Great Books of the Western World Year Nine

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Check the Great Books of the Western World main page with links to all other years.

The following is the ninth year of the suggested ten year reading plan for the Second Edition, linked to public domain versions of each of the readings. Note that preference is given to completed audio versions on LibriVox. If there is no completed audio version but the work is in progress, then a link is provided to the forum thread. If there is no version in progress, then a link is provided to a public domain text source.

PLATO: The Sophist

THUCYDIDES: The History of the Peloponnesian War [Book VII-VIII]


NEW TESTAMENT [The Gospel According to St. John, The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans, The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians]

Other Bible versions are available. Please check the catalog.

ST. AUGUSTINE: The City of God [Book V, XIX]

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part II-II, QQ 1-7]

GILBERT: On the Loadstone

DESCARTES: Rules for the Direction of the Mind


PASCAL: The Great Experiment Concerning the Equilibrium of Fluids, On Geometrical Demonstration

MONTESQUIEU: The Spirit of Laws [Book I-V, VIII, XI-XII]

FARADAY: Experimental Researches in Electricity [Series I-II], A Speculation Touching Electric Conduction and the Nature of Matter

HEGEL: Philosophy of Right [Part III]

MARX: Capital [Part III-IV]

FREUD: Civilization and Its Discontents

APOLLONIUS: On Conic Sections [Book I, Prop. 1-15; Book III, Prop. 42-55]


FOURIER: Analytical Theory of Heat [Preliminary Discourse, Ch. 1-2]

MOLIÈRE – Tartuffe


PLANCK – Scientific Autobiography (published 1949, thus still in copyright)

VEBLEN – The Theory of the Leisure Class

JOYCE – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

HEMINGWAY – The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber (published 1936, thus still in copyright)