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Greater Books – Short List

Volume 1-9 Homer Herodotus Plato Aristotle

Volume 1

The Great Conversation

Volume 2-3


Volume 4


(rendered into English prose by Samuel Butler)

Volume 5


(translated into English verse by G.M. Cookson)


(translated into English prose by Sir Richard C. Jebb)


(translated into English prose by Edward P. Coleridge)


(translated into English verse by Benjamin Bickley Rogers)

Volume 6



Volume 7


The Dialogues (translated by Benjamin Jowett)

Volume 8-9


Volume 10-20 Hippocrates Archimedes Aurelius Ptolemy Corpernicus

Volume 10


  • Works


  • On the Natural Faculties

Volume 11



Apollonius of Perga

Nicomachus of Gerasa

Volume 12



Marcus Aurelius

Volume 13


(translated into English verse by James Rhoades)

Volume 14


Volume 15

P. Cornelius Tacitus

(translated by Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb)

Volume 16


Nicolaus Copernicus

Johannes Kepler

(translated by Charles Glenn Wallis)

Volume 17


Volume 18

Augustine of Hippo

Volume 19-20

Thomas Aquinas

John Calvin

Volume 28-38 Galileo Descartes Milton Pascal Newton Locke

Volume 28

William Gilbert

Galileo Galilei

William Harvey

Volume 29

Miguel de Cervantes

Volume 30

Sir Francis Bacon

Volume 31

René Descartes

Benedict de Spinoza


Jean Racine

Volume 32

John Milton

Volume 33

Blaise Pascal

Volume 34

Sir Isaac Newton

Christian Huygens


Denis Diderot

Volume 35

John Locke

George Berkeley

David Hume

Volume 36

Jonathan Swift

Laurence Sterne

Volume 37

Henry Fielding

Volume 38

Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Volume 39-49 Smith Kant Nietzsche Austen Dickens Darwin

Volume 39

Adam Smith

Volume 40-41

Edward Gibbon

Volume 42

Immanuel Kant

Volume 43

American State Papers

Alexander HamiltonJames MadisonJohn Jay

John Stuart Mill

Søren Kierkegaard

Friedrich Nietzsche

Volume 44

James Boswell

Alexis de Tocqueville

Volume 45

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier

Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier

  • Analytical Theory of Heat

Michael Faraday

  • Experimental Researches in Electricity

Honoré de Balzac

Volume 46

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Jane Austen

George Eliot

Volume 47

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Charles Dickens

Volume 48

Herman Melville

Mark Twain

Volume 49

Charles Darwin

Volume 50-55 Marx Tolstoy James Freud Russell
Volume 56-60 Einstein Schrödinger Shaw Eliot Orwell

Volume 56

Henri Poincaré

  • Science and Hypothesis

Max Planck

  • Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers

Alfred North Whitehead

  • An Introduction to Mathematics

Albert Einstein

  • Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Arthur Eddington

  • The Expanding Universe

Niels Bohr

  • Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature (selections)
  • Discussion with Einstein on Epistemology

G. H. Hardy

Werner Heisenberg

  • Physics and Philosophy

Erwin Schrödinger

Theodosius Dobzhansky

C. H. Waddington

  • The Nature of Life

Volume 57

Thorstein Veblen

R. H. Tawney

  • The Acquisitive Society

John Maynard Keynes

Volume 58

Sir James George Frazer

Max Weber

  • Essays in Sociology (selections)

Johan Huizinga

Claude Lévi-Strauss

  • Structural Anthropology (selections)

Volume 59

Henry James

George Bernard Shaw

Joseph Conrad

Anton Chekhov

Luigi Pirandello

Marcel Proust

Willa Cather

Thomas Mann

James Joyce

Volume 60

Virginia Woolf

Franz Kafka

D. H. Lawrence

T. S. Eliot

Eugene O’Neill

F. Scott Fitzgerald

William Faulkner

Bertolt Brecht

Ernest Hemingway

George Orwell

Samuel Beckett