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Great Books of the Western World (60 vols.)

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Encyclopædia Britannica, Robert P. Gwinn 1990

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Overview

Imagine: the entirety of the Western canon at your fingertips.

The makers of Encyclopaedia Britannica bring you the Great Books of the Western World. Comprising 60 volumes containing 517 works written by 130 authors, these texts capture the major ideas, stories, and discoveries that shaped Western culture.

 

The foundational library for a liberal arts education, the Great Books include works of literature, classics, mathematics and natural sciences, history and social sciences, philosophy and religion. From Homer to Hemingway, Aquinas to Nietzsche, and Galileo to Einstein, the classic conversations spanning history now continue in your digital library.

Gain insight into these conversations with the Syntopicon. A guide to the 102 major ideas that define the Western tradition, the Syntopicon is the product of 10 years of research and unites the 517 works in this library. It includes an extensive introduction to each of the 102 ideas and traces their development in history. The Syntopicon also lists every place these ideas are referenced in the Great Books library. In Logos, the Syntopicon integrates directly into the texts themselves. Jump from an idea or sub-idea in the Syntopicon right to the source with a simple click.

With Logos your library is connected. Important terms link to dictionaries and encyclopedias. Powerful searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you with tablet and mobile apps. With Logos, you can join the great conversation like never before.

Key Features

  • Comprises 60 volumes containing 517 works written by 130 authors
  • Includes the Syntopicon, a two-volume index of the 102 major ideas that unite the Great Books
  • Presents works of literature, philosophy, religion, history, science, and more

Product Details

Individual Titles

Vol. 1: The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas I

  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 850

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Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Angel
  • Animal
  • Aristocracy
  • Art
  • Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Beauty
  • Being
  • Cause
  • Chance
  • Change
  • Citizen
  • Constitution
  • Courage
  • Custom and Convention
  • Definition
  • Democracy
  • Desire
  • Dialectic
  • Duty
  • Education
  • Element
  • Emotion
  • Eternity
  • Evolution
  • Experience
  • Family
  • Fate
  • Form
  • God
  • Good and Evil
  • Government
  • Habit
  • Happiness
  • History
  • Honor
  • Hypothesis
  • Idea
  • Immortality
  • Induction
  • Infinity
  • Judgment
  • Justice
  • Knowledge
  • Labor
  • Language
  • Law
  • Liberty
  • Life and Death
  • Logic
  • Love

Vol. 2: The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas II

  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 1,049

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Contents:

  • Man
  • Mathematics
  • Matter
  • Mechanics
  • Medicine
  • Memory and Imagination
  • Metaphysics
  • Mind
  • Monarchy
  • Nature
  • Necessity and Contingency
  • Oligarchy
  • One and Many
  • Opinion
  • Opposition
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Pleasure and Pain
  • Poetry
  • Principle
  • Progress
  • Prophecy
  • Prudence
  • Punishment
  • Quality
  • Quantity
  • Reasoning
  • Relation
  • Religion
  • Revolution
  • Rhetoric
  • Same and Other
  • Science
  • Sense
  • Sign and Symbol
  • Sin
  • Slavery
  • Soul
  • Space
  • State
  • Temperance
  • Theology
  • Time
  • Truth
  • Tyranny and Despotism
  • Universal and Particular
  • Virtue and Vice
  • War and Peace
  • Wealth
  • Will
  • Wisdom
  • World

Vol. 3: Homer

  • Author: Homer
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: Richmond Lattimore
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 549

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Contents:

  • The Iliad and Odyssey

Vol. 4: Aeschylus. Sophocles. Euripides. Aristophanes

  • Authors: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: William Arrowsmith, David Barrett, Seth G. Benardete, Witter Bynner, Robert Fitzgerald, Ralph Gladstone, David Grene, Michael Jameson, Frank William Jones, Richmond Lattimore, John Moore, John Frederick Nims, Alan H. Sommerstein, Emily Townsend Vermeule, Charles R. Walker, Rex Warner, Ronald Frederick Willetts, and Elizabeth Wyckoff
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 913

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Contents:

  • The Suppliant Maidens, by Aeschylus and Seth G. Benardete
  • The Persians, by Aeschylus and Seth G. Benardete
  • Seven Against Thebes, by Aeschylus and David Grene
  • Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus and David Grene
  • Agamemnon, by Aeschylus and Richmond Lattimore
  • The Libation Bearers, by Aeschylus and Richmond Lattimore
  • The Eumenides, by Aeschylus and Richmond Lattimore
  • Oedipus the King, by Sophocles and David Grene
  • Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles and Robert Fitzgerald
  • Antigone, by Sophocles and Elizabeth Wyckoff
  • Ajax, by Sophocles and John Moore
  • Electra, by Sophocles and David Grene
  • The Women of Trachis, by Sophocles and Michael Jameson
  • Philoctetes, by Sophocles and David Grene
  • Rhesus, by Euripides and Richmond Lattimore
  • The Medea, by Euripides and Rex Warner
  • Hippolytus, by Euripides and David Grene
  • Alcestis, by Euripides and Richmond Lattimore
  • The Heracleiadae, by Euripides and Ralph Gladstone
  • The Suppliant Women, by Euripides and Frank William Jones
  • The Trojan Women, by Euripides and Richmond Lattimore
  • Ion, by Euripides and Ronald Frederick Willetts
  • Helen, by Euripides and Richmond Lattimore
  • Andromache, by Euripides and John Frederick Nims
  • Electra, by Euripides and Emily Townsend Vermeule
  • The Bacchae, by Euripides and William Arrowsmith
  • Hecuba, by Euripides and William Arrowsmith
  • Heracles, by Euripides and William Arrowsmith
  • The Phoenician Women, by Euripides and Elizabeth Wyckoff
  • Orestes, by Euripides and William Arrowsmith
  • Iphigenia in Tauris, by Euripides and Witter Bynner
  • Iphigenia in Aulis, by Euripides and Charles R. Walker
  • The Cyclops, by Euripides and William Arrowsmith
  • The Acharnians, by Aristophanes and Alan H. Sommerstein
  • The Knights, by Aristophanes and Alan H. Sommerstein
  • The Clouds, by Aristophanes and Alan H. Sommerstein
  • The Wasps, by Aristophanes and David Barrett
  • Peace, by Aristophanes and Alan H. Sommerstein
  • The Birds, by Aristophanes and David Barrett
  • The Frogs, by Aristophanes and David Barrett
  • Lysistrata, by Aristophanes and Alan H. Sommerstein
  • The Poet and the Women, by Aristophanes and David Barrett
  • The Assemblywomen, by Aristophanes and David Barrett
  • Wealth, by Aristophanes and Alan H. Sommerstein

Vol. 5: Herodotus. Thucydides

  • Authors: Herodotus and Thucydides
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler and R. Feetham
  • Translators: Richard Rawley and George Rawlinson
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 628

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Contents:

  • The History, by Herodotus and George Rawlinson
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides and Richard Rawley

Vol. 6: Plato

  • Author: Plato
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: J. Harward and Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 821

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Contents:

  • Dialogues, by Plato and Benjamin Jowett
  • The Seventh Letter, by Plato and J. Harward

Vol. 7: Aristotle I

  • Author: Aristotle
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: J.I. Beare, E.M. Edghill, R.K. Gaye, R.P. Hardie, A.J. Jenkinson, H.H. Joachim, G.R.G. Mure, W.A. Pickard-Cambridge, G.R.T. Ross, W.D. Ross, J.A. Smith, J.L. Stocks, and E.W. Webster
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 946

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Contents:

  • Categories, by Aristotle and E.M. Edghill
  • On Interpretation, by Aristotle and E.M. Edghill
  • Prior Analytics, by Aristotle and A.J. Jenkinson
  • Posterior Analytics, by Aristotle and G.R.G. Mure
  • Topics, by Aristotle and W.A. Pickard-Cambridge
  • On Sophistical Refutations, by Aristotle and W.A. Pickard-Cambridge
  • Physics, by Aristotle, R.P. Hardie, and R.K. Gaye
  • On the Heavens, by Aristotle and J.L. Stocks
  • On Generation and Corruption, by Aristotle and H.H. Joachim
  • Meteorology, by Aristotle and E.W. Webster
  • Metaphysics, by Aristotle and W.D. Ross
  • On the Soul, by Aristotle and J.A. Smith
  • On Sense and the Sensible, by Aristotle and J.I. Beare
  • On Memory and Reminiscence, by Aristotle and J.I. Beare
  • On Sleep and Sleeplessness, by Aristotle and J.I. Beare
  • On Dreams, by Aristotle and J.I. Beare
  • On Prophesying by Dreams, by Aristotle and J.I. Beare
  • On Longevity and Shortness of Life, by Aristotle and G.R.T. Ross
  • On Youth and Old Age, On Life and Death, On Breathing, by Aristotle and G.R.T. Ross

Vol. 8: Aristotle II

  • Author: Aristotle
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: A.S.L. Farquharson, Benjamin Jowett, Frederic G. Kenyon, William Ogle, Arhtur Platt, W. Rhys Roberts, W.D. Ross, and D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 705

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Contents:

  • History of Animals, by Aristotle and D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson
  • On the Parts of Animals, by Aristotle and William Ogle
  • On the Motion of Animals, by Aristotle and A.S.L. Farquharson
  • On the Gait of Animals, by Aristotle and A.S.L. Farquharson
  • On the Generation of Animals, by Aristotle and Arhtur Platt
  • Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle and W.D. Ross
  • Politics, by Aristotle and Benjamin Jowett
  • The Athenian Constitution, by Aristotle and Sir Frederic G. Kenyon
  • Rhetoric, by Aristotle and W. Rhys Roberts
  • On Poetics, by Aristotle and Ingram Bywater

Vol. 9: Hippocrates. Galen

  • Authors: Hippocrates and Galen
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Francis Adams and Arthur John Brock
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 463

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Contents:

  • Hippocratic Writings, by Hippocrates and Francis Adams
  • On the Natural Faculties, by Galen and Arthur John Brock

Vol. 10: Euclid. Archimedes. Nicomachus

  • Authors: Euclid, Archimedes, and Nicomachus of Gerasa
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Martin L. D’Ooge and Thomas L. Heath
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 649

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Contents:

  • Euclid’s Elements, by Euclid and Sir Thomas L. Heath
  • The Works of Archimedes, Including The Method, by Archimedes and Sir Thomas L. Heath
  • The Introduction to Arithmetic of Nicomachus, by Nicomachus of Gerasa and Martin L. D’Ooge

Vol. 11: Lucretius. Epictetus. Marcus Aurelius. Plotinus

  • Authors: Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Plotinus
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Rolfe Humphries, George Long, Stephen MacKenna, and B.S. Page
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 690

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Contents:

  • The Way Things Are, by Lucretius and Rolfe Humphries
  • Discourses, by Epictetus and George Long
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius and George Long
  • The Six Enneads, by Plotinus, Stephen MacKenna, and B.S. Page

Vol. 12: Virgil

  • Author: Virgil
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: C. Day Lewis
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 330

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Contents:

  • Eclogues, by Virgil and C. Day Lewis
  • Georgics, by Virgil and C. Day Lewis
  • The Aeneid, by Virgil and C. Day Lewis

Vol. 13: Plutarch

  • Author: Plutarch
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: John Dryden
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 905

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Contents:

  • The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, by Plutarch and John Dryden

Vol. 14: Tacitus

  • Author: Tacitus
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: Alfred John Church and William Jackson Brodribb
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 327

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Contents:

  • The Annals and The Histories, by Tacitus, Alfred John Church, and William Jackson Brodribb

Vol. 15: Ptolemy. Copernicus. Kepler

  • Authors: Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Johannes Kepler
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: R. Catesby Taliaferro and Charles Glenn Wallis
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 1,099

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Contents:

  • The Almagest, by Ptolemy and R. Catesby Taliaferro
  • On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, by Nicolaus Copernicus and Charles Glenn Wallis
  • Epitome of Copernican Astronomy: IV-V, by Johannes Kepler and Charles Glenn Wallis
  • The Harmonies of the World: V, by Johannes Kepler and Charles Glenn Wallis

Vol. 16: Augustine

  • Author: Augustine
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Marcus Dods, R.S. Pine-Coffin, and J.F. Shaw
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 799

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Contents:

  • The Confessions, by Augustine and R.S. Pine-Coffin
  • The City of God, by Augustine and Marcus Dods
  • On Christian Doctrine, by Augustine and J.F. Shaw

Vol. 17: Aquinas I

  • Author: Thomas Aquinas
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler and Daniel J. Sullivan
  • Translator: Laurence Shapcote
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 842

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Contents:

  • Summa Theologica, by Thomas Aquinas and Father Laurence Shapcote

Vol. 18: Aquinas II

  • Author: Thomas Aquinas
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler and Daniel J. Sullivan
  • Translator: Laurence Shapcote
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 1,100

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Contents:

  • Summa Theologica, continued, by Thomas Aquinas and Father Laurence Shapcote

Vol. 19: Dante. Chaucer

  • Authors: Dante and Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Nevill Coghill and Charles S. Singleton
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 488

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Contents:

  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante and Charles S. Singleton
  • Troilus and Criseyde, by Geoffrey Chaucer and Nevill Coghill
  • The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer and Nevill Coghill

Vol. 20: Calvin

  • Author: John Calvin
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: Henry Beveridge
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 471

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Contents:

  • Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin and Henry Beveridge

Vol. 21: Machiavelli. Hobbes

  • Authors: Nicolò Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Nelle Fuller and W.K. Marriott
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 296

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Contents:

  • The Prince, by Nicolò Machiavelli and W.K. Marriott
  • Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes and Nelle Fuller

Vol. 22: Rabelais

  • Author: François Rabelais
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Thomas Urquhart and Peter Motteux
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 330

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Contents:

  • Gargantua and Pantagruel, by François Rabelais, Sir Thomas Urquhart, and Peter Motteux

Vol. 23: Erasmus. Montaigne

  • Authors: Desiderius Erasmus and Michel de Montaigne
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Donald M. Frame and Betty Radice
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 609

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Contents:

  • Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus and Betty Radice
  • Essays, by Michel de Montaigne and Donald M. Frame

Vol. 24: Shakespeare I

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler, William George Clarke, and William Aldis Wright
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 634

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Contents:

  • The Plays and Sonnets, vol. 1, by William Shakespeare

Vol. 25: Shakespeare II

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler, William George Clarke, and William Aldis Wright
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 615

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Contents:

  • The Plays and Sonnets, vol. 2, by William Shakespeare

Vol. 26: Gilbert. Galileo. Harvey

  • Authors: William Gilbert, Galileo Galilei, and William Harvey
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Henry Crew, Alfonso de Salvio, P. Fleury Mottelay, and Robert Willis
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 510

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Contents:

  • On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies, by William Gilbert and P. Fleury Mottelay
  • Concerning the Two New Sciences, by Galileo Galilei, Henry Crew, and Alfonso de Salvio
  • On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William Harvey and Robert Willis
  • On the Circulation of the Blood, by William Harvey and Robert Willis
  • On the Generation of Animals, by William Harvey and Robert Willis

Vol. 27: Cervantes

  • Author: Miguel de Cervantes
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: Samuel Putnam
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 529

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Contents:

  • The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes and Samuel Putnam

Vol. 28: Bacon. Descartes. Spinoza

  • Authors: Francis Bacon, René Descartes, and Benedict de Spinoza
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler and A.H. Stirling
  • Translators: Elizabeth S. Haldane, Marcia L. Latham, G.R.T. Ross, David Eugene Smith, and W.H. White
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 711

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Contents:

  • Advancement of Learning, by Francis Bacon
  • Novum Organum, by Francis Bacon
  • New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
  • Rules for the Direction of the Mind, by René Descartes, Elizabeth S. Haldane, and G.R.T. Ross
  • Discourse on the Method, by René Descartes, Elizabeth S. Haldane, and G.R.T. Ross
  • Meditations on First Philosophy, by René Descartes, Elizabeth S. Haldane, and G.R.T. Ross
  • Objections Against the Meditations and Replies, by René Descartes, Elizabeth S. Haldane, and G.R.T. Ross
  • The Geometry, by René Descartes, David Eugene Smith, and Marcia L. Latham
  • Ethics, by Benedict de Spinoza and W.H. White

Vol. 29: Milton

  • Author: John Milton
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler and H.C. Beeching
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 422

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Contents:

  • English Minor Poems, by John Milton
  • Paradise Lost, by John Milton
  • Samson Agonistes, by John Milton
  • Areopagitica, by John Milton

Vol. 30: Pascal

  • Author: Blaise Pascal
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler, Thoms M’Crie, W.F. Trotter, and Richard Scofield
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 497

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Contents:

  • The Provincial Letters, by Blaise Pascal
  • Pensées, by Blaise Pascal
  • Scientific Treatises, by Blaise Pascal

Vol. 31: Molière. Racine

  • Authors: Molière and Jean Racine
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Morris Bishop, Wallace Fowlie, Samuel Solomon, and John Wood
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 379

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Contents:

  • The School for Wives, by Molière and Morris Bishop
  • The Critique of the School for Wives, by Molière and Morris Bishop
  • Tartuffe, by Molière and Morris Bishop
  • Don Juan, by Molière and John Wood
  • The Miser, by Molière and Wallace Fowlie
  • The Would-Be Gentleman, by Molière and Morris Bishop
  • The Would-Be Invalid, by Molière and Morris Bishop
  • Berenice, by Jean Racine and Samuel Solomon
  • Phaedra, by Jean Racine and Samuel Solomon

Vol. 32: Newton. Huygens

  • Authors: Isaac Newton
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler and Florian Cajori
  • Translators: Andrew Mott and Silvanus P. Thompson
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 631

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Contents:

  • Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, by Sir Isaac Newton and Andrew Mott
  • Optics, by Sir Isaac Newton
  • Treatise on Light, by Christiaan Huygens and Silvanus P. Thompson

Vol. 33: Locke. Berkeley. Hume

  • Authors: John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: William Popple
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 520

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Contents:

  • A Letter Concerning Toleration, by John Locke and William Popple
  • Second Essay on Civil Government, by John Locke
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, by John Locke
  • The Principles of Human Knowledge, by George Berkeley
  • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume

Vol. 34: Swift. Voltaire. Diderot

  • Authors: Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, and Denis Diderot
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Jacques Brazu and Peter Gay
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 325

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Contents:

  • Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift
  • Candide, by Voltaire and Peter Gay
  • Rameau’s Nepew, by Denis Diderot and Jacques Brazu

Vol. 35: Montesquieu. Rousseau

  • Authors: Montesquieu and Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler and J.V. Prichard
  • Translators: G.D.H. Cole and Thomas Nugent
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 461

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Contents:

  • The Spirit of Laws, by Montesquieu and Thomas Nugent
  • A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and G.D.H. Cole
  • A Discourse on Political Economy, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and G.D.H. Cole
  • The Social Contract, by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and G.D.H. Cole

Vol. 36: Adam Smith

  • Author: Adam Smith
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 523

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Contents:

  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

Vol. 37: Gibbon I

  • Author: Edward Gibbon
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 934

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Contents:

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1, by Edward Gibbon

Vol. 38: Gibbon II

  • Author: Edward Gibbon
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 875

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Contents:

  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 2, by Edward Gibbon

Vol. 39: Kant

  • Author: Immanuel Kant
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Thomas Kingsmill Abbott, W. Hastie, J.M.D. Meiklejohn, and James Creed Meredith
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 625

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Contents:

  • The Critique of Pure Reason, by Immanuel Kant and J.M.D. Meiklejohn
  • Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, by Immanuel Kant and Thomas Kingsmill Abbott
  • The Critique of Practical Reason, by Immanuel Kant and Thomas Kingsmill Abbott
  • Preface and Introduction to the Metaphysical Elements of Ethics, With a Note on Conscience, by Immanuel Kant and Thomas Kingsmill Abbott
  • General Introduction to the Metaphysic of Morals, by Immanuel Kant and W. Hastie
  • The Science of Right, by Immanuel Kant and W. Hastie
  • The Critique of Judgement, by Immanuel Kant and James Creed Meredith

Vol. 40: American State Papers. Federalist. J.S. Mill

  • Authors: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, and John Stuart Mill
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 487

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Contents:

  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitution
  • The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
  • On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
  • Representative Government, by John Stuart Mill
  • Utilitarianism, by John Stuart Mill

Vol. 41: Boswell

  • Author: James Boswell
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 636

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Contents:

  • The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell

Vol. 42: Lavoisier. Faraday

  • Authors: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and Michael Faraday
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: Robert Kerr
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 818

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Contents:

  • Elements of Chemistry, by Antoine Laurent Lavoisier and Robert Kerr
  • Experimental Researches in Electricity, by Michael Faraday

Vol. 43: Hegel. Kierkegaard. Nietzsche

  • Authors: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Søren Kierkegaard, and Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Walter Lowrie, T.M. Knox, Walter Lowrie, and J. Sibree
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 559

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Contents:

  • The Philosophy of Right, by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and T.M. Knox
  • The Philosophy of History, by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and J. Sibree
  • Fear and Trembling, by Søren Kierkegaard and Walter Lowrie
  • Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Lowrie

Vol. 44: Tocqueville

  • Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translator: George Lawrence
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 440

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Contents:

  • Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville and George Lawrence

Vol. 45: Goethe. Balzac

  • Authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Honoré de Balzac
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Marion Ayton Crawford and Philip Wayne
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 392

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Contents:

  • Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Philip Wayne
  • Cousin Bette, by Honoré de Balzac and Marion Ayton Crawford

Vol. 46: Austen. George Eliot

  • Authors: Jane Austen and George Eliot
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 610

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Contents:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen
  • Middlemarch, by George Eliot

Vol. 47: Dickens

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 435

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Contents:

  • Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens

Vol. 48: Melville. Twain

  • Authors: Herman Melville and Mark Twain
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 437

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Contents:

  • Moby Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Vol. 49: Darwin

  • Author: Charles Darwin
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 677

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Contents:

  • The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, by Charles Darwin
  • The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, by Charles Darwin

Vol. 50: Marx. Engels

  • Authors: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
  • Editors: Mortimer J. Adler, Friedrich Engels, Marie Sachey, and Herbert Lamm
  • Translators: Samuel Moore and Edward Aveling
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 447

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Contents:

  • Capital, by Karl Marx, Samuel Moore, and Edward Aveling
  • Manifesto of the Communist Party, by Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Samuel Moore

Vol. 51: Tolstoy

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Louise Maude and Aylmer Maude
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 715

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Contents:

  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy, Louise Maude, and Aylmer Maude

Vol. 52: Dostoevsky. Ibsen

  • Authors: Fyodor Dostoevsky and Henrik Ibsen
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Jens Arup, Constance Garnett, and James W. McFarlane
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 609

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Contents:

  • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Constance Garnett
  • A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen and James W. McFarlane
  • The Wild Duck, by Henrik Ibsen and James W. McFarlane
  • Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen and Jens Arup
  • The Master Builder, by Henrik Ibsen and James W. McFarlane

Vol. 53: William James

  • Author: William James
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 911

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Contents:

  • The Principles of Psychology, by William James

Vol. 54: Freud

  • Author: Sigmund Freud
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Cecil M. Baines, A.A. Brill, Harry W. Chase, E.B.M. Herford, C.J.M. Hubback, E. Colburn Mayne, Joan Riviere, W.J.H. Sprott, Alix Strachey, and James Strachey
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 892

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Contents:

  • The Origin and Development of Psycho-analysis (1910), by Sigmund Freud and Harry W. Chase
  • Selected Papers on Hysteria (chapters 1–10) (1893–1908), by Sigmund Freud and A.A. Brill
  • The Future Prospects of Psycho-analytic Therapy (1910), by Sigmund Freud and Joan Riviere
  • Observations on “Wild” Psycho-analysis (1910), by Sigmund Freud and Joan Riviere
  • The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), by Sigmund Freud and A.A. Brill
  • On Narcissism (1914), by Sigmund Freud and Cecil M. Baines
  • Instincts and Their Vicissitudes (1915), by Sigmund Freud and Cecil M. Baines
  • Repression (1915), by Sigmund Freud and Cecil M. Baines
  • The Unconscious (1915), by Sigmund Freud and Cecil M. Baines
  • A General Introduction to Psycho-analysis (1915–17), by Sigmund Freud and Joan Riviere
  • Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920), by Sigmund Freud and C.J.M. Hubback
  • Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921), by Sigmund Freud and James Strachey
  • The Ego and the Id (1923), by Sigmund Freud and Joan Riviere
  • Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety (1926), by Sigmund Freud and Alix Strachey
  • Thoughts for the Times on War and Death (1915), by Sigmund Freud and E. Colburn Mayne
  • Civilization and Its Discontents (1929), by Sigmund Freud and Joan Riviere
  • New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis (1932), by Sigmund Freud and W.J.H. Sprott

Vol. 55: 20th Century Philosophy and Religion

  • Authors: William James, Henri Bergson, John Dewey, Alfred North Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Karl Barth
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: G.E.M. Anscombe, Alan Crick, Douglas Horton, R.F.C. Hull, and T.E. Hulme
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 570

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Contents:

  • Pragmatism, by William James
  • An Introduction to Metaphysics, by Henri Bergson and T.E. Hulme
  • Experience and Education, by John Dewey
  • Science and the Modern World, by Alfred North Whitehead
  • The Problems of Philosophy, by Bertrand Russell
  • What Is Metaphysics?, by Martin Heidegger, R.F.C. Hull, and Alan Crick
  • Philosophical Investigations, by Ludwig Wittgenstein and G.E.M. Anscombe
  • The Word of God and the Word of Man, by Karl Barth and Douglas Horton

Vol. 56: 20th Century Natural Science

  • Authors: Henri Poincaré, Max Planck, Alfred North Whitehead, Albert Einstein, Arthur Eddington, Niels Bohr, G.H. Hardy, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Theodosius Dobzhansky, and C.H. Waddington
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Frank Gaynor, William John Greenstreet, and Robert W. Lawson
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 765

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Contents:

  • Science and Hypothesis, by Henri Poincaré and William John Greenstreet
  • Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, by Max Planck and Frank Gaynor
  • An Introduction to Mathematics, by Alfred North Whitehead
  • Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, by Albert Einstein and Robert W. Lawson
  • The Expanding Universe, by Arthur Eddington
  • Selections from Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature, by Niels Bohr
  • Discussion with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in Atomic Physics, by Niels Bohr
  • A Mathematician’s Apology, by G.H. Hardy
  • Physics and Philosophy, by Werner Heisenberg
  • What Is Life?, by Erwin Schrödinger
  • Genetics and the Origin of Species, by Theodosius Dobzhansky
  • The Nature of Life, by C.H. Waddington

Vol. 57: 20th Century Social Science I

  • Authors: Thorstein Veblen, R.H. Tawney, and John Maynard Keynes
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 503

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Contents:

  • The Theory of the Leisure Class, by Thorstein Veblen
  • The Acquisitive Society, by R.H. Tawney
  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, by John Maynard Keynes

Vol. 58: 20th Century Social Science II

  • Authors: James George Frazer, Max Weber, Johan Huizinga, and Claude Lévi-Strauss
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: H.H. Gerth, Frederik Jan Hopman, Claire Jacobson, C. Wright Mills, and Brooke Grundfest Schoepf
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 547

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Contents:

  • Selections from The Golden Bough, by James George Frazer
  • Selections from Essays in Sociology, by Max Weber, H.H. Gerth, and C. Wright Mills
  • The Waning of the Middle Ages, by Johan Huizinga and Frederik Jan Hopman
  • Selections from Structural Anthropology, by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Claire Jacobson, and Brooke Grundfest Schoepf

Vol. 59: 20th Century Imaginative Literature I

  • Authors: Henry James, George Bernard Shaw, Joseph Conrad, Anton Chekhov, Luigi Pirandello, Marcel Proust, Willa Cather, Thomas Mann, and James Joyce
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Elisaveta Fen, Terence Kilmartin, H.T. Lowe-Porter, C.K. Scott Moncrieff, Edward Storer
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 669

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Contents:

  • The Beast in the Jungle, by Henry James
  • Saint Joan, by George Bernard Shaw
  • Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
  • Uncle Vania, by Anton Chekhov and Elisaveta Fen
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author, by Luigi Pirandello and Edward Storer
  • Swann in Love (from Remembrance of Things Past), by Marcel Proust, C.K. Scott Moncrieff, and Terence Kilmartin
  • A Lost Lady, by Willa Cather
  • Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann and H.T. Lowe-Porter
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce

Vol. 60: 20th Century Imaginative Literature II

  • Authors: Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, Eugene O’Neill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Bertolt Brecht, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and Samuel Beckett
  • Editor: Mortimer J. Adler
  • Translators: Ralph Manheim, Edwin Muir, and Willa Muir
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Great Books of the Western World
  • Publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 595

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Contents:

  • To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
  • The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, Willa Muir, and Edwin Muir
  • The Prussian Officer, by D.H. Lawrence
  • The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot
  • Mourning Becomes Electra, by Eugene O’Neill
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner
  • Mother Courage and Her Children, by Bertolt Brecht and Ralph Manheim
  • The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

About Mortimer J. Adler

Mortimer Jerome Adler (December 28, 1902–June 28, 2001) was a philosopher, professor, and editor. He taught the philosophy of law at the University of Chicago, served as director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and was the chairman and cofounder of the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas. Adler is well-known for his contributions to the Great Books of the Western World series and his advocacy for liberal arts education.

Mortimer Adler was also the author of several books, including How to Read a Book, The Revolution in Education, and Aristotle for Everyone. Adler was the editor of the 10-volume Gateway to the Great Books, director of planning for the 15th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, and served as the chairman of Encyclopædia Britannica’s board of editors.

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