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Mad Men: The Literary Hits

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Twain, Mark (Paperback - 2001 ) FICTION coll. Closed Stacks and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Henry Francis reads the classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in season four, episode 13.

Babylon Revisited and Other Stories
Babylon Revisited and Other Stories By Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Book - 1996 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:In season two, episode three, Arthur Case recommends the F. Scott Fitzgerald story "A Diamond as Big as the Ritz." Later in the episode Betty's reading Babylon Revisited and Other Stories which contains the recommended story.

The Best of Everything
The Best of Everything A Novel By Jaffe, Rona (Paperback - 2005 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Don Draper picks up a copy to read in season one, episode six, in an attempt to find out what women want for an advertising campaign.

The Crying of Lot 49
The Crying of Lot 49 By Pynchon, Thomas (Paperback - 2006 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Pete Campbell is reading Pychon's postmodern novella on his commute to work in season five, episode eight.

The Fixer
The Fixer By Malamud, Bernard (Paperback - 2004 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:In season five, episode seven, Don Draper is reading The Fixer by Malamud in bed. When Megan teases him that her father will still like him even though he reads James Bond, Don replies, "You know what? This is a good book. You should read it."

The Group
The Group A Novel By McCarthy, Mary (eBook - 2013 ) View electronic book »

Annotation:Betty is reading the McCarthy novel in season three, episode 10, which was a bestseller in 1963.

Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon By Brown, Margaret Wise (Book - 2005 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Pete reads the 1947 children's classic to his daughter in season five, episode 11.

The Inferno
The Inferno By Dante Alighieri (Book - 1996 ) PQ4315.2.C5 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Season six opens with Don Draper reading Dante's Inferno on the beach in Hawaii. Sylvia, the woman he's having an affair with, lent him the book.

Lady Chatterley's Lover
Lady Chatterley's Lover By Lawrence, D. H. (Paperback - 2011 ) FICTION

Annotation:Joan Holloway returns a borrowed copy of the novel to an office mate in season one, episode three.

The Last Picture Show
The Last Picture Show By McMurtry, Larry (Paperback - 1994 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Sylvia is shown reading The Last Picture show in season six, episode seven. Later in the episode she passes along the book to Don.

Meditations in An Emergency
Meditations in An Emergency By O'Hara, Frank (Book - 1996 ) PS3529.H28M4 1996 and more… All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:In season two, episode one, Don asks an artsy type in a bar if it's good. The guy replies that he doesn't think Don will like it. Don's reading the poetry book at home later in the episode.

Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby By Levin, Ira (Book - 1991 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Sally is shown reading Rosemary's Baby, which was published in 1967, in bed in season six, episode eight.

Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools By Porter, Katherine Anne (Paperback - 1984 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:In season two, episode nine, Betty picks up this novel by Katherine Anne Porter, which was a Book of the Month Club selection in 1962.

The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury By Faulkner, William (Paperback - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:In season two, episode 11, Don attends a convention in Los Angeles and meets Joy, a beautiful young bohemian type. Later in bed, Don notices she's reading The Sound and the Fury and asks if it's good. She replies that it is okay.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold By Le Carré, John (Paperback - 2001 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:In season four, episode 13, Don is reading The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John LeCarre. It's the "best spy novel of all-time" according to Publishers Weekly.

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Mad Men is a series rich in literary references. Here's a selection of our favorite works of literature featured in the show.


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