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From Lampedusa to the Magna Carta
July 29 2008
After sitting on my reading list for years, I finally got to The Leopard by Lampedusa (strangely for me, just after I finished the book, the NY Times ran two articles about Lampedusa and his 50 year old book). It was riveting, but in a way that was hard to explain to others - I lost most people around the time I said "do you remember who Garibaldi was?". I couldn't stop thinking that Lampedusa ... more

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Herman Melville

Misunderstood in his time, and now revered, his works are strikingly modern and readable.

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The author of perhaps the single most influential book since the Bible.

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Joshua Slocum

The first man to sail alone around the world inspired generations of small boat skippers.

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A literate, sensitive pacifist who set much of his writing at sea.


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America's first celebrity writer.

Jack London

Adventurer and story teller who loved the wilderness and the oceans of the West and the Pacific.


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