Books You Ought to Read, by Ernest Hemingway (1934)

A twenty-two-year-old aspiring novelist named Arnold Samuelson once hitch-hiked from Minnesota to Key West, Florida, to meet his idol, Ernest Hemingway. He found himself taken under the author's wing, and spent the best part of the next year as Hemingway's deck-hand aboard his boat. This is Hemingway's list for suggested books for Samuelson.
  1. The Blue Hotel
    Stephen Crane
  2. The Open Boat
    Stephen Crane
  3. Madame Bovary
    Gustave Flaubert
  4. Dubliners
    James Joyce
  5. The Red and The Black
    Stendhal
  6. Of Human Bondage
    Somerset Maugham
  7. Anna Kerenina
    Tolstoy
  8. War and Peace
    Tolstoy
  9. Buddenbrooks
    Thomas Mann
  10. Hail and Farewell
    George Moore
  11. Brothers Katamazov
    Doestoevsky
  12. Oxford Books of English Verse
  13. The Enormous Room
    EE Cummings
  14. Wuthering Heights
    Emily Bronte
  15. Far Away and Long Ago
    W.H. Hudson
  16. The American
    Henry James