For readers wanting suggestions for additional reading related to The Rope Walk, we have compiled a list of the books mentioned in the novel itself. What better way to enter into Alice’s world than to read the books that she, a book lover herself, loved?
Alice reads from The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1953. This edition is based on the classic edition in 8 volumes edited by Ruben Gold Thwaites of the Wisconsin State Historical Society published in 1904-1905 by Dodd, Mead & Co.
A new, authoritative edition of the journals was published for the bicentennial of the expedition. Edited by Gary Moulton in 13 volumes, it was published by the University of Nebraska Press (1983-2001), which also issued a one-volume abridged edition (413 pages) for general readers in 2003.
The most popular account of the expedition is Stephen Ambrose’s magisterial Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West (1996).
Golden Guide to Seashells of the World, by R. Tucker Abbott, Herbert S. Zim, George Sandstrom, and Marita Sandstrom (p. 41*)
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (p. 48)
The Wind Boy, by Ethel Cook Eliot (p. 57)
Alice’s “most beloved books” (p. 90):
- Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
- The Narnia Chronicles, by C. S. Lewis
- A Story Like the Wind, by Laurens van der Post
- Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
- The Once and Future King, by T. H. White
- The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame (also p. 288)
Collected Poems 1928-1953, by Stephen Spender (p.113)
Robert the Quail. Perhaps the title is That Quail, Robert by Margaret A. Stanger. (p. 173)
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (p. 288)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (p. 298)
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, by Beatrice Potter (p. 305)
*page numbers are from the paperback edition