Reading List.


he Anderson Private School extends appreciation to Dr. James Patrick, a Senior Fellow of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization 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.

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.

Reading List:

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

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