Hillsdale College Great Books Collection
Hillsdale College Great Books Collection

Welcome to the Hillsdale College Great Books Collection

"From Homer to Chaucer, Austen to Dostoevsky, Dickinson to Miller--these works can be mesmerizing, exhilarating, infuriating, and will become like old friends. What I wouldn't give to be able to read them again for the first time--such wonder and joy. And yet even after the hundredth read, I'm always learning something new from these inexhaustible teachers."

- Dr. Justin Jackson, Chair and Professor of English, Hillsdale College

Ranked in the top three of all Great Books Programs in the nation, Hillsdale College is proud to offer a collection of books inspired by our curriculum. Selected in partnership with our English Department, the following titles represent the greatest works of literature taught by our faculty and read by our students.

Each edition delivers best-in-class commentary and translation. Shop with confidence as you engage with the timeless lessons concerning human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty contained in the pages of these Great Books.

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Purchase the entire collection of Great Books from Hillsdale College and save! This bundle includes: Ancient/Medieval Genesis: Translation & Commentary - Robert Alter Confessions - Saint Augustine (Henry Chadwick translation) Inferno - Dante Alighieri (Robert Durling translation) Metamorphoses - Ovid (Charles...

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Candide, Voltaire
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Candide is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled: All for the Best (1759); The Optimist (1762); and Optimism (1947). It...

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Confessions, Saint Augustine
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In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this intensely personal...

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Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
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Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile...

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Don Quixote, Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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Don Quixote has become so entranced reading tales of chivalry that he decides to turn knight errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, these exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote's fancy often...

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Faust, Goethe
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Faust is a tragic play in two parts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers...

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Inferno, Dante Alighieri (Durling)
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Prose Translation by: Robert Durling Robert Durling's translations of Inferno and Purgatorio are widely admired; in a sea of English-language translations of Dante, the ones provided by Durling stand among the best. Notes not only illuminate Paradiso, but stress the...

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Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
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Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of...

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Iphigenia, Phaedra and Athaliah, Jean Racine
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Strongly influenced by Classical drama, Jean Racine (1639–99) broke away from the grandiose theatricality of baroque drama to create works of intense psychological realism, with characters manipulated by cruel and vengeful gods. Iphigenia depicts a princess’s absolute submission to her...

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Metamorphoses, Ovid
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Ovid's epic poem—whose theme of change has resonated throughout the ages—is one of the most important texts of Western imagination, an inspiration from Dante's times to the present day, when writers such as Salman Rushdie and Italo Calvino have found...

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Moby Dick, Herman Melville
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The book is the sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at...

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Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Published in 1864, Notes from Underground is considered the author's first masterpiece - the book in which he "became" Dostoevsky - and is seen as the source of all his later works. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose acclaimed translations...

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Paradise Lost, John Milton
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John Milton’s Paradise Lost, an epic poem on the clash between God and his fallen angel, Satan, is a profound meditation on fate, free will, and divinity, and one of the most beautiful works in world literature. Extracted from the...

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Paradiso, Dante Alighieri (Durling)
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Prose Translation by: Robert Durling One of the greatest living Italian-to-English translators, Durling has at last completed his rendition of the third and final volume of Dante's masterful literary epic, The Divine Comedy Robert Durling's spirited new prose translation of...

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Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel of manners written by Jane Austen. The novel follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and comes to...

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Purgatorio, Dante Alighieri (Durling)
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Prose Translation by: Robert Durling In the early 1300s, Dante Alighieri set out to write the three volumes which make the The Divine Comedy. Purgatorio is the second volume in this set and opens with Dante the poet picturing Dante the...

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Selections from the Canzoniere, Petrarch
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The immediacy, the profound sincerity of Petrarch's Italian poems conditioned their tremendous influence on contemporaries and later generations. His beloved, he calls Laura and reports only that she first saw her in the church of Santa Chiara on April 6,...

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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The fourteenth-century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the greatest classics of English literature, but one of the least accessible to most twentieth-century readers. Written in an obscure dialect, it is far more difficult to digest...

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