In the novel, Charlie’s teacher, Bill, assigns him various books to read. Charlie describes them all as his favorites.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The book also references a book of poems by E. E. Cummings, The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts, a book by Anne Rice, and an autobiography of a woman who was a character in Reds, most likely Emma Goldman. The poem “A Person /A Paper /A Promise” by Dr. Earl Reum is also mentioned.

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