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...]

Michael Moritz, Phil Knight, Shelly Lazarus – CEO Personal Libraries

Seven Pillars of Wisdom - Memoirs of a Geisha

I am a Bookaholic who refuses to enter any kind of addiction program for her book addition. I enjoy my addiction because it gives me pleasure. I am interested in shaping my mind, so I am always curious to see which books are in the personal libraries of  CEOs and other successful and accomplished people and which books they are reading. I have mentioned so many times on The Invisible Mentor blog how much I love the article, C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success by Harriet Rubin, that I am sure some of you are now saying, “Enough already, Avil.” But what I have decided to do is to list some of the books mentioned in the article, as well … [Read more...]

Jack Layton Personal Library

Jack Layton

Jack Layton Personal Library Jack Layton was a Canadian social democratic politician who led the New Democrat Party - 2003-2011 - from 13 Members of Parliament to 103. Born on July 18, 1950, Layton died on August 22, 2011 after suffering from cancer. As can be expected, there were many political books in his personal library, which was not as diverse as many of the other successful people whom we have featured. Jack Layton was highly educated, “graduated in political science from McGill University with a BA (1970) and from York University with an MA (1971) and a PhD (1984). His PhD thesis dealt with globalization.” Canadian … [Read more...]

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Personal Library When you think of Marilyn Monroe, the photo of her wearing a sexy, white dress blowing in the air often comes to mind. And she isn’t the dumb blond that many may think she is. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was well read and had over 400 books in her personal library from various genres – American literature, French literature, Russian literature, poetry, plays, art, music, science, biographies, gardening and pets, humor, politics, religion, psychology, reference, travel and much more. It is true that she may not have read all the books on her bookshelf - think of the many unread books in your personal library … [Read more...]