Ernest Hemingway’s Suggested Reading List for Aspiring Authors

Hemingway advised young writers to stay away from contemporary writing and stick with authors who have withstood the test of time. He then wrote the following list:

The Blue Hotel and The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Dubliners by James Joyce

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

Anna Karenina and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

Hail and Farewell by George Moore

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Oxford Book of English Verse

The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson

The American by Henry James


  1. Great resource here. Many I've meant to read but missed so this is a wonderful reminder.