[EP] Easton Press’s 100 Greatest Books Ever Written

Easton Press’s 100 Greatest Books Ever Written [EP]

Originally published in the 1970s

The Easton Press publishes those leather-bound instant collectables with gilded page edges and satin bookmarks. We had nearly a full set in my house growing up. This, along with the list I got from an English teacher in high school [MUM], were my first introduction to the canon. When my mother died from cancer in 2005 , she left me the family’s collection of Easton Press classics. I set about reading every one of them in her memory.

The Easton Press is a publishing house and so it is restricted in what it can publish—and what it thinks it can make a profit on. That makes for a quirky “Greatest Books Ever Written” list, which combines safe, out-of-copyright classics like Austen and Dickens with some populist entries. (The books that only got one vote are old adventure tales by Scott, Verne, and London.) However, the Easton Press’s list deserves kudos since it is open in its definition of what a book is. There are poetry collections, plays, novels, and short stories to be found here. The title “100 Greatest Books Ever Written” is also a misnomer since the current list is 125 books long, with those additions brought in several years ago to fill out some holes.

To see the full list from the Easton Press, click here or read below. Works marked in RED appeared on at least one other of the twenty-four “Great Works” lists I’ve compiled, and so made the Master List.
  1. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  4. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  5. Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathan Swift
  6. Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville
  7. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  8. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  9. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
  10. The Odyssey by Homer
  11. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  12. A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce
  13. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  14. Tales From The Arabian Nights by Richard Burton
  15. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  16. Candide by Voltaire
  17. Oedipus The King by Sophocles
  18. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame [Notre-Dame De Paris] by Victor Hugo
  19. The Last Of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  20. The Sea Wolf by Jack London
  21. Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmund Rostand
  22. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  23. Collected Poems by Robert Browning
  24. The Essays Of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  25. The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James
  26. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  27. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  29. Collected Poems by John Keats
  30. On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin
  31. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  32. Collected Poems by Robert Frost
  33. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving
  34. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  35. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  36. She Stoops To Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
  37. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
  38. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
  39. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  40. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  41. The Iliad by Homer
  42. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  43. The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  44. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  45. Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
  46. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  47. The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
  48. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  49. Politics And The Poetics by Aristotle
  50. The Aeneid by Virgil
  51. Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  52. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  53. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  54. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  55. Pygmalion And Candida by George Bernard Shaw
  56. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  57. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
  58. The Cherry Orchard And The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
  59. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  60. The Analects of Confucius by Confucius
  61. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  62. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats
  63. The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  64. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  65. The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  66. Beowulf
  67. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  68. The Neclace And Other Tales by Guy de Maupassant
  69. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  70. Fathers And Sons by Ivan Turgenev
  71. Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  72. War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  73. The History of Early Rome by Livy
  74. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  75. The Talisman by Sir Walter Scott
  76. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  77. Alice’s Adventure In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  78. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  79. The Rubáiyát Of Omar Khayyám by Omar Khayyám
  80. The Red And The Black by Stendhal
  81. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickins
  82. The Republic by Plato
  83. Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson
  84. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  85. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  86. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
  87. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  88. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  89. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  90. Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  91. The Confessions by St. Augustine
  92. Tales of Mystery And Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  93. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
  94. The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  95. The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner
  96. Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  97. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  98. Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  99. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  100. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  101. Alhambra by Washington Irving
  102. Plays by Aristophanes
  103. Confessions by Jean  Rousseau
  104. Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
  105. Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
  106. Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
  107. Plays by Aeschylus
  108. Plays by Henrik Ibsen
  109. Symposium by Plato
  110. Holy Bible
  111. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  112. Comedies by Shakespeare
  113. Tragedies by Shakespeare
  114. Histories by Shakespeare
  115. Plays by Euripides
  116. Essayes by Sir Francis Bacon
  117. Two Plays for Puritans by George Bernard Shaw
  118. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  119. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  120. Short Stories of Oscar Wilde
  121. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  122. Short Stories of Charles Dickens
  123. Two Plays by Moliere
4 Responses to “[EP] Easton Press’s 100 Greatest Books Ever Written”
  1. Rudy says:

    Where can I find the kist of 125. There used to be an entry for it on wikpedia, but I guess the “parent basement dwellers” that they have for editors deleted it.

  2. Dyanna Thomas says:

    Hi, I have several first edition’s of the 100 greatest books reserved by The Easton Press and wanted to find out their value. If you could help that would be helpful. Thank you, Dyanna Thomas

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