Sunday, March 04, 2007

Of Great Books

So, I was reading Hamlet-

(wow, this is already sounding pretentious, isn't it? Bear with me...)

-using a 1955 edition published by the Great Books Foundation. It included a suggested reading list for a year, with some very interesting titles in it. So I went looking to see if they still exist.

They do.

And they are fascinating. Founded in 1947 to promote liberal education for the public, they continue today, and this is their mandate:
The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational
organization with a mission to help people think and share ideas. Towards this
end, the Foundation offers workshops in Shared Inquiry discussion and publishes
collections of classic and modern texts for both children and adults.

They have some excellent collections, ranging from literature to science to citizenship to human rights.

Have a look at their FAQ for a better idea of how they work, then check out their reading list. There's some fascinating reading there, and I'm planning on ordering some as soon as I finish this draft of Cold Magics.

Now I just need to get a book group going...


Manda86 said...

Hamlet is definitely a literary great (obviously). I quite enjoyed Heart of Darkness too. I work in a bookstore part time, and find myself immersed in classics most of the time.

Erik Buchanan said...

Hi manda86, welcome.

You know, I haven't read Heart of Darkness. Probably should. Of course, my list of "books to read" is growing so long I'd better plan on living a couple of centuries. :)

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