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Art, Beauty, and Poetry

Recommended Readings on Art and Beauty

In Great Books of the Western World
Prometheus Bound
Republic, Books III, X;
Laws, Books II, VII;
On Poetics;
Politics, Book VIII;
Ethics, Book VI, Ch. 4;
Metaphysics, Book I, Ch. 1, Book VII, Chs. 7-9
On the Nature of Things, Book IV, lines 1141-1191, Book V
The Six Enneads, Ennead I, Tractate VI
Summa Theologica, Part 1, Q. 5, A. 4, Q. 91, A. 3
Leviathan, Introduction
Montaigne: Essays,
"Of Cato the Younger,"
"Apology for Raimond de Sebonde"
Novum Organum, Preface, Book I
A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality
The Critique of Judgment, Introduction, Sections VI-VII, Part I, "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment"
The Philosophy of History, Part II, Sections I-II
Civilization and Its Discontents, Section II
In Other Works
Abercrombie, Lascelles:
An Essay Towards a Theory of Art;
The Theory of Poetry
Arnold, Matthew:
Essays in Criticism
Bacon, Francis: Essays,
"Of Beauty,"
"Of Deformity"
Bergson, Henri:
Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic
Burckhardt, Jacob:
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy;
Force and Freedom, Sections II-III
Burke, Edmund:
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful
Coleridge, Samuel T.:
Biographia Literaria
Croce, Benedetto:
Aesthetic, as Science of Expression and General Linguistic;
The Essence of Aesthetics
Dewey, John:
Art As Experience
Eliot, T. S.:
Selected Essays: The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism
Freud, Sigmund:
On Creativity and the Unconscious;
Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious
Gill, Eric R. P. J.:
Art, Nonsense and Other Essays;
Beauty Looks After Herself
Hazlitt, William:
Sketches and Essays, "On Taste"
The Art of Poetry
James, Henry:
The Art of the Novel
Kierkegaard, Soren:
The Stages on Life's Way
Lessing, Gotthold E.:
On the Sublime
Lubbock, Percy:
The Craft of Fiction
Maritain, Jacques:
Art and Scholasticism
Meredith, George:
An Essay on Comedy and the Uses of the Comic Spirit
Morris, William:
The Aims of Art;
Art and Socialism;
Hopes and Fears for Art
Nietzsche, Friedrich:
The Birth of Tragedy
Ortega y Gasset, Jose:
The Dehumanization of Art
Rank, Otto:
Art and the Artist
Read, Herbert E.:
Art and Industry;
The Meaning of Art;
The Nature of Literature
Reynolds, Joshua:
Discourses on Art
Richards, Ivor A.:
The Philosophy of Rhetoric;
Principles of Literary Criticism;
Practical Criticism
Ruskin, John:
Modern Painters;
The Stones of Venice;
Sesame and Lilies
Santayana, George:
The Sense of Beauty;
Reason in Art;
Interpretations of Poetry and Religion
Schiller, Friedrich von:
Letters upon the Esthetic Education of Man
Shaw, George Bernard:
Dramatic Opinions and Essays
Tolstoy, Leo:
What Is Art?
Van Doren, Mark:
The Noble Voice, a Study of Ten Great Poems
Veblen, Thorstein B.:
The Instinct of Workmanship, and the State of the Industrial Arts;
The Vested Interests and the State of the Industrial Arts

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Revised 30 July 2000