1989-00-00: Rexroth’s Classics

This is a list of the works Kenneth Rexroth considered classics, at least enough to write about them, as collected in the two books of his reviews. This is in chronological order, to the extent feasible.

The Epic of Gilgamesh
Homer, The Iliad
Homer, The Odyssey
Sappho, Poems
Aeshylus, The Oresteia
Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle
Euripides, Plays
Euripides, Hippolytus
Herodotus, History
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates
Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Poetics
Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius
The Greek Anthology
Job
The Song of Songs
The Mahabharata
The Bhagavad-Gita
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Ssu-ma Ch’ien, Records of the Grand Historian
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
Catullus, Poems
Livy, History of Early Rome
Julius Caesar, The War in Gaul
Virgil, The Aeneid
Petronius, The Satyricon
Tacitus, Histories
Plutarch, Parallel Lives
Marcus Aurelius, The Meditations
Apuleius, The Golden Ass
The Early Irish Epic
Beowulf
The Kalevala
Tu Fu, Poems
Classic Japanese Poetry
Sei Shônagon, The Pillow Book
Lady Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
Carmina Burana (Medieval Latin Lyrics)
Abelard and Héloise
Heike Monogatari
Thomas Aquinas
Njal’s Saga
Marco Polo, The Travels of Marco Polo
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
The English and Scottish Popular Ballad
Thomas More, Utopia
Machiavelli, The Prince
Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
Montaigne, Essays
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Shakespeare, Macbeth
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Ben Jonson, Volpone
Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
Racine, Phèdre
Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Defoe, Moll Flanders
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
T’sao Hsueh Ch’in, The Dream of the Red Chamber
John Woolman, Journal
Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Acquaintances
Gilbert White, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
Casanova, History of My Life
Restif de la Bretonne, Monsieur Nicolas
Robert Burns, Poems and Songs
William Blake, Poems
Goethe
Stendhal, The Red and the Black
Balzac
Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
Marx, The Communist Manifesto
Francis Parkman, France and England in North America
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Frederick Douglass
Baudelaire, Poems
Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Flaubert, A Sentimental Education
Rimbaud, Poems
Edmund and Jules de Goncourt, Journal
Dostoievsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Tolstoy, War and Peace
Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
Chekhov, Plays
Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
H.G. Wells
Alexander Berkman, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
William Butler Yeats, Plays
Kafka, The Trial
Ford Madox Ford, Parade’s End
Herbert Read, The Green Child
William Carlos Williams, Poems

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