English 287: Great Books
Texts for the Course
Here are the works we will be focusing on for our course this semester. I have listed here the editions I have ordered at Claflin Books and Copies.
1. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cat's Cradle. Dell paperback. (Either the mass market paperback  or the trade paperback  will do. The chapters are short, so we can get by with chapter references instead of page references.)
2. Friedrich Dürrenmat, The Physicists. Translated by James Kirkup. Grove/Atlantic, 1990.
3. Homer, The Odyssey. Translated by Robert Fagles, with an Introduction and Notes by Bernard Knox. Penguin papberback, 1997.
4. Virgil, The Aeneid. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Vintage Classic paperback edition, 1990.
5. Dante Alighieri, The Inferno. Translated with Introduction and Notes by John Ciardi. Signet Classic, 2001.
6. Voltaire, Candide. Dover Thrift Edition, 1991.
7. Charles Dickens, Hard Times. Dover Thrift Edition, 1990.
8. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. Dover Thrift Edition, 1991.
9. J. M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians. Penguin paperback, 1980.
10. Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. Translated by Aaron Asher. HarperCollins paperback, reprint edition 1999.
The above 10 works are the only purchases required for this course, and the only texts for which I have placed a class order at Claflin Books and Copies.
For the items 2 through 5, above, you should be sure to obtain the editions specified. (Otherwise we'll have terrible difficulty "being on the same page" in several senses of that phrase.) For the remaining items, you are welcome to use any edition you can find.
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This page last updated 25 August 2005 .