Bibliothèque Idéale

A list of books that have contributed to my understanding, with the understanding that it could be different on the next blue moon.

Homer: The Iliad (850 B.C.)

Herodotus: Histories (480-425 B.C.)

Plato: Dialogues (427-348 B.C.)

Aeschylus: Oresteia (459 B.C.)

Sophocles: Oedipus (496-406 B.C.)

Lycophron: Alexandra (285-247 B.C.)

Vergil: Aeneid (19 B.C.)

The Bible

Petronius: The Satyricon (66)

Damascius the Diadoque: The First Principles (533?)

The I Ching

Confucius and Mencius: The Four Books

Lao-tse: Tao te Ching

Li-Po: The Poetry and Career of Li Po

Murasaki Shikibu: Tale of Genji (1015?)

Sei Shonogon: Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Dante: Divina Commedia (1321)

Villon: Le Petit et Le Grand Testament (1456 & 1461)

Rabelais: The Five Books (1532-1564).

Montaigne: Essays (1580)

Cervantes: Don Quixote (1605)

Shakespeare: Complete works (1590-1612)

Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)

Molière: Théatre (1661-1673)

Pascal: Pensèes (1670 & 1844)

DeFoe: Robinson Crusoe (1719-20)

Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

Richardson: Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740-42)

Fielding: Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749)

Rousseau: Confessions (1775-76)

Kant: Critique of Pure Reason (1781)

Kant: Critique of Practical Reason (1788)

Blake: Songs of Innocence and Experience (1789-94)

Hegel: The Phenomenology of the Spirit (1807)

Fourier: Théorie des Quatre Mouvements (1808)

Equiano: The Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789)

Goethe: Faust (1808)

Goethe: Conversations (1836)

Poe: Complete works (1809-1849)

Stendhal: Le Rouge et le Noir (1830)

Stendhal: La Chartreuse de Parme (1839)

Gogol: Dead Souls (1842)

Whitman: Leaves of Grass (1855)

Baudelaire: Les Fleurs de Mal (1857)

Dostoyevsky: The Idiot (1868)

Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Marx: Capital (1867)

Lautrèmont: Les Chants de Maldoror (1868)

Flaubert: L’Education Sentimentale (1869)

Flaubert: Bouvard et Pècuchet (1881)

Rimbaud: Une Saison en Enfer (1873)

Nietzsche: Also sprach Zarathustra (1883-92)

Mallarmè: Oeuvres Complètes (1893)

Wilde: The Importance of being Earnest (1895)

Valèry: Monsieur Teste (1896)

Jarry: Oeuvres Complètes (1900)

Freud: Interpretation of Dreams (1900)

Cavafy: Poems (1904)

H. James: Notebooks.

Grahame: The Wind in the Willows (1908)

G. Stein: Three Lives (1909)

R. Roussel: Impressions d’Afrique (1910).

G. Stein: The Making of Americans (1911)

Joyce: Ulysses (1921)

Proust: A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (1913-27).

Vaihinger: The Philosophy of ‘As if” (1924)

Herriman: Krazy Kat (1913-44)

Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (1925)

Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises (1926)

Cather: My Mortal Enemy (1926)

Suzuki: Essays in Zen Buddhism (1927)

Breton: Nadja (1928)

Musil: Man without Qualities (1930-42)

Celine: Voyage au Bout de la Nuit (1932)

Celine: Mort à Credit (1936)

H. Green: Party Going (1939)

Joyce: Finnegans Wake (1939)

Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)

Garcia Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York (1940)

M. Moore: Collected Poems (1951)

Adorno: Minima Moralia (1951)

W. Stevens: The Necessary Angel (1951)

Tutuola: The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952)

O’Connor: Wise Blood (1952)

Queneau: La Dimanche de la Vie (1952)

Beckett: Watt (1953)

W. Stevens: Collected Poems (1954)

Mann: Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull (1954)

Nabokov: Lolita (1955)

Achebe: Things Fall Apart (1958)

Southern: The Magic Christian (1960)

Cabrera Infante: Tres Tristes Tigres (1965)

Capote: In Cold Blood (1966)

Berryman: The Dream Songs (1969)

Stoppard: Travesties (1975)

Portis: The Dog of the South (1979)

Von Rezzori: Memoirs of an Anti-Semite (1981)

R.F. Thompson: The Flash of the Spirit (1983)

Chatwin: The Songlines (1987)

Arenas: Before Night Falls (1993)

James: A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014)

2 Responses to “Bibliothèque Idéale”
  1. Julie says:

    what a list! May I ask you, do you know Foucaults The Order of Discourse? I will use your list. thank you.

    • KT says:

      I’ve read Foucault but not the the Order of Discourse. Could you mean The Order of Things? If so, I’ll order it on your recommendation.

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