Encyclopaedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World

Complete Listing of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World

Scholars and editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica believe this collection represents the essential core of the Western literary canon.

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the intercourse with superior minds . . . In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.        —William Ellery Channing

Nineteenth Century Author Title

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich The Philosophy of Right
The Philosophy of History

Balzac, Honore de Cousine Bette

Nietzsche, Friedrich Beyond Good and Evil

Tocqueville, Alexis de Democracy in America

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Faust

Austen, Jane Emma

Eliot, George Middlemarch

Dickens, Charles Little Dorrit

Melville, Herman Moby Dick

Twain, Mark Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Darwin, Charles The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex

Marx, Karl Capital
Manifesto of the Communist Party

Tolstoy, Leo War and Peace

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor The Brothers Karamazov

Ibsen, Henrik A Doll's House
The Wild Duck
Hedda Gabler
The Master Builder

James, William The Principles of Psychology
Twentieth Century Freud, Sigmund The Origin and Development of Psycho-Analysis
Beyond the Pleasure Principle
The Ego and the Id
The Origin and Development of Psycho-Analysis
The Interpretation of Dreams
On Narcissism
The Unconscious
A General Introduction to Psycho-Analysis
Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego
The Ego and the Id
Inhibitions, Symptons, and Anxiety

Thoughts for the Times on War and Death
Civilization and Its Discontents
New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis
Twentieth Century Philosophy and Religion James, William Pragmatism

Bergson, Henri Introduction to Metaphysics

Dewey, John Experience and Education

Whitehead, Alfred North Science and the Modern World

Russell, Bertrand The Problems of Philosophy

Barth, Karl The Word of God and the Word of Man
Twentieth Century Science Poincare, Henri Science and Hypothesis

Planck, Max Scientific Autobiography

Whitehead, Alfred North Introduction to Mathematics

Einstein, Albert Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir The Expanding Universe

Bohr, Neil Atomic Theory:The Descriptions of Nature

Hardy, G. H. (Godfrey Harold) A Mathematician’s Apology

Heisenberg, Werner Physics and Philosophy

Schrodinger, Erwin What Is Life?

Dobzhansky, Theodosius Genetics and the Origin of Species

Waddington, C. H. The Nature of Life
Twentieth Social Science Veblen, Thornstein The Theory of the Leisure Class

Tawney, R. H. The Acquisitive Society

Keynes, John Maynard General Theory of Employment, interest, and money

Frazer, James George, Sir The Golden Bough

Weber, Max From Max Weber : essays in sociology. Science and Politics, Power, Religion

Levi-Strauss, Claude Structural Anthropology

Huizinga, Johan The Waning of the Middle Ages
Twentieth Century Imaginative Literature James, Henry The Beast in the Jungle

Shaw, Bernard Saint Joan

Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness

Chekhov, Anton Uncle Vanya

Pirandello, Luigi Six Characters in Search of an Author

Proust, Marcel Swann in Love from Remembrance of Things Past

Cather, Willa A Lost Lady

Mann, Thomas Death in Venice

Joyce, James Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Woolf, Virginia To the Lighthouse

Kafka, Franz The Metamorphosis

Lawrence, D. H. The Prussian Officer

Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land

O’Neill, Eugene Mourning Becomes Electra

Faulkner, William A Rose for Emily

Brecht, Bertolt Mother Courage and Her Children

Hemingway, Ernest The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot