- Epics: Homère, Lucain, Le Tasse, Télémarque, La Henriade
- Tragedies: some Corneille, Racine (minus a few), Voltaire. No Molière
- History: some chronology works and works on the Roman Empire
He didn't want many memoires and "useless dissertations".
As a side-note this started in July 1808 and by December he was complaining that there wasn't enough new content.
The full project never got executed, only a subset ever got produced and apparently it wasn't satisfactory.
Source: Les Bibliothèques particulière de L'Empereur Napoléon, Antoine Guillois, 1900 —
That discussion -- about attention spans, finding exactly what you're looking for versus having to interpret a static document, etc. -- has been had a million times on this site and elsewhere. But it struck me that he didn't ask for digests or something like that. For Napoleon, evidently there was more to these books than their information content alone.
> You value our content ...
Less than you think. Certainly not as much as my time, attention, and security. Bye.
This sort of low-effort joke is generally frowned upon here.
While it might be fun to some, it would ultimately lead to many more comments that do not add to the discussion, and thereby dilute the overall experience.