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What qualities make a book a classic?’ What is it about an author’s message, style or imagination that causes one book to rise above the millions of others penned since the dawn of time? Everyone has an opinion, and no two are alike!

Thanks to the hardworking folks at Project Gutenberg, and with an assist from me, you can now download and enjoy all of these marvelous books for FREE! Just click on the links in the list below and they will take you directly to the download pages your seek.

I have done all the searching for you. The list contains the same 100 Great Books that make up the course work at St. John’s College, in Annapolis, MD. Undergraduate students read and critique these books for four years to earn a ‘classical’ education.

Prepare yourself. You’re heading into a deeply enriching and entertaining experience as you delve between the covers of these 100 Great Books.  When you’re done, you will have earned legendary ‘bragging rights.’ But more importantly, you may discover that reading these books changes you, profoundly, on the  inside.

Michael Hart (left) and Gary Newby of Project Gutenberg.

Michael Hart (left) and Gary Newby of Project Gutenberg.

I’ve presented these books, for the most part, in alphabetical order, by author’s name. (I listed collections of essays, poetry, and other writings under the documents’ group heading. I put “The Bible” under “G” and The U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and related items under the heading: “U.S. Founding Documents.” You’ll also find links to a few other 100 Great Books lists.  Check them out, too, and decide for yourself. They include: “The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written” and “The 100 Best Books of All Time,” which focuses, exclusively, on fiction. Have fun!

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Aeschylus: AgamemnonLibation BearersThe Eumenides

Anselm of Canterbury: Proslogion
Thomas Aquinas: Summa TheologicaSumma Contra Gentiles
Aristophanes: CloudsBirdsThe Frogs
Aristotle: PoeticsPhysicsMetaphysicsNicomachean EthicsOn Generation and CorruptionPoliticsDe AnimaParts of AnimalsGeneration of AnimalsAristotle: On InterpretationPrior AnalyticsCategories
Augustine of Hippo: Confessions
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice


Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew PassionInventions
Francis Bacon: Novum OrganumNew Atlantis
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas


Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote
Geoffrey Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Nicolaus Copernicus: On the Revolutions of the Spheres


Dante: Divine Comedy
Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species
Richard Dedekind: Essay on the Theory of Numbers
René Descartes: GeometryDiscourse on MethodRules for the Direction of the Mind
René Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy
Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk


Albert Einstein: “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies”, “Relativity: The Special and General Theory”
George Eliot: Middlemarch
Epictetus: DiscoursesManual
Euclid: Elements
Essays by: Michael Faraday, J. J. Thomson, Gregor Mendel, Hermann Minkowski,Ernest Rutherford, Clinton Davisson, Erwin Schrödinger, Niels Bohr, James Clerk Maxwell, Louis-Victor de Broglie, Dreisch, Hans Christian Ørsted, André-Marie Ampère,Theodor Boveri, Walter Sutton, Morgan, Beadle and Tatum, Gerald Jay Sussman,Watson and Crick, Jacob & Monod, G. H. Hardy
Leonhard Euler
Euripides: Hippolytus/The Bacchae


Sigmund FreudGeneral Introduction to Psychoanalysis


Galileo Galilei: Dialogues on Two New Sciences
The Bible


William Harvey: Motion of the Heart and Blood
Joseph Haydn: Quartets
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Phenomenology of Spirit, “Logic” (from theEncyclopedia)
Martin Heidegger: What is Philosophy?
Werner Heisenberg: The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory
Herodotus: Histories
Homer: IliadOdyssey
David Hume: A Treatise of Human Nature
Christiaan Huygens: Treatise on LightOn the Movement of Bodies by Impact




Immanuel Kant: Critique of Pure ReasonFoundations of the Metaphysics of Morals,Metaphysics of Morals
Johannes Kepler: Epitome IV
Søren Kierkegaard: Philosophical FragmentsFear and Trembling


Jean de La Fontaine: Fables
François de La Rochefoucauld: Maximes
Antoine Lavoisier: Traité Élémentaire de Chimie (Elements of Chemistry)
Gottfried LeibnizMonadologyDiscourse on MetaphysicsEssay on Dynamics,Philosophical EssaysPrinciples of Nature and Grace
Abraham Lincoln: Selected Speeches
Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky: Theory of Parallels
John Locke: Second Treatise of Government
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
Martin Luther: On the Freedom of a Christian


Niccolò Machiavelli: The PrinceDiscourses on Livy
Karl Marx: CapitalPolitical and Economic Manuscripts of 1844The German Ideology
Herman MelvilleBenito Cereno
Robert Millikan: The Electron
John Milton: Paradise Lost
MolièreThe Misanthrope
Michel de MontaigneEssays
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartDon Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Operas


Isaac Newton: Principia Mathematica


Flannery O’Connor: Parker’s Back, The Artificial Nigger


Blaise Pascal: Generation of Conic Sections
Blaise Pascal: Pensées
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
Plotinus: The Enneads
Plutarch: “Caesar” and “Cato the Younger” from the Parallel Lives
Plutarch: “Lycurgus” and “Solon” from the Parallel Lives
Poems by: Andrew MarvellJohn Donne, and other 16th- and 17th-century poets
Josquin des Prez: Mass
Ptolemy: Almagest



François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel
Jean Racine: Phèdre
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Social ContractDiscourse on Origins of Inequality


Franz Schubert: Songs
Scientific essays by: Theophrastus, Galen, Archimedes, Blaise Pascal, Gabriel Fahrenheit, Amedeo Avogadro, Joseph Black, John Dalton, Stanislao Cannizzaro,Rudolf Virchow, Edme Mariotte, Hans Adolf Eduard Driesch, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac,Hans Spemann, Guy Beckley Stearns, J. J. Thomson, Dmitri Mendeleev, Claude Louis Berthollet, Joseph Proust
William ShakespeareRichard IIHenry IV, Part 1Henry IV, Part 2Henry VThe TempestAs You Like ItHamletOthelloMacbethKing LearCoriolanusSonnets
Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations
SophoclesOedipus RexOedipus at ColonusAntigonePhiloctetes
Baruch SpinozaTheologico-Political Treatise
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Supreme Court opinions
Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels


Tacitus: Annals
Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America Vol. 1, Democracy in America Vol. 2
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


U.S.Founding Document: Articles of Confederation
U.S.Founding Document: The Declaration of Independence
U.S.Founding Documents: The Federalist Papers
U.S.Founding Documents: The Constitution of the United States of America


François Viète: Introduction to the Analytical Art
Virgil: Aeneid


Booker T. Washington: Selected Writings




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