When I could no longer concentrate on Greek and the alphabet began to transmute itself into incoherent triangles and pitchforks, I read The Great Gatsby. It is one of my favourite books and I had taken it out of the library in hopes that it would cheer me up; of course, it only made me feel worse, since in my own humorless state I failed to see anything except what I construed as certain tragic similarities between Gatsby and myself.
– Richard on insomnia and The Great Gatsby
Books Mentioned in The Secret History
Poetics by Aristotle
Agamemnon by Aeschylus
Inferno by Dante
The Iliad by Homer
The Bacchae by Euripedes
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (alongside other mentions of Sherlock Holmes)
Memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Greeks and the Irrational by E.R. Dodds
It was I killed the old pawnbroker woman and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and robbed them.
– A random quotation from Crime and Punishment, without citation, in The Secret History
Other Authors Mentioned
He was pleased, however obscurely, with the aesthetics of the thing…”Like something from Tolstoy, isn’t it?” he remarked.
– Henry making a strange, perhaps not entirely accurate, comparison to Tolstoy
Have you read and enjoyed The Secret History by Donna Tartt? Alternatively, what other ‘books about books’ are favourites of yours?
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