List of 28 - Suggested Versions

This is based on my earlier blog post. I tend to like newer and more academic versions.

No Author / Work Suggested Version Comments on Suggested Version
1 Rg Veda The Rigveda  Jamison/Brereton translation, 2014
2 Samyutta Nikaya The Connected Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya  Bikkhu Bodhi translation, 2000
3 Mahabharata The Mahabharata: Complete and Unabridged  Bibek Debroy translation, Vol 10 came out Dec 2014
4 Kalidasa Kalidasa: The Loom of Time: A Selection of His Plays and Poems  Chandra Rajan translation, 1989, includes translation of Bengali recension of Meghadutam (poem) and Abhijnanasakuntalam (drama), plus an early work of Kalidasa
5 Shankara Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Shankaracharya  One of the "latest" translation, by Gambhirananda, in 1965. Thibaut version is free online, but no accessible recent reprints
6 Classic of Odes

詩經注析 (Chinese version)


7 Sima Qian 點校本二十四史修訂本:史記 (Chinese version) 趙生群等、2013、繁體
8 Wang Bi 王弼集校釋 (Chinese version) 樓宇烈、1980
9 Murasaki Shikibu 源氏物语 (Chinese version) 林文月、1978、此是2011年的简体版
10 Su Shi 蘇軾選集 (Chinese version) 王水照、1984、選東坡詩、詞、文共300多篇
11 Zhu Xi 四書章句集注 (Chinese version) 新編諸子集成、1983
12 Homer Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid box set 
Robert Fagles, 1990 (Iliad), 1996 (Odyssey)
13 Herodotus Herodotus: The History  David Grene, 1987
14 Plato Plato: Complete Works  John Cooper, 1997
15 Virgil Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid box set   Robert Fagles, 2006 (Aeneid)
16 Bible The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version (Fully Revised Fourth Edition)  Oxford NRSV, 2010
17 Augustine The Trinity Edmund Hill, 1991
18 Dante

The Inferno



Robert and Jean Hollander (2000, 2003, 2007)

19 Qur'an The Qur'an  Tarif Khalidi, 2008
20 al-Tabari The History of al-Tabari  Franz Rosenthal, 2007
21 Ferdowsi The Shanameh: The Persian Book of Kings  Dick Davis, 2004
22 al-Ghazali  Alchemy of Happiness  Jay Crook, 2007 - there is no complete translation from Arabic of Revival of Religious Science (there is a complete translation from Urdu though), this is complete translation of Ghazali's own medium-sized version written in Persian 
23 Cervantes Don Quixote  Edith Grossman, 2003
24 Shakespeare  William Shakespeare: Complete Works  RSC Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, 2007, based on First Folio
25 Voltaire 风俗论 上册中册、下册  (Chinese version)

No new English translation.


26 Kant  Critique of Pure Reason Cambridge edition, Paul Guyer and Allen Wood, 1998. Many don't like this as much as the Norman Kemp Smith version
27 Marx Karl Marx: Selected Writings, 2nd Edition  David McLellan, 2000 (1st edition 1977)
28 Tolstoy War and Peace Anthony Briggs, 2005
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