This book list coordinates with the Early Modern History period. It includes classic literature, The Great Books, listings from different genres, audios, videos, and much more!
The Great Books List for Early Modern History
Reading and selecting The Great Books can be a challenging process and one not taken lightly. I have a very detailed post about The Great Books of Classic Literature that can help you learn more about these works and their authors.
PARENTS! A word of caution about some of these books --- please review these books or pre-read them yourselves before handing over to your child. Some of these books have very mature content that you may not want to expose them to you just yet. A good place to get a review is Goodreads and Amazon.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Meditations by Rene Descartes
Pensees by Blaise Pascal
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan - there are several versions of this book available. these are the best ones I have found - English translation, audio version, unabridged version.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Common Sense by Thomas Paine
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Emma by Jane Austin
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
On American Taxation by Edmund Burke
A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wordsworth
Ode to a Nightingale & other poems by John Keats
Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems
The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs