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None other than F. Scott Fitzgerald reportedly concocted an undiscovered syllabus of 22 must-read books four years before his death, dictating it to a nurse assigned to save him from his impending dissolution.
• Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser
• The Life of Jesus, by Ernest Renan
• A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
• Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
• The Old Wives’ Tale, by Arnold Bennett
• The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiel Hammett
• The Red and the Black, by Stendahl
• The Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant, translated by Michael Monahan
• An Outline of Abnormal Psychology, edited by Gardner Murphy
• The Stories of Anton Chekhov, edited by Robert N. Linscott
• The Best American Humorous Short Stories, edited by Alexander Jessup
• Victory, by Joseph Conrad
• The Revolt of the Angels, by Anatole France
• The Plays of Oscar Wilde
• Sanctuary, by William Faulkner
• Within a Budding Grove, by Marcel Proust
• The Guermantes Way, by Marcel Proust
• Swann’s Way, by Marcel Proust
• South Wind, by Norman Douglas
• The Garden Party, by Katherine Mansfield
• War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
Widely considered one America's greatest writers of the 20th Century and the author of the "Great Gatsby," Fitzgerald enumerated the essential books in a sort-of attempt at tutoring Dorothy Richardson, according to OpenCulture.com.
Richardson, a nurse assigned to squire Fitzgerald back to sobriety by a North Carolina hotel at which he was boarding, scribbled the list on a piece of paper, a photograph of which OpenCulture.com published to their site on Friday.
Fitzgerald died in late-1940, after a more-than-decade-long battle with alcoholism. He reportedly suffered two heart attacks prior to his death, and claimed to suffer from a mild bout of tuberculosis.
At the top of the scribbled page, Richardson writes “These are books that Scott thought should be required reading.”