That Patti Smith’s a Real Name-Dropper

If you read Patti Smith’s smash hit M Train and your hand got tired scribbling down all the literary allusions for later review, you’re welcome (or actually, less “you’re welcome” and more “thank you Word Bookstores“):

EVERY AUTHOR AND EVERY BOOK MENTIONED IN M TRAIN:

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Beach Cafe by Mohammed Mrabet
Paul Verlaine, poet
The Thief’s Journal by Jean Genet
William S. Burroughs, writer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Amulet by Roberto Bolano
2666 by Roberto Bolano
Alfred Wegener, writer, scientist, and arctic explorer
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Anna Akhmatova, poet
Vladimir Mayakovsky, poet
Friedrich Schiller, poet
Winter Trees by Sylvia Plath
The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen
After-Dinner Declarations by Nicanor Parra
Letters from Iceland by W.H. Auden
The Petting Zoo by Jim Carroll
After Nature by W.G. Sebald
The Story of Davy Crockett by Enid Meadowcroft
The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
Kurt Wallander mysteries by Henning Mankell
A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelly
A Dog of Flanders by Ouida
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by Cesar Aira
A Night of Serious Drinking by Rene Daumal
Wittgenstein’s Poker by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
Wallenstein by Friedrich Schiller
The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera by Bertram David Wolfe
The Confusions of Young Torless by Robert Musil
Women of Cairo by Gerard de Nerval
Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin
Songs of Innocence by William Blake
Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
The Messiah by Bruno Schulz
Black Spring by Henry Miller
Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
The First Man by Albert Camus
Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees
The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai
Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Hawk Moon by Sam Shepard
A Scarcity of Love by Anna Kavan
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Isabelle Eberhardt, writer
Tennessee Williams, writer
Jane Bowles, writer
Mohamed Choukri, writer
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Algernon Charles Swinburne, writer
Robert Graves, writer
Herman Hesse, writer
Samuel Beckett, writer
Arthur Rimbaud, poet

Of course, these link back to Word Bookstores for purchase, but you’re welcome to search our catalog to read them for free. (Sorry, guys. I can’t quite bring myself to do the footwork for you on this giant, sprawling list… Click on M Train up at the top, though, to see where we’ve got it on-shelf.)

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