Each week, the American National Book Critics Circle "will post a list of five books a critic believes reviewers should have in their libraries." On Tuesday, John Updike chose his five: Mimesis by Erich Auerbach; Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster; T.S. Eliot’s Essays; Edmund Wilson’s Axel’s Castle; Roland Barthes' Sade/Fourier/Loyola; and, a rider, Criticism: the Major Texts.
On Mimesis, Updike says:
Mimesis by Erich Auerbach: a stunningly large-minded survey from Homer and the Old Testament up to Woolf and Joyce. Quoting a lengthy paragraph or two from each classic, Auerbach gives us an essential history of, as his subtitle has it, “the Representation of Reality in Western Literature.”
So, what would your five be?