Donald Barthelme: Essential Books for a Literary Education

Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme: Essential Books for a Literary Education Born April 7, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Donald Barthelme was an influential American writer known for short stories, satires, and novels. His stories are interesting because they often border on the absurd and bizarre. He Attended the University of Houston, and worked as a journalist, managing editor, professor, and visiting professor. According to St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, “In the many collections--where fantasies mixed with mimetic pieces (mimetic, that is, by Barthelme's loose standards; even his most straightforward fiction seemed to conceal … [Read more...]

22 CEOs Favorite Books – Books that Influence

CEO Favorite Books

22 CEOs Favorite Books – Books that Influence Are you looking for recommendations for which books to read next? Twenty-two CEOs reveal the books that have influenced them. The list is eclectic and there is something for everyone. What I would recommend is that you choose books from genres that you like, but to also venture into the world of the unknown and read genres that you are unfamiliar with. Science fiction is a genre that I have never cared for, but a few years ago, I started off with Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, and now I am much more comfortable reading books from the genre. I do not enjoy all of them, but I always learn … [Read more...]

Ernest Hemingway Recommended Books for Writers

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s Recommended Books for Writers Born in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was a novelist and short story writer. He was an ambulance driver in World War I and was also involved in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He worked briefly as a journalist in Toronto and was a correspondent during the Greek-Turkish War. Hemingway spent considerable time in France, Italy, Spain, the West Indies and Cuba, as well as embarked on two African safaris. He was influenced by Stendhal, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Ivan Turgenev, Joseph Conrad and Mark Twain, and their books are in his personal library. In fact, some of their books … [Read more...]

F Scott Fitzgerald Personal Library

F Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald Personal Library Born on September 24, 1896, F Scott Fitzgerald, novelist, essayist and short story writer is best known for The Great Gatsby, which accurately depicted the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties boom years of excess. He often wrote about tragic love. While at Princeton, Fitzgerald began his literary career, and he loved it so much that he started to neglect his studies and subsequently dropped out of school. At Princeton, he contributed pieces to the Princeton Tigers, Nassau Literary Magazine and wrote for Princeton Triangle Club’s musicals. After leaving Princeton, F Scott Fitzgerald joined the army. … [Read more...]

Personal Library of Wystan Hugh Auden (W H Auden)

Wystan Hugh Auden

Born on February 21, 1907, Wystan Hugh Auden was one of the world's best known poet when he died on September 29, 1973. Known as WH Auden, the poet grew up in York, England. He was born into an educated family, his father was a physician and his mother a nurse. Because of their influence, he developed an interest in science and engineering, and coupled with his intelligence, he won a scholarship to Oxford University where he started to write poetry. Although he had a natural intelligence, Auden did not perform very well while he was at Oxford. The poet was friends with other writers and poets such as Stephen Spender, C Day Lewis and Louis … [Read more...]