A Book List

Despite her fame as a rock ’n‘ roll musician, Patti Smith has always described herself as essentially a bookish person. Not surprisingly, it’s an eclectic and fascinating group of books:

  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
  • The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • Songs of Innocence by William Blake
  • The Wild Boys by William Burroughs
  • Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  • A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
  • Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
  • Wittgenstein’s Poker by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Process by Brion Gysin
  • Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  • The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
  • The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
  • Against Interpretation by Susan Sontag
  • The Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Everhardt
  • The Women of Cairo by Gérard de Nerval
  • Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  • The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
  • The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
  • Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters by J.D. Salinger
  • Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A Night of Serious Drinking by René Daumal
  • Swann in Love by Marcel Proust
  • A Happy Death by Albert Camus
  • The First Man by Albert Camus
  • The Waves by Virginia Woolf
  • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
  • Anything by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Anything by W.G. Sebald
  • The Thief’s Journal or anything by Jean Genet
  • The Arcades Project or anything by Walter Benjamin
  • Poet in New York by Federico García Lorca
  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
  • The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
  • Ice or anything by Anna Kavan
  • The Divine Proportion by  H.E. Huntley
  • Nadja by André Breton