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Book Smart: Your Essential Reading List for Becoming a Literary Genius in 365 Days

A list from Jane Mallison's 2007 work. One topic per month with 10 classics per topic (indexed below), giving The Book Smart 120. Also 150+ recommended reads.
Towering Works to Read in Translation (1-27)
1 4-7 12 17-18 22 27
Some Notable Biographies (28-54)
28 32 37 38 41 44 46 50-52
Young Men on a Quest (55-68)
55 57-61 64 66-68
Strong Women, Admirably So and Otherwise (69-90)
69 70 75-80 82-84
Crimes of Various Sorts (91-109)
91-93 96 100 101 105-107 109
Books with Varied Venues (110-131)
110 111 113-115 120 123 125 128 131
Unaccustomed Places, Real and Fancied (132-153)
132 135 138 140 143 144 147-150
Smiles at the Human Condition (154-176)
154 159 162 163 165-168 171 176
Some Great 18th Century Works (177-202)
177 183-185 188-191 194 200
The Pains and the Pleasures (206-227)
203 206 207 211 212 215 216 220 224 225
On the Battlefield and Back Home (228-247)
228 232-234 236 237 239 243 244 247
Winners of Major Awards (248-273)
248 251 255 257 260 264 265 268 271 272
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Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
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Eaters of the Dead (Michael Crichton)
Eaters of the Dead (Michael Crichton)
3
Grendel (John Gardner)
Grendel (John Gardner)
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Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
5
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Inferno (Dante Alighieri)
Inferno (Dante Alighieri)
7
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
8
'Ithaka' (C.P. Cavafy)
'Ithaka' (C.P. Cavafy)
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9
Omeros (Derek Walcott)
Omeros (Derek Walcott)
10
The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)
The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood)
11
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
12
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
13
In the Penal Colony (Franz Kafka)
In the Penal Colony (Franz Kafka)
14
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
15
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
16
The Breast (Philip Roth)
The Breast (Philip Roth)
17
The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)
The Tale of Genji (Murasaki Shikibu)
18
Tales From Ovid (Ted Hughes)
Tales From Ovid (Ted Hughes)
19
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
20
After Ovid (Michael Hoffman)
After Ovid (Michael Hoffman)
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21
The Love-Artist (Jane Alison)
The Love-Artist (Jane Alison)
22
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
Oedipus Rex (Sophocles)
23
Oedipus at Colonus (Sophocles)
Oedipus at Colonus (Sophocles)
24
Poetics (Aristotle)
Poetics (Aristotle)
25
The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
26
Oedipus Rex (1967)
Oedipus Rex (1967)
27
The Aeneid (Virgil)
The Aeneid (Virgil)
28
Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)
Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)
29
Flaubert: A Biography (Frederick Brown)
Flaubert: A Biography (Frederick Brown)
30
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
31
England, England (Julian Barnes)
England, England (Julian Barnes)
32
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power (Robert Caro)
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power (Robert Caro)
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33
The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
The Power Broker (Robert A. Caro)
34
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent (Robert Caro)
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent (Robert Caro)
35
The Years of Lyndon Johnson - Master of the Senate (Robert A. Caro)
The Years of Lyndon Johnson - Master of the Senate (Robert A. Caro)
36
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power (Robert Caro)
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power (Robert Caro)
37
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Frederick Douglass)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Frederick Douglass)
38
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)
39
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (Walter Isaacson)
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (Walter Isaacson)
40
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (Gordon S. Wood)
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (Gordon S. Wood)
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