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 Collected Works by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Greek Myths by Robert Graves
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins
Sunset at Blandings by P.G. Wodehouse
(via Open Culture)