In his time, Ernest Hemingway wrote impeccable prose. Obviously he had impeccable taste in books too. In 1934, he scribbled a reading list and passed it to an aspiring young writer after he learnt that the latter had not read Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace (‘That’s a damned good book. You ought to read it. We’ll go up to my workshop and I’ll make out a list you ought to read.’). Among the list of 14 books and two short stories, Stephen Crane and Tolstoy appear twice each.
Via Open Culture