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Britannica:  Great Books - 1951
(with changes from first edition noted in blue, red and green)

***(Volume number in 2nd edition)

***New to the series with the 2nd edition

***Dropped with the 2nd edition

1. The Great Conversation (separate volume)

2. (1) The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas

Angel to Love
3. (2) The Syntopicon (continued)
Man to World
4. (3) Homer
5. (4) Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes
Aeschylus. Plays
Sophocles. Plays
Euripides. Plays
Aristophanes. Plays
6. (5) Herodotus, Thucydides
Herodotus. History
Thucydides. The History of the Peloponnesian War
7. (6) Plato
Seventh Letter
8. (7) Aristotle (I)
9. (8) Aristotle (II)
Works (continued)
10. (9) Hippocrates, Galen
Hippocrates. Hippocratic Writings
Galen. On the Natural Faculties
11. (10) Euclid, Archimedes, Nicomachus, Apollonius of Perga
Euclid. Elements
Archimedes. Works (including The Method)
Nicomachus. Introduction to Arithmetic
Apollonius.  Conic Sections
12. (11) Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius
      (11 includes Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and Plotinus)
Lucretius. The Way Things Are
Epictetus. Discourses
Marcus Aurelius. The Meditations
13. (12) Virgil
14. (13) Plutarch
Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
15. (14) Tacitus
16. (15) Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler
Ptolemy. Almagest
Copernicus. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Kepler. Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
           The Harmonies of the World
17.  Plotinus
      (11 includes Plotinus)
Plotinus. The Six Enneads
18. (16) Augustine
The Confessions
The City of God
On Christian Doctrine
19. (17) Thomas Aquinas (I)
Summa Theologica
20. (18) Thomas Aquinas (II)
Summa Theologica (continued)
21. (19) Dante
     (19 - includes Chaucer)
Divine Comedy
22. Chaucer
Troilus and Criseyde
Canterbury Tales

23. (21) Machiavelli, Hobbes

Machiavelli. The Prince
Hobbes. Leviathan, or, Matter, Form and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil
24. (22) Rabelais
Gargantua and Pantagruel
25. Montaigne
     (23 includes Erasmus)
Montaigne. Essays
26. (24) Shakespeare (I)
The Plays and Sonnets
27. (25) Shakespeare (II)
The Plays and Sonnets (continued)
28. (26) Gilbert, Galileo, Harvey
Gilbert. On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
Galileo. Concerning the Two New Sciences
Harvey. On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
            On the Circulation of the Blood
            On the Generation of Animals
29. (27) Cervantes
The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha
30. (28) Bacon
     (28 includes Descartes and Spinoza)
Advancement of Learning
Novum Organum
New Atlantis
31. Descartes, Spinoza
 Descartes. Rules for the Direction of the Mind
           Discourse on the Method
           Meditations on First Philosophy
           Objections Against the Meditations and Replies
        The Geometry
Spinoza. Ethics
32. (29) Milton
English minor poems
Paradise Lost
Samson Agonistes
33. (30) Pascal
The Provincial Letters
Scientific Treatises
34. (32) Newton, Huygens
Newton. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Huygens. Treatise on Light
35. (33) Locke, Berkeley, Hume
Locke. A Letter Concerning Toleration
          Concerning Civil Government - Second Essay
          An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Berkeley. The Principles of Human Knowledge
Hume. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
36. (34) Swift, Sterne
  (34 replaces Sterne with Voltaire and Diderot)
Swift. Gulliver's Travels
Sterne, Tristram Shandy
            A Sentimental Journey through  France and Italy
37.  Fielding
  (Fielding dropped)
Joseph Andrews
Tom Jones
38. (35) Montesquieu, Rousseau
Montesquieu. The Spirit of Laws
Rousseau. On the Origin of Inequality,
           &nb sp;    On Political Economy,
           &nb sp;    The Social Contract
39. (36) Smith
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations
40. (37) Gibbon (I)
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
41. (38) Gibbon (II)
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (continued)
42. (39) Kant
The Critique of Pure Reason
The Critique of Practical Reason, and Other Ethical Treatises
The Critique of Judgment
43. (40) American State Papers, The Federalist, Mill
Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation
The Constitution
Hamilton, Madison, Jay. The Federalist
Mill. On Liberty
       Representative Government
44. (41) Boswell
Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.
45. (42) Lavoisier, Faraday, Fourier
Lavoisier. Elements of Chemistry
Faraday. Experimental Researches in Electricity
Fourier. Analytical Theory of Heat
46. (43) Hegel
      (43 includes Kierkegaard and Nietzsche)
The Philosophy of Right
The Philosophy of History
47. (45) Goethe
      (45 includes Balzac)
Faust: Parts One and Two
48. (48) Melville
      (48 includes Twain)
Moby Dick, or, The Whale
49. (49) Darwin
The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex
50. (50) Marx, Engels
Marx (edited by Engels). Capital
Marx and Engels. Manifesto of the Communist Party
51. (51) Tolstoy
War and Peace
52. (52) Dostoyevsky
      (52 includes Ibsen)
The Brothers Karamazov
53. (53) James
The Principles of Psychology
54. (54) Freud
The Major Works of Sigmund Freud

Britannica:  Great Books - 2nd editon - 1991
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20. Calvin

Institutes of the Christian Religion
23. (25) Erasmus, Montaigne
Erasmus. Praise of Folly
Montaigne. Essays
31. Molière, Racine
Molière. The School for Wives
           &nb sp; The Critique of the School for Wives
           &nb sp; Tartuffe
           &nb sp; Don Juan
           &nb sp; The Miser
           &nb sp; The Would-Be Gentleman
           &nb sp; The Would-Be Invalid
Racine. Berenice
34. (36) Swift, Voltaire, Diderot
  (34 - replaces Sterne with Voltaire and Diderot)
Swift. Gulliver's Travels
Voltaire. Candide
Diderot. Rameau's Nephew
43. (46) Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche
Hegel, The Philosophy of Right
          The Philosophy of History
Kierkegaard. Fear and Trembling
Nietzsche. Beyond Good and Evil
44. Tocqueville
Democracy in America
45. (47) Goethe, Balzac
Goethe. Faust: Parts One and Two
Balzac. Cousin Bette
46. Austen, Eliot
Austen. Emma
Eliot. Middlemarch
47.  Dickens
Little Dorrit
48. (48) Melville, Twain
Melville. Moby Dick, or, The Whale
Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
52. (52) Dostoyevsky, Ibsen
The Brothers Karamazov
55. 20th Century Philosophy and Religion
James. Pragmatism
Bergson. An Introduction to Metaphysics
Dewey. Experience and Education
Whitehead. Science and the Modern World
Russell. The Problems of Philosophy
Heidegger. What is Metaphysics?
Wittgenstein. Philosophical Investigations
Barth. The Word of God and the Word of Man
56. 20th Century Natural Science
Poincare. Science and Hypothesis
Planck. Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers
Whitehead. An Introduction to Mathematics
Einstein. Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
Eddington. The Expanding Universe
Bohr. Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature (selections)
  Discussion with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in Atomic Physics
Hardy. A Mathematician's Apology
Heisenberg. Physics and Philosophy
Schrodinger. What is Life?
Dobzhansky. Genetics and the Origin of Species
Waddington. The Nature of Life
57. 20th Century Social Science (I)
Veblen. The Theory of the Leisure Class
Tawney. The Acquisitive Society
Keynes. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
58. 20th Century Social Science (II)
Frazer. The Golden Bough (selections)
Weber. Essays in Sociology (selections)
Huizinga. The Waning of the Middle Ages
Levi-Strauss. Structural Anthropology (selections)
59. 20th Century Imaginative Literature (I)
James. The Beast in the Jungle
Shaw. Saint Joan
Conrad. Heart of Darkness
Chekhov. Uncle Vanya
Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author
Proust. Remembrance of Things Past. "Swann in Love"
Cather. A Lost Lady
Mann. Death in Venice
Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
60. 20th Century Imaginative Literature (II)
Woolf. To the Lighthouse
Kafka. Metamorphosis
Lawrence. The Prussian Officer
Eliot. The Waste Land
O'Neill. Mourning Becomes Electra
Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby
Faulkner. A Rose for Emily
Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children
Hemingway. The Short Happy Life of Macomber
Orwell. Animal Farm
Beckett. Waiting for Godot

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