One Shelf

A reader recently asked what books I would include in a “concise” library which could fit on a single shelf. When I began putting the list together, I had it in mind to distinguish between books I would choose simply because I enjoy teaching them and books I would choose for pleasure. The longer I considered the list, the less this seemed a genuine difference.

The Song of Roland

The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius

The Divine Comedy

Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke

Frankenstein, Shelley

Plato’s Republic

Jane Eyre, Bronte

Till We Have Faces, Lewis

The Remains of the Day, Ishiguro

Strangers on a Train, Highsmith

The Road, McCarthy

Stoner, Williams

The Little Prince, de Saint-Exupéry

Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection, Lobel

The Wind in the Willows, Grahame

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Bartlett

Published by Joshua Gibbs

Sophist. De-activist. Avid indoorsman.

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