Honors Texts for World Literature (E5)
The Honors Track for World Literature is outlined in the study guide and involves additional reading and writing and an optional exam. Another way you can use the honors texts is if you have already read a focus text for a module, you may substitute an honors text.
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You and your student will have the print book for reference and evaluation, but the student will be able to view the modules online, and click links (on most computers) to the context resources, rather than typing out the URLs.
The books linked below are the honors texts for World Literature, which is English 5 in the Excellence in Literature curriculum.
Honors: The Iliad by Homer
Honors: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Honors: Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch
Honors: Paradisio (Paradise) and/or Purgatorio (Purgatory) by Dante
I recommend reading the poem in the John Ciardi translation from New American Library or in the Anthony Esolen translation from the well-annotated Modern Library Series. You may want to get Dorothy Sayers’ translation (published by Penguin Classics) just for her commentary and notes, as you’ll find that she provides solidly Christian perspective on the text.
You may choose to also read Confessions by Augustine, as it’s an interesting contrast.
Honors: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Honors: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo or
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (You may select the abridged version.)
Honors: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Honors: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (if you didn’t read it in English II) and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
or Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
The book shown above is a collection of plays by Marlowe, including Doctor Faustus. We have not yet reviewed the other plays included in this collection.
Honors: Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis