It’s almost an industry cliche when it comes to writing advice: to write well, you must read a lot. No one loves books more than authors themselves, after all, storytelling is a passion that often derives from a love of hearing good stories told. So what books have influenced your favorite author? What about the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe? Literary giants all.
Like most authors, even these couldn’t limit themselves to just one. But from the lists offered, The Online Education Database has assembled a list of of 20 legendary authors’ favorite books and how they influenced their writing, choosing the most representative or fitting selection from each author’s list.
The Favorite Books of America’s Best Authors
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