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The Joy of Reading

Great Literature

Featured is a list of classics that the young Daisaku Ikeda and other core Soka Gakkai youth[1]Core Soka Gakkai youth refers to members of the Suiko-kai and Kayo-kai, the young men’s and young women’s training groups, respectively, established and led by Josei Toda. studied under the tutelage of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda.[2]Sources: The Human Revolution, vol. 7; A Youthful Diary, World Tribune Press; Wakaki hi no dokusho (A Youthful Reading); June 20, 2006, Seikyo Shimbun. Photographed are books of the same editions studied under Mr. Toda.

SGI President Ikeda writes in The New Human Revolution: “In order for you, the young women’s division, to become wise leaders of the twenty-first century, it is important that you study Nichiren Daishonin’s teachings and establish a solid and unshakable philosophical foundation for your lives.

“You also need to cultivate yourselves and polish your intellects. Reading good books is crucial in this endeavor. That’s why President Toda called on young people to read and think, and why he founded the young men’s division Suiko-kai and the young women’s division Kayo-kai, study groups through which he offered direct instruction based on famous works of literature” (vol. 16, pp. 87–88).

The Eternal City by Hall Caine

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Taras Bulba by Nikolai Gogol

Water Margin by Shi Nai’an (Japanese translation by Haruo Sato)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Japanese edition) by Eiji Yoshikawa

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution by Rafael Sabatini

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

 

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1. Core Soka Gakkai youth refers to members of the Suiko-kai and Kayo-kai, the young men’s and young women’s training groups, respectively, established and led by Josei Toda.
2. Sources: The Human Revolution, vol. 7; A Youthful Diary, World Tribune Press; Wakaki hi no dokusho (A Youthful Reading); June 20, 2006, Seikyo Shimbun.