Reading List

" The opposite of a correct statement, is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth, may well be another profound truth. " - Niels Bohr

pictureThe Anderson Private School extends appreciation to Dr. James Patrick, a Senior Fellow of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization of Dallas and one of the Founders of the College of Saint Thomas More and to Oxford University for assistance in the compilation of the required reading list.

These works are classical, philosophical and historical in nature. The knowledge to be gained from them is the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Please assist your child in making selections from the list for required reading. Consult with Mrs. Anderson if you have questions or need assistance. The list is not comprehensive and is subject to change. Please visit this website for updates.

In lieu of homework, the Anderson Private School requires scholars to read (or be read to) for at least one hour each day. Please utilize the following list in the fulfillment of this requirement.

Achebe, Chinua

            Things Fall Apart

Adler, Alfred

            Understanding Human Nature



            Prometheus Bound

            The Oresteia

Alcott, Louisa May

            Little Women

Alighieri, Dante


Angelo, Maya

            I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings



            Epic of Gilgamesh, The

            Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

 St. Thomas Aquinas

            Summa Theologiae

            Treatise on the Active and Contemplative Life

            On Being and Essence

            Summa Contra Gentiles

            On Kingship



            Nichomachean Ethics


            On Interpretation








Atwood, Margarete

            Handmaid’s Tale, The

St. Augustine

            Against the Sceptics

            City of God


            On Baptism

            Against the Donatists

            On Free Choice of the Will

            On the Teacher

            On the Trinity

 Aurelius, Marcus


Austin, Jane


            Pride and Prejudice

            Sense and Sensibility

Bacon, Francis

            Novum Organum

Bateson, George

            Steps to an Ecology of Mind

Beckett, Samuel

            Waiting for Godot

Bernard of Clairvaux

            The Steps of Humility

The Bible  

Boethius, Ancius

            The Consolation of Philosophy

Bolt, Robert

            Man for All Seasons, A

Bossuet, Jacques-Benigne

            Discourse on Universal History

Bradbury, Ray

            Farenheit 451

Bradley, Francis Herbert

            Ethical Studies

St. Bonaventure

            The Journey of the Mind to God

            Retracing the Arts to Theology

Bronte, Charlott

            Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily

            Wuthering, Heights

Brooks, Cleanth

            The Well Wrought Urn

            Modern Poetry and the Tradition

Buber, Martin

            I and Thou

            Between Man and Man

Buck, Pearl

            The Good Earth

Brugess, Anthony

            A Clockwork Orange

Burke, Edmund

            Reflections on the Revolution in France  

Camus, Albert

            The Plague

            The Stranger

Carroll, Lewis

            Alice in Wonderland

Cather, Willa

            My Antonia

Cary, Joyce

            The Horses Mouth

Cervantes, Miguel de

            Don Quixote

Chaucer, Geoffrey

            Canterbury Tales, The

Chopin, Kate

            The Awakening

 Cicero, Marcus Tullius

            De Officiis

            Somnium Scipionis  

Cisneros, Sandra

            House on Mango Street, The

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

            The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Collingwood, R. G.


            The Idea of History

            The Idea of Nature

            Principles of Art  

Congreve, William

            The Way of the World

Conrad, Joseph

            Lord Jim

            Heart of Darkness

Cooper, Joseph Fennimore

            Last of the Mohicans, The  

Cox, Harvey

            The Secular City

Crane, Stephen

            Red Badge of Courage, The

Dante, Aleghieri

            Divine Comedy

            La Vita Nuova

Davidson, Donald

            Still Rebels, Still Yankees (essay)

Defoe, Daniel

            Robinson Crusoe

Descartes, Rene

            Discourse on Method



Dickens, Charles

            David Copperfield

            Great Expectations

            Hard Times

            Oliver Twist

            A Tale of Two Cities

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

            The Brothers Karamazov

            Crime and Punishment

            The Idiot

            The Possessed

Douglass, Fredrick

            Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass

Dumas, Alexandra

            Count of Monte Cristo, The

Durkheim, Emile

            Rules of Sociological Method

Einhart of Fulda

            Life of Charlemagne

Eliot, George

            Silas Marner

Eliot, T. S.

            The Cocktail Party

            Murder in the Cathedral

            The Waste Land

            Clark Lectures

Ellison, Ralph

            Invisible Man

John Scotus Erigena

            De Divisione Naturae


            The Elements



            The Bacchae


            Church History

            Life of Constantine


Faulkner, William

            As I Lay Dying

            Light in August

            The Sound and the Fury

            Go Down, Moses

            The Hamlet

            The Town

            The Mansion

            The Reivers

Fergusson, Francis

            The Idea of a Theater

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

            Great Gatsby, The

Flaubert, Gustauve

            Madame Bovary

Frank, Anne

            Diary of a Young Girl, The

Frankl, Viktor Emil

            Mans Search for Meaning

Freud, Sigmund

            Future of an Illusion

            General Psychological Theory

Gardner, John


Gibbon, Edward

            Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gilson, Etienne

            The Arts of the Beautiful

            The Unity of Philosophical Experience

Gogol, Nikaoloa

            Dead Souls

Golding, William

            Lord of the Flies, The

Gordon, Caroline

            The Women on the Porch

            Collected Stories

Hansberry, Lorraine

            Raisin in the Sun, A

Hamilton, Jay and Madison

            The Federalist Papers

Hardy, Thomas

            Far from the Maddening Crowd

            Mayor of Casterbridge, The

            Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

            House of Seven Gables

            Scarlet Letter, The

Heller, Joseph


Hemingway, Ernest

            Farewell to Arms, A

            Old Man and the Sea, The

            Sun Also Rises, The

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich

            Philosophy of History

            Introductory Lectures in Aesthetics

Heidegger, Martin

            Being and Time


            The Histories

Hess, Herman


Hilton, Walter

            The Ladder of Perfection

Hinton, S. E.

            Outsiders, The

Hobbes, Thomas



            This Iliad

            The Odyssey

Hugo, Victor

            Les Miserables

Hume, David

            A Treatise on Human Nature

Huxley, Aldous

            Brave New World

Ibsen, Henrik

            Doll House, the

            Hedda Gabler

James, Henry

            Turn of the Screw, The

Josephus, Flavius

            The Jewish Wars

Joyce, James


            A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


Jung, Carl Gustav

            Man and His Symbols

Kafka, Franz 


Kant, Immanuel

            Critique of Pure Reason

            Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

            Idea for a Universal History From a Cosmopolitan point of View

Kerouac, Jack

            On the Road

Kesey, Ken

            One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kerenyi, Karl

            The Gods of the Greeks

            The Heroes of the Greeks

            The Religion of the Greeks and Romans

Kierkegaard, Soren

            Fear and Trembling

            Sickness Unto Death

Knowles, John

            Separate Peace, A

Knox, Ronald


Kuhn, Thomas

            Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Laing, R. D.

            Sanity, Madness, and the Family

            Self and Others

            The Divided Self

Langland, John

            Piers Plowman

Lee, Harper

            To Kill a Mockingbird

Locke, John

            Second Treatise on Civil Government

London, Jack

            Call of the Wild

Luther, Martin

            Appeal to the German Nobility

            On the Bondage of the Will

Machiavelli, Niccolo

            The Prince

Marcel, Gabriel

            The Mystery of Being

            Being and Having

            The Philosophy of Existentialism

Maritain, Jacques

            Art and Scholasticism (essay)

            Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry

            Introduction to Philosophy

            Three Reformers

Maslow, Abraham H.

            Toward a Psychology of Being

Marlowe, Christopher

            Dr. Faustus

            The Martyrdom of Polycarp

Melville, Herman

            Billy Bud       

            Moby Dick    

Mill, John Stuart


Miller, Authur

            Crucible, The

            Death of a Salesman

Milton, John

            Paradise Lost

Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

            The Misanthrope



Montesquieu, Charles de

            Spirit of the Laws

Moore, George Edward

            Principia Ethica

More, St. Thomas

            Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation



Morrison, Toni


            Song of Solomon

Niebuhr, Reinhold

            Moral Man and Immoral Society

Nichomachus, Caius Asinius


Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm

            Beyond Good and Evil

            The Norton Anthology of Poetry

 Oakeshott, Michael

            Experience and Its Modes

            On Human Conduct

O‘Brien, Tim

            Things They Carried, The

Ockam, William of

            Quodlibetal Questions

O’Connor, Flannery

            Wise Blood

            A Good Man is Hard to Find

            The Violent Bear it Away

            Everything That Rises Must Converge

            Mystery and Manners

Orwell, George


            Animal Farm



 Paton, Alan

            Cry, the Beloved Country

Pico della Mirandola

            Oration on the Dignity of Man

Plath, Sylvia

            Bell Jar, The






            Universal History

 Potok, Chaim

            Chosen, The

Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore


            The Quest of the Holy Grail

Rand, Ayn

            Fountainhead, The

Ransom, John Crowe

            Selected Poems

            The Worlds Body

Remarque, Erich Maria

            All Quiet on the Western Front

Rostand, Edmond


Rousseau, Jean Jacques

            Social Contract

            The Second Shepherds Play

Salinger, J. D.

            Catcher in the Rye, The

Shakespeare, William


Shaw, George Bernard


Shelley, Mary


Sinclair, Upton

            Jungle, The

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr

            One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


            Oedipus the King

            Oedipus at Colonus


Spener, Philipp Jakob

            Pia Desideria

Steinbeck, John

            Grapes of Wrath, The

            Of Mice and Men

            Pearl, The

Stevenson, Robert Louis

            Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stoker, Bram


Stowe, Harriet Beecher

            Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Swift, Jonathan

            Gulliver’s Travels

Tan, Amy

            Joy Luck Club, The

Tate, Allen

            Collected Poems

            Essays of Four Decades

Tauler, Johannes

            On Disinterest

Thoreau, Henry David



            History of the Peloponnesian War

Tocqueville, Alexis de

            Democracy in America

Tolkien, J. R. R.

            Hobbit, The

Tolstoy, Leo

            Anna Karenina

            War and Peace

Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich

            Fathers and Sons

Twain, Mark

            Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of

            Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of


            The Aeneid



Vonnegut, Kurt

            Slaughterhouse Five

 Walker, Alice

            Color Purple, The

Warren, Robert Penn

            All the Kings Men

Welty, Eudora

            Collected Stories

            Losing Battles

            The Optimists Daughter

            Delta Wedding

            The Eye of the Story

Wesley, John


Wharton, Edith

            Ethan Frome

Wiesel, Eli


Wilde, Oscar

            The Importance of Being Earnest

            Picture of Dorian Gray, The

Wilder, Thornton

            Our Town

Williams, Tennesse

            Glass Managerie, The

            Streetcar Names Desire, A

Wood, Michael

            Art of the Western World

Wolf, Virginia

            Mrs. Dalloway

            Room of One’s Own, A

            To the Lighthouse

Wright, Richard

            Black Boy

            Native son



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