Free Individual
For The Joy Of Living
Literature, Books, Authors
This reference page is part of the, "Book," section of Freedom Strategies. It is included as a reference because knowledge is the most important resource there is for achieving one's freedom and enjoying one's life.

"Knowledge And Work," is "The Only Path To Success And Happiness," and knowledge is not possible without learning, and there is no more affective to learn than reading and no one can learn all it is possible to learn without reading.

Of course, the whole purpose of reading is not didacdic. Reading upens up entire worlds of ideas, knowledge, experience, even if viacarious, and stimulates one's own imagination and inspiration unknwon to those who do not read. Not reading is depriving one's self of the most enjoyable and fulfilling of all intellectual pleasure after creative thinking.

Outside Sources

The following links are to sites listing various reading resources. They are not provided as recommendations but as, "menues," of what is available to feed a hungry mind. You must use your own judgement guided by your own values and tastes to choose what to read. These resources can only tell you what is available.

Freedom Individual Author List

The following lists of authors are not to be considered recommendations. These are authors this reader has found value in, even when difficult to read or containing views contrary to my own, because they helped expand my own horizon of possible ideas, both good and bad, and because they enriched my own intellectual experience.

One always learns from what one reads, but none of these authors are listed as didactic, but rather as an intellectual banquet to be enjoyed. Nevertheless, this is a minimal list of authors one should be familiar with. There are literally hundreds of other authors one should read in history, science, philosophy, and literature generally. This is a starter list.

Louisa May Alcott
Kingsley Amis
Sherwood Anderson
Jane Austen
Honore de Balzac
Simone de Beauvoir
Samuel Beckett
Saul Bellow
Stephen Vincent Benet
Ambrose Bierce
Anne Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Pearl S Buck
John Bunyan
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Samuel Butler
Erskine Caldwell
Albert Camus
Truman Capote
Lewis Carroll
Willa Cather
Miguel de Cervantes
Geoffrey Chaucer
G. K. Chesterton
Wilkie Collins
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Joseph Conrad
James Fenimore Cooper
Stephen Crane
Roald Dahl
Daniel Defoe
Charles Dickens
Denis Diderot
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Theodore Dreiser
Daphne Du Maurier
Lawrence Durrell
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Alexandre Dumas
George Eliot
William Faulkner
Henry Fielding
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gustave Flaubert
Ian Fleming
Ford Madox Ford
E. M. Forster
Romain Gary
Andre Gide
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nikolai Gogol
Maxim Gorky
Graham Greene
Joseph Heller
Thomas Hardy
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Robert A. Heinlein
Mark Helprin **
Ernest Hemingway
Hermann Hesse
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
William Dean Howells
Victor Hugo
Aldous Huxley
Washington Irving
Henry James
Franz Kafka
Jack Kerouac
Stephen King
Rudyard Kipling
Ring Lardner
D. H. Lawrence
C. S Lewis
Sinclair Lewis
Jack London
H. P. Lovecraft
Andre Malraux
Katherine Mansfield
Christopher Marlowe
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
W. Somerset Maugham
Guy de Maupassant
George Macdonald
Herman Melville
H. H. Munro (Saki)
Vladimir Nabokov
Joyce Carol Oates
Flannery O'Connor
John O'Hara
O. Henry
George Orwell
Dorothy Parker
John Dos Passos
Boris Pasternak
Edgar Allan Poe
Katherine Anne Porter
Alexanader Sergeyevich Pushkin
Ayn Rand
Rainer Maria Rilke
Alexander Pushkin
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Salman Rushdie
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
J. D. Salinger
George Sand
William Saroyan
Jean-Paul Sartre
Dorothy L. Sayers
Sir Walter Scott
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nevil Shute
Upton Sinclair
Gertrude Stein
John Steinbeck
Robert Louis Stevenson
Harriet Beecher-Stowe
Jonathan Swift
William Makepeace Thackeray
Henry David Thoreau
James Thurber
J. R. R. Tolkien
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy
Anthony Trollope
Mark Twain
John Updike
Jules Verne
Gore Vidal
Kurt Vonnegut
Evelyn Waugh
H. G. Wells
Edith Wharton
Oscar Wilde
P. G. Wodehouse
Tom Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe
Virginia Woolf
Philip Wylie **
Emile Zola


Anton Chekhov
Lillian Hellman
Henrik Ibsen
Ben Jonson
William Shakespeare
George Bernard Shaw
Oscar Wilde
Thornton Wilder
Tennessee Williams


William Blake
Robert Burns
Lord, George Gordon Byron
Anton Chekhov
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
e. e. cummings
John Donne
T. S. Eliot
Robert Frost
John Keats
Edward Lear
Mikhail Lermontov
Vachel Lindsay
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Edna St. Vincent Millay
John Milton
Ezra Pound
Christina Rossetti
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
George Sand
William Shakespeare
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Ivan Turgenev
Walt Whitman
William Wordsworth

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Douglas Adams
Isaac Asimov
Ray Bradbury
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Arthur C. Clarke
Michael Crichton
Philip K. Dick
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Ralph Ellison
Robert A. Heinlein
C.S. Lewis
George Orwell
Robert Louis Stevenson
Jules Verne
Vernor Vinge
Kurt Vonnegutbr
H. G. Wells


Agatha Christie
Raymond Chandler
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Ian Fleming
Dashiell Hammett
P. D. James


The Thousand and One Nights

Young Readers

Louisa May Alcott

Hans Christian Andersen
Lewis Carroll
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
—(Brothers Grimm)
Rudyard Kipling
Just So Stories
A. A. Milne
Jame Whitcomb Riley
Poems Of Children
Robert Louis Stevenson
A Child's Garden of Verse
E. B. White
Charlotte's Web

James Boswell
Winston Churchill
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Benjamin Franklin
Samuel Johnson
H. L. Mencken
Michel de Montaigne
Thomas Paine
Samuel Pepys
Henry David Thoreau
Alexis de Tocqueville

Some Authors Not Recommended

It is not up to anyone to decide what is best for anyone else. The following authors are among those I've discovered take a great deal of effort to read while providing very little of value to the reader. Nevertheless, everyone is different, so regard these as warnings to be very discerning if you choose to read these authors.

William S. Burroughs
James Joyce
Thomas Mann
Anais Nin
Marcel Proust
Marquis de Sade
Hunter S. Thompson

**These authors may be difficult to find.

[NOTE: This page is a work-in-progress. There will be frequent additions and updates, so check in often.]

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