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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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List Criteria: Books written by authors from the Western Hemisphere

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    Volume: 60
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    Dante Alighieri More
    Volume: 21
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    Volume: 59
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
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    Macbeth

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    Volume: 27
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    Geoffrey Chaucer More
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    Volume: 59
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    Volume: 60
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    Volume: 60
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    Volume: 46
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    Volume: 60
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    Volume: 26
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    Volume: 48
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    William Shakespeare More
    Volume: 26
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    Volume: 47
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    William Shakespeare More
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    Volume: 36
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    Volume: 32
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    Volume: 59
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    William Shakespeare More
    Volume: 26
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    Gorgias

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    Volume: 7
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    Volume: 11
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    William Shakespeare More
    Volume: 27
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    Volume: 59
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    William Shakespeare More
    Volume: 26
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    Franz Kafka More
    Volume: 60
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    Metaphysics

    Aristotle More
    Volume: 8
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    Volume: 54
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    Volume: 43
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    Homer More
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    Volume: 26
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    Volume: 43
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    Volume: 23
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