The Secret Reading List: Books mentioned in The Secret History

If you want to be as erudite and elite as the Classics Clique, you’d better add these books to your reading pile…

Specific prose/poetry/plays mentioned:

Untimely Meditations by Friedrich Nietzsche, Epigraph
Republic, Book II by Plato, Epigraph
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton, 6
Paradise Lost by John Milton, 8, 91
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth, 33
The New Testament, 36
Agamemnon by Aeschylus, 40
Oresteia by Aeschylus, 40
Inferno by Dante, 41, 115
Poetics by Aristotle, 41
The Iliad by Homer, 41, 627
The Bacchae by Euripides, 42, 204
Parmenides by Plato, 67
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, 85
Rover Boys by Edward Stratemeyer, 85
Journey from Chester to London by Thomas Pennant, 85
The Club History of London by ?, 85
The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert, 85
Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope, 85
Marino Faliero by Lord Byron, 85
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, 89
Sherlock Homes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 92, 622
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 94
Mémoires by Duc de Saint-Simon, 103
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, 110
Othello by Shakespeare, 115
The World Book Encyclopedia, 117
Men of Thought and Deed by E. Tipton Chatsford
Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J. M. Barrie, 180
The Divine Comedy by Dante, 184
Superman Comics, 417
The Upanishads, 441, 466
Perry Mason Novels by Erle Stanley Gardner, 442
With Rue my Heart is Laden by A.E. Housman, 466
Lycidas by John Milton, 466
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 466
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, 466
Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos, 481
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 554
The Malcontent by John Marston, 615
The White Devil by John Webster, 615
The Broken Heart by John Ford, epilogue epigraph, 615
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, 616
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur, 616
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, 619

Authors mentioned:

J.R.R. Tolkien, 6
Ezra Pound, 16
T.S. Eliot, 16
Alfred Douglas, 18
Robert de Montesquiou, 18
Plato, 22, 36
Homer, 23, 36, 49, 509
Dante, 33
Virgil, 33
Plotinus, 37
Marie Corelli, 85
Shakespeare, 91, 615
Alexander Pope, 103
John Donne, 117
Rupert Brooke, 120
Edgar Allen Poe, 132, 200
Hegel, 139
Raymond Chandler, 153
Gregory of Tours, 481
Thomas Aquinas, 509
P.G. Wodehouse, 538
George Orwell, 576-7
Harold Acton, 577
Salman Rushdie, 582
Agatha Christie, 587
Proust, 612
John Webster, 615
Thomas Middleton, 615
Cyril Tourneur, 615
John Ford, 615
Christopher Marlowe, 615
Walter Raleigh, 615
Thomas Nashe, 615

NB: page numbers correspond to the Popular Penguin Edition.


1. Debbie Allen Jet magazine cover- October 1984 with husband norm, daughter Vivian.

2. Donna Summer  with her daughter on the cover of Ebony magazine, October 1977.

3. “Dreamgirls” on Broadway in late 1981, the cast – Loretta Devine, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Jennifer Holliday – appeared on the cover of the May 1982 cover of Ebony magazine!


Kiri Te Kanawa | Don Giovanni

The 1988 Royal Opera House, Covent Gardon production conducted by Colin Davis.

Don Giovanni: Thomas Allen
Donna Elvira: Kiri Te Kanawa
Leporello: Stafford Dean
Donna Anna: Makvala Kasrashvili
Il commendatore: Gwynne Howell
Don Ottavio: Stuart Burrows

Zerlina: Joan Rodgers
Masetto: Gordon Sandison

- KiriOnLine YouTube Channel

Talk about serious!

Donna Allen - Serious (We Are Monsters Rmx) by

I used to DJ a lot for a while. Mostly i played dirty boogie and disco with all its sub-genres under the same set. When i came over this tune i fell instantly in love with the song. It was so awsome in a very sexy way. Looking at the music video made me want to sink into the bottom (like you do when you discover that the lady you met last night isnt that pretty when your sober). But it was a great tune.

I also wanted to promote the talk gimmick in the song. So stupid but so sexy in a way. I wanted to make it robotic. So the robotic feel of the mix came naturally with it.

Olicity: Unwritten

Anonymous said: Prompt: Something along the lines of piece by piece by Kelly Clarkson, maybe felicity having a long overdue conversation with her dad or something

Also inspired by a scene from The Big Bang Theory

Originally posted by yet-i-remain-quiet

It arrived on a Thursday morning, delivered to Donna. So, naturally she read it. It didn’t matter that she wasn’t the named ‘Miss Smoak’ on the front of the envelope, it was a sheer excitement to receive her first piece of mail addressed to the loft while she was staying there waiting for her new apartment to be ready, and before she knew it, she’d read it.

A letter from Felicity’s father.

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