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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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    Suzanne Vega


    The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    Carson McCullers

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    Denis Johnson

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    Maggie Nelson


    To the Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf

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    Marianne Faithfull


    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley

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    Betty Fussell


    Crime and Punishment

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    Marlon James


    Epic Traditions of Africa

    Stephen Belcher

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    Pamela Hanson


    Play It As It Lays

    Joan Didion

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    Robert Longo


    The Painted Bird

    Jerzy Kosinski

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    Rufus Wainwright


    Wishful Drinking

    Carrie Fisher

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