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The Ultimate Mad Men Reading List

Depressed that Mad Men is no more? Read your way through the pain.

You can continue your Mad Men obsession by reading every single book that was featured on the show, thanks to Billy Parrott, the Managing Librarian of the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library. Parrott has compiled the complete “Mad Men Reading List,” and it is an impressive labor of book love.

“Some of the books on the list are featured more prominently in the series than others,” Parrott explains, “but all are a great way to gain insight into the episodes and the social and cultural times in which the series is set.” Amen.

You can browse through all the books, organized season by season, or, if you prefer, you can also search by character. (Here’s Sally’s reading list, and a PDF of other picks based on character.)

Keep scrolling for some of the most prominently featured books from the series. Which have you read?

Meditations in an Emergency, by Frank O’Hara

The Best of Everything, by Rona Jaffe

Confessions of an Advertising Man, by David Ogilvy

Babylon Revisited and Other Stories, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, by Ruth Benedict

, by Leon Uris

Ship of Fools, by Katherine Ann Porter

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence

The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

The Agony and the Ecstasy, by Irving Stone

The Group, by Mary McCarthy

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon

Published on 28 Sep 2015

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