ACADEMICS - READING LIST

We believe that every student deserves a one-on-one encounter with the greatest minds that have ever lived. To a great extent, and whenever the subject matter is within their capacity, students read either original texts or excerpts from original texts.

From the study of Euclid's Elements to the Federalist Papers, Lyceum students are immersed in the perennial ideas at the very core of western civilization and will, as Newton says, see further because they "stand on the shoulders of the intellectual giants of the past."

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer – Twain
  • The Aeneid – Virgil
  • Alcestis – Aeschylus
  • The Annals – Tacitus
  • Antigone – Sophocles
  • Apology – Plato
  • Beowulf
  • The Bible
  • Billy Budd – Melville
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder
  • The Call of the Wild – London
  • The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • The Categories – Aristotle
  • A Christmas Carol Dickens
  • Confessions – Augustine
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • Crito – Plato
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
  • The Death of Ivan Illych – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Democracy in America – de Tocqueville
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante
  • Don Quixote Cervantes
  • Edmund Campion – Evelyn Waugh
  • Ethics – Aristotle
  • The Elements – Euclid
  • Euthyphro – Plato
  • Everyman
  • Federalist Papers (selected) – Madison
  • Farewell Address – George Washington
  • The Georgics – Virgil
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Revelation – Flannery O’Connor
  • The Histories – Herodotus
  • History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides
  • The Hobbit Tolkien
  • The Homeric Hymns
  • Iliad Homer
  • The Insect World of J. Henri Fabre
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • The Last of the Mohicans – J. F. Cooper
  • Light of Faith – Thomas Aquinas
  • Lives: Julius Caesar – Plutarch
  • Medea Euripides
  • Meno – Plato
  • The Miracle Worker – Gibson
  • My Antonia – Cather
  • The Nicomachean Ethics – Aristotle
  • Norse Myths
  • Odyssey – Homer
  • Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles
  • Oedipus Rex – Sophocles
  • Olympian, Nemian, and Isthmian Odes – Pindar
  • The Oresteia – Aeschylus
  • The Origin of Species – Darwin
  • Our Town –Wilder
  • Paradise Lost – Milton
  • Phaedo – Plato
  • Physics – Aristotle
  • Plays of Shakespeare including A Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Henry V, King Lear, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice , Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, etc.
  • Poetics – Aristotle
  • Politics – Aristotle
  • The Presocratics
  • Pride and Prejudice – Austen
  • Protagoras – Plato
  • Red Badge of Courage – Crane
  • The Republic – Plato
  • Rip Van Winkle – Irving
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – James Thurber
  • Selected Sermons of Cardinal John Henry Newman
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God – Edwards
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Summa Theologica – Aquinas
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens
  • The Theogony – Hesiod
  • Up From Slavery – Booker T. Washington
  • The Virginian – Wister
  • The Wind in the Willows – Grahame