Rufus Wainwright: TOP TEN BOOKS


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Described by Sir Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet,” Rufus Wainwright has recorded ten albums, including this year’s Unfollow the Rules, as well as two classical operas. He has also popped up in several movies, including The Aviator and Heights. From show tunes to opera, from the songs of Judy Garland to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Wainwright is a musical chameleon who draws inspiration from history, sexuality, and his own great lineage as the son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. “I am a self-sustaining, vibrant, long-term artist, and I’m not going away,” he once said. Who could doubt him?

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


The Way We Live Now

Anthony Trollope
A brilliant expose on 1870s London during a financial crash eerily similar to what we've been through recently.
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Thomas Hardy
Reading this book caused a kind of romantic awakening when I was younger, and my hair has never risen so high as on the last word of the last chapter.
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Love in the Ruins

Walker Percy
It's both majestically written and utterly hilarious. It encapsulates a lot of the deep, dark southern psyche, which we all love...and hate.
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Madame De Pompadour

Nancy Mitford
An incredible biography by an incredible woman about another incredible woman.
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Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

John Lahr
Very thorough and endlessly entertaining about one of the greats.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis
I was definitely very affected by this when I was a teenager. That began my adventure in reading. I think the Narnia books are perfect books for young people.
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Madame Bovary

Gustave Flaubert
The most perfect novel ever written.
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Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy
The second most perfect novel ever written.
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Wishful Drinking

Carrie Fisher
It's all true and it's all good.
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The Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann
I read this while my mother was ill, dying from cancer, and she decided to try to read it as well. We often shared books and music and so forth, but she couldn't get through it because it was just too personal and too real. She had to put that book down; it's pretty sad.
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