Professor Rodgers' Short List of Books You Must Read

Homer, The Odyssey
Plato, "The Republic," "Phaedrus"
Virgil, The Aeneid
Augustine, Confessions
Dante, The Divine Comedy
Boccacio, The Decameron
Chaucer, G. The Cantebury Tales
Marlowe, Dr. Faustus
Shakespeare, William.  Complete Works
Spenser, Fairie Queen
Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Sterne, Tristram Shandy
Rousseau, The Confessions
Woolstonecraft, Mary.  Vindication of the Rights of Women
Balzac, Honore de.  Lost Illusions
Wordsworth, W. 
Coleridge, S. T. 
Shelley, Mary.  Frankenstein
Bronte, Charlotte.  Jane Eyre
Emerson, R.W. Essays
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick
Flaubert, Gustave.  Madame Bovary; Sentimental Education
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden
Eliot, Georges.  Middlemarch.
Dickinson, Emily.  Poems
James, William.  Pragmatism
James, Henry.  The Ambassadors
Freud, Sigmund.  The Interpretation of Dreams
Proust, Marcel.  Swann's Way
Kafka, Franz.  Parables
Joyce, James.  Ulysses
Dewey, John.  Democracy and Education
Hurston, Zora Neale.  Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ellison, Ralph.  Invisible Man
Barthes, Roland.  "The Death of the Author"
Foucault, Michel.  "What Is an Author?"
Perec, Georges.  Life, A User's Manual
Calvino, Italo.  If On a Winter Night a Traveler
Renata Adler.  Speedboat

For those with more time...
Plato. Dialogues.
Aristotle. Rhetoric. Poetics
Locke, John. 
Richardson, Samuel.  Clarissa.
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Chekov, Anton.  Stories
Dostoyevsky, Theodore.  Brothers Karamazov
Borges, Jorge Luis
Derrida, Jacques.  Of Grammatology
Cortazar, Hopscotch

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