by Evonne Agnello

Curt’s Books

Curt Mead (1945-1998) was a voracious reader. These are some of the titles in his collection.  Click here to download a PDF of this list.

Classics
Mark Twain – The Complete Stories of Mark Twain; Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Don Quixote – Cervantes
Jayne Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott
Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift; A Casebook on Guilliver Among the Houyhnhnms; Swift – Edited by Ernest Tuveson
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
The Life and Times of Will Rogers, I Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like – Joseph H. Carter
The Naked Ape, Desmond Morris
The Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
The Theory of the Leisure Class – Thorsten Veblan

Literature
Shakespeare – 15 books including: The Complete Works of Shakespeare; Modern Shakespearean Criticism – Alvin B. Kerman
The Illiad, The Odyssey – Homer
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
H.L. Mencken – A Choice of Days
William Faulkner – The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; Light in August; Sancutary
Norton’s Anthology of English Literature – Vol. 1 and 2
James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
Isben – The Master Builder and Other Plays
W. Somerset Maugham – The Moon and Sixpence
Thomas Mann – Buddenbrooks; Joseph and His Brothers
James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake; Ulysses
Ernest Hemingway – Byline; Carlos Baker
The General in His Labyrinth – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Damned to Fate, the Life of Samuel Beckett – James Knowlson
The Essays of E. B. White
18th Century English Literature
The Victorian Mind – Kauver and Sorensen
Elizabethan Plays
The Elizabethan World Picture – Tillyard
Shelley – Selected Poetry and Prose
Byron – Selected Poetry and Letters
Six Plays by Strindberg
Moliere – The Misanthrope
Irving Stone – The Origin (signed by author)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Twice Told Tales – Nathanial Hawthorne
Forces in Modern British Literature 1885-1956 – William York Tindall
The Theory of the Novel – Stevik
A Reader’s Guide to John Milton – Nicolson
Kenneth Clark – Ruskin Today
Coleridge – Edited by Kathleen Corbin
An Anthology of German Expressionist Drama – Walter H. Sokel
Fifty Great Short Stories
John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men; Grapes of Wrath; Travels With Charley;
Winter of our Discontent
Virginia Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway
D.H. Lawrence – The Rainbow; The Life and Work of D.H. Lawrence – Anthony Burgess
George Bernard Shaw – Plays by George Bernard Shaw
Thorton Wilder – Four Plays
Finnegan’s Wake, James Jillce
The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

Philosophy
Albert Camus
The Stranger
Resistance, Rebellion and Death
The Rebel
The First Man
The Thought and Art of Albert Camus – Hanna
Notebooks 1935-1942
Lyrical and Critical Essays
Albert Camus – Tucfall
A Biography of Albert Camus – Herbert R. Lottman
Albert Camus – Adele King
Franz Kafka – The Castle; The Trial; Amerika
John Paul Sartre – Being and Nothingness
Essays in the History of Ideas
Eugene Ionesco – Notes and Counter Notes; Four Plays by Ionesco; Rhinoceros
Arthur Schopenhaeuer – World as Will and Representation
John Locke – Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Will Durant – The Story of Philosophy
Herman Hesse – The Journey to the East
Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Buber and Barth – Brown
The Children of Light and Darkness – Reinhold Niebuhr
Dante – The Inferno; The Divine Comedy I – Hell; The Divine Comedy II – Purgatory
Aristotle – 2 books
Plato – 5 books including The Republic of Plato
Freud – A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis; The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, Ernest Jones; Freud: An Autobiographical Study; Beyond the Pleasure Principle; Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego; A Primer on Freudian Psychology – Calvin S. Hall
C.J. Jung – E.A. Bennet
Erich Fromm – Escape from Freedom
The Seasons of Man’s Life – Levinson, Darrow, Klein, Levinson and McKee
Collected Criticism – Aiken
The Great Chain of Being – LoveJill
The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
The Immoralist – Andre Gide
Joseph Campbell – The Power of Myth
Robert Bly – Iron John
Erik Erikson – Childhood and Society; Dialogue with Erik Erikson – Richard I. Evans

History
William Manchester – The Glory and the Dream; American Caesar – Douglas McCarthy 1880-1964; A World Lit Only by Fire
Harry Truman – David McCullough
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Means of Ascent
Lenin – David Shub
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution – Bailyn
Richard Hofstadter – The Age of Reform; Anti-Intellectualism in America
Checkhov – Five Plays: The Cherry Orchard and others
Gore Vidal – 1876; Hollywood
Norman Mailer – Harlot’s Ghost: A Novel of the CIA
John Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
Ronald Reagan – The Role of a Lifetime
J. Edgar Hoover
Bob Woodward – The Agenda
Mark Helprin – A Soldier Great War
Reason and Revolution – Marcuse
The American Political Tradition – Richard Hofstadter
The Morality of Law
Winston Churchill – several books
John Gardner – On Moral Fiction; Grendel; The Wreckage of Agathon
Jewish American Stories – Irving Howe
The Enlightenment, The Science of Freedom – Gay
Heart of War – Lucian K. Truscott IV
The Stately Game – Symington
Dick Morris – Inside the Oval Office

Poetry
Walt Whitman – Leaves of Gold
e.e. cummings – Complete Poems 1913-1962
T.S. Eliot – The Wasteland; Complete Poems and Plays 1909-1950; Collected Poems 1909-1962
John Berryman – The Dream Songs
W.B. Keats poems – The Man and the Masks – Ellmann; two other books
Robert Frost – poems
Wordsworth – The Prelude and Other Poems; Wordsworth and the Poetry of Sincerity – David Perkins
The Romantic Poets – Hough
A Preface to Eighteenth Century Poetry – Southerland
William Blake – The Laurel Poetry Series
Victorian Poetry, Clough to Kipling – Carr
The Harvard Book of Contemporary American Poetry – Vendler

Science
Albert Einstein – The Meaning of Relativity; The Evolution of Physics;
Principia – Newton; A Portrait of Isaac Newton – Manuel
Principia Ethica – G.E. Moore
Principles of Mathematics – Bertrand Russell
The Physics and Chemistry of Life – Scientific America
Watson – Behaviorism
Anatomy of an Illness, Norman Cousins
Illness as Metaphor – Susan Sontag
Aldous Huxley – The Devils of Loudin
Primitive Man and His Ways – Kaj Birket-Smith
The Larousse Guide to Astronomy – Larousse

Miscellaneous
Daniel Yergin – The Prize; Shattered Peace
Bruno Bettleheim, Children of the Dream
One True Thing, Anna Quindlen
Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
Black Elk Speaks, John Neihardt
Marie Sandoz – Cheyenne Autumn
Willa Cather – Shadows on the Rock
Kurt Vonnegut – Cat’s Cradle; Slaughterhouse Five; Slapstick; Breakfast of Champions; TimeQuake
Tom Clancy – Without Remorse; Debt of Honor
Annie Proulx – The Shipping News
John Le Carre – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Tailor of Panama; The Secret Pilgrim
The Ox-Bow Incident – Clark
Games People Play – Eric Berne M.D.
T.S. Matthews – Great Tom
City of the Century – Donald L. Miller
Ten Days That Shook the World – John Reed
Kenneth Rexroth – The Signature of All Things
Shadow Winter Palace – Edward Crankshaw
The Streets Were Paved With Gold – Ken Auletta
The Reverse of the Medal – Patrick O’Brian
The Urban Frontier – Wade
The Boys on the Bus – Crouse
Thomas Pynchon – Mason & Dixon
Rising Like The Tucson – Jeff Danzige
Light Armour – Richard Armour
The History of Art

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