The W.E.B. Du Bois Reading List

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 3:57pm
The W.E.B. Du Bois Reading List

This unpublished list of books written by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1923 might be a list of favorites, or it might be a to-read list, or a list of recommendations for a friend. In any case, it's a window into the mind of a terrific writer, through the books he loved.

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Mariah Helgeson (@mariahism),  associate producer for On Being
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In 1923 W.E.B. Du Bois typed this list of books. We don't have any clue as to what the list describes, it might be a list of favorites, or it might be a to-read list, or a list of recommendations for a friend. In any case, it's a window into the mind of a terrific writer, through the books he loved.

1. Shakespeare's Hamlet
2. Knight's History of England
3. Dumas' Three Musketeers
4. The Old Testament
5. Scott's lady of the Lake
6. Dickens' David Copperfield
7. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
8. Dunbar's Poems
9. Homer's Illiad
10. Goethe's Faust

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Mariah Helgeson is an associate producer at On Being. She earned a degree in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution from George Washington University. She grew up in Minnesota and was a program associate at the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network. When she’s not submerged in a good book she might be found laughing with her teenage sisters or playing chamber music.

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