Favorite Books of Famous Writers

atkins-bookshelf-booksWhen asked what advice he had for budding young writers, William Faulkner replied: Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” The advice, of course, begs the question, what were the favorite books of famous writers? Here are some famous authors and their favorite books.

Jane Austen: The Corsair by Lord Byron

Samuel Beckett: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Ray Bradbury: John Carter: Warlord of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Ernest Hemingway: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

John Irving: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Stephen King: The Golden Argosy: A Collection of the Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language edited by Charles Grayson and Van Carmell

Vladimir Nabokov: Ulysses by James Joyce

Thomas Pynchon: On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Ayn Rand: Calumet K by Merwin-Webster

John Steinbeck: Le Morte D’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory

Mark Twain: The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle

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For further reading: http://mentalfloss.com/article/64532/21-famous-authors-favorite-books
http://www.more.com/entertainment/books/famous-authors-share-their-favorite-reads

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