I found this at Alan Jacobs blog. It is a syllabus for a class entitled English 135: Fate And The Individual In European Literature by Professor W.H. Auden at the University of Michigan in the 1941 – 42 academic year. Sadly I have to confess I’ve only accomplished less than half of these requirements and its been over a life time, not a semester. Why is that? Whats the difference? Were students smarter then? Or is it because they didn’t have TV and Facebook? I guess the better question is as a culture are we lacking anything by not reading the Greats?