What I'm Reading


  • Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
  • John Le Carre, The Secret Pilgrim
  • Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend
  • David S. Reynolds, John Brown, Abolitionist
  • Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  • Maurice Manning, Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions
  • Maurice Manning, Bucolics
  • Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall
  • Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
  • Muriel Spark, The Takeover
  • Rosalind Creasy, Edible Landscaping
  • Kenneth Roberts, Rabble in Arms
  • Jean Rhys, The Complete Short Stories
  • William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Coriolanus
  • Kenneth Roberts, Arundel
  • Iris Murdoch, The Flight from the Enchanter
  • Henning Mankell, The Man Who Smiled
  • Muriel Rukeyser, Waterlily Fire
  • J. Zipes, trans., The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
  • Stephanie Cohen, The Nonstop Garden
  • V. Gardner Nagel, Understanding Garden Design
  • James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room
  • Tim O'Brien, Going after Cacciato
  • D. Johnson-Davies, ed., The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction
  • Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Means of Escape
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Golden Child
  • Philip Roth, Sabbath's Theater
  • Kerrin McCadden, poems
  • Kamilah Aisha Moon, poems
  • Matthew Lippmann, poems
  • Matthew Olzmann, poems
  • Deszo Kosztolanyi, Skylark
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, Human Voices
  • Henry Green, Blindness
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore
  • Frances FitzGerald, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
  • Shirley Jackson, Hangsaman
  • A. Bloom and W. Breines, eds., Takin' It to the Streets: A Sixties Reader
  • Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
  • Marilynne Robinson, Home
  • John Prados, The Blood Road
  • Yusef Komunuyakaa, Warhorses
  • Hayden Carruth, The Birds of Vietnam
  • Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
  • Michael Casey, Check Points
  • Tracy Kidder, My Detachment
  • Andrew Carroll, ed., War Letters
  • Hayden Carruth, Vermont
  • J. C. McManus, Grunts
  • D. Bradley and C. Werner, We Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • M. A. Bellesiles, A People's History of the U.S. Military
  • Doug Anderson, Keep Your Head Down
  • Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History
  • Lorrie Goldensohn, ed., American War Poetry
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
  • Tom Lowenstein, Ancient Land, Sacred Whale: The Inuit Hunt and Its Rituals
  • Julia Bouwsma, Work by Bloodlight
  • Jacques Rancourt, Novena
  • Aracelis Girmay, The Black Maria
  • John Updike,The Music Room
  • Iris Murdoch, An Unofficial Rose
  • Margaret Drabble, The Sea Lady
  • Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time
  • Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
  • Margaret Drabble, The Complete Short Stories
  • Margaret Atwood, The Tent
  • A. S. Byatt, The Biographer's Tale
  • Margaret Atwood, Moral Disorder
  • R. Roberts & J. Smith, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship between Muhammad Ali & Malcolm X
  • Lucille Clifton, Collected Poems
  • John Updike, all four Rabbit books in mixed-up order
  • J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good
  • V. Nabokov, Ada
  • Henry Green, Back
  • Andrew Lang, ed., The Crimson Fairy Book
  • David Lodge, Thinks . . .
  • G. T. di Lampedusa, The Leopard
  • John Fowles, The Ebony Tower
  • K. Roberts, Boone Island
  • Geoffrey Hill, poems
  • A. Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
  • P. Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower
  • Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore
  • D. du Maurier, The House on the Strand
  • E. Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
  • Barbara Pym, No Fond Return of Love
  • A. Conan Doyle, Strand Magazine stories
  • R. M. Rilke, poems
  • Robert Lowell, poems
  • Christina Hutchins, Tender the Maker
  • Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
  • Larry McMurtry, The Evening Star
  • The Poems of Paul Celan, trans. M. Hamburger
  • Afaa M. Weaver, City of Eternal Spring
  • Margaret Drabble, The Ice Age
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Kerrin McCadden, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes
  • L. M. Alcott, Rose in Bloom
  • L. M. Alcott, Eight Cousins
  • V. Nabokov, Pale Fire
  • Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince
  • George Herbert, poems
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Little Girls
  • John Fowles, The Magus
  • Anthony Trollope, Ralph the Heir
  • Margaret Powell, My Mother and I
  • Thomas Rayfiel, Genius
  • Kate O'Brien, The Last of Summer
  • Gray Jacobik, poems
  • Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
  • Ted Hughes, Selected Translations
  • Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness
  • Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You
  • I. Compton-Burnett, The Last and the First
  • H. Spurling, Ivy: The Life of I. Compton-Burnett
  • Richard Foerster, poems
  • Philip Roth, The Plot against America
  • Dorothy Sayers, Five Red Herrings
  • J. T. Rimer and V. C. Gessel, eds., Modern Japanese Literature, vol. 1
  • Larry McMurtry, Moving On
  • Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle
  • A. S. Byatt, The Matisse Stories
  • Donald Hall, Willow Temple
  • Rick Moody, Hotels of North America
  • Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
  • Sylvia Plath, Ariel
  • Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day
  • L. I. Wilder, works
  • George Moore, Esther Waters
  • Larry McMurtry, Dead Man's Walk
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor
  • Philip Roth, The Great American Novel
  • Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
  • Robertson Davies, World of Wonders
  • Robertson Davies, The Manticore
  • Robertson Davies, Fifth Business
  • Nathanael West, The Day of the Locust
  • Philip Roth, The Human Stain
  • L. R. Ulrich, Good Wives: Image & Reality in the Lives of Northern New England Women, 1650-1750
  • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • Mary McCarthy, Birds of America
  • Joan Didion, The White Album
  • J. Shapiro, ed., Shakespeare in America
  • Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night
  • Muriel Spark, The Mandelbaum Gate
  • P. L. Travers, Mary Poppins Comes Back
  • Seamus Heaney, poems
  • Jane Kenyon, poems
  • John Fowles, Daniel Martin
  • K. Rexroth, 100 Poems from the Chinese
  • William Trevor, Felicia's Journey
  • Langston Hughes, An African Treasury
  • C. H. Nichols, ed., Arna Bontemps & Langston Hughes: Letters, 1925-1967
  • John Le Carre, The Tailor of Panama
  • Dorothy Sayers, Clouds of Witness
  • Tim O'Brien, In the Lake of the Woods
  • Judith Jesch, Women in the Viking Age
  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Redux
  • F. M. Ford, The Fifth Queen
  • Margaret Drabble, The Middle Ground
  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn
  • Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • L. McMurtry, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen
  • Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney
  • Czeslaw Milosz, Bells in Winter
  • Alice Munro, Carried Away
  • Hayden Carruth, Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett, Manservant and Maidservant
  • George Eliot, Adam Bede
  • Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford
  • Hayden Carruth, Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey
  • L. M. Alcott, Little Woman
  • Diane Middlebrook, Her Husband
  • Harold Pinter, Night
  • K. Frank, A Chainless Soul: A Life of Emily Bronte
  • John Luther Adams, Winter Music
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris
  • Charlotte Bronte, Shirley
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Beginning of Spring
  • A. S. Byatt, The Game
  • The Complete Grimms' Fairy Tales, ed. J. Zipe
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, Innocence
  • Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. R. Fagles
  • Margaret Drabble, The Waterfall
  • Best American Essays, 2013, ed.R. Atwan and C. Strayed
  • The Lewis and Clark journals
  • E. L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate
  • Margaret Drabble, The Peppered Moth
  • Penelope Fitzgerald, The Blue Flower
  • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
  • Barbara Pym, Crampton Hodnet
  • Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors
  • Samuel Pepys, diary
  • Jane Austen, Emma
  • Adrienne Rich, poems
  • Red Pine, trans., The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain
  • A. Trollope, Framley Parsonage
  • L. M. Alcott, Little Men
  • Mark Twain, A Pen Warmed Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest
  • Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked into Doors
  • Czeslaw Milosz, A Treatise on Poetry
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Collected Stories
  • Henry Green, Party Going
  • D. S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman's America
  • Charles Dickens, Dombey & Son
  • A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book
  • Linda Gray Sexton, Rituals
  • Peter Mathiessen, Shadow Country
  • Don Paterson, Rain
  • Denise Levertov, poems
  • F. H. Burnett, The Secret Garden
  • E. L. Doctorow, The Waterworks
  • Grimms' fairy tales
  • A. S. Byatt, Elementals
  • F. S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
  • Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man
  • May Swenson, poems
  • J. Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
  • W. Bynner, trans., The Way of Life according to Laotzu
  • Iris Murdoch, The Bell
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies
  • Frank O'Hara, poems
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • Betsy Sholl, Otherwise Unseeable
  • Margaret Drabble, The Witch of Exmoor
  • Nicholson Baker, Vox
  • John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf: A Biography
  • P. G. Wodehouse, Mulliner Nights
  • Teresa Carson, My Crooked House
  • Charles Portis, True Grit
  • Meg Kearney, Home by Now
  • Wallace Stevens, poems
  • Jeffrey Harrison, Into Daylight
  • Margaret Atwood, The Robber Bride
  • John Updike, Licks of Love
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • Iain Haley Pollock, Spit Back a Boy
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
  • Henry James, What Maisie Knew
  • Ian Harrow, Words Take Me
  • John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's WomanGarth Greenwell, Mitko
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Little Girls
  • E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime
  • W. S. Merwin, Unchopping a Tree
  • S. Strasser, Never Done: A History of American Housework
  • Larry McMurtry, Texasville
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • M. Atwood, Morning in the Burned House
  • K. Z. Derounian-Stodola, ed., Women's Indian Captivity Narratives
  • Margaret Drabble, The Gates of Ivory
  • D. H. Fisher, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America
  • M. Aronson, Nickelodeon City: Pittsburgh at the Movies, 1905-1929
  • Margaret Drabble, The Middle Ground
  • Franklin Toker, Fallingwater Rising
  • Willa Cather, A Lost Lady
  • E. L.Doctorow, The March
  • Edmund Spenser, The Shepherd's Calendar
  • Virginia Woolf, The Waves
  • Edward P. Jones, Aunt Hagar's Children
  • T. H. Slaughter, The Whiskey Rebellion
  • Baron Wormser, Give Us That Peace
  • Teresa Carson, My Crooked House
  • R. Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica
  • Natalia Ginzburg, The Little Virtues
  • Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
  • Philip Roth, American Pastoral
  • J. Reston, Jr., Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
  • Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye
  • Red Pine, trans., The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain
  • Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
  • Pearl S. Buck, Pavilion of Women
  • Joan Didion, After Henry
  • Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good
  • Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey
  • Siegfried Sassoon, poems
  • K. Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
  • Donald Hall, Principle Products of Portugal
  • Katherine Mansfield, stories
  • Muriel Rukeyser, The Life of Poetry
  • John Le Carre, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Colm Toibin, Mothers and Sons
  • Thomas Rayfiel, In Pinelight
  • W. Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
  • Gray Jacobik, Little Boy Blue
  • L. I. Wilder, Little Town on the Prairie
  • Charles Dickens, Bleak House
  • Barbara Pym, The Sweet Dove Died
  • L. I. Wilder, These Happy Golden Years
  • V. S. Pritchett, stories
  • S. T. Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Pale Rider
  • Alan Jenkins, Revenants
  • C. S. Lewis, A Preface to Paradise Lost
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost
  • William Blake, poems
  • A. S. Byatt, A Whistling Woman
  • A. S. Byatt, Babel Tower
  • John Donne, poems
  • Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark
  • Joe Bolton, The Last Nostalgia
  • A. S. Byatt, Still Life
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Willa Cather, My Antonia
  • Joan Didion, Democracy
  • Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Virginia Woolf, The Years
  • Christina Stead, The Little Hotel
  • Kenneth Roberts, Lydia Bailey
  • Robert Hayden, poems
  • V. W. Brooks, The Flowering of New England
  • Colm Toibin, Brooklyn
  • Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans
  • Amy Lowell, poems
  • Alice Munro, stories
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, poems
  • Ruth Brandon, Governess
  • Margaret Drabble, The Red Queen
  • Raymond Chandler, Playback
  • Raymond Chandler, The Little Sister
  • Dickinson, Shakespeare, Shelley, poems
  • Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake
  • Bill Roorbach, Life among Giants
  • Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
  • Linda Wolfe, The Professor and the Prostitute
  • Clifford Thompson, Love for Sale and Other Essays
  • P. G. Wodehouse, Leave It to Psmith
  • A. S. Byatt, Possession
  • Phillip Lopate, ed., The Art of the Personal Essay
  • William Shakespeare, sonnets
  • Rick Mullin, Soutine
  • R. L. Stevenson, Catriona
  • Kate O'Brien, The Land of Spices
  • Marie de France, Lais, trans. Hanning & Ferrante
  • Lorrie Moore, Like Life
  • J. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer
  • John Fowles, The Ebony Tower
  • V. Nabokov, Pnin
  • E. S. Connell, Mr. Bridge
  • E. S. Connell, Mrs. Bridge
  • E. S. Connell, Son of the Morning Star
  • C. Beha, What Happened to Sophie Wilder
  • V. Nabokov, Pale Fire
  • Robert Frost, poems
  • The Gospel of John, KJV
  • Ted Hughes, poems
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, poems
  • Emily Dickinson, poems
  • Sybille Bedford, A Legacy
  • James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name
  • Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn
  • J. M. Potter, Meanwell
  • Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
  • L. M. Alcott, Rose in Bloom
  • L. M. Alcott, Eight Cousins
  • Jeff Kass, Knuckleheads
  • Elizabeth Bowen, Eva Trout
  • Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
  • I Too Am Here: Selections from the Letters of Jane Welsh Carlyle, ed. A. and M. McQueen Simpson
  • Robertson Davies, The Salterton Trilogy
  • Muriel Spark, The Comforters
  • Howard Levy, poems
  • Colm Toibin, The Empty Family
  • Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head
  • Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night
  • Phillip Lopate, "The Future of the Essay"
  • Philip Roth, Operation Shylock
  • Dorothy Sayers, Busman's Honeymoon
  • Johanna Spyri, Heidi
  • Ted Hughes, Birthday Letters
  • R. M. Rilke, poems
  • Jane Kenyon, poems
  • Dylan Thomas, poems
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, poems
  • Gary Snyder, poems
  • John Haines, poems
  • P. Johnson, The Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815-1830
  • Beryl Bainbridge, According to Queeney
  • Selected Letters of R. M. Rilke, 1902-26, trans. R.F.C. Hull
  • Barbara Pym, Crampton Hodnet
  • James Baldwin, Another Country
  • Beowulf, trans. Seamus Heaney
  • H. D. Thoreau, The Maine Woods
  • J. H. Buckley, The Victorian Temper
  • John Updike, Rabbit Is Rich
  • A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book
  • I. Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
  • Robert Frost, poems
  • Ted Hughes, poems
  • William Blake, poems
  • Anne Carson, Nox
  • L. M. Alcott, Little Men
  • Anne Carson, The Glass Essay
  • V. Nabokov, Stories
  • Iris Murdoch, Under the Net
  • Henry Green, Loving
  • C. Yonge, The Heir of Redclyffe
  • Margaret Drabble, The Seven Sisters
  • Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
  • John Fowles, The Magus
  • Barbara Pym, various
  • John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  • Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford
  • D. F. Wallace, Infinite Jest
  • B. Pym, Jane and Prudence
  • R. Holmes, Shelley: The Pursuit
  • A. S. Byatt, Elementals
  • John Cheever, The Wapshot Chronicle
  • Sir Walter Scott, Old Mortality
  • A. S. Byatt, The Shadow of the Sun
  • Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby
  • B. Pym, A Few Green Leaves
  • T. Rayfiel, Split-Levels
  • Louisa May Alcott, Work
  • Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
  • Iris Murdoch, The Green Knight
  • Margaret Drabble, The Ice Age
  • P. Matthiessen, Shadow Country
  • Denis Johnson, Jesus' Son
  • D. Brestensky et al., Patch/Work Voices
  • I. Compton-Burnett, A House and Its Heritage
  • Muriel Spark, Reality and Dreams
  • F. H. Burnett, The Shuttle
  • F. Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
  • V. Nabokov, Speak, Memory
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  • Zbigniew Herbert, poems
  • A. S. Byatt, A Whistling Woman
  • Virginia Woolf, Night and Day
  • Robertson Davies, What's Bred in the Bone
  • Czeslaw Milosz, Facing the River
  • Lord Byron, poems
  • Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Robertson Davies, The Lyre of Orpheus
  • George Vecsey, Stan Musial: An American Life
  • Jay Parini, Robert Frost: A Life
  • Anthony Trollope, Orley Farm
  • R. L. Stevenson, Kidnapped
  • F. M. Ford, The Fifth Queen
  • Anna Akhmatova, poems
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, poems
  • Robert Frost, poems
  • Larry McMurtry, The Last Picture Show
  • Jane Austen, Emma
  • David Nasaw, Andrew Carnegie
  • S. M. Humphrey, Show Me Good Land
  • S. Buck and E. Buck, The Planting of Civilization in Western Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Lang, The Green Fairy Book
  • K. Warren, Wealth, Waste, and Alienation: Growth and Decline in the Connellsville Coke Industry
  • Charles Dickens, American Notes
  • Richard Foerster, Penetralia
  • S. C. Martin, Killing Time: Leisure and Culture in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1800-1850
  • F. Anderson, The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War
  • Andrew Lang, The Crimson Fairy Book
  • Wesley McNair, The Ghosts of You and Me
  • J. W. Harpster. ed., Crossroads: Descriptions of Western Pennsylvania, 1720-1829
  • L. Standiford, Meet You in Hell
  • D. Rottenberg, In the Kingdom of Coal
  • A. Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Strand Stories
  • Margaret Drabble, The Middle Ground
  • Hayden Carruth, Letters to Jane
  • Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros
  • Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land
  • Virginia Woolf, The Years
  • Richard Ford, Independence Day
  • Philip Sidney, poems
  • Bret Lott, "Humble Flannery"
  • Richard Ford, The Sportswriter
  • Samuel Pepys, diary
  • John Updike, Memories of the Ford Administration
  • Joe Bolton, poems
  • F. S. Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night
  • Sylvia Plath, Ariel
  • G. T. di Lampedusa, The Leopard
  • R. L. Stevenson, essays
  • J. Berryman, His Toy, His Dream, His Rest
  • P. B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry
  • T. L. Peacock, The Four Ages of Poetry
  • Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Muriel Spark, Memento Mori
  • Roberto Bolano, The Savage Detectives
  • NY Review of Books
  • Johan Huizinga, The Autumn of the Middle Ages
  • Colm Toibin, Mothers and Sons
  • Charlotte Bronte, Villette
  • Bill Evans, liner notes to Kind of Blue
  • P. Currier, The Jails of Lincoln County
  • Sheila Kohler, Becoming Jane Eyre
  • W. H. Auden, The Dyer's Hand
  • Eduardo Galeano, Soccer in Sun and Shadow
  • W. Shakespeare, King Lear
  • Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night
  • Dorothy Sayers, Busman's Honeymoon
  • Hayden Carruth, poems
  • Margaret Drabble, The Red Queen
  • NY Review of Books, maybe
  • I tried to read Elmore Leonard's Pronto but failed. Why does he get so much press? This book was boring.
  • Out-of-date New Yorker
  • Larry McMurtry, Texasville
  • V. Nabokov, Pale Fire
  • V. Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
  • Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
  • Robert Frost, "Blueberries"
  • V. Nabokov, Lolita
  • P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime
  • Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
  • V. S. Pritchett, A Careless Widow
  • Robert Frost, "Home Burial"
  • Virginia Woolf, letters
  • Kate O'Brien, The Ante-Room
  • Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
  • Rumer Godden, The Greengage Summer
  • Baron Wormser, Frost Place Whitman-Dickinson talk
  • J. M. Beaumont, Burning of the Three Fires
  • Luray Gross, The Perfection of Zeros
  • L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between
  • Martin Amis, The War against Cliche
  • George Eliot, Middlemarch
  • A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book
  • Thomas Hardy, poems
  • W. J. Bate, John Keats: A Biography
  • D. W. Middlebrook, Anne Sexton: A Biography
  • Robert Frost, poems
  • R. Faggen, ed., The Notebooks of Robert Frost
  • Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock
  • Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince
  • Daphne du Maurier, The House on the Strand
  • Carolyn Keene, The Secret in the Old Attic
  • John Fowles, Daniel Martin
  • William Wordsworth, The Prelude
  • John Fowles, A Maggot
  • F. S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • Larry Gonick, The Cartoon History of the Universe
  • Gordon Haight, George Eliot: A Biography
  • Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From
  • Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage
  • Barbara Pym, Some Tame Gazelle
  • L. I. Wilder, Little Town on the Prairie
  • L. I. Wilder, The Long Winter
  • Kate O'Brien, That Lady
  • Jane Austen, The History of England
  • Philip Roth, American Pastoral
  • Thomas Rayfiel, Time among the Dead
  • Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women
  • Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist
  • New York Review of Books
  • Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
  • Meg Kearney, Home by Now
  • William Blake, America: A Prophecy
  • Hayden Carruth, Toward the Distant Islands
  • Rosalie Mander, Mrs. Browning: A Biography
  • Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
  • Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
  • E. B. Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese
  • Philip Roth, Letting Go
  • I. Compton-Burnett, The Last and the First
  • Robert Browning, poems
  • S. T. Coleridge, poems
  • Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
  • Seed catalogs
  • W. Shakespeare, A Winter's Tale
  • D. S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman's America
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Mary J. Holmes, Millbank
  • NY Review of Books
  • H. C. Andersen's fairy tales
  • Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge
  • A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book
  • Gelpi & Gelpi, eds., Adrienne Rich's Poetry
  • Ted Hughes, poetry
  • NY Review of Books
  • Hayden Carruth, poems
  • Henry James, The Ambassadors
  • Robert Lowell, poems
  • Anne Sexton, poems
  • Sylvia Plath, poems
  • E. M. Forster, Howards End
  • Joe Bolton, poems
  • 100 Poems from the Chinese, trans. K. Rexroth
  • D. S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman's America
  • Walt Whitman, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"
  • Sir Philip Sidney, poems
  • G. Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
  • P. Wilmot, Adolescent Boys in East London
  • A. S. Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
  • William Blake, poems
  • Michael Casey, Raiding a Whorehouse
  • Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock
  • Walt Whitman, poems
  • NY Review of Books
  • Dave Morrison, poems
  • Virginia Woolf, The Years
  • James Joyce, Dubliners
  • Iris Murdoch, A Severed Head
  • Henry Green, Loving
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day
  • Charlotte Gordon, The Woman Who Named God
  • Brigit Pegeen Kelly, The Orchard
  • Italo Calvino, If on a winter's night a traveler
  • W. J. Bate, John Keats: A Biography
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Larry McMurtry, When the Light Goes
  • John Keats, poems
  • John Fowles, "I Write, Therefore I Am"
  • Kenneth Roberts, Northwest Passage
  • Philip Roth, My Life As a Man
  • L.H. Morgan, The American Beaver
  • Robert Froese, The Origins of Misgiving
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart
  • Psalms (KJV and RSV)
  • John Berryman, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet"
  • Henry Green, Party Going
  • Henry Green, Loving
  • Shakespeare, sonnets
  • Charlotte Gordon, Anne Bradstreet: America's First Poet
  • The Notebooks of Robert Frost, ed. Robert Faggen
  • Baron Wormser, poems
  • Robert Lowell, poems
  • Elizabeth Bishop, poems
  • Robert Frost, poems
  • The Letters of E. B. White
  • Franz Kafka, Amerika
  • NY Review of Books
  • Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma, trans. Richard Howard
  • John Donne, poems
  • Iris Murdoch, The Book and the Brotherhood
  • Joan Arden [Milly Jourdain], Unfulfilment
  • I. Compton-Burnett, The Past and the Present
  • Hilary Spurling, Ivy: The Life of I. Compton-Burnett
  • Donald Justice, Night Light
  • J. G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur
  • Barbara Pym, Excellent Women
  • E. M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel
  • F. M. Ford, The Good Soldier
  • S. T. Coleridge, poems
  • NY Review of Books
  • Thomas Carlyle, An Essay on Burns
  • Mary Karr, Cherry
  • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • William Trevor, Death in Summer
  • NY Review of Books
  • Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
  • S. T. Coleridge, Biographia Literaria
  • P. B. Shelley, "The Triumph of Life"
  • Robert Frost, "Acquainted with the Night"
  • Walt Whitman, poems
  • E. Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
  • Hayden Carruth, Letters to Jane
  • Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt
  • Ben Jonson, poems
  • John Updike, Rabbit, Run
  • NY Review of Books
  • Virginia Woolf, essays
  • Geoffrey Chaucer, poems
  • Ezra Pound, poems
  • "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," retold by A. Lang
  • P. B. Shelley, poems
  • W. B. Yeats, poems
  • G. M. Hopkins, poems, letters, notebooks
  • William Blake, poems
  • Daphne du Maurier, Don't Look Now
  • James Baldwin, Going to Meet the Man
  • Hart Crane, The Bridge
  • Robert Browning, poems
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • George Eliot, Adam Bede
  • L. M. Alcott, Rose in Bloom
  • L. M. Alcott, Eight Cousins
  • Amy Clampitt, Collected Poems
  • Emily Dickinson, Complete Poems
  • Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
  • F. R. & Q. D. Leavis, Dickens the Novelist
  • Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales
  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
  • Orhan Pamuk, Snow
  • John Stubbs, John Donne: The Reformed Soul
  • Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Bronte
  • Anne Sexton, Complete Poems
  • R. M. Rilke, Selected Poetry, trans. S. Mitchell
  • Charlotte Bronte, Shirley
  • John Fowles, The Ebony Tower
  • NY Review of Books
  • S. T. Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
  • Sir Thomas Wyatt, The Collected Poems
  • Iris Murdoch, The Philosopher's Pupil
  • The New Oxford Book of Canadian Verse in English, ed. M. Atwood
  • Joe Bolton, The Last Nostalgia: Poems 1982-1990
  • Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge
  • NY Review of Books
  • Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book
  • Horace, Odes, trans. D. Ferry
  • Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. R. Fagles
  • Joe Arthur, You in the 21st Century (published in 1989)
  • Barlett's Familar Quotations, 1939 edition, ed. Christopher Morley (very good book to keep in the bathroom, along with The Golden Bough)
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Merlin and the Gleam"
  • William Matthews's translation of the satires of Horace
  • Robertson Davies, The Deptford Trilogy
  • John Keats, "Hyperion"
  • Robert Graves, The Greek Gods
  • John Chapman's 1614-15 translation of the Odyssey
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • Joyce Cary, The Horse's Mouth
  • Shakespeare, sonnets (again)
  • John Donne,"Divine Poems"
  • Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Genesis
  • NY Review of Books
  • Frank O'Hara, poems
  • England's Helicon
  • R. L. Stevenson, Kidnapped
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost, book 7 (yes, again . . . )
  • Grimms' fairy tales
  • S. T. Coleridge, "Christabel"
  • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, canto 1
  • Zbigniew Herbert, The Collected Poems, 1956-1998
  • Pierre de Ronsard, "Fay refraischir mon vin de sorte"
  • Louise Labe, "Ne reprenez, Dames, si j'ay ayme"
  • Jeremy Miller, "Tyranny of the Test," in Harper's
  • Foxcroft Academy instructions for safe bus riding
  • Samuel Pepys, diary
  • George Eliot, Felix Holt, the Radical
  • Sir Thomas Malory, Merlin
  • My son's list of all the major-league catchers he can think of (he plans to make me write a sonnet in catchers)
  • Somerset County arrest log
  • Seamus Heaney, The Government of the Tongue
  • Charles d'Orleans, "Le temps a laissie son manteau"
  • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, vol. 2
  • Harmony Free Fair schedule of events
  • Sophocles, Ajax
  • Stevie Smith, The Holiday
  • W. Shakespeare, sonnets
  • Seamus Heaney, Poems, 1965-1975
  • Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, vol. 1

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aha! I have found someone , you, who reads as voraciously as I do. Mind you I have a head start, being 80 years old.

I read very few blogs and you are now one of them; found from a side remark in an old New York Times article on line.

Best wishes to you, Erika W.

Dawn Potter said...

Erika, Thank you! I wonder what NYT article you saw? The Internet is such a mysterious place. . . .