A Canon List from C.S. Lewis's An Experiment in Criticism

C.S. Lewis’ book An Experiment in Criticism attempts to answer the question “what makes a great book?” This is a list of all of the great books that Lewis references, in chronological order.

The list serves not only as a window into the knowledge-base of one of the great authors of our time, but also as a reading program for those interested in preserving a Western tradition

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Nathan A list of people that Lewis mentioned by name in this short book–i.e., people one simply knows.

Homer (c. 9th BCE)
Aristotle (384-322 BCE)
Virgil (70-19 BCE)
Lucretius (c. 99-55 BC)
Ovid (c. 43 BCE-18 CE)
St. Paul (c. 5-66 CE)
Horace (65-8 BCE)
Dante (c. 1265-1321)
Chaucer (c. 1343-1400)
Malory (c. 1415-1471)
Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)
Montaigne (1533-1592)
Tasso (1544-1595)
Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)
Sir Phillip Sidney (1554-1586)
Donne (1572-1631)
Rabelais (c. 1483-1553)
Natalis Comes (1520-1582)
Marlowe (1564-1593)
Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Milton (1608-1674)
Dryden (1631-1700)
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Dr. Johnson (1709-1784)
Ossian (=James MacPherson) (1736-1796)
Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Charles Lamb (1775-1834)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Balzac (1799-1850)
Tennyson (1809-1892)
Dickens (1812-1870)
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)
John Ruskin (1819-1900)
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
R.M. Ballantyne (1825-1894)
George Meredith (1828-1909)
Jules Verne (1829-1905)
Walter Pater (1839-1894)
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
Henry James (1843-1916)
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
Brunetière (1849-1906)
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
A.C. Bradley? (1851-1935)
Rider Haggard (1856-1925)
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
William Morris (1859-1896)
A.E. Housman (1859-1936)
Bergson (1859-1941)
W.W. Jacobs (1863-1943)
Kipling (1865-1936)
Walter De La Mare (1873-1956)
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
Edgar Wallace (1875-1932)
E.R. Burroughs (1875-1950)
D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)


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