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the shelf, part I

I have many bookshelves, but this one is special. First, because it was a gift from a treasured friend and mentor.  But it has grown into much more than that. At first, I began placing my most recently read books on its shelves simply because they were empty. Its deep shelves have long since been stacked and double stacked beyond capacity. Think of this bookshelf as a map. With this map, I (and now you) can follow a few of the paths my mind has wandered down. The lists below are by no means comprehensive, but perhaps a book you find here may lead you down new and interesting roads. Expect this list of literary journeys to grow.


author title
Ackroyd, Peter The House of Doctor Dee
Alkali, Zaynab The Stillborn
Anderson, Sherwood Winesburg, Ohio
Anonymous The Epic of Gilgamesh
Borges, Jorge Luis Dreamtigers
Bowman, David Bunny Modern
Browne, Sir Thomas The Major Works
Bunyan, John Pilgrim’s Progress
Camus, Albert The Plague
Camus, Albert The Fall
Camus, Albert The Stranger
Cavendish, Margaret The Blazing World and Other Writings
Cervantes Don Quixote
Chesterton, G.K. Collected Works, vol 1.
Chesterton, G.K. The Man Who Was Thursday
Chopin, Kate The Awakening and Other Stories
Conrad, Joseph Nostromo
Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
Coupland, Douglas Generation X
Coupland, Douglas Shampoo Planet
Coupland, Douglas Polaroids from the Dead
Coupland, Douglas Life After God
Coupland, Douglas Microserfs
De Unamuno, Miguel Abel Sanchez and Other Stories
Defoe, Daniel Moll Flanders
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
Delany, Samuel R. Atlantis: Three Tales
DeLillo, Don White Noise
Dostoyevsky, Fyodr Crime and Punishment
Dostoyevsky, Fyodr The Brothers Karamazov
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man
Fielding, Henry Tom Jones
Fielding, Henry Joseph Andrews
Forster, E.M. A Passage to India
Forster, E.M. Howard’s End
Fry, Stephen The Hippopotamus
Gardner, John Grendel
Gide, Andre The Immoralist
Hardy, Thomas The Mayor of Casterbridge
Hesse, Herman Siddhartha
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Kafka, Franz The Trial
Kafka, Franz Complete Stories
Kundera, Milan Immortality
Kundera, Milan Laughable Loves
Kundera, Milan The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Kundera, Milan The Joke
Kundera, Milan Identity
Kundera, Milan Slowness
Kundera, Milan Testaments Betrayed
Kureshi, Hanif The Buddha of Suburbia
Lawrence, D.H. Women in Love
Lawrence, D.H. Sons and Lovers
LeSeur, Meridel North Star Country
Leyner, Mark Et Tu, Babe?
Leyner, Mark Tooth Imprints on a Corndog
Melville, Herman Moby Dick
Melville, Herman Bartleby the Scrivener
Neville, Susan Indiana Winter
Orwell, George 1984
Orwell, George Animal Farm
Orwell, George The Road to Wigan Pier
Pynchon, Thomas The Crying of Lot 49
Robinson, Marilynne Housekeeping
Roth, Philip The Ghost Writer
Silko, Leslie Marmon Ceremony
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels and Other Writings
Trilling, Lionel, ed. Victorian Prose and Poetry
Tudur, Megan Y Dyn Yn Y Tren
Twain, Mark The Complete Short Stories
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twain, Mark Pud’nhead Wilson
Twain, Mark A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Twain, Mark The Mysterious Stranger
Voltaire Candide
  Fiction: post-colonial
al-Shayk, Hannan Women of Sand and Myrrh
Cliff, Michelle No Telephone to Heaven
Narayan, R.K. The Bachelor of Arts
Rushdie, Salman Midnight’s Children
Rushdie, Salman East/West
Rushdie, Salman Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Salih, Tayeb Season of Migration to the North
Tagore, Rabindranath Selected Short Stories
  Medieval Literature
Anonymous The Mabinogion
Anonymous Njäll’s Saga
Anonymous Laxadæla saga
Anonymous Nibelungenlied
Chaucer, Geoffrey Troilus and Criseyde
Chaucer, Geoffrey The Canterbury Tales
Chickering, Howell, trans. Beowulf
Finch, Casey, trans. The Complete Works of the Pearl Poet
Kempe, Margery The Book of Margery Kempe
Langland, William Piers Plowman
Mallory, Thomas Le Morte d’Arthur
Sturlusson, Snorri The Prose Edda
  Science Fiction and Fantasy
Adams, Douglas The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Adams, Douglas The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Adams, Douglas Life, the Universe, and Everything
Adams, Douglas So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Adams, Douglas Mostly Harmless
Adams, Douglas Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Adams, Douglas The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Arnason, Eleanor Ring of Swords
Asimov, Isaac The Martian Way
Asimov, Isaac The Caves of Steel
Asimov, Isaac The Naked Sun
Asimov, Isaac The Robots of Dawn
Asimov, Isaac Robots and Empire
Asimov, Isaac Foundation
Asimov, Isaac Foundation
Asimov, Isaac Foundation and Empire
Asimov, Isaac Second Foundation
Asimov, Isaac Foundation’s Edge
Asimov, Isaac Foundation and Earth
Asimov, Isaac Forward the Foundation
Asimov, Isaac Prelude to Foundation
Barbour, David & Richard Raleigh Shadow’s Bend
Bester, Alfred The Demolished Man
Boulle, Pierre Planet of the Apes
Butler, Octavia Parable of the Sower
Butler, Octavia Parable of the Talents
Butler, Octavia Dawn
Butler, Octavia Adulthood Rites
Butler, Octavia Imago
Butler, Octavia Clay’s Ark
Butler, Octavia Wild Seed
Butler, Octavia Mind of my Mind
Butler, Octavia Patternmaster
Butler, Octavia Kindred
Butler, Octavia Bloodchild and Other Stories
Cadigan, Pat Tea from an Empty Cup
Delany, Samuel R. Dhalgren
Delany, Samuel R. Triton
Delany, Samuel R. Nova
Delany, Samuel R. The Einstein Intersection
Delany, Samuel R. The Jewels of Aptor
Delany, Samuel R. The Ballad of Beta-2
Delany, Samuel R. Babel-17
Delany, Samuel R. Empire Star
Delany, Samuel R. They Fly at Çiron
Delany, Samuel R. Out of the Dead City
Delany, Samuel R. City of a Thousand Suns
Delany, Samuel R. The Towers of Toron
Delany, Samuel R. Tales of Neveryon
Delany, Samuel R. Neveryona
Delany, Samuel R. Flight from Neveryon
Delany, Samuel R. Return to Neveryon
Delany, Samuel R. Empire
Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle
Dick, Philip K. Ubik
Eddings, David Pawn of Prophecy
Eddings, David Queen of Sorcery
Eddings, David Magician’s Gambit
Eddings, David Castle of Wizardry
Eddings, David Enchanter’s Endgame
Emshwiller, Carol The Mount
Emshwiller, Carol The Start of the End of It All
Feist, Raymond Magician: Apprentice
Feist, Raymond Magician: Master
Fowler, Karen Joy Sarah Canary
Gibson, William Burning Chrome
Gibson, William Neuromancer
Gibson, William Count Zero
Gibson, William Mona Lisa Overdrive
Gibson, William Virtual Light
Gibson, William The Difference Engine (with Bruce Sterling)
Gloss, Molly Dazzle of the Day
Heinlein, Robert Stranger in a Strange Land
Heinlein, Robert The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
Heinlein, Robert Time Enough for Love
Heinlein, Robert To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Heinlein, Robert Friday
Heinlein, Robert Job: A Comedy of Justice
Heinlein, Robert The Past Through Tomorrow
Heinlein, Robert Starship Troopers
Heinlein, Robert Farnham’s Freehold
Herbert, Frank Dune
Holdstock, Robert Mythago Wood
Hopkinson, Nalo Midnight Robber
Hughart, Barry Bridge of Birds
Hughart, Barry Story of the Stone
LeGuin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea
LeGuin, Ursula The Tombs of Atuan
LeGuin, Ursula The Farthest Shore
LeGuin, Ursula Tehanu
LeGuin, Ursula The Word for World is Forest
LeGuin, Ursula Eye of the Heron
LeGuin, Ursula The Dispossessed
LeGuin, Ursula The Left Hand of Darkness
Lethem, Jonathan Gun, with Occasional Music
Lethem, Jonathan Wall of the Eye, Wall of the Sky
Lethem, Jonathan Amnesia Moon
Lovecraft, H.P. The Dunwich Horror and Others
Lovecraft, H.P. At the Mountains of Madness
Lovecraft, H.P. Dagon and Other Stories
MacLeod, Ken Cosmonaut Keep
McHugh, Maureen China Mountain Zhang
Mieville, China Perdido Street Station
Moorcock, Michael Elric of Melnibone
Moorcock, Michael The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
Moorcock, Michael The Weird of the White Wolf
Powers, Tim Expiration Date
Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass
Pullman, Philip The Subtle Knife
Pullman, Philip The Amber Spyglass
Robinson, Kim Stanley Red Mars
Russ, Joanna The Female Man
Russell, Mary Doria The Sparrow
Russell, Mary Doria Children of God
Stephenson, Neal Zodiac
Stephenson, Neal Snow Crash
Stephenson, Neal The Diamond Age
Stephenson, Neal Cryptonomicon
Thomas, Sheree, ed. Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
Thompson, Joyce Conscience Place
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Silmarillion
Tolkien, J.R.R. The Tokien Reader
Vonarburg, Elizabeth In the Mother’s Land
Wells, H.G. The Inexperienced Ghost and Other Stories
Wolfe, Gene Shadow of the Torturer
Clute, John & Peter Nichols The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Day, David A Tolkien Bestiary
Delany, Samuel R. Silent Interviews
Gray, Chris, ed. The Cyborg Handbook
Lefanu, Sarah In the Chinks of the World Machine
McCaffrey, Larry, ed. Storming the Reality Studio
Noel, Ruth The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle Earth
Sallis, James Ash of Stars: On the Writing of Samuel R. Delany
Suvin, Darko Positions and Presuppositions of Science Fiction
Tyler, J.E.A. The New Tolkien Companion
  Graphic Novels & Comics
Eisner, Will Comics and Sequential Art
Lutes, Jason Jar of Fools
McCloud, Scott Understanding Comics
McCloud, Scott Reinventing Comics
Spiegelman, Art Maus
Spiegelman, Art Little Lit
Ware, F.C. Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth
  Filmmaking & Animation 
Corrigan, Timothy A Short Guide to Writing About Film
Frierson, Michael Clay Animation
Lord, Peter & Brian Sibley Creating 3-D Animation
Schmidt, Rich Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices
Aeschylus Agamemnon
Aeschylus Libation Bearers
Aeschylus The Eumenides
Aeschylus Seven Against Thebes
Aeschylus Prometheus Unbound
Al-Hakim, Tawfiq Plays, Prefaces, and Postscripts, vol. 1
Allison, Alexander, ed. Masterpieces of the Drama
Anonymous York Mystery Plays
Aristophanes The Clouds
Aristophanes Lysistrata
Aristophanes Pax
Ayckborn, Alan Just Between Ourselves
Beckett, Samuel Waiting for Godot
Beckett, Samuel Endgame
Beckett, Samuel Collected Short Plays
Čapek, Karel Toward the Radical Center: A Capek Reader
Cesaire, Aime A Tempest
Chekov, Anton The Cherry Orchard
Chekov, Anton Three Sisters
Chekov, Anton Uncle Vanya
Chruchill, Caryl Top Girls
Congreve, William The Way of the World
Euripedes Bacchae
Euripedes Medea
Euripedes The Trojan Women
Goether, Johann Great Writings of Goethe
Goldsmith, Oliver She Stoops to Conquer
Harsh, Philip Whaley, ed. Anthology of Roman Drama
Ibsen, Henrik A Doll’s House
Ibsen, Henrik The Wild Duck
Ibsen, Henrik Hedda Gabler
Ibsen, Henrik The Master Builder
Ibsen, Henrik When We Dead Awaken
Ibsen, Henrik Rosmersholm
Ionesco, Eugene The Bald Soprano
Ionesco, Eugene The Lesson
Ionesco, Eugene The Rhinoceros
Ionesco, Eugene The Chairs
Jonson, Ben Volpone
Kundera, Milan Jaques and His Master
Mamet, David American Buffalo
Mamet, David Glen Gary, Glen Ross
Miller, Arthur Death of a Salesman
Miller, Arthur The Crucible
Miller, Arthur Broken Glass
Miller, Arthur After the Fall
Miller, Arthur The American Clock
Moliere The Misanthrope
O’Neill, Eugene Mourning Becomes Electra
O’Neill, Eugene Desire Under the Elms
O’Neill, Eugene Strange Interlude
Pinter, Harold The Homecoming
Rostand, Edmond Cyrano de Bergerac
Sartre, Jean Paul No Exit
Shaffer, Peter Amadeus
Shaffer, Peter Equus
Sheridan, Richard The School for Scandal
Sophocles Oedipus Rex
Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus
Sophocles Antigone
Soyinka, Wole The Bacchae of Euripedes
Stoppard, Tom Jumpers
Stoppard, Tom The Real Thing
Stoppard, Tom Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Stoppard, Tom Every Good Boy Deserves Favor
Strindberg, August The Father
Strindberg, August Miss Julie
Strindberg, August The Ghost Sonata
Strindberg, August A Dream Play
Strindberg, August Stormy Weather
Strindberg, August The Burned House
Strindberg, August The Pelican
Wagner, Jane The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Weisel, Elie The Trial of God
Wilde, Oscar The Importance of Being Earnest
William Shakespeare Complete Works
Wlison, August Fences
Wlison, August Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anderson, Barbara Costume Design
Cohen, Robert & John Harrop Creative Play Direction
Corson, Roger Stage Makeup
Ai Sin
Ai Fate
Ai Greed
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Dante Inferno
Di Cesare, Mario, ed. George Herbert and the 17th Century Religious Poets
Donne, John Selected Poetry
Frost, Robert North of Boston
Homer The Iliad
Homer The Odyssey
LeGuin, Ursula Going Out with Peacocks and Other Poems
MacLean, Hugh, ed. Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets
Olds, Sharon The Father
Rilke, Rainer Maria Selected Poetry
Traherne, Thomas Selected Poems and Prose
Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass
Yeats, William Butler Collected Poems
  Academia: literary & cultural criticism, essays
Bakhtin, M.M. The Formal Method in Literary Scholarship
Banerjie, Maria Nemcova Terminal Paradox: The Novels of Milan Kundera
Barker, Francis, ed. Literature Politics and Theory
Barnes, Julian History of the World in 10 ½  Chapters
Berman, Russell Modern Culture and Critical Theory
Bree, Germaine Camus and Sartre
Codrescu, Andre Zombification
Codrescu, Andre The Dog with the Chip in His Neck
Codrescu, Andre Raised by Puppets, Only to Be Killed by Research
Donne, John Selected Prose
Eagleton, Terry The Illusions of Postmodernism
Grierson, Sir Herbert  Cross Currents in 17th Century English Literature
Hutcheon, Linda The Politics of Postmodernism
Hynes, Samuel, ed. English Literary Criticism: Restoration and 18th c.
Hynes, Samuel, ed. English Literary Criticism: Romantic and Victorian
Jameson, Frederick Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logical of Late Capitalism
King, Gareth Modern Welsh Grammar
Kundera, Milan The Art of the Novel
Lentricchia, Frank, ed. Critical Terms for Literary Study
Marcuse, Herbert One Dimensional Man
Richter, David, ed. The Critical Tradition
Seldes, George Great Thoughts
Showalter, Elaine, ed. The New Feminist Criticism
Socrates Poetics
Wartneberg, Thomas, ed. Rethinking Power
  Philosophy & Religion
Anonymous The Bhagavadgita
Anonymous Buddhist Scriptures
Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy
Buber, Martin I and Thou
Campbell, Joseph Myths to Live By
Campbell, Joseph The Power of Myth
Campbell, Joseph The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
Camus, Albert The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
Heidegger, Martin Basic Writings
Jung, Carl The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
Jung, Carl The Undiscovered Self
Kirekegaard, Soren Fear and Trembling
Kirekegaard, Soren Sickness Unto Death
Krishnamurti, J. Life Ahead
Levinas, Emmanuel Totality and Infinity
Mitchell, Stephen, trans. Tao Te Ching
Nietzsche, Friedrich The Use and Abuse of History
Nietzsche, Friedrich Beyond Good and Evil
Nietzsche, Friedrich The Will to Power
Nietzsche, Friedrich Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Parrinder, Geoffrey, ed. World Religions from Ancient History to the Present
Pirsig, Robert Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Plato The Trial and Death of Socrates
Plato Ion
Plato Hippias Major
Plato Republic
Plato Crito
Plato Phaido
Plato Euthyphro
Plato Symposium
Plato Parmenides
Roth, John, ed. Holocaust: Religious and Philosophical Implications
Sartre, Jean Paul Being and Nothingness
Boswell, James The Life of Samuel Johnson
Brockett, Oscar History of the Theatre
Brondsted, Johannes The Vikings
Butler, E.M. The Myth of the Magus
Deacon, Richard John Dee: Scientist, Astrologer, Geographer, and Secret Agent to Queen Elizabeth I
Ellis Davidson, H.R. Gods and Myths of Northern Europe
French, Peter John Dee
Gies, Joseph and Frances Life in a Medieval Castle
Gies, Joseph and Frances Life in a Medieval City
Gies, Joseph and Frances Life in a Medieval Village
Gies, Joseph and Frances Women in the Middle Ages
Jenkins, Elizabeth The Mysteries of King Arthur
Johnston, Arthur, ed. Francis Bacon
Kaufmann, Walter Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist
Lotherington, John, ed. Years of Renewal: European History 1470-1600
Pater, Walter The Renaissance
Pounds, J.G. The Medieval Castle in England and Wales
Powicke, Sir Maurice The Reformation in England
Scarre, Chris Chronicle of the Roman Emperors
Scherer, Margaret About the Round Table: King Arthur in Art and Literature
Walton, Izaak The Compleat Angler
Weisel, Elie Night
Wollstonecraft, Mary Vindication of the Rights of Women
Goldstein, Thomas Dawn of Modern Science
Hofstadter, Douglas Metamagical Themas
Hofstadter, Douglas Gödel, Escher, Bach
Kaku, Michio Hyperspace
Lewin, Roger Complexity


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