Honors Texts for World Literature

Honors Texts for World Literature (E5)

World Literature- Excellence in Literature: English 5

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.

Visit Everyday Education to learn more and purchase World Literature. You’ll also find pages of widgets for the focus texts and honors texts there.

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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.

World Literature: English 5

The books linked below are the honors texts for World Literature, which is English 5 in the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

Module 1

Honors: The Iliad by Homer


Module 2

Honors: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles


Module 3

Honors: Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch


Module 4

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.


Module 5

Honors: The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens


Module 6

Honors: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo or

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (You may select the abridged version.)




Module 7

Honors: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Module 8

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.


Module 9

Honors: Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis


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