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Great Books of the Western World

List Criteria: Books written by authors from the Western Hemisphere

Compiled by Encyclopedia Britannica, this is a list of the great books of the western world. It is our western canon gathered into a single package of 60 volumes. Initially compiled in the 50's, the Great Books of the Western World was updated in the 90's with a second edition. While the first three volumes of the compendium feature a dissertation on liberal education, Volume 4 and beyond contain various books that we have listed here. Both fiction and non-fiction have been included, as well as all genres. Encyclopedia Britannica did a fantastic job putting together this list of Great Books of the Western World. If you're looking for a great, timeless book, then this is the place to start.

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    Dante Alighieri Volume: 21

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    Leo Tolstoy Volume: 51

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald Volume: 60

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    William Shakespeare Volume: 26

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    James Joyce Volume: 59

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    Samuel Beckett Volume: 60

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    T. S. Eliot Volume: 60

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare Volume: 26

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    William Shakespeare Volume: 26

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare Volume: 26

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    Giorgio Colli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Mazzino Montinari Volume: 43

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    Euclid Volume: 11

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    Aristotle Volume: 8

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    William Shakespeare Volume: 27

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    William Shakespeare Volume: 26

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    Poetics Aristotle Volume: 9

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    Jack N. Rakove Volume: 43

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    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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