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n+1 Publishes Radical Writers’ Lists of Books That Changed Their Lives

By Harriet Staff


n+1’s fifth small book, No Regrets: Three Discussions, hit the digital bookshelves this month as an e-book published by Emily Books. To expand on a few of the explorations therein, Emily Books invited writers featured in the book to post lists of books that have influenced them the most. And now we know what we’re asking for for Christmas this year. Here’s a few faves:

12 Books That Changed Dodie Bellamy’s Life

Kathy Acker, Great Expectations
Charlotte Bronte, Villette
Catherine Clement, Syncope: The Philosophy of Rapture
Dennis Cooper, My Mark
Robert Kelly, A Controversy of Poets
Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror
László Moholy-Nagy, Vision in Motion
Ovid, Metamorphosis
Sylvia Plath, Ariel
Anne Sexton, Transformations
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Bram Stoker, Dracula


10 Books And 1 Play That Changed Rebecca Brown’s Life

Günter Grass, Cat and Mouse
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Susan Howe, My Emily Dickinson
Franz Kafka, The Great Wall of China
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
William Shakespeare, King Lear
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Gertrude Stein, Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Garry Wills, Why I am a Catholic
Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse
The Bible


10 Books That Changed Barbara Browning’s Life

Anna Akhmatova (translated by Stanley Kunitz), Poems
John Ashbery, The Double Dream of Spring
Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse
André Breton, Nadja
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Harry Mathews, The Journalist
Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais
Gertrude Stein, How to Write
Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques


13 Books That Changed Eileen Myles’s Life

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
Gwendolyn Brooks, Maude Martha
Frank Corny, Stoptime
Judy Grahn, A Woman is Talking to Death
Christopher Isherwood, My Guru & His Disciple
Jill Johnston, Lesbian Nation
Kevin Killian, Bedrooms Have Windows
Violette Le Duc, La Batarde
Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn
Frank O’Hara, The Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara
Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto
Robert Walser, The Walk
John Wieners, Hotel Wentley Poems

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Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.