THIS one is a very good and relevant topic.....I wouldn't doubt that it was brought up before, but here is a short list that comprises my library:
started in March 1990 with NOHGOA, then picked up "Lords/ NC", "Wilderness", "American Night", Illustrated History, Hopkins' "LIzard King", Lisciandro's "Feast of Friends" and "Hour for Magic", "Mr. Mojo Risin'" (out-of-print now I think), Riordan/Prochnicky's "Break on Thru", PK's "Strange Days", both bios by Ray and John, "Wonderland Avenue", on and on, remind me of some & I'll let you know. I have probably forgotten someone REALLY important, it's too early on a saturday morning for me.
While still in hi school 1988-1992, I then compiled a stack of boxed index cards with the total output of these authors, chronologically, and checked them out from Cal State Fullerton's Library on my mom's card in 1990-1992, until I enrolled in the college myself 1993 and got my OWN library card. YEY!
1. Jack Kerouac: novels/poems. Have them in my library. Also several bios of K......Favorite K book? "Visions of Cody"
2. Allen Ginsberg: "Collected Poems 1947-1984" signed by Ginsberg in 1991 in Santa Monica. couple of biographies....I actually met Ginsberg a couple of times, and am pretty sure that he was flirting......my dad put an end to THAT real quick!
3. Gregory Corso: a few books of poems
4. Kenneth Patchen
5. Kenneth Rexroth (his auto-biography is really good)
6. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
8. W.S. Burroughs
9. Franz Kafka
10. James Joyce
14. Lord Byron
17. all of Rimbaud's works, plus bios
18. all of Baudelaire's works, plus bios
21. Marcus Aurelius
28. Marx and Engels
30. Jung *very important for Jim*
31. Ferenczi *also very important for Jim, perhaps more important than either Freud or Jung*
32. John Rechy's City of Night
33. Richard Farina's "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me"
34. Anais Nin: "Cities of the Interior" (contains short story "A Spy in the House of Love"
35. Colin Wilson
36. Henri Barbusse's "Hell"
37. David Hume
38. John Locke
41. Henry and William James
42. "Sailor on Horseback" bio of Jack London
44. Andre Breton
45. Nietzsche - collected works published by Oscar Levy as a 20-volume set early 20th century
47. William Blake's Collected Works with illustrated plates
50. Thomas Mann
51. most of Michael McClure's poems/plays/novels
52. Alan Ansen
54. Reich (only a couple of books)
56. Aldous Huxley
57. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
58. Andre Gide "Strait is the Gate" was an inspiration for "Break on Through"
59. John O'Hara
61. Dylan Thomas
63. Celine: "Journey to the End of the Night", "Death on the Installment Plan"
64. Oscar Wilde
65. Gregory Bateson "Steps to an Ecology of Mind"
67. Marcel Proust ("Remembrance of Things Past" aka "In Search of Lost Time")
68. Plutarch's "Lives of the Greeks and Romans" (the description of Alexander the Great inspired Jim to sport the "Young Lion" hairstyle)
70. Homer's "Odyssey" and "Iliad"
71. Jean Cocteau
ok, I'm getting tired of this list. I gave up early on specifying the book titles themselves.....just go ahead & read ANYTHING by these people.........That should keep you busy for about 10 years! ha ha!
It's only halfway done, I haven't even mentioned the poets, really. But from 1990-2013 I have been making the attempt to read every book Morrison is "reported" to have read. It's kind of an obsession, you might say..........Current read: google preview of Paul Ferrara's "Flash of Eden"
If it had not been for JDM, I would NEVER have majored in Philosophy/Continental European Literature-Poetry-Theory and received an actual fairly-useless degree.....probably would be a Forest Ranger wandering the trails lamenting the fires in these local California mountains by now......
Edited by Crimson_King, 12 July 2013 - 10:13 PM.
"Naked we come, Bruised we go.....Nude pastry for the slow soft worms below" - JDM