Michel Eyguem de Montaigne

"I have never seen a greater monster or miracle 
than myself."

--   Montaigne's Essays

Good Reading began publication in 1947 and in 1990 issued the 23rd edition of the work. The purpose of Good Reading: is "to lead an increasing number of people to savor the great or significant books, both those that strive to light the dark places in our understanding of our complex world and our equally complex selves, and those that aim simply to delight." The following list of books in essays, letters, and criticism from Good Reading: A Guide for Serious Readers (23rd ed., 1990.) was compiled by George Hochfield of the State University of New York at Buffalo.


            Addison, Joseph, Richard Steele            The Spectator Papers. Reprint 1909
            Arnold, Matthew                                    Essays in Criticism  2 series, 1865-88
            Arnold, Matthew                                    Culture and Anarchy. 1869
            Auerbach, Erich                                     Mimesis. 1946
            Bacon, Francis                                       Essays. 1597, 1612, 1625
            Bloom, Harold                                       The Anxiety of Influence. 1973
            Calvino, Italo                                         The Uses of Literature. 1988
            Chekhov, Anton                                      Letters of Anton Vhekhov. 1973
            Chesterfield, Lord                                  Letters to His Son. 1774
            Cicero, Marcus Tullius                          Cicero's Letters to Atticus. 1965-68
            Crane, Hart                                             The Letters of Hart Crane. 1952
            Crews, Frederick                                    Skeptical Engagements. 1986
            Culler, Jonathan                                      On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after
                                                                                 Structuralism. 1982
            Donoghue, Denis                                     Reading America. 1987
            Eliot, T. S.                                               Selected Essays. 1932
            Emerson, Ralph Waldo                           Essays. 1st series 1841, 2nd series 1844
            Federman, Raymond                                Surfiction: Fiction Now and Tomorrow. 1975,
            Fitzgerald, F. Scott                                  The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1963
            Flaubert, Gustave                                    The Letters of Gustave Flaubert. 1954
            Forster, E. M.                                          Aspects of the Novel. 1927
            Forster, E. M.                                          Two Cheers for Democracy. 1951
            Frye, Northrop                                        Anatomy of Criticism. 1957
            Gass, William H.                                    Fiction and the Figures of Life. 1971
            Geertz, Clifford                                      The Interpretation of Culture. 1973
            Gould, Stephen Jay                                 Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural
                                                                                  History. 1977
            Hazlitt, William                                      Selected Writings. 1970
            Hemingway, Ernest                                 Selected Letters. 1917-61
            Howe, Irving                                           Celebrations and Attacks. 1978
            James, Henry                                           The Art of the Novel. 1934
            James, William                                       The Will to Believe. 1956
            Joyce, James                                           Letters of James Joyce. 1966
            Kazin, Alfred                                          Contemporaries from the Nineteenth Century
                                                                                   to the Present. Rev. ed. 1981
            Keats, John                                              Letters of John Keats. 1959, 1970
            Knox, Bernard                                        The Heroic Temper. 1964
            Kundera, Milan                                       The Art of the Novel. 1988
            Lamb, Charles                                         Essays of Elia. 1823, 1833
            Lawrence, D. H.                                      Studies in Classic American Literature. 1923
            Lawrence, D. H.                                      Letters of D. H. Lawrence
            Lentricchia, Frank                                   After the New Criticism. 1980
            Montaigne, Michel de                             Essays. 1580-88
            Orwell, George                                       Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters.
            Popper, Karl                                            Conjectures and Refutations. 5th ed. 1974
            Pound, Ezra                                             The Literary Essays of Ezra Pound. 1954
            Sontag, Susan                                          Against Interpretation and Other Essays. 1966
            Stevens, Wallace                                     The Necessary Angel. 1951
            Stevenson, Robert Louis                          Virginibus Puerisque. 1881
            Thomas, Lewis                                        The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology
                                                                                   Watcher. 1974
            Tolstoy, Leo                                            Tolstoy's Letters. 1978
            Trilling, Lionel                                        The Liberal Imagination. 1979
            Updike, John                                            Hugging the Shore. 1983
            Walpole, Horatio                                     Correspondence. 1937-
            Wilde, Oscar                                           Selected Letters of Osear Wilde. 1962
            Wilson, Edmund, ed.                                The Shock of Recognition. 1943, 1955
            Woolf, Virginia                                       The Common Reader. First Series 1955
            Woolf, Virginia                                       The Letters of Virginia Woolf. 1975-
            Yeats, William Butler                             Essays and Introductions. 1961