Best Books: Year 1000 to 1800


  1. Don Quixote (1605) by Miguel de Cervantes
  2. Gulliver’s Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift
  3. Candide (1759) by Voltaire
  4. Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe
  5. Paradise Lost (1667) by John Milton
  6. Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1782) by Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos
  7. Prince (1532) by Niccolo Machiavelli
  8. Sorrows of Young Werther (1787) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  9. Jacques the Fatalist (1796) by Denis Diderot
  10. Pilgrim’s Progress (1678) by John Bunyan
  11. Tom Jones (1749) by Henry Fielding
  12. Tristram Shandy (1767) by Laurence Sterne
  13. Leviathan (1651) by Thomas Hobbes
  14. Wealth of Nations (1776) by Adam Smith
  15. The Castle of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole
  16. Moll Flanders (1721) by Daniel Defoe
  17. Clarissa (1748) by Samuel Richardson
  18. Journey to the West (1592) by Wu Cheng’en
  19. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767) by Laurence Sterne
  20. Common Sense (1776) by Thomas Paine
  21. Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave (1688) by Aphra Behn
  22. The Monk (1796) by Matthew Lewis
  23. Social Contract (1762) by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  24. The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) by Ann Radcliffe
  25. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776) by Edward Gibbon
  26. Joseph Andrews (1742) by Henry Fielding
  27. A Modest Proposal (1729) by Jonathan Swift
  28. Critique of Pure Reason (1781) by Immanuel Kant
  29. Travels of Marco Polo (1300) by Marco Polo
  30. Shakespeare’s sonnets (1609) by William Shakespeare
  31. Imitation of Christ (1427) by Thomas a Kempis
  32. Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689) by John Locke
  33. Spirit of the Laws (1748) by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
  34. Dictionary of the English Language (1755) by Samuel Johnson
  35. Vathek (1787) by William Beckford
  36. Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More
  37. Lazarillo de Tormes (1554) by
  38. A Sentimental Journey (1768) by Lawrence Sterne
  39. Two Treatises of Government (1689) by John Locke
  40. Celestina (1499) by Fernando de Rojas
  41. Fanny Hill (1749) by John Cleland
  42. Wieland (1798) by Charles Brockden Brown
  43. Julie, ou la Nouvelle Heloise (1761) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  44. Castle Rackrent (1800) by Maria Edgeworth
  45. Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) by Robert Burton
  46. Pamela (1740) by Samuel Richardson
  47. De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1543) by Nicolaus Copernicus
  48. Justine (1791) by Marquis de Sade
  49. Encyclopedie (1751) by Jean le Rond d’Alembert
  50. Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
  51. First Folio (1623) by William Shakespeare
  52. Emile, or On Education (1762) by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  53. Rights of Man (1791) by Thomas Paine
  54. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791) by Benjamin Franklin
  55. An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798) by Thomas Robert Malthus
  56. The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) by Adam Smith
  57. Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded (1740) by Samuel Richardson
  58. Confessions (1789) by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  59. Prose Edda (1220) by Snorri Sturluson
  60. The Adventures of Roderick Random (1748) by Tobias Smollett
  61. Lives of the Most Eminent Painters and Sculptors (1568) by Giorgio Vasari
  62. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (1751) by Tobias Smollett
  63. The Book of the Courtier (1528) by
  64. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499) by Francesco Colonna
  65. New Atlantis (1626) by Francis Bacon
  66. The American Crisis (1783) by Thomas Paine
  67. History of Gil Blas of Santillana (1735) by Alain Rene Le Sage
  68. Juliette (1797) by Marquis de Sade
  69. Shulchan Aruch (1565) by Joseph Karo
  70. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio (1740) by Pu Songling
  71. Rasselas (1759) by Samuel Johnson
  72. Book of Good Love (1330) by Juan Ruiz
  73. Amadis de Gaula (1508) by Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo
  74. A Journal of the Plague Year (1722) by Daniel Defoe
  75. Zadig (1747) by Voltaire
  76. Book of Concord (1580) by Martin Chemnitz
  77. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship (1796) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  78. A General History of the Pyrates (1724) by Captain Charles Johnson
  79. Sidereus Nuncius (1610) by Galileo Galilei
  80. Critique of Practical Reason (1788) by Immanuel Kant
  81. Evelina (1778) by Fanny Burney
  82. Pasyon (1704) by
  83. The Coquette (1797) by Hannah Webster Foster
  84. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom (1753) by Tobias Smollett
  85. Humphry Clinker (1771) by Tobias Smollett
  86. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1789) by Olaudah Equiano
  87. A Treatise of Human Nature (1739) by David Hume
  88. Roxana (1724) by Daniel Defoe
  89. L’Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (1735) by Alain-Rene Lesage

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