Thursday, February 10, 2005

Poetic Leanings' Required Reading List

The list could be much longer, but this is a good place to start, if I may be so bold. The idea of this list is not to promote current offerings for the most part. I have done my share of reading over the years, and this list represents some of the best of that endeavor. Many of these books have been read two or more times by me. Anyway, without further adieu, the Poetic Leanings' Required Reading List:

Richard Adams - Watership Down
Mitch Albom - Tuesdays With Morrie
Richard Bach - Illusions
Ray Bradbury - Fahreinheit 451
H.W. Brands - The First American (The Life & Times of Benjamin Franklin)
Camus – The Plague
Noble Cunningham - The Life in Pursuit of Reason (Thomas Jefferson)
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment
Frederick Douglass - Narrative of a Life
Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo
Alex Haley - The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay - The Federalist Papers
Ernest Hemingway - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Khalid Hosseini – The Kite Runner
Thomas Jefferson – His Complete Works
Franz Kafka - The Trial
Erik Larsen – The Devil in the Windy City
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Nelson Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom
George Orwell - 1984
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Daniel Quinn - Ishmael
James Redfield - The Celestine Prophecy
J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
William Saroyan - The Human Comedy
Arthur Schlesinger - Robert Kennedy And His Time
John Steinbeck - East of Eden
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck - The Winter of Our Discontent
Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin
J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings
Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
Mark Twain – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Herman Wouk - War and Remembrance
Herman Wouk - The Winds of War

The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence

Scott the Poet - Just On My Mind (this one is harder to find as only 200 copies exist in the world)

* Subject to constant update

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