Book List for Lit Three: The RENAISSANCE (Click for PDF Version)

There are lots of options for acquiring these books. You can order them from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or another online retailer. If you want to save money, you can check them out of the library. For most of them, you can get e-book versions or access them online and read them on your computer screen.

Please take note of my comments below. In some cases, the particular edition or translation is important.


 Don Quixote, by Cervantes (the abridged Walter Starkie translation)

 There are a variety of translations of this book, but it’s very important that you acquire the abridged version translated by Walter Starkie. The unabridged version is several hundred pages longer and will throw off the reading schedule. The abridged version is long enough!  

 Paradise Lost, by John Milton

 Any unabridged edition will work.

 Christianity for Modern Pagans, by Peter Kreeft

 This is a contemporary book and is unlikely to be found online or in most libraries.

 The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (The First Part)

 Any unabridged version will do. Note: We will only be reading the first part, even though most versions include the second part as well.

 Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

 Any unabridged version will do.

 Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

 Any unabridged version will do.

 Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

 Any unabridged version will do.

 Short Stories by Edgar Allan Poe

 All of the works we’ll be reading are available online if you don’t wish to acquire a print collection. (All but one can be found at www.poemuseum.org)

  • Poem: “The Raven”

  • Short Stories: “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado”

Poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

We will be reading just short excerpts from his long poem, Idylls of the King, so it’s not necessary to acquire the whole book. If you can find a collection with all of the following, that would be great. Otherwise, all Tennyson’s work is available online.

  • Idylls of the King (excerpts only)

  • “The Lady of Shallot”

  • “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

  • “Crossing the Bar”

  • “Break, Break, Break”

 Various Essays by Emerson and Thoreau

 All of the works below can be found online if you don’t want to obtain a print collection that includes them.

  •  “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau

  • “Solitude,” a chapter in Thoreau’s Walden, or Life in the Woods

 Short Stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 As with recent readings, you may try to find a print collection that includes the following short stories or simply find them online. They are readily available.

  • “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”

  • “The Birthmark”

  • “Rappaccini’s Daughter”

  • “The Minister’s Black Veil”

 Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

 Any unabridged version will do.