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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/17683/mises-favorite-novelists/

Mises’ Favorite Novelists

July 12, 2011 by

The works of four of Mises’ favorite novelists are available in ePub and other formats on the wonderful resource eBooks@Adelaide.

Mises said of these authors, “How poor our lives would be if we had to miss the work of these giants…”


Richard Moss July 12, 2011 at 11:07 am


Where did Mises say that? In his memoirs?

Danny Sanchez July 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

The Anti-Capitalist Mentality

Kafka July 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Interesting, all of this author are French.

Daniel July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

These books are from before socialism was genetically ingrained into the french

Cécile Ptak July 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

“genetically ingrained into the french” … Why Americans are always so extreme ?

augusto July 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

yes, but Victor Hugo didn’t make the list ;-)

Danny Sanchez July 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

In the same paragraph Mises included Hugo as one of the greatest poets. Hugo is also at Adelaide. http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/h/hugo/victor/index.html

Renaud Fillieule July 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Stendhal did not make the list either and he is my favorite French classic novelist. Here what Mises has to say about him in ‘The Anti-Capitalist Mentality’:

“Many critics take pleasure in blaming capitalism for what they call the decay of literature. Perhaps they should rather inculpate their own inability to sift the chaff from the wheat. Are they keener than their predecessors were about a hundred years ago? Today, for instance, all critics are full of praise for Stendhal. But when Stendhal died in 1842, he was obscure and misunderstood.”

Danny Sanchez July 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm
Cécile Ptak July 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

“These books are from before socialism was genetically ingrained into the french” … Isn´t it a little bit extreme ?

Wildberry July 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I wonder if anyone thought to ask Mises if he associated the availability of these great works to the presence of copyrights, by securing the author’s economic rights to the benefits of their scarce means of production.

In HA he seems not to bemoan the possible loss of the works of the mediocre artist, but certainly these authors would have been sorely missed by him.

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