Jorge Luis Borges selects 74 books for your personal library

Open Culture has a list of books that the Argentine writer-essayist-poet compiled upon being asked to curate 100 great works of literature along with introductions for each volume 

In 1985, Argentine publisher Hyspamerica asked Jorge Luis Borges to create A Personal Library -- which involved curating 100 great works of literature and writing introductions for each volume. Though he only got through 74 books before he died of liver cancer in 1988, Borges’s selections are fascinating and deeply idiosyncratic. He listed adventure tales by Robert Louis Stevenson and H.G. Wells alongside exotic holy books, 8th century Japanese poetry and the musing of Kierkegaard. You can see the full list below. A number of the selected works can be found on Open Culture’s Free eBooks and Free Audio Books collections.

1. Stories by Julio Cortázar (not sure if this refers to Hopscotch, Blow-Up and Other Stories, or neither)

2. & 3. The Apocryphal Gospels

4. Amerika and The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

5. The Blue Cross: A Father Brown Mystery by G.K. Chesterton

6. & 7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

8. The Intelligence of Flowers by Maurice Maeterlinck

9. The Desert of the Tartars by Dino Buzzati

10. Peer Gynt and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

11. The Mandarin: And Other Stories by Eça de Queirós

12. The Jesuit Empire by Leopoldo Lugones

13. The Counterfeiters by André Gide

14. The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

15. The Greek Myths by Robert Graves

16. & 17. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

18. Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner

19. The Great God Brown and Other Plays, Strange Interlude, and Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill

20. Tales of Ise by Ariwara no Narihara

For the full list, visit the Open Culture page here.

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