There are a number of important books
in the "Gurdjieff Literature"
and all ranging from the sublime to nullified.
However, those on the level of sublime would clearly include
Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson and
Gurdjieff's two other books that followed:
Meetings with Remarkable Men and
Life Is Real Only Then, When "I Am."
Gurdjieff however, put special importance on
"Beelzebub" - book of immense depth
and for many readers, a daunting undertaking.
But "The Tales," as it is also commonly referred,
stands in a category all it's own.
Considering valuable books that shed additional light
on Gurdjieff's teaching, these would include
P.D. Ouspenky's In Search on the Miraculous.
In some regards, this book is a diary of Ouspenky's years with
Gurdjieff mostly from late 1915 to early 1918.
Another important title would be Views from the Real World.
It is a book of recollected talks (as remembered by students)
given by Gurdjieff, mostly in the early to mid 1920's.
These above mentioned books,
are generally considered the "core" literature.
Books high on the level of biographical accounts would be
Our Life with Mr. Gurdjieff (Olga and Thomas De Hartmann),
Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Pupil's Journal (C.S. Nott)
Journey With a Mystic (Fritz Peters),
and Idiots in Paris (J.G. and Elizabeth Bennett).
Supplemental books of value that have immerged recently are:
The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff
(Jeanne de Salzmann)
Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teachings
(Jacob Needleman (Author), George Baker (Contributor))
Exchanges Within (John Pentland),
Heart Without Measure (Ravi Ravindra),
Opening (William Segal) and A Taste for Things That Are True (Henri Tracol).
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Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson - G.I. Gurdjieff, Penguin 1999
Meetings with Remarkable Men - G.I. Gurdjieff, Penguin/Arkana 2002
Life is Real Only Then, When "I Am" - G.I. Gurdjieff, Penguin/Compass 1999
Views From the Real World - G.I. Gurdjieff, Penguin/Compass 1991
In Search of the Miraculous - P.D. Ouspensky, Harvest Books (Harcourt) 2001
Our Life with Mr. Gurdjieff - Olga and Thomas De Hartmann, Penguin/Arkana 1992
Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Pupil's Journal - C.S. Nott, Penguin 1991
My Journey With a Mystic - Fritz Peters, Tale Weaver 1988
Idiots in Paris - J.G. and Elizabeth Bennett, Bennett Books 2008
The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff - Shambhala 2010
Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teachings 1998
Exchanges Within - John Pentland, Continuum Books 1997
Heart Without Measure - Ravi Ravindra, Morning Light Press 2004
Openings - William Segal, Continuum Books 1998
A Taste for Things That Are True - Henri Tracol, Element Books 1994