What Does Ernest Hemingway Want You to Read?

Picture of the Hemingway reading list written in Hemingway's own handIn 1934, Ernest Hemingway wrote a list of suggested reading for a young aspiring writer who had hitchhiked from Minnesota to Florida to meet his idol. After a lengthy conversation about literature, Hemingway wrote out a list of books -- like Dubliners by James Joyce, Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte -- that he felt every young writer should read in order to improve her/his own writing.

Come into the Petworth Library and check out the Librarian's Choice shelf. All of the books on display are taken from the famous Hemingway list.

Even if you aren't a writer yourself, the following works of classic literature represent some of the best of their genre and may even give the reader a glimpse into some of the works that inspired Hemingway himself.