The Education of an Artist (reading and movie list)

Primo Levi, The Periodic Table
Alessandro Manzoni, I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed)
Gustaw Herling, The Island
Benvenuto Cellini, Autobiography
Tomasi di Lampedusa, Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
St. Augustine, Confessions
Dante, Inferno
Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma
Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Balzac, Pere Goriot; Cousin Bette
Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Tolstoy, War and Peace
Dostoyevsky, “The Grand Inquisitor” from The Brothers Karamazov
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
Keats, Letters
Shelley, The Cenci
Zola, Germinal
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams; Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
James Reston, Jr., Galileo
Andre Malraux, Man’s Fate
Michelangelo, Poems and Letters
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress
Vasari, Lives of the Artists
Fielding, Joseph Andrews
Van Gogh, Letters
Camus, The Plague
Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year
Kenneth Clark, Leonardo da Vinci
Boccaccio, Decameron
Meryle Secrest, Being Bernard Berenson
Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels
Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time
Jose Saramago, Blindness
Petrarch, Secretum
Maugham, Then and Now
Clemente Fusero, The Borgias
Wharton, Glimpses of the Moon
Wharton, Short Stories (esp. “Coming Home,” “The Hermit and the Wild Woman,” “The House of The Dead Hand”)
Mark Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Katz, The Battle for Rome
Fischer, Washington’s Crossing
Valerie Martin, Salvation
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve
Francine Du Plessix Gray,The Queen’s Lover
Harry Mulisch, The Assault and Siegfried
Andre Maurois, Climates
Simon Schama, Rembrandt’s Eye
John Keegan, The Face of Battle
Robert Harris, An Officer and a Spy

 

Pietro’s Required Viewing

As It Is In Heaven
Seraphine
Cinema Paradiso
Heaven
Trust
Amarcord