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100 Essential Books of Western Literature, a List Created by Scott Tyler

"The 'Western Canon' (a highly controversial term) as listed by critics like Harold Bloom, runs to thousands of books. I don't think even Harold Bloom has had the time to read them all. So here I will give a list of what I consider the 'essential' works.
A few notes. First, not everyone will agree with my list. No two such lists are the same, and this short list must necessarily exclude many great works. Second, following Mr. Bloom's example, I have excluded many religious or philosophical books, unless they are also important books of literature. Third, I have chosen books largely for their cultural and literary influence. These are books which have changed the way later authors wrote, or had an important impact on western culture. Finally, I have not included any poems, unless they are book-length, with the exception of the 'Leaves of Grass' collection."
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The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
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Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
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Medea
Medea
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The Trial and Death of Socrates
The Trial and Death of Socrates
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The Histories (Herodotus)
The Histories (Herodotus)
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The Peloponnesian War (Thucydides)
The Peloponnesian War (Thucydides)
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Lives
Lives
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The Aeneid (Virgil)
The Aeneid (Virgil)
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Metamorphoses Ovid
Metamorphoses Ovid
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One Thousand and One Nights
One Thousand and One Nights
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Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy
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The Decameron
The Decameron
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Don Quixote
Don Quixote
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The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
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Le Morte D'Arthur
Le Morte D'Arthur
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Utopia
Utopia
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Dr. Faustus
Dr. Faustus
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Hamlet
Hamlet
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Othello
Othello
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21
MacBeth
MacBeth
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Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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The Tempest
The Tempest
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The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
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Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
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Henry V
Henry V
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The Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
The Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
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Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
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Gulliver's Travels
Gulliver's Travels
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Life of Johnson
Life of Johnson
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Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
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Tom Jones
Tom Jones
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Tartuffe
Tartuffe
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Candide
Candide
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Praise of Folly
Praise of Folly
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Faust
Faust
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Les Mis
Les Mis
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Notre Dame De Paris
Notre Dame De Paris
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