Penguin's Great Ideas Series

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Introduction

According to the Penguin website, the "Great Ideas" Series intends to have books that changed the world. It's a collection of non-fiction books or, many times, part of larger works, that have had an impact on modern civilization. Many of those are public domain, and several have been recorded for Librivox. Here is a list of all of them, with their current status. These could be a source of ideas for any Librivox volunteers who enjoy non-fiction. A brief discussion on the subject and the source for this list in the Librivox Forums here. In the list below the numbering of the books in the Great Ideas series has been kept.


Series 1

Already recorded

2) Marcus Aurelius - Meditations 3) St Augustine - Confessions of a Sinner


PD but not recorded

1) Seneca - On the Shortness of Life

Not PD


3) [url=http://librivox.org/confessions-by-saint-augustine-of-hippo/][/url] 4) Thomas à Kempis - The Inner Life - part of [url=http://librivox.org/the-imitation-of-christ-by-thomas-a-kempis]The Imitation of Christ[/url] 5) [url=http://librivox.org/the-prince-by-niccolo-machiavelli/]Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince[/url] 6) [color=red]Michel de Montaigne - On Friendship[/color] - Part of Montaigne's Essays (being recorded in French). Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3600]here[/url] 7) [color=red]Jonathan Swift - A Tale of a Tub[/color]- Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4737]here[/url] 8) [url=http://librivox.org/the-social-contract-by-jean-jacques-rousseau/]Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Social Contract[/url] 9) Edward Gibbon - The Christians and the Fall of Rome (got to be part or parts of [url=http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=&author=gibbon&status=all&action=Search]The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire[/url], surely?) 10) [url=http://librivox.org/common-sense-by-thomas-paine/]Thomas Paine - Common Sense[/url] 11) [url=http://librivox.org/a-vindication-of-the-rights-of-woman-by-mary-wollstonecraft/]Mary Wollstonecraft - A Vindication of the Rights of Women[/url] 12) [color=red]William Hazlitt - On the Pleasure of Hating[/color] Text [url=http://essays.quotidiana.org/hazlitt/pleasure_of_hating/]here[/url] 13) [url=http://librivox.org/the-communist-manifesto-by-karl-marx-and-friendrich-engels/]Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - The Communist Manifesto[/url] 14) Arthur Schopenhauer - On the Suffering of the World - part of [url=http://librivox.org/studies-in-pessimism-by-arthur-schopenhauer/]Studies on Pessimism, by Arthur Schopenhauer[/url] 15) [color=red]John Ruskin - On Art and Life[/color] - This is actually made up of two parts of works: one, called "The Nature of Gothic", is chapter six of volume two of [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30755]The Stones of Venice[/url]; the second, "The Work of Iron", is Lecture five of [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7291]The Two Paths[/url] 16) Charles Darwin - On Natural Selection (part of [url=http://librivox.org/the-origin-of-species-by-charles-darwin/]'On the Origin of Species'[/url]) 17) [color=red]Friedrich Nietzsche - Why I Am So Wise[/color] - Chapter of "Ecce Homo", I couldn't find an English PD translation 18) [color=blue]Virginia Woolf - A Room of One's Own[/color] 19) [color=red]Sigmund Freud - Civilization and its Discontents [/color]- I couldn't find an English PD translation 20) [color=blue]George Orwell - Why I Write[/color]

Series 2

Already recorded

PD but not recorded

Not PD

Series 3

Already recorded

PD but not recorded

Not PD

Series 4

Already recorded

PD but not recorded

Not PD

Series 5 and final

Already recorded

PD but not recorded

Not PD


[u]Series 2[/u]

21) Confucius - The First Ten Books - These are the first ten books of the Analects or [url=http://librivox.org/the-sayings-of-confucius-by-confucius/]Sayings of Confucius[/url] 22) [url=http://librivox.org/the-art-of-war-by-sun-tzu/]Sun-tzu - The Art of War[/url] and [url=http://librivox.org/the-art-of-war-by-sun-tzu-2/]Sun-tzu - The Art of War[/url] 23) [url=http://librivox.org/the-symposium-by-plato/]Plato - The Symposium[/url] 24) Lucretius - Sensation and Sex - part of [url=http://librivox.org/on-the-nature-of-things-by-titus-lucretius-carus/]On the Nature of Things[/url] 25) Cicero - An Attack on an Enemy of Freedom (part of the [url=http://librivox.org/philippics-by-cicero/]Philippics[/url]) 26) The Revelation of St John the Divine - [url=http://librivox.org/the-revelation-to-saint-john-asv-ss/]ASV[/url] and [url=http://librivox.org/twentieth-century-new-testament-by-twentieth-century-new-testament/]TCNT[/url] and [url=http://librivox.org/world-english-bible-new-testament/]WEB[/url] and the Book of Job [url=http://librivox.org/the-book-of-job/]ASV[/url] and [url=http://librivox.org/old-testament-world-english-bible/]WEB[/url] and [url=http://librivox.org/book-of-job-ylt/]YLT[/url] besides a King James Version in progress 27) [color=red]Marco Polo - Travels In the Land of Kubilai Khan[/color] - part of the Travels of Marco Polo. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10636]here[/url] 28) [color=red]Christine de Pisan - The City of Ladies[/color] - I couldn't find an English PD translation, French text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26608]here[/url] 29) [color=red]Baldesar Castiglione - How to Achieve True Greatness[/color] - not sure, I assume it's part of the Book of the Courtier. Text [url=http://www.archive.org/details/bookcourtier00castgoog]here[/url] 30) Francis Bacon - Of Empire (in [url=http://librivox.org/the-essays-of-francis-bacon/]Essays of Francis Bacon[/url]) 31) Thomas Hobbes - Of Man - Extract of [url=http://librivox.org/leviathan-books-i-and-ii-by-thomas-hobbes/] Leviathan[/url] 32) [color=red]Sir Thomas Browne - Urne-Burial[/color] - also known as Hydriotaphia, text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/586]here[/url] 33) [color=red]Voltaire - Miracles and Idolatry[/color] - excerpts of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/18569]here[/url] 34) [color=red]David Hume - On Suicide[/color] - Collections of essays by Hume, all of which can be found [url=http://www.utilitarian.net/hume/]here[/url] 35) Carl von Clausewitz - On the Nature of War - part of Clausewitz's [url=http://librivox.org/on-war-by-carl-von-clausewitz/] On War[/url] 36) [color=red]Søren Kierkegaard - Fear and Trembling[/color] - no PD translation 37) Henry David Thoreau - Where I Lived, and What I Lived For (part of [url=http://librivox.org/walden-by-henry-david-thoreau/]'Walden'[/url]) 38) Thorstein Veblen - Conspicuous Consumption (part of [url=http://librivox.org/theory-of-the-leisure-class-by-thorstein-veblen/]'Theory of the Leisure Class'[/url]) 39) [color=blue]Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus[/color] 40) [color=blue]Hannah Arendt - Eichmann and the Holocaust[/color]


[u]Series 3[/u]

41) [color=red]Plutarch - In Consolation to his Wife[/color]- Chapter 5 of Plutarch's Moralia. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/23639] here[/url] 42) Robert Burton - Some Anatomies of Melancholy - excerpts of [url=http://librivox.org/the-anatomy-of-melancholy-volume-1-by-robert-burton/]Anatomy of Melancholy[/url] (Book 1 cataloged, Book 2 in progress) 43) Blaise Pascal - Human Happiness - selections from [url=http://librivox.org/pensees_by_blaise_pascal/] Pensées[/url] 44) Adam Smith - The Invisible Hand, part of [url=http://librivox.org/the-theory-of-moral-sentiments-by-adam-smith/]The Theory of Moral Sentiments[/url] 45) [color=red]Edmund Burke - The Evils of Revolution[/color] - not sure, I assume it's part of Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15679] here[/url] 46) [url=http://librivox.org/nature-by-ralph-waldo-emerson/]Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature[/url] 47) [color=red]Søren Kierkegaard - The Sickness Unto Death[/color] - I couldn't find an English PD translation 48) [color=red]John Ruskin - The Lamp of Memory[/color] - Selection from The Seven Lamps of Arhitecture. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15200]here[/url] 49) [color=red] Friedrich Nietzsche - Man Alone with Himself[/color] - part of "Human, all to human" - Couldn't find a clearly PD text. 50) [color=red] Leo Tolstoy - A Confession[/color] - Text [url=http://www.archive.org/details/myconfessionands00tolsuoft] here[/url] 51) [color=red]William Morris - Useful Work versus Useless Toil[/color] - part of "Signs of change: seven lectures". Text [url=http://www.archive.org/details/signsofchangesev00morr] here[/url] 52)[color=red] Frederick Jackson Turner - The Significance of the Frontier in American History[/color] Part of "The Frontier in American History". Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/22994] here[/url]. This project was started and abandoned in LV, I think we have no files for it. 53) [color=red]Marcel Proust - Days of Reading[/color] - No idea what is inside this book. Could be a part of Against Saint-Beuve, or something totally different. 54) [color=red]Leon Trotsky - An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of Europe[/color] - This book has collected speeches and writings from 1915 to 1940, not easy to pin; we have very little Trotsky in the catalog anyway. 55) [color=red] Sigmund Freud - The Future of an Illusion[/color] - Published in German in 1927, so, PD. There is a translation published in 1928 in New York. Not sure if it's PD though. 56) [color=blue]Walter Benjamin - The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction[/color] 57) [color=blue]George Orwell - Books v. Cigarettes[/color] 58) [color=blue]Albert Camus - The Fastidious Assassins[/color] 59) [color=blue]Frantz Fanon - Concerning Violence[/color] 60) [color=blue]Michel Foucault - The Spectacle of the Scaffold[/color]

[u]Series 4[/u]

61) [url=http://librivox.org/the-tao-teh-king-by-lao-tze/]Lao Tzu - Tao Te Ching[/url]; also in German [url=http://librivox.org/daodejing-by-laozi/]Daodejing[/url] 62) [color=red]Various - Writings from the Zen Masters[/color] In this book there are three books: The Gatless Gate, by Mumon Huikai Wumen (text [url=http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/zen/mumonkan.htm]here[/url]), Ten Bulls (I couldn't find a translation) and Zen Stories (I suppose, from the 101 Zen Stories - I couldn't find a PD translation) 63) [url=http://librivox.org/utopia-by-thomas-more/]Thomas More - Utopia[/url] 64) [color=red]Michel de Montaigne - On Solitude[/color] - Part of Montaigne's Essays (being recorded in French). Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3600]here[/url] 65) William Shakespeare - On Power (:? we could have fun guessing what has been extracted and titled thus, but probably need someone with access to the book to take a look) - Leni wrote: Hamlet, Act III Scene 3; Richard II, Act III, Scene 2; Timon of Athens, Act IV, Scene 3; The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene 2; Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene 1; Troilus and Cressida, Act III, Scene 2 and a bunch of other miscellaneous parts of plays. >.> 66) [color=red]John Locke - Of the Abuse of Words[/color] - part of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/l#a2447]here[/url]. 67) [color=red]Samuel Johnson - Consolation in the Face of Death[/color] - Collection of writings by Johnson. Text of his complete works [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/j#a297]here[/url] 68) Immanuel Kant - An Answer to the Question: 'What is Enlightenment?' (in [url=http://librivox.org/librivox-short-nonfiction-collection-vol-001/]Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 001[/url]) 69) [color=red]Joseph de Maistre - The Executioner[/color] Selections from the first, second and seventh night of "Les Soirées de Saint-Pétersbourg" (French text [url=http://www.archive.org/details/lessoiresdesain01maisgoog]here[/url]), or "The Saint Petersburg Dialogues" (English text [url=http://maistre.ath.cx:8000/st_petersburg]here[/url], but [color=red][b]I am not sure it's PD[/b][/color]) 70) [url=http://librivox.org/confessions-of-an-english-opium-eater-by-thomas-de-quincey/]Thomas de Quincey - Confessions of an English Opium Eater[/url] 71) [color=red]Arthur Schopenhauer - The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion[/color] - Collection of essays by Schopenhauer, some of which are [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10833]here[/url] 72) Abraham Lincoln - The Gettysburg Address [url=http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search.php?title=gettysburg&author=&status=all&action=Search](Five Versions available)[/url] 73) [color=red] Karl Marx - Revolution and War[/color] - Anthology of works by Marx published in the New York Tribune between 1853 and 1862. Texts [url=http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/subject/newspapers/new-york-tribune.htm]here[/url] 74) Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Grand Inquisitor - in progress 75) William James - On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings - Selections from "Talks to Teachers on Psychology" (in progress) and [url=http://librivox.org/pragmatism-by-william-james/]Pragmatism[/url] and "The Meaning of Truth" (not recorded, text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5117]here[/url]) 76) Robert Louis Stevenson - An Apology for Idlers - part of [url=http://librivox.org/essays-of-robert-louis-stevenson-by-robert-louis-stevenson/]Essays by R.L. Stevenson [/url] 77) W.E.B. Du Bois - Of the Dawn of Freedom - part of [url=http://librivox.org/souls-of-black-folks-by-web-du-bois/]The Souls of Black Folk[/url] 78) [color=blue]Virginia Woolf - Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid[/color] 79) [color=blue]George Orwell -Decline of the English Murder[/color] 80) [color=blue]John Berger - Why Look at Animals?[/color]

[u]Series 5[/u]

81) [color=red]Chuang Tzu - The Tao of Nature[/color] Part of the Zhuangzi, couldn't find a PD translation 82) Epictetus - Of Human Freedom - part of [url=http://librivox.org/golden-sayings-of-epictetus-by-epictetus/]Epictetus' Aphorisms[/url] 83) [color=red] Niccolo Machiavelli - On Conspiracies[/color] - part of the Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10827] here[/url]. 84) Rene Descartes - [url=http://librivox.org/meditations-on-first-philosophy-by-rene-descartes/]Meditations[/url] 85) [color=red]Giacomo Leopardi - Dialogue Between Fashion and Death[/color] - part of the Zibaldone; selected translations (including this specific essay) [url=http://www.archive.org/details/essaysdialogues00leoprich]here[/url]; Italian text [url=http://it.wikisource.org/wiki/Zibaldone]here[/url] 86) John Stuart Mill - [url=http://librivox.org/on-liberty-by-john-stuart-mill/]On Liberty[/url] 87) Charles Darwin - Hosts of Living Forms - part of the [url=http://librivox.org/the-origin-of-species-by-charles-darwin/]Origin of Species[/url] 88) [color=red]Charles Dickens - Night Walks[/color] - part of The Uncommercial Traveler. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/914] here[/url] 89) Charles Mackay - Some Extraordinary Popular Delusions (Volume 1 of [url=http://librivox.org/memoirs-of-extraordinary-popular-delusions-and-the-madness-of-crowds-volume-i-by-charles-mackay/]Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds[/url]) 90) [color=red]Jacob Burckhardt - The State as a Work of Art[/color] - part of The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy. Text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2074]here[/url] 91) George Eliot - Silly Novels by Lady Novelists (in [url=http://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-016/]Nonfiction Collection 016[/url]) 92) [color=red]Charles Baudelaire - The Painter of Modern Life[/color] - Couldn't find an English translation, French text [url=http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Peintre_de_la_vie_moderne]here[/url] 93) [color=red]Sigmund Freud - The Wolfman[/color] - probably the text known as "From the History of an Infantile Neurosis", I couldn't find a PD translation 94) [color=red]Theodore Herzl - The Jewish State[/color] In the catalog in [url=http://librivox.org/the-jewish-state-by-theodor-binyamin-zeev-herzl/] Hebrew[/url] ; English text [url=http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/25282]here[/url] 95) [color=red]Rabindranath Tagore - Nationalism[/color] - Text [url=http://www.archive.org/details/nationalism00tagorich]here[/url] 96) [color=red]Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - Imperialism[/color]. Text [url=http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/]here[/url] 97) Winston Churchill - We Will All Go Down Fighting to the End - Collection of speeches by Churchill, I couldn't acces which ones exactly. We have some in catalog. 98) [color=blue]Jorge Luis Borges - The Perpetual Race of Achilles and the Tortoise[/color] 99) [color=blue]George Orwell - Some Thoughts on the Common Toad[/color] 100) [color=blue]Chinua Achebe - An Image of Africa[/color]