On [:] Essential readings | F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1936

  • Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser
  • The Life of Jesus, by Ernest Renan
  • A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
  • Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
  • The Old Wives’ Tale, by Arnold Bennett
  • The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiel Hammett
  • The Red and the Black, by Stendahl
  • The Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant, translated by Michael Monahan
  • An Outline of Abnormal Psychology, edited by Gardner Murphy
  • The Stories of Anton Chekhov, edited by Robert N. Linscott
  • The Best American Humorous Short Stories, edited by Alexander Jessup
  • Victory, by Joseph Conrad
  • The Revolt of the Angels, by Anatole France
  • The Plays of Oscar Wilde
  • Sanctuary, by William Faulkner
  • Within a Budding Grove, by Marcel Proust
  • The Guermantes Way, by Marcel Proust
  • Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust
  • South Wind, by Norman Douglas
  • The Garden Party, by Katherine Mansfield
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  • John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley: Complete Poetical Works
* In 1936 — perhaps the darkest year of his life — F. Scott Fitzgerald was convalescing in a hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, when he offered his nurse a list of 22 books he thought were essential reading.
The list is written in the nurse’s hand. (Dorothy Richardson)

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