More classics (and other novels) for economists

More classics (and other novels) for economists

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Yesterday I reposted my 2013 list of classic novels for economists. Commenters on the post and many people on Twitter offered other suggestions. Here they are. First, classic novels:

Balzac – Alexandre Delaigue & others mentioned Le Père Goriot (cited by Thomas Piketty) and Eugenie Grandet was recommended by Rebecca Spang (about greed, speculation and coins).


Eugenie Grandet (Classics)
-10%


Eugenie Grandet (Classics)
Price: £8.99Was: £9.99Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (of course! how could I have omitted it. Thanks Stephen Kinsella.


Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Classics)
-35%


Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus (Penguin Classics)
Price: £3.89Was: £5.99From Laurent Franckx, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.


The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)

The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
Price: Check on AmazonMerjin Knibbe & others pointed to Dostoyevsky’s Crime & Punishment and The Gambler, and Gogol’s Dead Souls. Also Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.


The Old Man and the Sea
-44%


The Old Man and the Sea
Price: £3.89Was: £6.99On the Gogol, “The plot of this hilarious satire revolves over an attempt by the protagonist to acquire fictious collateral (dead serfs) for which money could be borrowed from the Russian state bank (in early 19th century)”, writes Juha Tarkka.


Dead Souls (Penguin Classics)
-12%


Dead Souls (Penguin Classics)
Price: £8.76Was: £9.99Merjin also suggested some others I hadn’t even heard of: by Heijermans, Kamertjeszonde (no translation?!). Multatuli’s Max Havelaar. Fukazawa’s The ballad of Narayama, Malot’s Sans Familie.


Sans famille (Petite Bibliothèque Payot) (French Edition)

Sans famille (Petite Bibliothèque Payot) (French Edition)
Price: Check on AmazonMatt Clancy suggested The Grapes of Wrath. Of course! Another one I should have thought of, were it not for the A Level aversion therapy: hated it when forced to read it.


The Grapes Of Wrath

The Grapes Of Wrath
Price: £7.99Nick Isles proposed Jude the Obscure. (I hate Hardy’s novels; I always want the characters to just pull themselves together.)


Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics)

Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics)
Price: £6.99Zola was popular:  The Ladies’ Paradise, L’Argent. Anything by Zola is magnificent.


L?Argent: Les Rougon-Macquart #18

L?Argent: Les Rougon-Macquart #18
Price: £10.36Trollope’s The Way We Live Now was a popular one, and again a glaring omission from the original list.


The Way We Live Now (Wordsworth Classics)

The Way We Live Now (Wordsworth Classics)
Price: £2.50Robbie Mochrie, impressively, suggested a Jane Austen work I’ve never heard of, about “the ways in which economic activity was shifting from land use to provision of goods and services early in the industrial revolution,” Sanditon.


Sanditon: Jane Austen's Unfinished Masterpiece Completed

Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Unfinished Masterpiece Completed
Price: Check on AmazonCyril Ritter points to Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli, 1945, “For its depiction of a system that exploits poor people and keeps them poor and uninformed.”


Christ Stopped at Eboli (Penguin Modern Classics)
-27%


Christ Stopped at Eboli (Penguin Modern Classics)
Price: £7.31Was: £9.99Then there were some non-classic suggestions, which was against the rules but there were some great ideas.

I thoroughly agree with all those recommending Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty, which in effect makes the point about the formal identity under ideal conditions of decentralised general equilibrium and the centrally planned economy. But more than that it’s a cracking good read. Also Spufford’s Golden Hill and The Backroom Boys. He’s a wonderful writer.


Red Plenty
-23%


Red Plenty
Price: £8.46Was: £10.99

Golden Hill
-60%


Golden Hill
Price: £3.59Was: £8.99

Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin

Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
Price: £10.99Jacques Crémer recommended The Godfather, Mario Puzo, on game theory.


The Godfather
-33%


The Godfather
Price: £5.99Was: £8.99Others in this category:

China Miéville, Embassytown


Embassytown
-58%


Embassytown
Price: £4.23Was: £9.99Michael Crichton’s Rising Sun (international capital flows)


Rising Sun
-10%


Rising Sun
Price: £8.99Was: £9.99Asimov’s Foundation series


The Bonfire of the Vanities
-45%


The Bonfire of the Vanities
Price: £6.09Was: £10.99David Lodge’s Nice Work


Nice Work
-6%


Nice Work
Price: £8.46Was: £8.99Share

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