Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at 4th Estate! We’ve made a mixtape of literary lovesongs for you. Aren’t we just adorable?
1. A Good Man Is Hard to Find – Sufjan Stevens
A deceptively pleasant song from the perspective of a serial killer character in Flannery O’Connor’s short story collection of the same name.
2. Now My Heart Is Full – Morrissey
Miserable Mancunian references the gangsters from Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.
3. Two Dancers – Wild Beasts
Satyr-like Leeds quartet erotically invoke Henry Miller’s Sexus.
4. Charlotte Sometimes – The Cure
Goths steal time-travel-themed children’s book’s title to appellate a haunting love song.
5. Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground
Lou Reed intones doomily over druggy drones, sonically rendering naughty novel from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, father of masochism.
6. Funny Little Frog – Belle & Sebastian
Okay, so this song doesn’t reference a book, but the band’s name does…
7. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
Elementally talented teenager writes and performs best novel-named song ever without reading novel in question.
8. Lolita – Lana del Rey
Pop star croons song inspired by Nabokov’s controversial masterpiece. Legions of teenybopper fans remain none the wiser.
9. Tender – Blur
Britpop also-rans steal lines from Fitzgerald’s best novel.
10. Sylvia Plath – Ryan Adams
Boyishly handsome alt country star pines for Plathlike muse.
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