In October of 2011, just two months before his passing, Christopher Hitchens accepted the Richard Dawkins Award at the Texas Freethought Convention. While taking questions from the audience, 8-year-old Mason Crumpacker asked if he could recommend any books for her to read. Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the girl, writing out a list that included Shakespearean satires, Greek mythology, and classic tales by Wodehouse and Dickens.

Read on for Hitchens’ recommendations, and find a full account of the encounter here.


The Complete Works by William Shakespeare (also rec’d by Jane GoodallNelson Mandela)

The Collected Works by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Greek Myths by Robert Graves

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (also rec’d by Maya Angelou)

Sunset at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse

(via Open Culture)

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Christopher Hitchens' Reading List For An 8-Year-Old Girl

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