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Huge thanks to @jeremyanderberg from the Art of Manliness who wrote an exceptional post on the library of Ernest Hemingway which inspired the illustration above:

“What follows below isn’t a compilation of every book he ever mentioned, but these are the ones that came up again and again in multiple sources. You’ll notice there’s isn’t much non-fiction, nor much in the way of “classical” literature from ancient Greece and Rome. I note that only because our previous instalments of this series all featured works from antiquity.” — Jeremy Anderberg

Hemingway stuck largely with what was considered to be great literature (even today you’ll recognize most of these titles) so that, in his own words from 1958 “he knows what he has to beat.”

1. Ulysses by James Joyce

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2. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

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3. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

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4. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

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5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

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6. Collected Poems — T.S. Eliot

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7. War and Peace — Leo Tolstoy

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8. Complete Works — Rudyard Kipling

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9. A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man — James Joyce

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10. Queen Margot — Alexandre Dumas

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11. King Lear — Shakespeare

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12. The Brothers Karamazov — Fyodor Dostoevsky

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13. Dubliners — James Joyce

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14. Sentimental Education — Gustave Flaubert

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15. The Common Reader — Virginia Woolf

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16. House Divided — Ben Ames Williams

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17. The Republic — Charles Beard

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18. Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia — Eugene Tarle

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19. How Young You Look — Peggy Wood

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20. African Hunting — William Charles Baldwin

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21. The Open Boat and Other Stories — Stephen Crane

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22. The Red Badge of Courage — Stephen Crane

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23. The Red and the Black — Stendahl

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24. Of Human Bondage — W. Somerset Maugham

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25. Buddenbrooks — Thomas Mann

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26. Hail and Farewell — George Moore

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27. The Enormous Room — E.E. Cummings

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28. Far Away and Long Ago — W. H. Hudson

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29. Complete Short Stories — Henry James

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30. Mr. Midshipman Easy — Frederick Marryat

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31. Frank Mildmay — Frederick Marryat

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32. Peter Simple — Frederick Marryat

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33. Tom Jones — Henry Fielding

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34. Joseph Andrews — Henry Fielding

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35. Autobiographies — W. B. Yeats

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36. A Sportsman’s Sketches — Ivan Turgenev

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37. Fathers and Sons — Ivan Turgenev

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38. Winesburg, Ohio — Sherwood Anderson

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39. In Search of Lost Time — Marcel Proust

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40. The American — Henry James

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Bonus: The Sun Also Rises — by Papa himself!


Hemingway once said:

‘There is no friend as loyal as a book.’

Find more of his t-shirt, tote bag and poster designs here, perhaps as a gift for one of your good friends.

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