“To put an end to the spirit of inquiry that has characterized the West it is not necessary to burn the books. All we have to do is to leave them unread for a few generations.”

Robert Maynard Hutchins, The Great Conversation

Seventh Grade

Jack Schaefer, Shane
Richard Adams, Watership Down
Alfred Lansing, Shackleton’s Valiant Voyage
Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer
Poetry Selections

Eighth Grade

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Beowulf
William Gibson, The Miracle Worker
Chaim Potok, The Chosen
Poetry Selections

Ninth Grade

The Federalist Papers (selections)
The Lincoln­-Douglas Debates (selections)
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Civil Disobedience
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Frederick Douglass, A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
Thornton Wilder, Our Town
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle
Selections of American Short Stories and Poetry

Tenth Grade

T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral
Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (selections)
John Locke, Of Civil Government (selections)
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Essay on the Origin of Inequality
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution (selections)
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Friedrich Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (Part III)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
George Orwell, Animal Farm
Selections of British Poetry

Eleventh Grade

Homer, the Iliad and Odyssey
Aeschylus, the Oresteia
Sophocles, the Theban plays
Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Plato, Meno, Euthyphro, Gorgias, Apology, Crito, Phaedo and Republic
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Augustine, Confessions
Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Twelfth Grade

Augustine, The Spirit and the Letter
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Flannery O’Connor, Parker’s Back
Thomas Aquinas, “Treatise on Law” from the Summa Theologica
William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Hamlet
John Locke, Second Treatise on Civil Government
Jean Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract
Dante Alighieri, the Inferno
James Agee, A Death in the Family
Raymond Carver, “A Small, Good Thing”
Michele d’Montaigne, “In Defense of Raymond Sebond”
Rene Descartes, Meditations
Wallace Stevens, “The Idea of Order at Key West” and “Sunday Morning”
Ethan Canin, “The Palace Thief”
G.W.F. Hegel, Reason in History
Paul, The Letter to the Romans
Karl Marx, “Alienated Labor” and “Private Property and Communism”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov