By: RyoKazama534

As the piles of mail from colleges come in "begging" for my application, I carefully read each admission dean's letter, and casually skim the pages of the basic outline of the college. It becomes a daily ritual, and each school seems to meld into the next. But one booklet stands out of the crowd. A beige booklet with dozens of writers' names written on the cover.

St. John's College

These are the reasons...I will not apply to St. John's College.

The St. John's Reading List

Freshman Year

Homer -- Iliad, Odyssey
Aeschylus -- Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides, Prometheus Bound
Sophocles -- Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, Philoctetes
Thucydides -- Peloponnesian War
Euripides -- Hippolytus, Bacchae
Herodotus -- Histories
Aristophanes -- Clouds
Plato -- Meno, Gorgias, Republic, Apolog, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Parmenides, Theaetetus, Sophist, Timaeus, Phaedrus
Aristotle -- Poetics, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, On Generation and Corruption, The Politics, Parts of Animals, Generation of Animals
Euclid -- Elements
Lucretius -- On the Nature of Things
Plutarch -- Lycurgus, Solon
Nicomachus -- Arithmetic
Lavoisier -- Elements of Chemistry
Harvey -- Motion of the Heart and Blood
Essays by: Archimedes, Fahrenheit, Avogadro, Dalton, Cannizzaro, Virchow, Mariotte, Driesch, Gay-Lussac, Spemann, Stears, Thomson, Mendeleyev, Berthollet, J.L. Proust

Sophomore Year

The Bible
Aristotle -- De Anime, On INterpretation, Prior Analytics, Categories
Apollonius -- Conics Virgil -- Aeneid
Plutarch -- Caesar, Cato the Younger
Epictetus -- Discourses, Manual
Tacitus -- Annals
Ptolemy -- Almagest
Plotinus -- The Enneads
Augustine -- Confessions
St. Anselm -- Proslogium
Aquinas -- Summa Theologica, Summa Contra Gentiles
Dante -- Divine Comedy
Chaucer -- Canterbury Tales
Des Prez -- Mass Machiavelli -- The Prince, Discourses
Copernicus -- On the Revolution of the Spheres
Luther -- The Freedom of a Christian
Rabelais -- Gargantua and Pantagruel
Palestrina -- Missa Papae Marcelli
Montaigne -- Essays
Viete -- Introduction to the Analytical Art
Bacon -- Novum Organum
Shakespeare -- Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, The Tempest, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Coriolanus, Sonnets
Poems by: Marvell, Donne, and other 16th and 17th century poets
Descartes -- Geometry, Discourse on a Method
Pascal -- Generation of Conic Sections
Bach -- St. Matthew Passion, Inventions
Haydn -- Quartets
Mozart -- Operas
Beethoven -- Sonatas
Schubert -- Songs
Stravinsky -- Symphony of Psalms

Junior Year

Cervantes -- Don Quixote
Galileo -- Two New Sciences
Hobbes -- Leviathan
Descartes -- Mediations, Ruls for the Direction of the MInd
Milton -- Paradise Lost
La Fontaine -- Fables
Pascal -- Pensees
Huygens -- Treatise on Light, On the Movement of Bodies by Impact
Eliot -- Middlemarch
Spinoza -- Theologico-Political Treatise
Locke -- Second Treatise of Government
Racine -- Phaedre
Newton -- Princiia Mathematica
Kepler -- Epitome IV
Leibniz -- Monadology, Discourse on Methaphysics, Essay on Dynamics, Philosophical Esays, Principles of Nature and Grace
Swift -- Gulliver's Travels
Hume -- Treatise of Human Nature
Rousseau -- Social Contract, The Origin of INequality
Moliere -- The Misanthrope
Adam Smith -- Wealth of Nations
Kant -- Critique of Pure Reason, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals
Mozart -- Don Giovanni
Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
Dedekind -- Essay on the Theory of Numbers
Essays by: Young, Maxwell, Taylor, Euler, D. Bernoulli

Senior Year

Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, Supreme Court Opinions
Hamilton, Jay and Madison -- The Federalist
Darwin -- Origin of Species
Hegel -- Phenomenology of Mind, Logic
Lobachevsky -- Theory of Parallels
Tocqueville -- Democracy in America
Lincoln -- Selected speeches
Kierkegaard -- Philosophical Fragments, Fear and Trembling
Wagner -- Tristan and Isolde
Marx -- Capital, The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, The German Ideology
Dostoevski -- Brothers Karamazov
Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Melville -- Benito Cereno
Twain -- The Adventurs of Huckleberry Finn
O'Connor -- Selected stories
William James -- Psychology, Briefer Course
Nietzsche -- Birth of Tragedy, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil
Freud -- General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
Valery -- Poems
Washington, Booker T. -- Selected writings
DuBois -- The Soulds of Black Folk
Heidegger -- What is Philosophy?
Heisenberg -- The Physical Principles of teh Quantum Theory
Einstein -- Selected papers
Millikan -- The Electron
Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
Faulkner - The Bear
Poems by: Years, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Baudelaire, Rimbaud
Esasys by: Faraday, J.J. Thomson, Mendel, Nikowski, Rutherford, Davisson, Schrodinger, Bohr, Maxwell, De Broigle, Dreisch, Orsted, Ampere, Boveri, Sutton, Morgan, Beadle & Tatum, Sussman, Watson & Crick, Jacob & Monod, Hardy


Seminar (Four Years) -- philosophy, theology, political science, literature, history, economics, psychology
Mathematics (Four Years) -- geometry, astronomy, algebra, calculus, relativity
Language (Four Years) -- ancient Greek, French, English Composition
Science (Three Years) -- biology, chemistry, atomic theory, physics
Music -- theory, composition

All right, I'm sure in effect, this is a good college. In fact, I have read a number of the books listed (not nearly close to all). But I don't want to be literally living in The Dead Poets' Society. Thank you, I'll just file it in...the maybe next time section.