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Recommended Reading List

Artful Prudence
October 6, 2021

At last, the long-awaited reading list. Over the last year, I have been getting innumerable questions from men of all ages with regards to what books they should read, and rightly so, with all the perplexity and ignorance surrounding the so-called ‘improvement’ books that most people read nowadays. I feel inclined to finally put together a thorough reading list for all my readers who support and value my work.

The books listed below are not so much ‘self-improvement’ books as they are ageless and invaluable pieces of literary genius that will not only brush up your thinking and writing, but enrich your character and teach you something of competence and true power. I will attempt to keep this list as inclusive as possible yet not exhaustive. A follow-up may be in right in the future. [The list follows an alphabetical order]


  1. Alan Watts, Cloud-Hidden Whereabouts Unknown
  2. Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms
  3. Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation [Comes in 2 Volumes]
  4. Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom
  5. Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams and Reflections
  6. Carl Jung, The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious
  7. David Deida, The Way of The Superior Man
  8. Epictetus, Discourses and Selected Writings
  9. Epictetus, The Enchiridion
  10. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
  11. Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
  12. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science
  13. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power
  14. Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Civil Disobedience
  15. Heraclitus, Fragments
  16. Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
  17. Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World
  18. Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays
  19. Plato, The Republic
  20. Plato, The Symposium
  21. Plutarch, Essays
  22. Plutarch, Parallel Lives [comes in several volumes, but this one is unabridged]
  23. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mind on Fire
  24. Robert Greene, 33 Strategies of War
  25. Robert Moore, King Warrior Magician Lover
  26. Seneca, Epistles
  27. Sen Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
  28. Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  29. Yukio Mishima, Sun and Steel

Fiction and Poetry

  1. Aesop, Fables
  2. Albert Camus, The Fall
  3. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
  4. Aldous Huxley, Island
  5. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  6. Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
  7. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  8. Ernest Hemingway, Farewell to Arms
  9. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea
  10. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  11. Franz Kafka, The Complete Stories
  12. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
  13. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Demons
  14. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brother Karamazov
  15. Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot
  16. George Orwell, 1984
  17. George Orwell, Road to Wigan Pier
  18. Homer, The Illiad
  19. Homer, The Odyssey
  20. Horace, Odes
  21. Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  22. John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  23. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
  24. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
  25. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  26. Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
  27. Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
  28. Virgil, Aeneid

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Date October 6, 2021 12:20 PM UTC (1 year ago)
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