Re “Read these books” (feature, Jan. 18): I’m astonished that not one of these distinguished professors recommended the Bible! Even an atheist such as I must recognize the bedrock importance of the Bible to Western thought and literature. And where is one representative book from the literary canon? I’m saddened and disappointed that Princeton professors would choose such ephemeral works (with the possible exception of The Wealth of Nations) as the must-read book in life. Or were the criteria for their choices limited in some way not mentioned in the article?

Editor’s note: Faculty members were not limited in their choice of books.

James W. Seymore ’65
Wilton, Conn.