Shane by Jack Schaefer

Amy's Gold by Robert O. Burgess

The Virginian by Owen Wister

Comes A Pale Horse by Robert O. Burgess

These Are They:

From Comes A Pale Horse by Robert O. Burgess

Illustration by Brenda Helm

Amy's Gold

Jedediah packed the grain mules by first fashioning a barrel sling on the sawbuck packsaddle. He found the middle of the sling rope, threw a half hitch over the front sawbuck with half the rope on each side of the mule, and next formed a loop in the front by passing the end down the center of the crossbuck and through the rear crossbuck where he formed a second loop and continued the rope back through the rear buck and out at the center of the packsaddle. Jimmy lifted up a large sack of grain and he pulled both the forward and rear loops tight around the load with the center rope pulled up under and then passed over to the off side. Howie formed the sling on his side and balanced the second sack of grain in a like manner. Jimmy threw a diamond hitch over the load.

From Comes A Pale Horse by Robert O. Burgess

Illustration by Brenda Helm

200 Distinguished Novels, Plays, Poems, Songs and Non-fiction Works for the Lifelong Student

Selected by Robert O. Burgess, M. D.

I have had the opportunity to counsel a good many students who wanted to go to medical school and who, at the time, were unsuccessful gaining admission. I suggested to each candidate that they carefully read each work from the following list of great works from the world's literature and re-apply. There is a misconception that admission to a medical school (or for that matter, any college, university, or post graduate program in any field) is simply to have completed the required courses with good grades received, fill out a few forms and wait. To be educated one must be well read and one does not have to go to any school to be educated. To paraphrase Matthew Arnold we ought to study the best that has been said and done in the world with disinterestedness. That disinterestedness means to read without bias, and I will add, to read avidly everyday of ones life. Robert Heinlein reminded us that specialization is for insects.

One might easily add another 200 titles to this list just from the authors included here, and I am sure, many hundreds more from authors I have left out.

The Iliad; The Odyssey - Homer

Ode on a Grecian Urn; On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer - John Keats

The Portrait of a Lady; Sir Edmund Orme; The Art of the Novel - Henry James

A Farewell to Arms; Big Two Hearted River; A Clean, Well-Lighted Place; For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Old Man and the Sea; The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber; The Snows of Kilimanjaro - Ernest Hemingway

The Great Gatsby; Winter Dreams - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler

Prologue to the Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

From The People, Yes - Carl Sandburg

Crime and Punishment; The Brothers Karamazov; The Gambler; Notes from Underground; TheIdiot- FeodorDostoevsky

The Cherry Orchard; The Sea Gull; On the Road; The Three Sisters; The Duel - Anton Chekhov

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Battle of Blenheim - Robert Southey

Western Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow; Ubi Sunt Qui Ante Nos Fuerunt? Jolly Good Ale and Old; Beowulf; Frankie and Johnny; On Top of Old Smoky; The Wabash Cannon Ball; Barbara Allen - Anonymous

Heart of Darkness; Preface from The Nigger of the “Narcissus”; The Lagoon; Typhoon; Lord Jim -Joseph Conrad

Goldfinger - Ian Fleming

Hedda Gabler; A Doll’s House; The Wild Duck; Ghosts; Uncle Vanya - Henrik Ibsen

Finnegans Wake; Ulysses - James Joyce

The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer

To Celia - Ben Jonson

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

The Razor’s Edge; Of Human Bondage; The Colonel’s Lady - W. Somerset Maugham

The Caine Mutiny - Herman Wouk

Fathers and Sons; The Torrents of Spring; The Hunting Sketches; First Love - Ivan Turgenev

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg; A Cub Pilot’s Experience; What Stumped the Bluejays; Life on the Mississippi; The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County - Samuel L. Clemens

I’m a Fool; The Untold Lie - Sherwood Anderson

Horse Thief; Tobacco Road - Erskine Caldwell

On the Death of a Favorite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes - Thomas Gray

I Asked a Thief - William Blake

The Red Badge of Courage; Maggie: A Girl of the Streets; The Open Boat; The Blue Hotel; The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky - Stephen Crane

The Power and the Glory; The Heart of the Matter; Our Man in Havana - Graham Greene

The Shield of Achilles - W. H. Auden

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Plato Told; Pity This Busy Monster; Among Crumbling People; Manunkind - e. e. cummings

Of Mice and Men; Cannery Row; Sweet Thursday; The Chrysanthemums; The Grapes of Wrath;
The Wayward Bus
- John Steinbeck

Résumé - Dorothy Parker

The Sound of Silence - Paul Simon

The Rape of the Lock - Alexander Pope

Gentle on My Mind - Johnny Hartford

The Mansion; A Rose for Emily; Barn Burning; A Bear Hunt; The Sound and the Fury; Go Down, Moses - William Faulkner

The Hanging Tree; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence - Dorothy Johnson

The Ballad of East and West; Kim - Rudyard Kipling

Faust - Goethe

The Furnished Roon - O. Henry

The Outcasts of Poker Flat - Bret Harte

Pere Goriot - Honore De Balzac

I, The Jury; My Gun is Quick; Vengeance Is Mine - Mickey Spillane

The Way of all Flesh -Samuel Butler

The Devil and Daniel Webster - Stephen Vincent Benet

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Moby-Dick - Herman Melville

The Big Sky - A. B. Guthrie

Les Miserables; The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo

The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Divina Commedia - Dante Alighieri

Oedipus; Antigone; Electra - Sophocles

Amy's Gold; Comes A Pale Horse - Robert O. Burgess

The Count of Monte Christo; The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

The Thin Man; The Glass Key; The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett

The Last of the Mohicans; The Pathfinder - James Fenimore Cooper

The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay

The Professionals - Frank O’Rourke

Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville

The Virginian - Owen Wister

A History of the English Speaking Peoples, 4 vols.; The Second World War, 6 vols. -
Winston S. Churchill

The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant - Ulysses S. Grant

Man and Superman; Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

Valdez is Coming; Hombre; 3:10 to Yuma - Elmore Leonard

The Republic; Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; Phaedo; Symposium; Alcibiades - Plato

Ethics - Aristotle

The Boarded Window - Ambrose Bierce

The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe

Shane; Monte Walsh - Jack Schaefer

The Function of Criticism at the Present Time; Sweetness and Light; The Study of Poetry, Literature and Science - Matthew Arnold

Something of Value; Grenadine Etching; The Old Man and the Boy - Robert Ruark

Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; Hamlet; Othello; Much Ado About Nothing; Richard III; King Lear -William Shakespeare

To a Louse, on Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet at Church; My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose
Robert Burns

Kubla Khan; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Ozymandias - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Annabel Lee - Edgar Allan Poe

To Lucasta Going to the War - Richard Lovelace

War and Peace; The Death of Ivan Ilych; Three Deaths; Master and Man; How Much Land Does a Man Need? Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down; Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson

Meditations on Quixote - Jose Ortega y Gasset

The Wall - Jean-Paul Sartre

A Hunger Artist - Franz Kafka

Of the Education of Children - Michel Eyquem Sieur de Montaigne

Because I Could Not Stop for Death - Emily Dickinson

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

The Road Not Taken; Neither Out Far nor In Deep; Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening -
Robert Frost

Terence, This is Stupid Stuff - A. E. Housman

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

The Courage To Be - Paul Tillich

To Build a Fire - Jack London

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

Tartuffe; The Misanthrope - Jean Baptiste Poquelin – Moliere

The Exodus; The Rockpile - James Baldwin

I Can't Breathe - Ring Lardner

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; The Hollow Men - T. S. Eliot

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