This is my work-in-progress chart for Dr. Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon. I will add a few books at the end of the chart, but they will be clearly marked. I am creating this chart as I did not find an easy-to-use way of keeping track of how many I have bought. I am transcribing at present, and so more titles will be added as I finish them. Right now, the order is as it is in the book — roughly —, but I will change it to time-based order when I finish.
Note: Owned column has two symbols. X is for translated material (except facing page translations if I speak the original language). * is for original language texts, or in a daughter language (Old English original language, but I have an Contemporary English version, as an example).
I am fiddling with the presentation, for this I apologise.
|Egyptian Book of the Dead||1550 BCE||Egyptian||Folk|
|Holy Bible (King James Version)||400 BCE||X||Hebrew, Biblical/Greek, Koine||Folk|
|The Apocrypha||200 CE||Various||Folk|
|Sayings of the Fathers (Pirke Aboth)||200 CE||Hebrew||Folk|
|Iliad (Homer)||899 BCE||X||Greek, Ionian/Aeolic ‘Epic’||Homer|
|Odyssey (Homer)||899 BCE||X||Greek, Ionian/Aeolic ‘Epic’||Homer|
|Works and Days (Hesiod)||700 BCE||Greek, ‘Epic’||Hesiod|
|Theogony (Hesiod)||730 BCE||Greek, ‘Epic’||Hesiod|
|Works of Archilochos||680 BCE||Greek, Ancient||Archilochos|
|Works of Sappho||630 BCE||X||Greek, Ancient ‘Aeolic’||Sappho|
|Works of Alkman||650 BCE||Greek, Ancient ‘Doric’||Alkman|
|Odes (Pindar)||498 BCE||Greek, Ancient ‘Doric’ (mainly)||Pindar|
|Oresteia||458 BCE||Greekk, Ancient||Aeschylus|
|Seven Against Thebes||Greek, Ancient||Aeschylus|