Hillsdale College Announces Launch of Great Books Collection

The 30-book collection is sold through the College’s online store

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Hillsdale, Mich. — Hillsdale College announces the launch of its Great Books Collection, featuring 30 books from antiquity to the modern era that represent the greatest works of literature taught in the College’s three core Great Books courses. The College’s Great Books program is ranked among the top three in the nation. The Great Books Collection is available for purchase at the College’s official online store.

“From Homer to Chaucer, Austen to Dostoevsky, Dickinson to Miller — these works can be mesmerizing, exhilarating, infuriating, and will become like old friends,” said Justin Jackson, professor and English Department chair. “What I wouldn’t give to be able to read them again for the first time. And yet even after the hundredth read, I’m always learning something new from these inexhaustible teachers.”

All Great Books Collection titles were selected in partnership with the College’s English Department. The editions offered include best-in-class commentary and translation as well as timeless lessons concerning human nature, virtue, self-government, and liberty. The list is not exhaustive and will fluctuate based on availability, demand, and the emergence of new, updated editions. Great Books Collection titles currently include:

  • “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri
  • “Confessions” by Saint Augustine
  • “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austen
  • The Book of Genesis from the Bible
  • “The Fall” by Albert Camus
  • “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • “The Canterbury Tales” by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
  • “Notes from Underground” by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Collected Poems of T.S. Eliot
  • “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
  • “Faust” by Goethe
  • “Young Goodman Brown & Other Short Stories” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” by Homer
  • “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka
  • “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
  • “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller
  • “Paradise Lost” by John Milton
  • “Metamorphoses” by Ovid
  • Selections from The Canzoniere by Petrarch
  • “Iphigenia, Phaedra and Athaliah” by Jean Racine
  • “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
  • “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare
  • “The Death of Ivan Illyich” by Leo Tolstoy
  • “Candide” by Voltaire
  • “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (unknown)


Find photos of the collection here. All books in the collection can be found for sale individually or in a discounted bundle at https://shop.hillsdale.edu/collections/great-books.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu.

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