Sunday, April 29, 2012

What they were reading...

“In those days there was no money to buy books. I borrowed books from the rental library of Shakespeare & Company, which was the library and bookstore of Sylvia Beach at 12 rue de l’Odeon… 

“I started with Turgenev and took two volumes of A Sportsman’s Sketches and an early book of D.H. Lawrence, I think it was Sons and Lovers, and Sylvia told me to take more books if I wanted. I chose the Constance Garnett edition of War and Peace, and The Gambler and Other Stories by Dostoyevsky.” 
-Earnest Hemingway, in his Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast.

One of the cardinal rules of good writing is to read. A lot. This is our first post in a series that examines the reading habits of some of the greats.

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