. Richard Rodriquez - Hunger of Memory: Education of Richard Rodriquez
  25. Jill Ker Conway - The Road from Coorain
  26. Elie Wiesel - All Rivers Run to the Sea

History/Politics
  1. Herodotus - The Histories
  2. Thucydides - The Peloponnesian War
  3. Plato - The Republic  ***
  4. Plutarch - Lives
  5. Augustine - The City of God
  6. Bede - The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
  7. Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince
  8. Sir Thomas More - Utopia
  9. John Locke - The True End of Civil Government 
  10. David Hume - The History of England, Volume V
  11. Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract
  12. Thomas Paine - Common Sense
  13. Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  14. Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 
  15. Alexis De Tocqueville - Democracy in America 
  16. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - Communist Manifesto
  17. Jacob Burckhardt - Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
  18. W.E.B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk
  19. Max Weber - The Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism
  20. Lytton Strachey - Queen Victoria
  21. George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier 
  22. Perry Miller - The New England Mind
  23. John Kenneth Galbraith - The Great Crash
  24. Cornelius Ryan - The Longest Day
  25. Betty Friedan - The Feminine Mystique
  26. Eugene D. Genovese - Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
  27. Barbara Tuchman - A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century
  28. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - All the President's Men
  29. James McPherson - Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
  30. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard
  31. Francis Fukuyama - End of History and the last Man

Drama
  1. Aeschylus - Agamemnon
  2. Sophocles - Oedipus the King
  3. Euripides - Medea
  4. Aristophanes - The Birds
  5. Aristotle - Poetics  ***
  6. Everyman (14th Century)
  7. Christopher Marlowe - Doctor Faustus
  8. William Shakespeare - Richard III
  9. William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
  10. William Shakespeare - Hamlet
  11. Moliere - Tartuffe 
  12. William Congreve - The Way of the World
  13. Oliver Goldsmith - She Stoops to Conquer 
  14. Richard Brinsley Sheridan - The School for Scandal 
  15. Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House 
  16. Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Ernest
  17. Anton Chekhov - The Cherry Orchard 
  18. George Bernard Shaw - Saint Joan
  19. T.S. Eliot - Murder in the Cathedral 
  20. Thornton Wilder - Our Town
  21. Eugene O'Neill - Long Day's Journey into Night
  22. Jean Paul Sartre - No Exit 
  23. Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire ***
  24. Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman
  25. Samuel Beckett - Waiting for Godot ***
  26. Robert Bolt - A Man for All Seasons
  27. Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  28. Peter Shaffer - Equus

Poetry 
  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh ***
  2. Homer - The Iliad and the Odyssey
  3. Greek Lyricists 
  4. Horace - The Odes 
  5. Beowolf 
  6. Dante Alighieri - Inferno
  7. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ***
  8. Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales
  9. William Shakespeare - Sonnets 
  10. John Donne 
  11. King James Bible - Psalms ***
  12. John Milton - Paradise Lost 
  13. William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience 
  14. Williams Wordsworth 
  15. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
  16. John Keats
  17.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  18. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  19. Walt Whitman
  20. Emily Dickinson ***
  21. Christina Rossetti
  22. Gerald Manley Hopkins
  23. William Butler Yeats
  24. Paul Laurence Dunbar
  25. Robert Frost ***
  26. Carl Sandburg
  27. William Carlos Williams
  28. Ezra Pounds
  29. T.S. Eliot
  30. Langston Hughes 
  31. W.H. Auden