100 Best Books for an Education

A Revision and Update of Will Durant's 100 Best Books for an Education

Note 11

 

The Will Durant Bibliography

 

  

1.    The Ferrer Modern School. New York: Francisco Ferrer Association, 1912.

2.    Socialism and Anarchism. New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1914.

3.    Philosophy and the Social Problem. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917.

4.    American Liberals and the War, The Dial, LXIV (April 11, 1918), 366. 

5.    A Review of “Nietzsche the Thinker: a Study” by William MacKintire Salter, Political Science Quarterly, June 1918, 266-268.

 

6.    The War Within the War, The Dial, LXV (June 20, 1918), 5-7.

7.    The Psychology of Behavior by Elizabeth Severn, Reviewed by Will Durant, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, Vol. 15, No. 14 (Jul. 4, 1918), 390-391.

8.    The Biology of War, The Dial, LXVI (January 25, 1919), 84-85.

9.    Roads to Freedom, The Dial, LXVI (April 5, 1919), 354-356.

10.  The Future of American Socialism, The Dial, LXVI (May 17,1919), 494-496.

11.  Why Freedom Disappears, The Nation, CX (May 1, 1920), 587-589.

12.  The Labor Temple School, The New Republic, XXVIII No. 358 (October, 12, 1921), 192.

13.  A Guide to Plato. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1922.

14.  The Labor Temple School, The Nation, CXV No. 2988 (October 11, 1922), 361.

15.  The Story of Aristotles Philosophy. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1922.

16.  A Guide to Francis Bacon. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1923.

17.  A Guide to Spinoza. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1924.

18.  Voltaire and the French Enlightenment. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1924.

19.  The Philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1924.

20.  A Guide to Schopenhauer. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1924.

21.  The Story of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Philosophy. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1924.

22.  The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1925.

23.  Contemporary European Philosophers: Bergson, Croce and Bertrand Russell. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1925.

24.  Contemporary American Philosophers: Santayana, James and Dewey. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1925.

25.  Anatole France: The Man and His Work. Girard, Kansas: The Haldeman-Julius Company, 1925.

26.  The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1926.

27.  Is America’s Age of Art Dawning? The New York Times Magazine, (August 29, 1926) 1, 20.

28.  “My Country” on its Own Terms, New York Times, (September 5, 1926), XI

29.  Is Democracy a Failure? Harper’s Magazine, CLIII (October 1926), 555-565.

30.  Is America to Have a Golden Age? World Review, III (October 4, 1926), 33.

31.  Mr. Durant’s Marriage Views, New York Times, (October 20, 1926), 24

32.  Is Progress a Delusion? Harper’s Magazine, CLIII (November 1926), 742-751. Also included in Essays of the Past and Present, Warner Taylor, ed. New York: Harper & brothers, 1927. Also included in Facts and Ideas for Students of English Composition, John O. Beaty and others, eds. New York: F.S. Crofts & Co., 1930. Also included in Readings in the Modern Essay, Edward S. Noyes, ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1933. Also included in Essays and Addresses Toward a Liberal Education, A. Craig Baird, ed. New York: Ginn and Company, 1934. Also included in Of Time and Truth: Ideas and Values for College Students, Fred W. Lorch, W. Paul Jones land] Keith Huntress, eds. New York: The Dryden Press, 1946.

33.  The Failure of Philosophy, Harper’s Magazine, CLIV (December 1926), 80-90.

34.  Is Philosophy Doomed? The Bookman, LXIV (December 1926), 392-396.

35.  Debate: Is Man a Machine? (with Clarence Darrow). New York: League for Public Discussion, 1927. Also published under the title Are We Machines? by the Haldeman-Julius Company, Girard, Kansas, n.d.

36.  The Modern Woman, The Century Magazine, CXIII (February 1927), 418-429. Also included in Modern Life and Thought, Frederich H. Law, ed. New York: The Century Company, 1928.

37.  The Ten Greatest Thinkers, The American Magazine, CIII (March 1927), 7-9, 103-104, 106, 108, 110. Also included in Essays in Liberal Thought, W.H. Thomas and Stewart S. Morgan, eds. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1928.

38.  Youthful Suicides, Cosmopolitan, LXXXII (May 1927), 50-51, 220.

39.  In Praise of Freedom, Harper’s Magazine, CLV (June 1927), 46-54.

40.  In the Mail Bag: Dr. Durant Denies—, New York Times, (June 5, 1927), X2.

41.  If You Ask Me, No Man is Happy Until He Stops Thinking of Himself, The American Magazine, CIV (July 1927), 43. Also included in Light From Many Lamps, Lillian Eichler Watson, ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1951.

42.  Men and Women, The American Magazine, CIV (September 1927), 13-15, 96, 98, 100.

43.  Transition: A Sentimental Story of One Mind and One Era. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.

44.  The Story of Civilization, Cosmos Syndicate, 1927-1928. (Note: This is a biographical story of civilization written in serial form for the Cosmos Syndicate and published in the Scripps-Howard and other newspapers in 1927-1928; the articles were intended for popular consumption and were not used in the book publication of The Story of Civilization published by Simon and Schuster, 1935-1975)

45.  Is Man a Machine? The Century Magazine, CXIV (October 1927), 659-670. Also included in Essays of Today (1926-1927), Odell Shepard and Robert Hillver, eds. New York: The Century Company, 1928.

46.  If I Were Mayor, Plain Talk, I (October 1927), 51-56.

47.  The Story of Happiness, Redbook XLIX (October 1927), 50-53, 168-171.

48.  What is Love? Cosmopolitan, LXXXIII (October 1927), 28, 199-203.

49.  The Breakdown of Marriage, Pictorial Review, XXIX (November 1927), 4, 94, 97-98,112.

50.  What Really is the Meaning of Life? Cosmopolitan, LXXXIII (November 1927), 29,191-195.

51.  Our Changing Morals, Cosmopolitan, LXXXIV (January 1928), 92,159-161.

52.  Negative and Positive Personalities—Taking Your Own Measure, Metropolitan Newspaper Service, New York, (February 1928).

53.  Why Do You Thrill at Beauty? Cosmopolitan, LXXXIV (March 1928), 44, 144-146.

54.  Can "Strong Man" Learn Character Building From ‘Weak Woman"? Metropolitan Newspaper Service, New York, (March 1928).

55.  Building Character Like Ships and Planes, Metropolitan Newspaper Service, New York, (April 1928).

56.  The Works of Schopenhauer, edited by Will Durant. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1928.

57.  Will Aristocracy Return? Plain Talk, II (June 1928), 641-652.

58.  If You Ask Me, There is a Spark of the Divine in Every Man, The American Magazine, CVI (July 1928), 31.

59.  Is Socialism Dead? The Century Magazine, CXVI (August 1928), 385-397.

60.  Appreciation of Campaign News, New York Times, (August 29, 1928), 13

61.  Has Democracy Broken Down? A Debate, The Forum, LXXXI (January 1929), 34-38.

62.  My Country, The American Legion Monthly, VI (January 1929), 16-17, 62-65. Also included in The American Legion Reader, Victor Lasky, ed. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1953.

63.  History: A Symposium, Plain Talk, IV (March 1929), 257-268.

64.  How a Great Scholar Brings Up His Child, The American Magazine, CVII (March 1929), 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84.

65.  History: A Symposium, Part II Plain Talk, IV (April 1929), 483-493.

66.  Our Changing Morals, The Forum, LXXXI (April 1929), 226-231.

67.  The New Morality, The Forum, LXXXI (May 1929), 309-312.

68.  The Mansions of Philosophy: A Survey of Human Life and Destiny. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1929. Revised and shortened edition published as The Pleasures of Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.

69.  Objection and Reproof, New York Times, (June 30, 1929), BR6

70.  I Want to be Happy, Cosmopolitan, LXXXVII (July 1929), 80, 214-216.

71.  In Praise of Flaubert, Plain Talk, V (August 1929), 191-202.

72.  Genius in Miniature: Socrates—The First Martyr of Philosophy, The American Magazine, CVIII (October 1929), 94, 96, 98, 100, 102, 104, 106, 108.

73.  The Lust for Learning, The Mentor, XVII (October 1929), 7.

74.  Genius in Miniature: Confucius—The Secret of China, The American Magazine, CVIII (November 1929), 73-74, 76.

75.  Is Man a Machine? A Socratic Dialogue, The Forum, LXXXII (November 1929), 264-270.

76.  Trends in Modern Thought: A Survey of Contemporary Philosophy, The Thinker, I (November 1929), 17-21.

77.  Woman Tomorrow, The Mentor, XVII (November 1929), 7.

78.  Can We Make Our Children Behave? A Socratic Dialogue, The Forum, LXXXII (December 1929), 346-360.

79.  One Hundred Best Books, The American Magazine, CVIII (December 1929), 26-28, 109, 112, 115-116,118.

80.  Spengler’s Interpretation of History, The Thinker, I (December 1929) 15-23.

81.  Te Deum, The Mentor, XVII (December 1929) 7.

82.  East is West, The Mentor, XVII (January 1930), 7.

83.  The Growth and Decay of Culture, The Thinker, I (January 1930), 21-30.

84.  In Defense of Outlines: Apologia Pro Libro Suo," The Forum, LXXXIII (January 1930), 8-14. Also included in A Pageant of Prose, Frank H. McCloskey and Robert B. Dow, eds. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1935.

85.  Objection and Reproof, New York Times, (November 30, 1930), BR21.

86.  A School for Service, New York Times, (January 4, 1931), XX2.

87.  Modern Marriage, The Mentor, XVIII (February 1930), 7.

88.  Spengler, On Degeneration, The Thinker, I (February 1930), 24-34.

89.  You Got What You Asked For, Redbook, LIV (February 1930), 54-55 129-130.

90.  Is Progress a Delusion? Golden Book, XI (March 1930), 59-63.

91.  The Twilight of Civilization, The Thinker, I (March 1930), 17-25.

92.  Whiskey, Wine and Beer, The Mentor, XVIII (March 1930), 7.

93.  A Critique of Spengler, The Thinker, I (April 1930), 26-36.

94.  Progress, The Mentor, XVIII (April 1930), 7.

95.  The Case for India. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1930.

96.  Are We Immoral? The Mentor, XVIII (May 1930), 7.

97.  Love, Marriage and Morals, The Thinker, II (May 1930), 17-29.

98.  Is Democracy Dying? The Mentor and World Traveler, XVIII (June 1930), 74.

99.  The Meaning of Culture, The Thinker, II (June 1930), 17-30.

100.    In Praise of Ourselves, The Mentor and World Traveler, XVIII (July 1930), 11.

101.    Portrait of an Egoist, The Thinker, II (July 1930), 16-28.

102.    The Crux of Civilization, The Mentor and World Traveler, XVIII (August 1930), 9.

103.    Philosophic Pilgrimage, The Thinker, II (September 1930), 23-36.

104.        Six Worst Sellers, The Mentor and World Traveler, XVIII (September 1930), 9.

105.        The 12 Greatest Dates, The Forum, LXXXIV (October 1930), 226-232.

106.        Keyserling Explores America, The Thinker, (January 1931), 16-29.

107.        An American Visits Palestine, Redbook, LVI (February 1931), 84, 88, 90, 109-110.

108.        Europe On Parade, The Thinker, III (February 1931), 66-80.

109.        How to Widen Your World, The American Magazine, CXI (March 1931), 42-43, 160-163.

110.    Keyserling on Life and Death, The Thinker, III (March 1931), 55-70.

111.    Mother of Mysteries, Redbook, LVI (April 1931), 92, 94, 98-102. Also included as Seen in India in Essays in Modern Thought, Thomas R. Cook, ed. New York: D.C. Health & Co., 1935.

112.    A Visit to China, Redbook, LVI (April 1931), 66-69, 140-143.                    

113.    Adventures in Genius. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1931.

114.    A Program for America. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1931.

115.    How We Made Utopia, The Thinker, IV (September 1931), 18-28.

116.    America on Trial, Redbook, LVII (October 1931), 20-21, 112-114.

117.    Ourselves–-As We Are, Redbook, LVIII (November 1931), 72-73, 82, 84, 86.

118.    Some Criticisms of Our Schools, The American Teacher, XVI (April 1932), 4. Excerpt from Adventures in Genius.

119.    The Governor’s Letter, New York Times, (April 5, 1932), 22.

120.    Dr. Durant Excerpts, New York Times, (May 5, 1932), 18.

121.    Foreword, Gandhi versus the Empire, by Haridas T. Muzumdar, New York: Universal Publishing, 1932.   

122.    On the Meaning of Life. New York: Ray Long and Richard R. Smith, 1932. Republished in 2004 through Promethean Press.

123.    What is the Meaning of Life? Literary Digest CXIV (November 5, 1932), 20, 22. Summary with excerpts of On the Meaning of Life.

124.    The Tragedy of Russia: The Road to Moscow, The Saturday Evening Post, CCV (December 10, 1932), 3-5, 28, 30.

125.    The Crisis in Communism, The Saturday Evening Post, CCV (December 24,1932), 21, 29, 32-34.

126.    Mr. Durant’s Address, New York Times, (January 5, 1933), 20

127.    The Soul of Russia Under Socialism, The Saturday Evening Post, CCV (January 21, 1933), 16-17, 45-48.

128.    The Dictatorship Over the Proletariat, The Saturday Evening Post, CCV (February 18, 1933), 27-28, 54, 56-58.

129.    100 Best Books for an Education. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1933. Reprinted from Adventures in Genius.

130.    New Forward, to The Story of Philosophy. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1933.

131.    The Tragedy of Russia: Impressions from a Brief Visit. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1933. Also published as The Lesson of Russia: Impressions. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1933.

132.    Shall We Train Our Sons for Public Office? The American Magazine, CXVI (September 1933), 42-44, 138-139.

133.    Expressing Dissatisfaction, New York Times, (March 27, 1934), 20.

134.    Is Our Civilization Dying? The Saturday Evening Post, CCVI (May 5, 1934), 8-9, 77-78, 81-82.

135.    The American Choice, The Saturday Evening Post, CCVI (June 9,1934), 27,108-110,112.

136.    Letter to the Editor, Time Magazine, XXIV No. 11 (September 10, 1934).

137.    Is Democracy Doomed? The Saturday Evening Post, CCVII (September 15, 1934), 23, 78, 80-82, 84.

138.    Our Morals, The Saturday Evening Post, CCVII (January 26,1935), 27, 61-62,64,66.

139.    Will Durant Backs Strachey, New York Times, (March 14, 1935), 11.

140.    New Dreams for Old, The Saturday Review, (May 11, 1935), 8.

141.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage. New York: Simon and Schuster, July 10, 1935.

142.    Interpreting the Orient, Saturday Review of Literature, XII No. 14 (August 3, 1935), 9, 18.

143.    The Threat to Civilization, The Saturday Evening Post, CCVIII (December 21, 1935), 23, 29, 32.

144.    An Amateur’s Philosophy, in American Philosophy Today and Tomorrow, edited by Horace M. Kallen and Sidney Hook. New York: Lee Furman, Inc., 1935.

145.    What Education is Of Most Worth? The Saturday Evening Post, CCVIII (April 11, 1936), 14-15,44, 46-47. 

146.    The Foundations of Civilization. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1936. (Introduction to The Story of Civilization. Vol. 1: Our Oriental Heritage reprinted)

147.    Great Men of Literature. New York: Garden City Publishing Co., 1936. Taken from Adventures in Genius.

148.    What Education is of Most Worth? The Reader’s Digest, XXIX (August 1936), 105-108. Excerpts from What Education is of Most worth? The Saturday Evening Post, CCVIII (April 11, 1936), 14-15, 44, 46-47.

149.    Sizing up the Campaign, New York Times, (October 10, 1936), 16.

150.    Dr. Durant on Birth Control, New York Times, (November 26, 1936), 30.  

151.    The Crisis in American Civilization, in Official Report of the American Association of School Administrators, 1936. Washington D.C.: American Association of School Administrators, 1936. Also published as The Crisis in American Civilization, The Southern Workman, LXV (December 1936), 380-383. Excerpts from "The Crisis in American Civilization," in Official Report of the American Association of School Administrators, 1936.

152.    Why Men Fight, The Saturday Evening Post, CCX (July 10, 1937), 23, 58, 60-61. Also included in Essays Of Three Decades, Arno L. Bader and Carleton F. Wells, eds. New York: Harper & brothers, 1939. Also included in Essays for our Time, Arno L. Bader and Carleton F. Wells, eds. New York: Harper & brothers, 1947.

153.    A Piece of Old China, The Rotarian, LII (March 1938), 13-15.

154.    No Hymns of Hatred, The Saturday Evening Post, CCX (June 4, 1938), 23, 48-49, 51-52.

155.    Aid for the Refugees, New York Times, (November 17, 1938), 24.

156.    Protocols’ Forgeries, New York Times, (December 11, 1938), 92.

157.    Meditation on Marriage, The Saturday Evening Post, CCXI (May 13, 1939), 5-6, 72, 74, 76.   

158.    The Crisis in Christianity, The Saturday Evening Post, CCXII (August 5, 1939), 5-6, 35-36.

159.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. II: The Life of Greece. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 30, 1939.

160.    Senatorial Restraint, New York Times, (October 18, 1939), 24.

161.    The Crisis in American Civilization, Vital Speeches of the Day, VI (December 15, 1939), 138-144. Also included in The Reference Shelf, XIV, No. 1, (1940), 208-229.

162.    Ten Steps Up From The Jungle, The Rotarian, LVIII (January 1941), 10-13, 56.

163.    Self-Discipline or Slavery, The Saturday Evening Post, CCXIII (January 18, 1941), 27, 46, 48-49, 51.

164.    A Stoic America, Vital Speeches of the Day, VII (February 1, 1941), 238-240.

165.    On the Uses of Philosophy, in What College Offers: Essays on the Subjects and Purposes of College Training, edited by Frank H. McCloskey, John S. Terry [and] Jonathan F. Scott. New York: F.S. Crofts & Co., 1941.

166.    Freedom of Worship, The Saturday Evening Post, CCXV (February 27,1943), 12-13.      

167.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. III: Caesar and Christ. New York: Simon and Schuster, October 23, 1944.

168.    Invitation to History: The Map of Human Character, Lecture first broadcast over WGN Chicago, November 18, 1945.

169.    What is Civilization? Ladies’ Home Journal, LXIII (January 1946), 22-23,103-104,107.

170.    Persian Civilization, address before the Iran America Society in Tehran on April 21, 1948.

171.     History in a Capsule, The Rotarian, LXXIV (January 1949), 10.

172.    Support for the Asia Institute Asked, New York Times, (February 27, 1950), 18.

173.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. IV: The Age of Faith. New York: Simon and Schuster, October 23, 1950.

174.    Our Future Attitude on Korea, New York Times, (July 12, 1950), 28.

175.    What Makes Men Happy? The Rotarian, LXXVII (November 1950), 8-11.

176.    Worried About the Young People? The Rotarian, XXC (May 1952), 8-10, 47A8. Also included in Bulletin of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, XXXVI (October 1952), 134-138.

177.    Support for Stevenson, New York Times, (October 7, 1952), 28. 

178.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. V: The Renaissance. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 18, 1953.

179.    Liberty is Over, in This I Believe: Vol. 2, edited by Edward R. Murrow. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954.

180.    The Ten Greatest Thinkers, The Rotarian, XXCVI (February 1955), 38-39, 90-93.

181.    Reporting on Communist Ties, New York Times, (July 3, 1956), 24.

182.    What is Wisdom? Wisdom, II No. 8 (1957), 25-26. 

183.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. VI: The Reformation. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1957.

184.    Commencement Address at the Thirty-sixth Commencement Exercises of the Webb School of California, June 6, 1958, on the Occasion of the Graduation of Dr. Durant’s Grandson, James Easton, Claremont, Calif., 1958.

185.    Kant and the Mind as Shaping Agent, in Ideas in Content, edited by Joseph H. Satin. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1958. Excerpts from The Story of Philosophy.

186.    Young Man—Your World, The Reader’s Digest, LXXIV (June 10, 1959), 94-96. Excerpts from Commencement Address at the Webb School of California.

187.    To Meet Communist Threat, New York Times, (May 7, 1961), E14.   

188.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. VII: The Age of Reason Begins. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 6, 1961.

189.    Editorial, Associated Press, May 1, 1963.  

190.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. VIII: The Age of Louis XIV. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1963.

191.    The Durant History: Letters, New York Times, (October 6, 1963), 308.

192.    Will Durant Tells Why. . . He’ll Vote For LBJ, Syracuse Herald-American, November 1, 1964.

193.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. IX: The Age of Voltaire. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1965.

194.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. X: Rousseau and Revolution. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1967.

195.    Man is Wiser Than Any Man, Pace, IV (July 1968), 4. 

196.    The Lessons of History. New York: Simon and Schuster, September 1968.

197.    Man is Wiser Than Any Man, The Reader’s Digest, XCIII (November 1968), 85-87. Excerpts from Man is Wiser Than Any Man, Pace, IV (July 1968), 4.198.    A Message to McCarthy Democrats, Letter of October 12, 1968.

199.    For Hubert Humphrey, New York Times, (October 27, 1968), E15.

200.    The Lessons of History, The Reader’s Digest, XCIII (December 1968), 257-263. Excerpts from The Lessons of History.

201.    History and War, TIP (Theory into Practice), VILL (April 1969), 56-57. Excerpts from The Lessons of History.

202.    Commencement Address, Buckley School for Girls in Los Angeles, on the graduation of his granddaughter, distributed by the Associated Press, June 22, 1969.

203.    Interpretations of Life: A Survey of Contemporary Literature. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970.

204.    Challenge and Response: Commencement Address Delivered at Ripon College, May 16, 1970 by Ariel Durant, Ripon College Magazine, III (June 1970), 5-6. Also included in Congressional Record, (May 28,1970),  S7958-S7959.

205.    Will and Ariel Durant: Journey. [Film] Robert Cohn Productions, 1973.

206.    The Story of Civilization. Vol. XI: The Age of Napoleon. New York. Simon and Schuster, 1975.

207.    Will and Ariel Durant: A Dual Autobiography. New York. Simon and Schuster 1977.

208.    Heroes of History. New York. Simon and Schuster, 2001.

209.    Heroes of Civilization. [Audio Tape] Northern River Productions, 2003.

210.          A Visit With Will and Ariel Durant. [Film] Northern River Productions, 2003.