Vergil, Plato, Augustine, Dante, Goethe, Austen, Melville—are these all “great books?” By common designation they are. What about Dickens, James, Hemingway, Cocteau and Mickey Spillane? The later group may be more immediately enjoyable than the former. But here are two professors of literature who joined us in 2005 with a great discussion of the great books concept and, at the same time, presented some exciting passages from some of the books they think to be truly great. And they can and do tell you why!!