Favorite Books: John Ellis


  1. Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim
  2. Jane Austen: Emma
  3. Honoré de Balzac: Old Goriot
  4. Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights
  5. Charles Dickens: David Copperfield
  6. E.T.A. Hoffmann: The Devil’s Elixir
  7. Heinrich von Kleist: Michael Kohlhaas
  8. John Le Carré: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  9. Richard Llewellyn: How Green Was My Valley
  10. Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
  11. Anon: The Nibelungenlied


  1. Alexander Alekhine: My Best Games of Chess (2 volumes)
  2. Robert Edgerton: Sick Societies
  3. David Hume: Treatise of Human Nature
  4. Paul Johnson: Churchill
  5. Myron Magnet: The Dream and the Nightmare
  6. Robert Massie: Peter the Great
  7. Tom Sowell: A Conflict of Visions
  8. E.M. Wilkinson and L.A. Willoughby: Goethe, Poet and Thinker
  9. William K Wimsatt: The Verbal Icon
  10. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations

John M. Ellis is professor emeritus of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and president of the California Association of Scholars. He is a founder and former governing council member of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.

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