The Western Canon – A Work in Progress

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.

The Theocratic Age
The Ancient Near East
Owned Read Gilgamesh 75/100
Egyptian Book of the Dead
Holy Bible (King James Version)
The Apocrypha
Sayings of the Fathers (Pirke Aboth)
Ancient India
Mahabharata
Bhagavad-Gita
Ramayana
Ancient Greeks
Homer Iliad
Homer Odyssey
Hesiod Works and Days
Hesiod Theogony
Guy Davenport Archilochos, Sappho, Alkman/ 9780520052239
Pindar Odes
Aeschylus Oresteia
Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes
Aeschylus Promethus Bound
Aeschylus Persians
Aeschylus Suppliant Women
Sophocles Oedipus the King
Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus
Sophocles Antigone
Sophocles Electra
Sophocles Ajax
Sophocles Women of Trachis
Sophocles Philoctetes
Euripides Cyclops
Euripides Heracles
Euripides Alcestis
Euripides Hecuba
Euripides Bacchae
Euripides Orestes
Euripides Andromache
Euripides Medea
Euripides Ion
Euripides Hippolytus
Euripides Helen
Euripides Iphigenia at Aulis
Aristophanes The Birds
Aristophanes The Clouds
Aristophanes The Frogs
Aristophanes Lysistrata
Aristophanes The Knights
Aristophanes The Wasps
Aristophanes The Assemblywomen
Herodotus The Histories
Thucydides The Peloponnesian Wars
Heraclitus Works
Empedocles Works
Plato Dialogues
Aristotle Poetics
Aristotle Ethics
Hellenistic Greeks
Menander The Girl from Samos
Longinus On the Sublime
Callimachus Hymns and Epigrams
Theocritus Idylls
Plutarch Lives
Plutarch Moralia
Aesop Fables
Lucian Satires
The Romans
Plautus Pseudolus
Plautus The Braggart Soldier
Plautus The Rope
Plautus Amphitryon
Terence The Girl from Andros
Terence The Eunuch
Terence The Mother-in-Law
Lucretius The Way Things Are
Cicero On the Gods
Horace Odes
Horace Epistles
Horace Satires
Persius Satires
Catullus Attis and Other Poems
Virgil Aeneid
Virgil Eclogues
Virgil Georgics
Lucan Pharsalia
Ovid Metamorphoses
Ovid The Art of Love
Ovid Heroides
Juvenal Satires
Martial Epigrams
Seneca Tragedies, particularly Medea and Hercules Furens
Petronius Satyricon
Apuleis The Golden Ass

The Middle Ages: Latin, Arabic, and the Vernacular Before Dante

Saint Augustine City of God
Saint Augustine Confessions
The Qur’an
Book of the Thousand and One Night
The Poetic Edda
Snorri Sturluson The Prose Edda
Nibelungen Leid
Wolfram von Eschenbach Parzival
Chrétien de Troyes Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
Beowulf
The Poem of the Cid
Christine de Pisan The Book of the City of Ladies
Diego de San Pedro Prison of Love
The Aristocratic Age
Italy
Dante The Divine Comedy
Dante The New Life
Petrarch Lyrics Poems
Petrarch Selections
Giovanni Boccaccio The Decameron
Matteo Maria Boiardo Orlando Innamorato
Ludovico Ariosto Orlando Furioso
Michelangelo Buonarroti Sonnets and Madrigals
Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli The Mandrake, a comedy
Leonardo da Vinci Notebooks
Baldassare Castiglione The Book of the Courtier
Gaspara Stampa Sonnets
Gaspara Stampa Madrigal
Giorgio Vasari Lives of the Painters
Benvenuto Cellini Autobiography
Torquato Tasso Jerusalem Delievered
Giordanno Bruno The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast
Tommaso Campanella Poems
Tommaso Campanella The City of the Sun
Giambattista Vico Principles of a New Science
Carlo Goldoni The Servant of Two Masters
Vittorio Alfieri Saul
Portugal
Luis de Camoëns The Lusiads
Antònio Ferreira Poetry
Spain
Jorge Manrique Coplas
Fernando de Rojas La Celestina
Lazarillo de Tormes
Francisco de Quevedo Visions
Francisco de Quevedo Satirical Letter of Censure
Fray Luis de Léon Poems
St. John of the Cross Poems
Luis de Góngora Sonnets
Luis de Góngora Soledades
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Exemplary Stories
Lope de Vega La Dorotea
Lope de Vega Fuente Ovejuna
Lope de Vega Lost in a Mirror
Lope de Vega The Knight of Olmedo
Tirso de Molina The Trickster of Seville
Pedro Calderón de la Barca Life is a Dream
Pedro Calderón de la Barca The Mayor of Zalamea
Pedro Calderón de la Barca The Mighty Magician
Pedro Calderón de la Barca The Doctor of His Own Honor
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Poems
England, and Scotland
Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales
Geoffrey Chaucer Troilus and Criseyde
Sir Thomas Mallory La Morte d’Arthur
William Dunbar Poems
John Skelton Poems
Sir Thomas More Utopia
Sir Thomas Wyatt Poems
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey Poems
Sir Phillip Sidney The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia
Sir Phillip Sidney Astrophel and Stella
Sir Phillip Sidney An Apology for Poetry
Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke Poems
Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queene
Edmund Spenser The Minor Poems
Sir Walter Raleigh Poems
Christopher Marlowe Poems
Christopher Marlowe Plays
Michael Drayton Poems
Samuel Daniel Poems
Samuel Daniel A Defence of Ryme
Thomas Nashe The Unfortunate Traveller
Thomas Kyd The Spanish Tragedy
William Shakespeare Plays
William Shakespeare Poems
Thomas Campion Songs
John Donne Poems
John Donne Sermons
Ben Jonson Poems
Ben Jonson Plays
Ben Jonson Masques
Francis Bacon Essays
Robert Burton The Anatomy of Melancholy
Sir Thomas Browne Religio Medici
Sir Thomas Browne Hydriotaphia, or Urne-Buriall
Sir Thomas Browne The Garden of Cyrus
Thomas Hobbes Leviathan
Robert Herrick Poems
Thomas Carew Poems
Richard Lovelace Poems
Andrew Marvell Poems
George Herbert The Temple