Sunday, April 19, 2015

My father's reading list from 1938

As promised, a list of some of the many books that my father read in his lifetime. His book choices continue to inspire me; I know they will do so for many years to come. In 1938, when he was twenty years old, he started to note the specific year in which he read the books he listed. These are the books he read during that year.

  • The Wind from the Mountains                                   Trygve Gulbranssen
  • The Deserted Village and Other Poems                    Oliver Goldsmith
  • And So—Victoria                                                       Vaughan Wilkins
  • American Dream                                                         Michael Foster
  • The Outward Room                                                     Miller Brand
  • Anna Karenina                                                             Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
  • War and Peace                                                             Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
  • The Turning Wheels                                                    Stuart Cloete
  • Invasion                                                                       Maxence Van der Meersch
  • Northwest Passage                                                       Kenneth Roberts
  • Rogue Herries                                                              Hugh Walpole
  • The Stars Look Down                                                  Albert Joseph Cronin
  • The Thing: Why I Am a Catholic                                Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • Inheritance                                                                    Phyllis Bentley
  • Why Rome                                                                   Selden Peabody Delany
  • The Sisters                                                                    Myron Brinig
  • Judith Paris                                                                   Hugh Walpole
  • The Fortress                                                                  Hugh Walpole
  • Vanessa                                                                         Hugh Walpole
  • The Ordinary Difficulties of Everyday People            John Rathbone Oliver
  • D’Annunzio                                                                  Tommaso Antongini
  • Parnassus On Wheels                                                   Christopher Morley
  • The Haunted Bookshop                                                Christopher Morley
  • The Wall                                                                       Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The Citadel                                                                   Albert Joseph Cronin
  • Jamaica Inn                                                                   Daphne du Maurier
  • The Rains Came                                                            Louis Bromfield
  • Opera, Front and Back                                                  H. Howard Taubman
  • Wolf Solent                                                                   John Cowper Powys
  • Dawn In Lyonesse                                                         Mary Ellen Chase
  • Appreciation                                                                  William Lyon Phelps
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles                                              Thomas Hardy
  • To Have and Have Not                                                  Ernest Hemingway
  • More of My Life                                                            Andrea Majocchi, MD   
  • For the Honor of the School                                          Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue                                          Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Telltale Heart                                                         Edgar Allan Poe
  • Doctor Bradley Remembers                                          Francis Brett Young
  • Green Mansions                                                            William Henry Hudson
  • Wuthering Heights                                                        Emily Bronte     

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