This is a list of some of the literature I love most and have found most inspiring for my own writing. I could add a hundred more, yet these rise to the top, always.
To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
The Tempest and other plays – William Shakespeare
The Metamorphoses – Ovid
A Pale View of Hills and The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Wings of the Dove and other fiction – Henry James
“The Garden Party” and other stories – Katherine Mansfield
Only the Little Bone and other fiction and poetry – David Huddle
The Bluest Eye and Beloved – Toni Morrison
A Small Place and My Brother, Jamaica Kincaid
Atlantis, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, and Dog Days – Mark Doty
“Lifting Belly” and Four Saints in Three Acts -Gertrude Stein
A Room with a View and Howards End – E.M. Forster
Charming Billy, Child of My Heart, After This, Of Weddings and Wakes– Alice McDermott
Children’s book influences: too many to count! Of the thousand books that have continued to delight and influence me, these come first to mind: Madeline; Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown); The Bunny Planet and the Max and Ruby books (Rosemary Wells); Peepo! and Each Peach Pear Plum, and The Jolly Postman, the Ahlbergs; Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One, Kate Duke; Owl Moon, Jane Yolen; Stellaluna, Janell Cannon; Cherry Pies and Lullabies, Lynn Reiser; Where Will You Sleep Tonight? Milly Limmer; Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket, Michele Stepto; and MANY MORE!!