16 Works That Ernest Hemingway Thought A Young Writer Should Read

A curated list of must-reads from Papa himself.

In 1934, a young writer tramped across the country to talk to Ernest Hemingway at his Key West, FL home. Along with the advice on writing he received from Hemingway, he also got a list of essential reading comprised of two short stories and 14 books.

You can read the whole story of Arnold Samuelson’s visit with Hemingway here.

Here’s the whole list of works:

1. Blue Hotel - Stephen Crane

You can read this story here.

2. The Open Boat - Stephen Crane

You can read this story here.

3. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

You can read the whole book here.

4. Dubliners - James Joyce

You can read the whole book here.

5. The Red And The Black - Stendhal

You can read the whole book here.

6. Of Human Bondage - Somerset Maugham

You can read the whole book here.

7. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

You can read the whole book here.

8. War And Peace - Leo Tolstoy

You can read the whole book here.

9. Buddenbrooks - Thomas Mann

You can buy the book here.

10. Hail And Farewell! - George Moore

You can read the whole book here.

11. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

You can read the whole book here.

12. The Oxford Book Of English Verse

You can read the whole book here.

13. The Enormous Room - E.E. Cummings

You can read the whole book here.

14. Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

You can read the whole book here.

15. Far Away And Long Ago - W.H. Hudson

You can read the whole book here.

16. The American - Henry James

You can read the whole book here.

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