Oxford World's Classics

Reading List

Selections from the Oxford World’s Classics

As two of my interests are history and literature, and having recently discovered the Oxford World’s Classics collection, I’ve set about trying to read through some of these books. There’s quite a few I’ve read before but would love to read again, and even more I’ve never read. The first batch of sixseven books showed up. I started with Virgil’s Æneid, and tentatively I’ll be reading the following books in order:

  1. Henrik Ibsen’s Four Plays; Dollhouse was the first play that I read in high school that sparked an interest in literature (along with The Canterbury Tales).
  2. Stephanie Dalley’s Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others.
  3. Herodotus’ The Histories, which is a favourite of mine and I look forward to reading a new translation.
  4. Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales; I was first exposed to this in high school, and, courtesy of an excellent English teacher, think this may have been the book to instill a deep interest in literature.
  5. Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
  6. Percey Shelley’s The Major Works; his poem “Ozymandias” is one of my favourite poems.

Together, these books are roughly four thousand pages (not including explanatory notes), so this is as far as my planning goes for now—first goal is to make time to read these, then see what strikes my fancy afterwards. I’ve been toying with the idea of a bot that picks a random book, purchases it, and sends it to me at a semi-random interval based on how long it takes me to get through them, which may be more interesting than curating a path myself.

As I (hopefully) finish books, I’ll keep a tally here. Ideally, I’ll also write up an essay on each book.