Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My father’s reading list prior to 1936

As promised, I will continue to post the lists of books my father read during his life. He was a prolific reader already during his childhood and teenage years. In 1936, when he was eighteen years old, he started to annotate his reading list according to the specific year that he read a particular book. My post today will include some of the books he read prior to 1936. The first one on his list was Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Here are the first fifty books he recorded as read, so many of them typical of a young boy’s life…….

Quo Vadis—Henryk Sienkiewicz
Fortitude—Hugh Walpole
Robinson Crusoe—Daniel Defoe
Tom Brown’s Schooldays—Thomas Hughes
The Black Arrow—Robert Louis Stevenson
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer—Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—Mark Twain
Call of the Wild—Jack London
The Man without a Country—Edward Everett Hale
Men of Iron—Howard Pyle
Daddy Long Legs—Jean Webster
The Riflemen of the Ohio—Joseph A. Altsheler (also author of the next thirteen books)
The Young Trailers
The Forest Runners
The Free Rangers
The Scouts of the Valley
The Border Watch
The Sun of Saratoga
The Horsemen of the Plains
The Last of the Chiefs
Shadow of the North
Sun of Quebec
The Guns of Shiloh
The Tree of Appomattox
Apache Gold
The Arkansas Bear—Albert Bigelow Paine
Just So Stories—Rudyard Kipling
Story of a Bad Boy—Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Story of Roland—James Baldwin
Robin Hood and His Merry Men—John Finnemore
The Sky Pilot—Ralph Connor
Boy’s Life of Edison—William H. Meadowcraft
The Tragedy of the Italia—Davide Guidici
Uncle Tom’s Cabin—Harriet Beecher Stowe
Scouting with Daniel Boone—Everett T. Tomlinson
The Palm of the Hot Hand—King Phillips
Pinocchio—Carlo Collodi
Jim Davis—John Masefield
The Black Buccaneer—Stephen W. Meader
Boots and Saddles—E.B. Custer
The Perfect Tribute—M.R.S. Andrews
Twice Told Tales—Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Spy—James Fenimore Cooper
The Black Glove—Geraldine Gordon Salmon
The Gold Bug—Edgar Allan Poe
The Pit and the Pendulum—Edgar Allan Poe
The Other Wise Man—Henry Van Dyke
The Crisis—Winston Churchill
Richard Carvel—Winston Churchill
The Mansion—Henry Van Dyke

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