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Brian Kiteley’s “Fifty Indispensable Books”

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
Isaac Babel, Collected Stories
J.G. Ballard, Crash
Donald Barthelme, City Life
Samuel Beckett, Proust
Walter Benjamin, Reflections
Jane Bowles, My Sister’s Hand in Mine
Jane Brox, Here and Nowhere Else
Italo Calvino, Baron of the Trees
Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power
Willa Cather, The Professor’s House
Julia Child, My Life in France
James Clifford, The Predicament of Culture
Guy Davenport, The Geography of the Imagination
Elizabeth David, A Book of Mediterranean Food
Don DeLillo, Americana
Anita Desai, In Custody
Isak Dinesen, Winters Tales
E.L. Doctorow, The Book of Daniel
M.F.K. Fisher, Gastronomical Me
Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire (a trilogy)
William Gass, On Being Blue
Amitav Ghosh, In an Antique Land
Robert Glück, Jack the Modernist
Vivian Gornick, In Search of Ali Mahmoud
John Graves, Goodbye to a River
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time
Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley
Susan Howe, The Birth-Mark
Washington Irving, Mohammad (a biography)
Franz Kafka, Parables and Paradoxes
Primo Levi, Periodic Table
Alphonso Lingis, Trust
Jennifer Moxley, The Middle Room
Vladimir Nabokov, Details of a Sunset
Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
Alifa Rifaat, Distant View of a Minaret
Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust
Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
Sigrid Nunez, A Feather on the Breath of God
Grace Paley, The Little Disturbances of Man
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North
Bruno Schulz, Street of the Crocodiles
Frederic Tuten, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March
Paul Valery, Monsieur Teste
Robert Walser, Selected Stories
William Carlos Williams, Imaginations
Christa Wolf, No Place on Earth
P.G. Wodehouse, Laughing Gas

Editor’s Note: This list is part of Big Other’s Tribute to William H. Gass’s 88th Birthday.

3 thoughts on “Brian Kiteley’s “Fifty Indispensable Books”

  1. Congratulations on having the first one of these lists to contain not a single book I’ve read. I’ve got some catching up to do.

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