Ellen Gilchrist
Great and startling books have taught and changed me, have made me wish for nobility and dream of changing the world. They have solaced me when I was young and in love, made me laugh at myself for needing solace, and helped me grow old without noticing I had. To choose six out of the hundreds of books that have had their way with me is difficult, but I will try. To be on the list, the book will have to be one that shook me awake and taught me something I would not have learned in any other way, or else a book so beautiful and seductive that when I finished it I immediately went back to page one and started reading it again. I read the first two on this list at least three times before I moved on to other fields.

Ellen Gilchrist is the author of 21 books, including The Cabal and Other Stories, Victory over Japan and In the Land of Dreamy Dreams.

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