First-Year Seminar Required Texts

Please purchase the exact editions, available from the college bookstore.

Fall 2017 Texts

  • Plato, The Trial and Death of Socrates, trans. G.M.A. Grube, rev. J. Cooper, 3rd edition, Hackett
  • Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic, trans. Rex Warner, Penguin Classics
  • William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, ed. William Montgomery, Penguin Classics
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, trans. Donald A. Cress, Hackett
  • Toussant L'Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, ed. Nick Nesbitt, Verso
  • John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams, ed. Frank Shuffleton and Abigail Adams, Penguin Classics
  • Phyllis Wheatley, Complete Writings, ed. Vincent Carretta, Penguin Classics
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, trans. Stephen D. Grant, Hackett
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings, ed. Dennis Dalton, Hackett
  • George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, Preface by Thomas Pynchon, Hackett
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Program Directors:
Richard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature
Karen Sullivan, Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Culture and Literature

For further information, please contact:  
Julie Cerulli, Program Assistant
Tel: 845-758-7514
Email: fysem@bard.edu