Always substance and increase, always sex. Always a knit of identity.” SONG OF MYSELF by Walt Whitman
Wrote her first poem at 6, an epic poem at 12. Part Creole, spoke Hebrew. SONNETS FROM PORTUGUESE by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Kurtz, Marlow, go deep into the Congo. Criticized by Achebe, lauded by Bloom and myself. HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad
“[W]here happiness is wedded to silence”. Remarkable flaneur-ing prose poems. Drunks, the poor, real people. PARIS SPLEEN by Charles Baudelaire.
A 1890s horror lesson about surface appearances and vanity that rings true today. THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY by Oscar Wilde
For kids? For adults? It’s a lot of fun, a world onto itself. A veiled autobiography. DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Read it at 20 & loved it. ANNA KARENIN by Leo Tolstoy.