by Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 20 January 2014

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