A Look at the Titles in Famous Authors’ Libraries

Mark Twain

The “Great American Novelist” had multiple biblical texts in his possession, which makes sense given the number of essays he’s written on religion and his frank views on the subject. Although Twain has stated that his favorite book he ever wrote was his tome on Joan of Arc, we didn’t spot any historical texts about the French heroine. Knowing Twain’s penchant for witticisms, we can understand why he’d own an 1882 copy of Short Sayings of Great Men. The writer also seemed to adore reading poetry, various fables (including Aesop’s), classic works like The Scarlet Letter, and books of letters ¬— like the one German nationalist hero Otto Fürst von Bismarck wrote to his wife between 1846 and 1889.