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Essays and Observations on Life
Bible
Call of the Active Mind (Robert Rose-Coutré)
Candide & Zadig (Francois Marie-Arouet de Voltaire)
Chuang Tzu (Chuang Tzu; ed. Thomas Merton)
Civil Tongue (Edwin Newman)
Confessions (St. Augustine)
Fact Faith and Experience (Watchman Nee [Ní Tuòshēng])
Gift from the Sea (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
Grief Observed (C. S. Lewis)
Growing Up (Russel Baker)
Hua Hu Ching (Lao Tzu)
Myth of Sisyphus (Albert Camus)
Normal Christian Life (Watchman Nee [Ní Tuòshēng])
Our Nearest Kinsman (Roy Hession)
Pearls from Sand (Karl Wiegers)
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
Problem of Pain (C. S. Lewis)
Road Less Traveled (Scott Peck)
Road Less Traveled, Further Along (Scott Peck)
Sit, Walk, Stand (Watchman Nee [Ní Tuòshēng])
Strictly Speaking (Edwin Newman)
Tao Te Ching (Lao Tzu)
Vera Sapientia (Thomas à Kempis)
We would See Jesus (Roy Hession)
Writer's Art (James J. Kilpatrick)

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Psychology
Aion (Carl Jung)
Catastrophe of Success (Tennessee Williams)
Doors of Perception (Aldous Huxley)
Fourth Way (P. D. Ouspensky)
Future of an Illusion (Sigmund Freud)
Prince (Nicco Machiavelli)
Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution (P. D. Ouspensky)
Varieties of Religious Experience (William James)

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Social Science
A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf)
Boxed In: the Culture of TV (Mark Crispin Miller)
Economic Consequences of the Peace (John Maynard Keynes)
Forest People (Colin Turnbull)
Idea of a University (John Henry Newman)
Ishmael (Daniel Quinn)
Plug-In Drug (Marie Winn)
Resistance Rebellion and Death (Albert Camus)

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History
Britain's Prime Ministers (Roger Ellis & Geoffrey Treasure)
Conquest of Gaul (Julius Ceaser)
Crossfire (Jim Marrs)
German Wars 1914–1945 (Goodspeed)
History of the Kings of Britain 1240BC–689AD (Geoffrey of Monmouth)
Madness and Civilization (Michel Foucault)
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (Henry Adams)
Origins of the Second World War (A. J. P. Taylor)
Templars in America (Wallace-Murphy)
Undaunted Courage: Lewis and Clark (Stephen Ambrose)

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Travel
American Scene (Henry James)
Dogs Bark (Truman Capote)
Italian Hours (Henry James)
Little Tour of France (Henry James)
Parisian Sketches (Henry James)
Root of the Wild Madder (Brian Murphy)
Travels (Marco Polo)
Travels with Charlie (John Steinbeck)

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Essay Literary
Along the River Run Selected Essays (Richard Ellmann)
Art and Death, The Theater and Its Double (Antonin Artaud)
Art of Fiction (Henry James)
Artist as Critic, The Critic as Artist (Oscar Wilde)
Brummelliana (William Hazlitt)
Devil’s Advocates: Decadence in Modern Literature (Thomas Reed Whissen)
Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Richard Kostelanetz)
Essays (Charles Lamb)
Essays Political Writings Letters (Matthew Arnold)
Film Reviews (Frank Young)
Film Theory and Criticism Essays (Pauline Kael)
German Literature, an Outline-History (Werner P. Friederich)
Hawthorne (Henry James)
Henry James Among the Aesthetes (Richard Ellmann)
Literary Essays (Lytton Strachey)
Literary Loneliness in Mid-Eighteenth-Century England (John Sitter)
Partial Portraits (Henry James)
Renaissance (Walter Pater)
Thoughts in Westminster Abbey (Joseph Addison)
We All Went to Paris: Americans in the City of Light (Stephen Longstreet)

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Plays
Arms and the Man (George Bernard Shaw)
Crucible (Arthur Miller)
Daisy Miller: A Comedy (Henry James)
Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
Lady Windermere’s Fan (Oscar Wilde)
No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Requiem for a Nun (William Faulkner)
Shakespeare's Complete Plays
Three Comedies (Ben Jonson)
Wasps (Aristophanes)

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Poetry
Astrophel and Stella (Sir Philip Sidney)
Ballad of the Goodly Fère (Ezra Pound)
Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
Cantos (Ezra Pound)
Earliest English Poems (Anonymous)
Epithalamion and Prothalamion (Edmund Spenser)
Essay on Criticism (Alexander Pope)
Essay on Man (Alexander Pope)
Four Quartets (T. S. Eliot)
Goblin Market (Christina Rossetti)
Hollow Men (T. S. Eliot)
Holy Sonnets (John Donne)
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (T. S. Eliot)
Pardise Lost (John Milton)
Passionate Shepherd to His Love (Christopher Marlow)
Poems by Dorothy Parker (Dorothy Parker)
Poems Complete Works (Edgar Allen Poe)
Prelude (Wordsworth)
Prufrock, J. Alfred [Love Song of] (T. S. Eliot)
Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samual Taylor Coleridge)
Shepheardes Calender (Edmund Spenser)
Shropshire Lad (A.E. Houseman)
Songs of Experience (William Blake)
Songs of Innocence (William Blake)
Sonnets (Shakespeare)
Unspeakable Strangers (Van K. Brock)
Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift (Jonathan Swift)
Wasteland (T.S. Eliot)

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Biography, Autobiography
Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Biographical Essays (Lytton Strachey)
Bloomsbury Portraits (Richard Shone)
Bloomsbury: House of Lions (Leon Edel)
Djuna Barnes (Phillip Herring)
Elizabeth and Essex (Lytton Strachey)
Eminent Victorians (Lytton Strachey)
Henry James (Leon Edel 5-vol. & 1-vol. versions)
James Family (F.O. Matthiessen)
Junky (William Burroughs)
Letters of the Younger Pliny (Pliny the Younger)
Life in Letters of Henry James (ed. Philip Horne)
Lytton Strachey (Michael Holroyd 1968 & 1994 versions)
Meetings with Remarkable Men (Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff)
Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemmingway)
Oscar Wilde (Richard Ellmann)
Queen Victoria (Lytton Strachey)
Reading the OED (Ammon Shea)
T.S. Eliot (Peter Ackroyd)
Truman Capote (Gerald Clarke)
Walden (Henry D. Thoreau)

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Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Speculative
Camp Concentration (Thomas Disch)
Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis)
Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
Cowboy Feng’s Space Bar and Grille (Steven Brust)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelly)
Hawkline Monster (Richard Brautigan)
Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)

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Detective, Spy
Glitz (Elmore Leonard)
Henry Tod (William F. Buckley Jr.)
High Jinx (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Man Who Came In from the Cold (John Le Carré)
Marco Polo If You Can (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Mongoose R.I.P. (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Red Sparrow (Jason Matthews)
Saving the Queen (William F. Buckley Jr.)
See You Later, Alligator (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Seven Percent Solution (Nicholas Meyer)
Sherlock Holmes [Complete Works (original)] (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Sherlock Holmes, Exploits of (Adrian Conan Doyle [son of original Arthur Conan Doyle])
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula (Loren D. Estleman)
Stained Glass (William F. Buckley Jr.)
Total Control (David Baldacci)
West End Horror (Nicholas Meyer)
Who’s on First (William F. Buckley Jr.)

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Technical, Professional
Lessons Learned in Software Testing (Kaner/Bach/Pettichord)
Peer Reviews in Software (Karl Wiegers)
Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design (Lee Copeland)

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Novels, Stories, Classics

pre-1800s
Beowulf (Anonymous) 700AD to 1000AD
Epic of Gilgamesh 2000BC
Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift) 1600s
Humphrey Clinker (Tobias Smollett) 1700s
Lazarillo de Termes (Diego Mendoza) 1500s
Les Miserable (Victor Hugo) 1700s
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 1300s
Swindler (Quevedo Gomez) 1600s
Vicar of Wakefield (Oliver Goldsmith) 1700s

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1800s
Including some writers who continued into the early 1900s
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
Against Nature (Joris-Karl Huysmans)
Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
Altar of the Dead (Henry James)
Ambassadors (Henry James)
American (Henry James)
Aspern Papers (Henry James)
Awakening (Kate Chopin)
Awkward Age (Henry James)
Bartleby the Scrivener (Herman Melville)
Beast in the Jungle (Henry James)
Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
Blue Hotel (Stephen Crane)
Bostonians (Henry James)
Bouvard and Pecuchet (Gustave Flaubert)
Carmen (Merimée Prosper)
Charterhouse of Parma (Marie-Henri Bayle: Stendhal)
Cloister and the Hearth (Charles Reade)
Colomba (Merimée Prosper)
Confidence (Henry James)
Daisy Miller (Henry James)
Daisy Miller: a Study (Henry James)
Edgar Allen Poe Complete Works
Eugenie Brandet (Honoré de Balzac)
Europeans (Henry James)
Fall of the House of Usher (Edgar Allen Poe)
Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev)
Figure in the Carpet (Henry James)
Golden Bowl (Henry James)
Goophered Grapevine (Charles W. Chestnut)
Grandissimes (George Washington Cable)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Hard Times (Charles Dickens)
Haunted Pool (George Sand)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Impressions of Africa (Raymond Roussell)
In the Cage (Henry James)
International Episode (Henry James)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
Lady with Lapdog (Antone Chekhov)
L'Assommoir (Émile François Zola)
Little Tour of France (Henry James)
Madonna of the Future (Henry James)
Maggie, Girl of the Streets (Stephen Crane)
Marble Faun (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Marius the Epicurean (Walter Pater)
Masterpiece (Émile François Zola)
Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moonstone (Wilkie Collins)
My Ántonia (Willa Cather)
Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (Edgar Allen Poe)
Notes From Underground (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Old Curiosity Shop (Charles Dickens)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
Open Boat (Stephen Crane)
Ordeal of Richard Feverel (George Meredith)
Père Goriot (Honoré de Balzac)
Pierre, or the Ambiguities (Herman Melville)
Pierre et Jean (Guy de Maupassant)
Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Pit (Frank Norris)
Portrait of a Lady (Henry James)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austin)
Princess Casamassimma (Henry James)
Real Thing (Henry James)
Red and Black (Marie-Henri Bayle: Stendhal)
Reverberator (Henry James)
Roderick Hudson (Henry James)
Sacred Fount (Henry James)
Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Secret Agent (Joseph Conrad)
Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austin)
Spoils of Poynton (Henry James)
Stories Complete Works (Edgar Allen Poe)
Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Sentimental Education (Gustave Flaubert)
Tragic Muse (Henry James)
Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Trilby (George DuMaurier)
Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
Two Years Before the Mast (Richard H. Dana Jr.)
Wings of the Dove (Henry James)
What Maisie Knew (Henry James)
Woman’s Life (Guy de Maupassant)
Wrong Side of Paris (Honoré de Balzac)
Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

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1900s
All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
Ambiguous Adventure (Cheikh Hamidou Kane)
America, America (Elia Kazan)
Answered Prayers (Truman Capote)
Assistant (Bernard Malamud)
Babbitt (Sinclair Lewis)
Ballad of the Sad Café (Carson McCullers)
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Blood of Others (Simone de Beauvoir)
Bonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)
Bright Lights, Big City (Jay McInerney)
Brightness Falls (Jay McInerney)
Cabbages and Kings (O. Henry)
Castle (Franz Kafka)
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
Counterfeiters (Andre Gide)
Cross Creek (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
Deadeye Dick (Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)
Dean’s December (Saul Bellow)
Dubliners (James Joyce)
First Circle (Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn)
Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
Gather Together In My Name (Maya Angelou)
Goodbye, Columbus (Philip Roth)
Grass Harp (Truman Capote)
Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Henderson the Rain King (Saul Bellow)
Human Condition (Andre Malraux)
Human Stain (Philip Roth)
Hunger Artist (Franz Kafka)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem (Conde Maryse)
Immoralist (Andre Gide)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Country (Bobbie Ann Mason)
Intruder in the Dust (William Faulkner)
Last Gentleman (Walker Percy)
Less Than Zero (Brett Easton Ellis)
Let Me Alone (Anna Kavan)
Look Homeward, Angel (Thomas Wolfe)
Magister Ludi [or the Glass Bead Game] (Hermann Hesse)
Mayor of New Orleans (Fatima Shaik)
Meditation in Green (Stephen Wright)
Member of the Wedding (Carson McCullers)
Merry Month of May (James Jones)
Model Behavior (Jay McInerney)
Moon and Sixpence (Somerset Maugham)
More Die of Heartbreak (Saul Bellow)
Mosquitoes (William Faulkner)
Moviegoer (Walker Percy)
Music for Chameleons (Truman Capote)
Neon Bible (John Kennedy Toole)
New York Trilogy (Paul Auster)
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
Ninety-Two in the Shade (Thomas McGuane)
Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 1978 First Edition [all] (R.V. Cassill, ed.)
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (Ambrose Bierce)
Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemmingway)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch (Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn)
Orchard Keeper (Cormac McCarthy)
Other Voices, Other Rooms (Truman Capote)
Outsiders (Susan Eloise Hinton)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (Dylan Thomas)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
Pylon (William Faulkner)
Quite Early One Morning (Dylan Thomas)
Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
Ravelstien (Saul Bellow)
Sanctuary (William Faulkner)
Sartoris (William Faulkner)
Seize the Day (Saul Bellow)
Sophie’s Choice (William Styron)
Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
Steppenwolf (Herman Hesse)
Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemmingway)
Thanatos Syndrome (Walker Percy)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
Troubled Sleep (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Voyage Out (Virginia Woolf)
Wayward Bus (John Steinbeck)
We Who Cannot Die (Pierre Furlan)
When Things of the Spirit Come First (Simone de Beauvoir)
White Noise (Don DeLillo)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
Winter of Our Discontent (John Steinbeck)
Woodsmoke (Susan Sibley)
World According to Garp (John Irving)
World As I Found It (Bruce Duffy)
X in Paris (Michael Brodsky)

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2000s
Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (Stieg Larsson)
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Marriage Syndrome (Lytton Kavez)
Man in the Dark (Paul Auster)

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Philosophy Analysis
Abstract Objects, Ideal Forms, and Works of Art (Rose-Coutré)
Aesthetic Experience and Aesthetic Object (Roman Ingarden)
Aesthetic Work of Art (Steven Pepper)
Art of Knowing (Chris Langan)
Blue and Brown Books (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Brainstorms (Dennett)
Cambridge Lectures (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Concept of Mind (Gilbert Ryle)
Construction of Our Theory of the Physical World (A.J. Ayer)
Corroboration of Theories (Hilary Putnam)
Course in General Linguistics (Ferdinand de Saussure)
Critique of Judgment (Immanuel Kant)
Critique of Practical Reason (Immanuel Kant)
Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant)
De Anima (Aristotle)
Discourse on Method/The Meditations (Descartes)
Essays and Aphorisms (Schopenhauer)
Fate of Meaning [on Peirce etc.] (John K. Sherriff)
Function of Reason (Alfred North Whitehead)
Grammatology (Jacques Derrida)
Hellenistic Philosophers (Long & Sedley)
Hermeneutics of Postmodernity (G. B.Madison)
Hundred Years of Philosophy (John Passmore)
Identity and Necessity (Saul Kripke)
Imagination (Gilbert Ryle)
Intention (G.E.M. Anscombe)
Intentionality (John R. Searle)
Jesus Christ and Mythology (Rudolph Bultmann)
Interrogative Model of Inquiry (Jaakko Hintikka)
Language and Myth (Cassirer)
Language Instinct (Steven Pinker)
Language Truth and Logic (A. J. Ayer)
Logic Semantics Metamathematics (Alfred Tarski)
Modes of Thought (Alfred North Whitehead)
Mysticism and Logic (Bertrand Russell)
Myth (Kirk)
Myth and Christianity (Jaspers & Bultmann)
Myths Dreams and Mysteries (Eliade)
Notebooks 1914–1916 (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Objectivist Epistemology (Ayn Rand)
On Certainty (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
On Liberty (John Stuart Mill)
Persons (P. F. Strawson)
Phaedo (Plato)
Phenomena Limited Inc. (Jacques Derrida)
Philosophical Fragments (Soren Kierkegaard)
Philosophical Investigations (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Philosophical Remarks (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Philosophical Writings (Charles Sanders Peirce)
Philosophy As It Is (Ayer/Kripke/Stalnaker/Strawson/Davidson; eds. Ted Honderich and Myles Burnyeat
Philosophy in a New Key (Susanne K. Langer)
Philosophy of Language: Modern (Tarski/Frege/Wittgenstein/Kripke)
Philosophy of Language: The Big Questions (Tarski/Frege/Kripke/Ayer)
Platonic Idea as the Object of Art (Arthur Schopenhauer)
Possible Worlds (Robert Stalnaker)
Problem of Knowledge (A. J. Ayer)
Problems of Philosophy (Bertrand Russell)
Progress and Its Problems (Larry Landau)
Psychological Philosophy (Ayer/Strawson/Anscombe/Ryle; ed. Gustafson)
Raw and the Cooked (Claude Levi-Strauss)
Rediscovery of the Mind (John R. Searle)
Republic (Plato)
Relativity (Albert Einstein)
Scientific Revolutions (Ian Hacking)
Sense and Reference (Gottlob Frege)
Sense and Sensibilia (J. L. Austin)
Selections (T. H. Huxley)
Structure of Scientific Revolutions (T. S. Kuhn)
Symbolism (Alfred North Whitehead)
Theory of Knowledge (D. J. O’Connor and Brian Carr)
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
Will to Live (Schopenhauer)
Wittgenstein (G. H. von Wright)
Wittgenstein (Jaakko Hintikka)
Wittgenstein: On Rules & Private Language (Saul Kripke)
Writing and Difference (Jacques Derrida)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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