The 50 Year Reading Plan

Year 1

  1. The Annals by Tacitus (c55-c120 AD)
  2. Apology ; Crito ; Euthyphro ; Phaedo by Plato (c429–347 BC)
  3. The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)
  4. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
  5. The Garden Party by Václav Havel (1936-)
  6. The Memorandum by Václav Havel
  7. The Histories by Tacitus (1936-)
  8. The Letters of Abelard and Heloise by Peter Abelard
  9. The Old Testament (Everyman’s Library) by Everyman’s Library
  10. Poem into Poem: World Poetry in Modern Verse Translation by George Steiner
  11. Selected Poems (Cape Editions) by Ondra Lysohorsky

Year 2

  1. The Story of Art by E. H. Gombrich
  2. Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
  3. History of the Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (c69 — after 121 AD)
  4. The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang
  5. The Lower Depths and Other Plays by Maxim Gorky
  6. The New English Bible; New Testament by Oxford University Press
  7. The New Testament in Modern English by J. B. Phillips
  8. The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides by Aeschylus (525–456 BC)
  9. The Portable Coleridge by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  10. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (c978–1030)
  11. The Tragedies by William Shakespeare

Year 3

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1835–1910)
  2. Aphorisms by Ramón Gómez de la Serna (1888–1963)
  3. The Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila by St. Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582)
  4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)
  5. Buddhist Scriptures by Edward Conze
  6. The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian
  7. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930)
  8. The Golden Ass by Apuleius (c125 — c180)
  9. The Love Department by William Trevor
  10. Mississippi Writings : Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain (1835–1910)

Year 4

  1. The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais (1732–1799)
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)
  3. The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)
  4. Everyman’s Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages by Abraham Cohen
  5. Fables by Jean de La Fontaine (1621–1695)
  6. Metamorphoses by Ovid (14 BC-17 AD)
  7. The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
  8. Plutarch’s Lives by Plutarch (c46-c127)
  9. Primitive Song by Maurice Bowra
  10. Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)

Year 5

  1. Bourgeois Gentleman / Doctor in Spite of Himself / Learned Ladies / Misanthrope / Pretentious Young Ladies / Tartuffe by Jean-Baptiste Moliere
  2. Candide by Voltaire (1694–1778)
  3. The Complete Plays of Aristophanes by Aristophanes (c448- c388)
  4. Correspondance choisie by Voltaire (1694–1778)
  5. Doctor in Spite of Himself / Imaginary Invalid / Misanthrope / Sicilian / Tartuffe by Molière (1622–1673)
  6. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak (1890–1960)
  7. Five Plays: The Miser and other Plays by Jean-Baptiste Moliere
  8. The Letters by Pliny the Younger
  9. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880)
  10. Records of the historian : chapters from the Shih chi of Ssu-ma Ch’ien by Qian Sima
  11. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  12. Shih Chi by Sima Qian
  13. The Stranger by Albert Camus (1913–1960)
  14. Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
  15. The Wonderful Years by Reiner Kunze (1933-)
  16. Zadig & L’Ingenu by Francois Voltaire
  17. Zimmerlautstärke : Gedichte by Reiner Kunze (1933-)
  18. Œuvres complètes by François Villon (1431–1463)

Year 6

  1. Andorra by Max Frisch
  2. The Complete Father Brown Mysteries by G. K. Chesterton
  3. Germinal by Émile Zola
  4. I’m Not Stiller by Max Frisch
  5. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola
  6. The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  7. Poe: Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  8. The Poem Itself by Stanley Burnshaw
  9. The Song of Roland by Anonymous
  10. The Storm by Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ostrovsky
  11. Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
  12. The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Year 7

  1. The Aeneid by Virgil (70–19 BC)
  2. The Book of Good Love by Juan Ruiz (c1283 — c1350)
  3. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)
  4. Five German Tragedies by F. J. Lamport
  5. Kafu the Scribbler: The Life and Writings of Nagai Kafu, 1879–1959 (Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies) by Edward G. Seidensticker
  6. The Penguin Book of Latin Verse by Frederick Brittain
  7. The Pot of Gold and Other Plays by Plautus (c254–184 BC)
  8. The Rope and Other Plays by Plautus (c254–184 BC)
  9. Short history of scientific ideas to 1900 by Charles Singer

​Year 8

  1. The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936)
  2. The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574)
  3. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
  4. Philosophy, Poetry, History; an Anthology of Essays by Benedetto Croce (1866–1952)
  5. The Poems of Catullus by Catullus (c84-c54 BC)
  6. The Red and the Black by Stendhal (1783–1842)
  7. The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati (1906–1972)
  8. Vita Nuova, La (Penguin Classics) by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)

​Year 9

  1. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini (1500–1571)
  2. The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino
  3. Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
  4. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal (1783–1842)
  5. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
  6. Monkey by Wu Ch’eng-en (c 1510–1582)
  7. The Nonexistent Knight / The Cloven Viscount by Italo Calvino
  8. Post-War Russian Poetry (The Penguin poets) by Daniel Weissbort

​Year 10

  1. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (1875–1955)
  2. Canto General by Pablo Neruda (1904–1973)
  3. Don Juan: The Beguiler from Seville and the Stone Guest by Tirso de Molina
  4. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantess (1547–1616)
  5. Journey to the Alcarria: Travels Through the Spanish Countryside by Camilo José Cela
  6. Juan de Mairena by Antonio Machado
  7. Medieval Literature in Translation by Charles W. Jones
  8. Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Songling Pu

​Year 11

  1. Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)
  2. The Histories by Herodotus (c484 — c424 BC)
  3. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)
  4. Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c4 BC — 65 AD)
  5. Lun-hêng by Wang Chung
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927–2014)
  7. Pancatantra: The Book of India’s Folk Wisdom by Vishnu Sharma
  8. The Penguin Book of Spanish Verse: Third Edition (Parallel Text, Penguin)by J. M. Cohen
  9. The Poems of St. John of the Cross by Saint John of the Cross

​Year 12

  1. Classical Literary Criticism by T.S. Dorsch
  2. Cousin Bazilio by Eça de Queirós (1845–1900)
  3. The Crime of Father Amaro by José Maria Eça de Queirós (1845–1900)
  4. Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais (c1494–1553)
  5. The Lusiads by Luis Vaz de Camoes
  6. The Maias by Eca de Queiros (1845–1900)
  7. The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
  8. The Man with Seven Names by Alves Redol (1911–1969)
  9. A Season on the Earth: Selected Poems of Nirala by Nirala (1898–1961)
  10. Selected Poems by Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935)
  11. The Story of a Life by Konstantin Paustovski
  12. Teatro de Gil Vicente by Gil Vicente

​Year 13

  1. The Adventures of a Simpleton by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen
  2. The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
  3. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)
  4. East German Poetry: An Anthology by Michael Hamburger
  5. Faust I & II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
  6. The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)
  7. Hernani / The King’s Diversion / Ruy Blas by Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
  8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1802–1885)
  9. More from the Primeval Forest by Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
  10. The Nature of Things by Lucretius (c99-c55 BC)
  11. On the Edge of the Primeval Forest by Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
  12. Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography by Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
  13. The Penguin Book of German Verse by Leonard Forster
  14. Poems of Wang Wei by Wei Wang

​Year 14

  1. Paul Celan: Poems, a Bilingual Edition by Paul Celan
  2. The Presocratic Philosophers: A Critical History with a Selection of Textsby G. S. Kirk
  3. Water Margin by Shi Nai’An​

Year 15

  1. The Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)
  2. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse (1877–1962)
  3. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (1819–1891)

​Year 16

  1. The Book of Songs: The Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry by Arthur Waley
  2. The Odyssey by Homer (lived between the 12th and 8th centuries BC)
  3. The Penguin Book of Greek Verse by Constantine A. Trypanis
  4. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

​Year 17

  1. The Epicurus Reader: Selected Writings and Testimonia (HPC Classics) by Epicurus
  2. The Iliad by Homer (lived between the 12th and 8th centuries BC)
  3. Leonardo’s Notebooks by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
  4. Poems and Songs by Robert Burns

​Year 18

  1. The Blind Owl by Ṣādiq Hidāyat
  2. The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith
  3. The Masnavi by Maulana Jalalu-’D-Din Muhammad I Rumi
  4. Poems of Nazim Hikmet by Nâzım Hikmet
  5. The Rose Garden (Gulistan) of Saadi by Saadi
  6. Selected Poems of Yahya Kemal [Bayatli ]. by Yahya Kemal (1884–1958)
  7. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith (1728–4 April 1774
  8. Tales from the Kathasaritasagara by Somadeva
  9. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith (1728–4 April 1774

​​Year 19

  1. Anthology of Islamic Literature by James Kritzeck
  2. The Koran by al-Qur’an
  3. Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (1905–1980)
  4. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to al-Madinah and Meccah by Sir Richard Francis Burton
  5. The Ring of the Dove: A Treatise on the Art and Practice of Arab Love by Ibn Hazm
  6. The Roman Sonnets of Giuseppe Gioachino Belli by Giuseppe Gioachino Belli
  7. The Secret History by Procopius
  8. The Travels of Ibn Battutah by Ibn Battutah

​​Year 20

  1. The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Richard Burton
  2. Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers): A Puppet Play by Takeda Izumo
  3. Collected Poems by Arthur Rimbaud
  4. Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  5. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (c1660–1731)
  6. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)
  7. Understanding the Hadith: The Sacred Traditions of Islam by Ram Swarup

​​Year 21

  1. Deliverance from Error: Five Key Texts Including His Spiritual Autobiography, al-Munqidh min al-Dalal by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali
  2. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams (1838–1918)
  3. A History of Historical Writing by Harry Elmer Barnes
  4. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  5. The life and works of Jāḥiẓ by Charles Pellat
  6. Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
  7. Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams (1838–1918)
  8. Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of Hayim Nahman Bialik (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art) by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
  9. Story of Sinuhe: Complete Hieroglyphic Text with Transliteration and Translation Plus Grammatical Commentary by Ronald Bullock
  10. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

​​Year 22

  1. Aztec Thought and Culture: A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind by Miguel Leon-Portilla
  2. The Complete Plays by Anton Chekhov
  3. The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake, New and Revised Editionby William Blake
  4. Daily Life of the Aztecs by Jacques Soustelle
  5. Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
  6. The Penguin Book of Russian Verse by Dimitri Obolensky
  7. Ten Foot Square Hut and Tales of the Heike by Kamo no Chōmei
  8. The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  10. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Patanjali

​​Year 23

  1. Collected Stories by Isaac Babel
  2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)
  3. Essays of Elia and Last Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb
  4. Eugene Onegin: A Novel in Verse by Alexander Pushkin
  5. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  6. Ghazals of Ghalib: Versions from the Urdu by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
  7. Kukai and His Major Works by Yoshito S. Hakeda
  8. Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle (384–322 BC)
  9. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  10. The Story of Modern Art by Norbert Lynton

​​Year 24

  1. The Analects of Confucius by Confucius
  2. Anthology of Chinese literature by Cyril Birch
  3. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin (c1715-c1763)
  4. The Garnet Bracelet and Other Stories by Alexander Kuprin (1870–1938)
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1775–1817)
  6. The Quest of the Holy Grail by Anonymous
  7. The Selected Poems of Li Po by Bai Li
  8. Selected readings from the works of Mao Tsetung by Mao Zedong
  9. Sources of Chinese tradition, Vol. 1 by William Theodore De Barry
  10. Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vol. 2 by William Theodore De Barry
  11. Three Tragedies by Federico García Lorcav

​​Year 25

  1. Bourgeois Gentleman / Dom Juan / Doctor in Spite of Himself / George Dandin / Miser / Pretentious Young Ladies / Scapin by Molière
  2. Chin Ping Mei the Adventurous History of Hsi Men and His Six Wives
  3. Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer (1778–1860)
  4. Mencius by Mencius
  5. The Poetical Works of John Keats by John Keats (1795–1821)
  6. The Scholars by Jingzi Wu
  7. The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca by Federico García Lorca
  8. The Selected Poems of Tu Fu by Du Fu
  9. Texts of Taoism (Volume 1) by James Legge
  10. Texts of Taoism (Volume 2) by James Legge

​​Year 26

  1. An Autobiography: the Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)
  2. The Bhagavad Gita by Anonymous
  3. Confessions by Augustine (354–430)
  4. Godan: A Novel of Peasant India by Premchand
  5. The Poem of the Cid by Anonymous
  6. Poems from the Sanskrit by John Brough
  7. Poems from the Sanskrit by John Brough
  8. The Poetry of Petrarch by Petrarch
  9. Saddharma-Pundarika or The Lotus of the True Law by H. Kern
  10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (1897–1962)
  11. Sources of Indian tradition by William Theodore De Bary
  12. The World of Premchand: Selected Short Stories by Premchand

​​Year 27

  1. Collected Poems by Robert Lowell
  2. The Dhammapada by Anonymous
  3. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  4. The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana
  5. Modern Spanish Theatre: An anthology of plays by Michael Benedikt
  6. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
  7. Poems from the Divan of Khushâl Khân Khattak by Khwushḥāl Khān
  8. The Rebel’s Silhouette: Selected Poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
  9. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
  10. The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

​​Year 28

  1. The Arthashastra by Kautilya
  2. As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams by Lady Sarashina
  3. The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione — not in English Common Knowledge
  4. Complete Poetry and Prose of Chairil Anwar by Chairil Anwar
  5. Contemporary Indonesian Poetry (Asian & Pacific Writing) by Harry Aveling
  6. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham
  7. Mediaeval Latin Lyrics by Helen Waddell
  8. The Principal Upanishads: Edited with Introduction, Text, Translation and Notes by S. Radhakrishnan
  9. The Restlessness of Shanti Andia by Pío Baroja

​​Year 29

  1. A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures by Kenneth Hurlstone Jackson
  2. The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant by Guy de Maupassant
  3. The Golovlyov Family by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
  4. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  5. Maxims by François, duc de La Rochefoucauld
  6. The Palace of Eternal Youth by Hong Sheng
  7. The Sacred Writings of the Sikhs by Trilochan Singh
  8. Tratados morales by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

​​​Year 30

  1. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
  2. An Anthology of Sinhalese Literature up to 1815 by C. H. B. Reynolds
  3. The Essays by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
  4. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  5. Love Songs of Chandidas the Rebel Poet-Priest of Bengal by Chandidas
  6. New Atlantis by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
  7. The Okagami: A Japanese Historical Tale by J.K. Yamagiwa
  8. Pather Panchali, song of the road by Bibhutibhushan Banerji
  9. Phantasies of a Love-Thief: The Caurapañcāśikā by Bilhana
  10. Works by Lucian

​​​Year 31

  1. Dreams by Francisco de Quevedo (1580–1645)
  2. El Buscón by Francisco de Quevedo (1580–1645)
  3. Erasmus: Ten Colloquies by Desiderius Erasmus (c1469–1536)
  4. Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenkō
  5. The Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677)
  6. The Fall Into Time by E. M. Cioran (1911–1995)
  7. In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus (c1469–1536)
  8. The New Gods by E. M. Cioran (1911–1995)
  9. Pensées by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
  10. Poems and Fragments by Friedrich Hölderlin
  11. Poetry of the Netherlands in its European context, 1170–1930 by Theodoor Weevers
  12. The Provincial Letters by Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
  13. Rembrandt, Life and Work by Jakob Rosenberg
  14. A Short History of Decay by E. M. Cioran (1911–1995)
  15. The Temptation to Exist by Emil Cioran (1911–1995)
  16. A Thousand Years of Vietnamese Poetry by Nguyen Ngoc Bich

​​​Year 32

  1. Birds Through a Ceiling of Alabaster: Three Abbasid Poets by G. B. H. Wightman
  2. Collected Poems, 1909–1962 by T. S. Eliot (1888–1965)
  3. Complete Poetry of Michelangelo by Michelangelo
  4. Dialogues by Denis Diderot (1713–1784)
  5. European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages by Ernst Robert Curtius
  6. A history of book illustration; the illuminated manuscript and the printed book by David Bland
  7. Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot (1713–1784)
  8. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil (1880–1942)
  9. The Man Without Qualities, Volume 1: A Sort of Introduction, and Pseudo Reality Prevails by Robert Musil (1880–1942)
  10. The Man Without Qualities, Volume 2: Into the Millennium; From the Posthumous Papers by Robert Musil (1880–1942)
  11. Mo Tzu: Basic Writings by Mo tzu (c470-c391 BC)
  12. The Nun by Denis Diderot (1713–1784)
  13. Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot (1713–1784)
  14. The Satires of Juvenal by Juvenal (c60-c140)
  15. Zend-Aveszta by Avesta

​​​Year 33

  1. Autobiography of John Stuart Mill by John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
  2. Brand by Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)
  3. The Complete English Poems by John Donne
  4. Considerations on Representative Government by John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
  5. Doctor Glas by Hjalmar Söderberg (1869–1941)
  6. Elegies by Sextus Propertius
  7. Hunger by Knut Hamsun (1859–1952)
  8. Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot
  9. Mysteries by Knut Hamsun (1859–1952)
  10. Njal’s Saga by Anonymous
  11. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
  12. Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)
  13. Selected Poems (Modern European Poets) by Gunnar Ekelof
  14. Short Stories by Hjalmar Soderberg (1869–1941)
  15. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)

​​​​Year 34

  1. The Boat in the Evening (Peter Owen Modern Classic) by Tarjei Vesaas
  2. The Complete Works of Han Fei Tzu by Han Fei Tzu (c280–233 BC)
  3. A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)
  4. Either/Or: A Fragment of Life by Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)
  5. Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau
  6. Heimskringla: or, The Lives of the Norse Kings by Snorri Sturluson
  7. Helkavirsiä by Eino Leino
  8. The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
  9. Pillars of Society by Henrik Ibsen (1828–1906)
  10. The Plays of Strindberg: Volume 1 by August Strindberg (1849–1912)
  11. The Plays of Strindberg: Volume 2 by August Strindberg (1849–1912)
  12. Stages on Life’s Way : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 11 by Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)
  13. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  14. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

​​​​Year 35

  1. Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century by Donald Keene
  2. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  3. Ch’an and Zen Teaching, First Series by Kuanyu Lu
  4. Ch’an and Zen Teaching, Second Series by Lu K’uan Yu
  5. Ch’an and Zen Teaching, Third Series by Charles Luk
  6. Collected Poems by Saint-John Perse
  7. Discourses of Epictetus by Epictetus (c55–135)
  8. The Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings by Ihara Saikaku
  9. Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
  10. The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho
  11. Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)
  12. Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Akinari Ueda
  13. Ten Thousand Leaves by Anonymous

​​​​Year 36

  1. 20 Plays of the No Theatre by Donald Keene
  2. The Blue Cliff Records: The Hekigan Roku by R. D. M. Shaw
  3. Confessions of an English Opium Eater and Other Writings by Thomas de Quincey
  4. Evening Land by Pär Lagerkvist
  5. The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  6. The Mabinogion by Anonymous
  7. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  8. The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse by Geoffrey Bownas
  9. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon by Sei Shonagon
  10. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  11. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

​​​​Year 37

  1. Collected poems by Wallace Stevens
  2. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
  3. The Enchanted Wanderer: and Other Stories by Nikolai Leskow — not in English Common Knowledge
  4. The Enchanted Wanderer: Selected Tales by Nikolai Leskow
  5. Halma by Benito Pérez-Galdós
  6. Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost
  7. Misericordia by Benito Pérez-Galdós
  8. Nazarin by Benito Pérez Galdós
  9. The New Oxford Book of American Verse (Oxford Books of Verse) by Richard Ellmann
  10. The Odes of Horace by Horace
  11. Praeterita : and, Dilecta by John Ruskin
  12. Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings by Abolqasem Ferdowsi
  13. Ulysses by James Joyce (1882–1941)

​​​​Year 38

  1. The Bass Saxophone by Josef Škvorecký
  2. The Cowards by Josef Škvorecký
  3. Fortunata and Jacinta by Benito Pérez-Galdós
  4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  5. The Satyricon by Petronius

​Year 39

  1. Collected Poems by W. B. Yeats
  2. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hašek
  3. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)
  4. Like Water, Like Fire: an anthology of Byelorussian poetry from 1828 to the present day (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works) by Vera Rich
  5. Modern Czech Poetry: An Anthology by Ewald Osers and J. K. Montgomery, editors
  6. New writing in Yugoslavia (Writing today) by Bernard Johnson
  7. The Old Man Who Does As He Pleases by Lu Yu
  8. The Penguin book of Latin American verse, (The Penguin poets) by E Caracciolo-Trejo
  9. Portuguese voyages, 1498–1663 by Charles David Ley
  10. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

​Year 40

  1. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
  2. Instructions for practical living, and other Neo-Confucian writing by Yangming Wang (1472–1529)
  3. The Journals of Captain Cook by James R. Cook (1728–1779)
  4. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki (1867–1916)
  5. Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz
  6. The Plays of Richard Brinsley Sheridan by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751–1816)
  7. Poems of Black Africa by Wole Soyinka
  8. Postwar Polish Poetry by Czesław Miłosz
  9. Saga of Sassoun by Mischa Kudian
  10. Tango by Sławomir Mrożek (1930–2013)
  11. The Ugupu Bird by Sławomir Mrożek (1930–2013)

​Year 41

  1. The Alexiad of Anna Comnena by Anna Comnena
  2. Antología poética by Moses ibn Ezra
  3. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
  4. The Knight in Panther Skin by Shota Rustaveli
  5. Modern Hungarian Poetry by Miklos Vajda
  6. Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
  7. New Science by Giambattista Vico
  8. Selected Works in Three Volumes by V. I. Lenin
  9. Tragic sense of life by Miguel de Unamuno
  10. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

​Year 42

  1. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce (1882–1941)
  2. Folktales of Hungary by Linda Dégh
  3. The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints by Jacobus de Voragine
  4. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)
  5. Little Novels of Sicily by Giovanni Verga (1840–1922)
  6. Mastro don Gesualdo by Giovanni Verga (1840–1922)
  7. Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
  8. Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
  9. The Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris (c1212-c1237)
  10. Selected Poems of Jehudah Halevi by ha-Levi Judah (c1075-after 1140)
  11. Twenty-Two Hungarian Short Stories by A. Alvarez

​Year 43

  1. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
  3. Bhartrihari: Poems by Bhartrhari (7th century AD)
  4. Discourse on Method / Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes (1596–1650)
  5. A God and His Gifts by Ivy Compton-Burnett
  6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1818–1848)
  7. Odes of Pindar Including the Principal Fragments by Pindar (c518-c438)
  8. Poetry of Tao Chien by Tao Chien (365–427)
  9. Three Plays: Juno and the Paycock, the Shadow of a Gunman, the Plow and the Stars by Seán O’Casey (1884–1964)
  10. Tristan: With the surviving fragments of the ‘Tristran’ of Thomas by Gottfried von Strassburg

​Year 44

  1. The Book of Government or Rules for Kings: The Siyar al Muluk or Siyasat-nama of Nizam al-Mulk by Niẓām al-Mulk (1018–1092)
  2. The Cantos of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound (1885–1972)
  3. The Chief Plays of Corneille by Pierre Corneille
  4. The Complete Poetry by César Vallejo
  5. Confabulario and Other Inventions by Juan José Arreola
  6. The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz
  7. The Lost Steps by Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980)
  8. The Maya by Michael D. Coe
  9. Poems and translations by Ezra Pound
  10. A Study of Maya Art by Herbert J. Spinden
  11. The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela

​Year 45

  1. The Art of Love by Ovid (14 BC-17 AD)
  2. The Characters by Theophrastus (c372-c287 BC)
  3. Footprints in the Snow by Roka Tokutomi (1868–1927)
  4. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1819–1892)
  5. Mansions and the Shanties by Gilberto Freyre (1900–1987)
  6. The Masters and the Slaves: A Study in the Development of Brazilian Civilization by Gilberto Freyre (1900–1987)
  7. The Naturalist on the River Amazons by Henry Walter Bates
  8. Ordem e progresso by Gilberto Freyre
  9. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
  10. Sagarana by João Guimarães Rosa (1908–1967)
  11. The Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu (1689–1755)
  12. Xingu: The Indians, Their Myths by Orlando Villas Boas (1916-, 1918-)

​Year 46

  1. The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes
  2. The Captain’s Daughter and Other Stories by Alexander Pushkin
  3. The Contrary Experience by Herbert Read (1893–1968)
  4. The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
  5. El diablo cojuelo by Luis Vélez de Guevara
  6. The Green Child by Herbert Read (1893–1968)
  7. The Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides (1135–1204)
  8. The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: The Life-Story and Teaching of the Greatest Poet-Saint Ever to Appear in the History of Buddhism by Garma C. C. Chang
  9. Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso (1544–1595)
  10. Love Songs of Vidyapati by Vidyapati
  11. Le paysan parvenu by Marivaux

​Year 47

  1. The Anathemata by David Jones
  2. Anthology of Korean Literature: From Early Times to the Nineteenth Century by Peter H. Lee
  3. The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Korean Poetry by Peter H. Lee
  4. The Complete Plays by Christopher Marlowe
  5. Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar
  6. The Ilahi-Nama or Book of God of Farid Al-Din Attar (Persian Heritage Series, №29) by Attar Farid Al-Din
  7. In Parenthesis by David Jones
  8. Memoirs from Beyond the Grave by François-René de Chateaubriand
  9. The Portable Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson​
  10. Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes
  11. Utopia by Thomas More
  12. Zeno’s Conscience by Italo Svevo

​Year 48

  1. The American Novels and Stories of Henry James by Henry James (1843–1916)
  2. Broken Commandment by Toson Shimazaki
  3. The History of Italy by Francesco Guicciardini
  4. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell (1872–1970)
  5. Novels: 1881–1886 by Henry James (1843–1916)
  6. The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
  7. Poems and Prose (Penguin Classics) by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  8. Poesie by Vladimir Mayakovsky
  9. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (1843–1916)
  10. Silappatikaram by Ilango Adigal
  11. Waverley by Walter Scott

​Year 49

  1. The Adventures of Antar The Adventures of Antar (Approaches to Arabic Literature) by Harry T. Norris
  2. The Complete Plays of Ben Jonson, Volume 1 by Ben Jonson
  3. The Complete Plays of Ben Jonson, Volume 2 by Ben Jonson
  4. The Decay of the Angel by Yukio Mishima
  5. Hegel: Selections by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)
  6. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1871–1922)
  7. Kuruntokai : an anthology of classical Tamil love poetry by Ira Netuñceliyan
  8. Lavengro by George Borrow
  9. The Philosophy of Hegel by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831)
  10. The Romany Rye by George Borrow
  11. Runaway Horses by Yukio Mishima (1925–1970)
  12. The Sea of Fertility by Yukio Mishima (1925–1970)
  13. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali by Salvador Dalí
  14. Selected Writings by Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
  15. Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima (1925–1970)
  16. The Temple of Dawn by Yukio Mishima (1925–1970)
  17. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Year 50

  1. Areopagitica by John Milton (1608–1674)
  2. The Behâristân (Abode of Spring): A Literal Translation from the Persianby Jami
  3. Collected Poems and Plays of Rabindranath Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore
  4. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)
  5. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375)
  6. I Don’t Bow to Buddhas: Selected Poems of Yuan Mei by Yuan Mei
  7. Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale by Ibn Tufayl
  8. Invertebrate Spain by José Ortega y Gasset
  9. The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset
  10. The Six Enneads by Plotinus
  11. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951)

Source: ​https://home.comcast.net/~netaylor1/philipward500.htm, https://www.bookadvice.co/the-50-year-reading-plan.html

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