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    David Copperfield

    Top Ten Books

    “I wish I had more time to read,” David Copperfield says — it’s no wonder his time is limited, considering his schedule as the most commercially successful illusionist in history, according to Forbes. Among his achievements are 21 Emmy Awards, 11 Guinness World Records, French knighthood, a star in Hollywood, and being dubbed a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

    “Telling memorable, affecting stories is what I've strived to do my whole career. Anyone can pull a rabbit out of a hat. But how did the rabbit get in the hat? What's he hiding from? Whose hat is it? Why a hat? How long has it been there? That's what makes an effect memorable, engraving a story into it. (By the way, I've never pulled a rabbit out of a hat.)”

    As for his list, Copperfield says, “The books that are on my top ten list are books by master storytellers. Writers who know their way around a narrative, and who tell it beautifully.”

    Below are David Copperfield’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.

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    David Hare


    King Lear

    William Shakespeare

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    Dev Hynes


    Coltrane on Coltrane: The John Coltrane Interviews

    edited by Chris DeVito

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    Donald Robertson


    Once Upon a Time

    Slim Aarons

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    Doug Rushkoff


    Cosmic Trigger

    Robert Anton Wilson

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    Drew Barrymore


    All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

    Robert Fulghum

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    Edmund White


    The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    Richard Flanagan

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    Eileen Myles


    Selected Poems

    Medbh McGuckian

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    Eleanor Friedberger


    Division Street: America

    Studs Terkel

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    Eric Ripert



    Jacques Prevert 

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