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Hemingway reading listErnest Hemingway’s reading list for an aspiring writer:

    • “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane
    • “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane
    • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
    • Dubliners by James Joyce
    • The Red and the Black by Stendhal
    • Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
    • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    • Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
    • Hail and Farewell by George Moore
    • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • The Oxford Book of English Verse
    • The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
    • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    • Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson
    • The American by Henry James

Hemingway penned this reading list for a 22-year-old Arnold Samuelson from North Dakota who in 1934 hobo’d his way to Key West in FloriKey West and Cubada to meet the great man (who by then was as famous as, say, Norman Mailer in the 1960s or David Foster Wallace was in the 1990s). Following some trying times (including a few nights in a mosquito-infested cop-shop), Samuelson ended up living on Hemingway’s 38-foot sailing boat, serving as the boat’s caretaker and watchman (going fishing with EH and sailing to Cuba), which he afterwards wrote an account of in his memoir With Hemingway, A Year in Key West and Cuba.

I’m posting this—from the wonderful Open Culture website—as a bookmark more than anything else—it’s something I’d like to come back to when I have the time, which I do not right now for various reasons: Ernest Hemingway creates a Reading List for for a Young Writer, 1934

See also Seven Tips from Ernest Hemingway on Writing

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