Books That Have Inspired Joan Didion, Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith, and More

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It's been said that to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader. Of course, then, your favorite authors have favorites of their own. Some influences seem natural (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, is a devotee of Stephen King's chilling work) and others are more surprising (David Foster Wallace once listed Erica Jong's feminist classic Fear of Flying as an influence). Find out who's lit the creative flame of the writers who've inspired you.

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