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Featured Books/Authors

Many people who see Stone Reader wish to have a complete reading list of all the books and authors mentioned in the film. While that list is in the credits of the film, we have also included it here for convenience.

  • Howard Mosher, Northern Borders (coming of age story set in Vermont)

  • R.A. Lafferty, Fourth Mansions (SF)

  • Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading

  • John Barth, The Floating Opera (Leslie Fiedler’s favorite modern American 1st novel)

  • William Kotzwinkle, The Fan Man

  • Crocket Johnson, Harold and the Purple Crayon

  • Ben Hogan’s Power Golf

  • Claire Bee’s Chip Hilton series

  • Lord Byron’s Complete Works

  • John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

  • Ross Lockridge, Raintree County

  • Thomas Hegan, Mr. Roberts

  • Franklin W. Dixon’s Hardy Boys books

  • Colin Wilson

  • Mark Twain Puddinhead Wilson, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

  • Siri Hustvedt, The Blindfold

  • Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

  • Ernest Hemingway, Old Man and the Sea

  • Henry Roth, Call It Sleep

  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

  • J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

  • Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

  • Edgar Allen Poe

  • James T. Farrell, Studs Lonigan

  • Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Emily Bronte

  • Kay Redfield Jamison, Touched by Fire (nonfiction book on artistic temperament)

  • William Cotter Murray, Michael Joe

  • John Legget, Ross and Tom

  • Tony Tanner, City of Words

  • Frank Conroy, Stop-time, Body and Soul, Midair

  • Alfred Kazin, On Native Grounds

  • Leslie Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel, The Stranger in Shakespeare, Waiting for the End

  • Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

  • Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

  • Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, Mother Night

  • Wright Morris, The Territory Ahead

  • Mario Puzo

  • William Gaddis, The Recognitions

  • Joseph McElroy, Ancient Paraphrase (another great, forgotten work)

  • Marcus Goodrich, Delilah

  • Herman Melville, Moby Dick

  • F.O. Mathiessen, American Renaissance

  • John Seelye, The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Kid, also many critical works

  • James Jones, The Thin Red Line, The Merry Month of May

  • Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead

  • Joseph Heller, Catch-22, Something Happened, Good as Gold

  • Chaim Potok, The Chosen

  • Thomas Pynchon, V.

  • Robert C.S. Downs, The Fifth Season

  • Bruce Dobler

  • Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

  • Gail Godwin

  • John Irving

  • John Casey

  • Tom McHale

  • Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  • William Faulkner, Soldier’s Pay, Sartoris

  • Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

  • Dan Simmons, Hyperion tetraology

  • Casanova’s Memoirs

  • The Bible

  • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Mark Twain, Autobiography

  • Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

  • Gibbon, Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Frederick Exley, A Fan’s Notes

  • Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie

  • Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

  • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Islands in the Stream (my favorite EH)

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • Thomas Wolfe

  • John Marquand, Point of No Return (great lost book of the 40s)

  • Hamilton Basso, The View from Pompey’s Head

  • J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (all)

  • Bernard Malamud, Dubin’s Lives

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Devils

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