A dear friend recently asked me to put together a “curricula” of essential books to read–preferably ones that would kick-start the imagination of a creative writer and inform their craft. To his and my surprise, the list that resulted only contains 60 titles, and could reasonably be read in a couple of years. Nonetheless, I believe this list could replace most Bachelor of Arts programs today (in information imparted, if not credentials).
So, if you would like to glean the equivalent of a liberal education for free from your local library, I hope this list helps narrow down your search.
P.S. I’d also enjoy hearing critiques from any fellow bibliophiles on what should or shouldn’t have been included.