Time Reading Program Special Edition

TRP collage

I discovered the Time Reading Edition series in 2014 when I stumbled on a flight of them on a sale bookshelf at a fantastic antiquarian book store in Denver (Gallagher Books). I bought a few, then returned to buy more. I haven’t stopped collecting and enjoying them yet.

Initially, I was drawn to these books by their striking cover illustrations, many by well-known artists of their day. The Time editors seem to have chosen widely from history, philosophy, the social sciences, biography, literature, poetry, and memoir. The books are all reprints, some very well-known, and after doing some research, I suspect that many others are neglected but excellent reads.

The books in bold are the ones I own. I will post reviews with high-resolution scans of the covers as I read and review them or have time. If you notice any omissions to this list, please contact me.

  • Adams, Henry: The Education of Henry Adams, Vol 1
  • Adams, Henry: The Education of Henry Adams, Vol 2
  • Barnett, Lincoln: The Universe and Dr. Einstein
  • Bates, Marston: The Forest and the Sea
  • Bedford, Sybille: The Trial of Doctor Adams
  • Berlin, Isaiah: Karl Marx
  • Bolitho, William: Murder for Profit
  • Boulle, Pierre: The Bridge over the River Kwai
  • Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles
  • Brogan, D.W.: The American Character
  • Brown, Ivor: Shakespeare
  • Camus, Albert: The Plague
  • Cary, Joyce: Mister Johnson
  • Cary, Joyce: The Horse’s Mouth
  • Cheever, John: The Wapshot Chronicles
  • Clark, Walter Van Tilberg: The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Collier, John: Fancies and Goodnights
  • de Poincins, Gontran: Kabloona
  • de Saint Exupery, Antoine: Wind, Sand, and Stars
  • de Santillana, Giorgio: The Crime of Galileo
  • De Segur, Count Phillipe-Paul: Napoleon’s Russian Campaign
  • di Lampedusa, Giuseppe: The Leopard
  • Dinesen, Isak: Out of Africa
  • Durant, Will: The Story of Philosophy
  • Eiseley, Loren: The Immense Journey
  • Engle, Paul: Poet’s Choice
  • Ferguson, Charles W.: Naked to Mine Enemies: The Life of Cardinal Wolsey, Vol 1
  • Ferguson, Charles W.: Naked to Mine Enemies, The Life of Cardinal Wolsey, Vol 2
  • Galbraith, John Kenneth: The Great Crash of 1929
  • Gary, Romain: The Roots of Heaven
  • Goodrich, Marcus: Delilah
  • Graves, Robert: I, Claudius
  • Greene, Graham: The Power and the Glory
  • Guthrie, Jr., A. B.: The Big Sky
  • Hamilton, Edith: The Greek Way
  • Heilbroner, Robert L.: The Worldly Philosophers
  • Herold, J. Christopher: Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Stael
  • Hoffer, Eric: The True Believer
  • Hughes, Richard: A High Wind in Jamaica
  • Hughes, Richard: In Hazard
  • Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
  • Irvine, William: Apes, Angels, and Victorians: the Story of Darwin, Huxley, and Evolution
  • Irvine, William: Attending Marvels
  • Jackson, Charles: The Lost Weekend
  • Jenkins, Elizabeth: Elizabeth the Great
  • Jerome, Jerome K.: Three Men in a Boat
  • Joyce, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Keith, Agnes Newton: Three Came Home
  • Kerr, Walter: The Decline of Pleasure
  • Koestler, Arthur: Darkness at Noon
  • Lee, Laurie: The Edge of Day (also called Cider with Rosie)
  • Leech, Margaret: Reveille in Washington 1860-1865
  • Levi, Carlo: Christ Stopped in Eboli
  • Lewis, C. S.: The Screwtape Letters
  • Lewis, C. S.: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
  • Lippman, Walter: A Preface to Morals
  • Lorenz, Konrad Z.: King Solomon’s Ring: New Light on Animal Ways
  • Maclean, Fitzroy: Eastern Approaches
  • Malamud, Bernard: The Natural
  • Marquand, John P.: The Late George Apley
  • Marquand, John P.: Wickford Point
  • Marshall, S. L. A.: The River and the Gauntlet
  • Maurois, Andre: Disraeli
  • McCullers, Carson: The Member of the Wedding
  • Mencken, H. L.: In Defense of Women
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot: Admiral of the Ocean Sea Volume 1
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot Admiral of the Ocean Sea Volume 2
  • Morison, Samuel Eliot: John Paul Jones: A Sailor’s Biography
  • Murphy, Robert Cushman: Logbook for Grace
  • Nabokov, Vladimir: Bend Sinister
  • Narayan, R. K.: The Financial Expert
  • Orwell, George: Animal Farm
  • Orwell, George: Burmese Days
  • Phillipe-Marcelin, Thoby: The Beast of the Haitian Hills
  • Plievier, Theodor: Stalingrad
  • Powell, J.H.: Bring Out Your Dead, the Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793
  • Powers, J. L.: Lions, Harts , Leaping Does and Other Stories
  • Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan: Cross Creek
  • Richter, Conrad: The Sea of Grass
  • Roeder, Ralph: The Man of the Renaissance
  • Rossiter, Clinton: The American Presidency
  • Russell, Franklin: Watchers at the Pond
  • Silone, Ignazio: Bread and Wine
  • Smith, Gene: When the Cheering Stopped: The Last Years of Woodrow Wilson
  • Solzhenitsyn, Alexander: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • Spark, Muriel: Momento Mori
  • Spencer, Elizabeth: The Voice at the Back Door
  • Starkey, Marion L.: The Devil in Massachusetts
  • Taylor, Edmond: Richer by Asia
  • Temko, Allan: Notre Dame of Paris
  • Thomas, Dylan: The Doctor and the Devils
  • Thoreau, Henry David: Walden
  • Thurber, James: Lanterns and Lances
  • Tomlinson, H. M.: The Sea and the Jungle
  • Traven, B.: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Van Doren, Carl: The Great Rehearsal; the Story of the Making and Ratifying of the Constitution of the United States
  • Von Frisch, Karl: Man and the Living World
  • Warren, Robert Penn: All the King’s Men
  • Wedgewood, C. V.: A Coffin for King Charles
  • West, Rebecca: The New Meaning of Treason
  • West, Nathanael: The Day of the Locust
  • White, T. H.: The Sword in the Stone
  • Wilder, Thornton: The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Willison, George F.: Saints and Strangers
  • Wolfe, Bertram D.: Three Who Made a Revolution Vol. 1
  • Wolfe, Bertram D.: Three Who Made a Revolution Vol. 2
  • Wolff, Leon: In Flanders Field, the 1917 Campaign
  • Woodham-Smith, Cecil: The Reason Why

6 thoughts on “Time Reading Program Special Edition

  1. Rachael Merritt says:

    I have four tittles from Time Reading Program special edition with the striking covers that I am trying to find the value on? Any chance you could help with info? Books are: 1) Henery David Thoreau “WALDEN” 1962, 2) Isaiah Berlin “Karl Marx his life and environment” 1963, 3) C.S. Lewis “Till we have faces” 1966, 4) Ignazio Silone “Bread and wine” 1965. They are in great condition

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    • RareBird says:

      I’m not in a position to value them for you, but I got my copy of each one of these for less than $10, most less than $5. If you search Amazon and eBay, you can get a sense of the going value. I think the problem with the brittle covers, no matter how good the condition, has kept the value low. I just like the look of them, and find the curated lot interesting.


  2. Roger Darnell says:

    I have fallen hard for these books myself. Imagine my joy recently upon discovering a leatherbound hard cover set featuring 29 of these books. They are out there, and while I also have a soft spot for these “paperback” editions, I expect these hard cover editions will hold up much longer, and I don’t have to worry about the covers breaking off.

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    • RareBird says:

      I’ve seen the leather bound ones. I think they were issued in the 80s, possibly? It would definitely be nice to have them as reading copies, but I am a sucker for the original illustrated covers. Such an interesting variety of illustrators worked on these.


  3. Nancy says:

    I just came across an impressive collection of these at a thrift shop. There were around 50 of them. I bought 28 of them for 25 cents each!!! It was hard not to purchase them all, but I limited myself to the ones I either wanted to read, or the ones with the cover art I liked the most.

    I especially love the graphic design/ artwork on the covers.


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