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Beloved Poet Thom Gunn’s Reading List of 10 Essential Books to Enchant Teenagers with Poetry
Beloved Poet Thom Gunn’s Reading List of 10 Essential Books to Enchant Teenagers with Poetry

“Poetry is of many sorts and is all around us… a rhymed political slogan is poetry of a kind, for example, and the lyrics of a song by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Bob Dylan may be poetry of a very high order.”

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Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers
Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Formative Reading List: 24 Books That Shaped One of Humanity’s Greatest Writers
Gabriel García Márquez’s Formative Reading List: 24 Books That Shaped One of Humanity’s Greatest Writers

“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.”

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Rereading as Rebirth: Young Susan Sontag on Personal Growth, the Pleasures of Revisiting Beloved Books, and Her Rereading List
Rereading as Rebirth: Young Susan Sontag on Personal Growth, the Pleasures of Revisiting Beloved Books, and Her Rereading List

“Stop! I cannot think this fast! Or rather I cannot grow this fast!”

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Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life
Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Even if one could never “finish” great literature, one has to begin somewhere.

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The Life of the Mind: Oliver Sacks’s 121 Formative and Favorite Books from a Lifetime of Reading
The Life of the Mind: Oliver Sacks’s 121 Formative and Favorite Books from a Lifetime of Reading

From Descartes to Curie to the Oxford English Dictionary, a biblio-anatomy of an unrepeatable mind.

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Patti Smith on the Two Kinds of Masterpieces and Her Fifty Favorite Books
Patti Smith on the Two Kinds of Masterpieces and Her Fifty Favorite Books

“Everything pours forth. Photographs their history. Books their words. Walls their sounds.”

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Joan Didion’s Favorite Books of All Time, in a Handwritten Reading List
Joan Didion’s Favorite Books of All Time, in a Handwritten Reading List

A living anatomy of influences, from Brontë to Baldwin.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: 28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music
Bruce Springsteen’s Reading List: 28 Favorite Books That Shaped His Mind and Music

From Montaigne’s philosophy to Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, literary anatomy of the creative icon.

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33 Books on How to Live: My Reading List for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization
33 Books on How to Live: My Reading List for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization

Books that help us make sense of ourselves, our world, and our place in it.

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