The Pre-Printing Press Challenge 2014

I stumbled across The Pre-Printing Press Challenge at All Booked Up via Howling Frog Books (can you tell that I like her blog?).  It’s rules are reasonably unstructured so I thought it might fit nicely into my year.

The rules of the Pre-Printing Press Challenge:

     1.  All books must have come out before 1440, when the printing
          press was first invented.
     2.  Books chosen for this challenge can overlap with other
     3.  Books can be translated into the language of your choice.
     4.  All the books you’ve chosen must be read by December 31,
     5.  You can read 1-3 books, 4-6 books, 7-9 books or 10 or more
          books if you’re feeling particularly ambitious.
     6.  The choice of books is up to you.  There are not set reading
          lists, and you don’t have to set one when you join.
     7.  Post your blog address where you’ll be posting your
          comments on your choice of books in the comments of
          this post when you  join, and tell me how many books
          you’ve chosen.  I’ll set up a link to participating blogs 
          from here.
     8.  Above all, have fun!!!

The challenge starts December 1, 2013.

So, remaining list-less (that’s me!) I will add my books to the list below as they are read:

1.  The Apology (of Socrates) by Plato  —  December 12, 2013

2.  The Odyssey by Homer  —  March 23, 2014

3.  Oedipus Rex by Sophocles —  May 25, 2014

4.  Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles —  June 24, 2014

5.  Confessions by St. Augustine —  June 30, 2014

6.  The Book of Margery Kempe — August 1, 2014

7.  The Epic of Gilgamesh — August 14, 2014

8.  Defence Speeches by Cicero — August 20, 2014

9.  The Sayings of the Desert Fathers — August 25, 2014

10.  The Inferno by Dante Alighieri — October 15, 2014

11.  The Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri — October 25, 2014

12.  Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory — December 6, 2014

I’m so glad that this challenge begins in December so I can get started right away!

11 thoughts on “The Pre-Printing Press Challenge 2014

  1. It's a great challenge because it gets you reading in a certain time period. It's a period that I love, but find the books at times a little intimidating. It's a good challenge to force me to read them. I hope you join in!

  2. Perhaps the following year? There are quite a few shorter works from this period that can be covered quickly. Plato's four works on Socrates are very short, the Epic of Gilgamesh is reasonable, and many of the Greek plays are not very lengthy. So the challenge shouldn't be too difficult to complete.

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