Many of our groups choose to use readings from anthologies published by the Great Books Foundation:
The Great Books Reading and Discussion Series represents some of the most influential and profound thinking of the Western world. The series includes substantial works of literature and philosophy by such authors as Dostoevesky, Freud, Kafka, Plato, and Shakespeare.
The 50th Anniversary Series consists of eight anthologies combining works of classic and modern authors from around the world.
The Great Conversations Series consists of six anthologies of works covering the full spectrum of great literature, from the classics to the present.
The Introduction to Great Books Series consists of three anthologies containing shorter selections from Western classics to short modern fiction. They are ideal for a newly-forming book group or for introducing great literature to younger readers.
The Science Series includes three anthologies (Keeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science; The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology; and What's the Matter: Readings in Physics) with readings on the sciences.
In addition to the above series, the Foundation has published many single-volume anthologies, including:
Readings from The Civic Arena that invite reflection on civic-minded activities and on the vital connections between thought and service. Titles include Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories; Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian; Consuming Interests: Great Ideas in Economics; Taking Action; Citizens of the World: Readings in Human Rights; Talking Service: Readings for Civic Reflection; The Civically Engaged Reader; The Will of the People: Readings in American Democracy; and Plan of Chicago: Centennial Edition.
Various Literature Anthologies, including Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories; a Short Story Omnibus and a Science Fiction Omnibus; The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and its sequel, Even Deadlier; a Modern American Poetry anthology; several reader's guides to great novels; and The Soul of the Text, an anthology of readings from the Jewish literary tradition.
In addition to these series and titles, the Foundation offers many other anthologies and discussion guides on its web site.
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