Lists - Literature

Medieval Classics

The Divine Comedy

A poem about life after death. The inferno (hell) is a conical funnel, purgatory a mountain with circular ledges for repentant sinners, and at the top is earthly...

Utopia

Utopia (Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia) is a work of fiction and political...

Orlando furioso

One of the greatest epic poems of the Italian Renaissance, Orlando Furioso is an intricate tale of love and enchantment set at the time of the Holy Roman Emperor...

Greek and Roman Classics

Antigone

The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and...

Odyssey

Homer's great epic describes the many adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives over many years to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War...

Works and Days

Hesiod was the first self-styled 'poet' in western literature, revered by the ancient Greeks. Ostensibly written to chide and educate his lazy brother, Works and Days...

Jason And The Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica), is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece aided by the...

Masterpieces of XIXth Century

Loss and Gain

This is a novel that paints a vivid picture of religion in Oxford at the time of the Oxford Movement. Charles Reding is the son of a clergyman and is an undergraduate...

Dead Souls

Chichikov buys 400 servants, or "dead souls" at a low price in order to fake his possession but after a while the sellers become suspicious. From this point, Gogol...

Moby Dick

The young narrator, Ismael, decides to go to sea on the whaler Pequod, which was ultimately doomed. Here we are introduced to the harpooner Queequeg, the first-mate...

Wuthering Heights

The Heathcliff Linton house called Wuthering Heights is one of violence and incident, with the story told by the neighbour Lockwood, a tenant at the Grange. It is the...

Best Books from the XXth Century

The Little Prince

If a little fellow comes along, if he laughs, if he has golden hair, and if he never answers questions, then you will know who he is. He is the Little Prince, the...

The Pearl

A pearl seeker finds a pearl, marvelous for its size and purity, and starts dreaming about his fortune. But then a silent fight starts between the fisherman and the...

Brideshead Revisited

The narrator is Charles Ryder and he becomes involved in an aristocratic Catholic family after making friends with Sebastian Flyte at Oxford. Sebastian is handsome...