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Crossett Book Displays: Dark Academia

Book displays featured at Crossett Library.

A Secret History by Donna Tartt, '86

The list below are books that Donna Tartt said were important her to when she wrote The Secret History.

Baccha by Euripedes, particularly the Lattimore edition

Phaedrus and Apology by Plato

Also, the works of George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh, the novels of Vladimir Nabokov and Cold Heaven by Brian Moore.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Bunny by Mona Awad

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

If We Were Villians by M. L. Rio

Tangerine by Christine Mangan MFA '04

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou

Babel by R. F. Kuang

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates

Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer

These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever

Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw