The errolist of books

20 Jul


Dear fellow Flynn fans,

Errol had high hopes as a writer, but he was an avid reader in the first place. Books had a great influence on his aspirations of life. Travelogues for example led him to exotic far away places.

Shelley Winters admitted in her biography SHIRLEY to have borrowed (for life) a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald`s “The great Gatsby” off the bookshelf at Mullholland Farm.

Which other oeuvres do we know of that they were read by our Hollywood hero?

Please post them with the source of your knowledge down below.


— shangheinz


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    July 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm



    Source: MWWW

    • Tina

      September 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      If anybody is interested, here is the complete script of the L’aiglon in English, a play in six acts.…

      Son of Napoleon Bonaparte
      Nicknamed The Eaglet = L’aiglon
      Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, Prince Imperial, King of Rome, known in the Austrian court as Franz from 1814 onward, Duke of Reichstadt
      was the son of Napoleon I,
      Born: March 20, 1811, Tuileries Palace, Paris
      Died: July 22, 1832, Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria
      Buried: Les Invalides, Paris, France
      House: House of Bonaparte
      Parents: Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Louise, Archduchess of Austria.…

      His Mother:
      Marie Louise, Archduchess of Austria and daughter of Franz II, Holy Roman Emperor of Austria

  2. Gentleman Tim

    July 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm


    Source: Flynn, in MWWW, inter alia

  3. Gentleman Tim

    July 25, 2016 at 12:14 am




  4. Gentleman Tim

    July 25, 2016 at 12:33 am

    “The Phenomenon of the Ovaries of the Echidna” (No photo or confirming info found.)



    – Darwin essentialy confirmed by MWWW.

  5. David DeWitt

    July 25, 2016 at 2:00 am

    There was a book on his bookcase shelf about GOYA and four or five others. I can’t see the titles clearly in the photo I found tonight. Years ago, I had a hires image and could see them but memory is fleeting … I think one was about Gaugin.

    • Gentleman Tim

      July 25, 2016 at 3:48 am

      Great memory, David! I think there’s a volume on Van Gogh, too.


      P.S. One of these would look good on Jack’s new bookshelf, too!

  6. Gentleman Tim

    July 25, 2016 at 3:44 am


    Essentially confirmed by MWWW.

  7. Gentleman Tim

    July 26, 2016 at 7:37 am


    • Tina

      September 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Does anybody know what book Errol an Ann are reading?
      Errol looks rather puzzled?

      • Gentleman Tim

        September 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

        That’s The Edge of Darkness by William Woods, Tina.


        • Tina

          September 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

          Thanks Tim, much appreciated!
          I googled William Woods but nothing came up and I could not quite read the title. I know that Ann’s and Errol’s image is from the Edge of Darkness.
          Did you see my post of the script book of L’aiglon?

          • Gentleman Tim

            September 12, 2017 at 1:15 am

            I saw your L’aiglon post pop up momentarily, Tina. Irksome Irma has kepy me so busy though, never had a chance to open the link and read..


            • Tina

              September 12, 2017 at 2:56 am

              Hi Tim;
              I hope you are not in Florida with IRMA? That would be terrible. I am so sorry for all those people suffering what Irma is doing to them. Please let us know you are not in Florida!
              Take care!

              • Gentleman Tim

                September 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm

                Thanks so much for your kind concern, Tina. Yes, I am in F.L.A., but I’m A-OK. We dodged the bullet in Boca, only minor impact, though power is out in some locations.

                Here’s a photo from down near where Errol used to hide fro JW and Lili:


                • Tina

                  September 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm

                  Hi Tim;
                  I am glad you are ok!
                  I have seen these pictures on TV. As per news reports I hear that IRMA has now subsided to a tropical storm and has lost her wrath and also reports say that Canadian electricians are on their way to help to restore the electricity. I just hope that Jose doesn’t cause havoc too.
                  It is frightening what weather patterns we have. I just hope that Al Gore’s predictions are not the ultimate truth. A very depressive and frightening thought!
                  Take care!

  8. shangheinz

    July 26, 2016 at 8:25 am


    Who can Tell?

  9. Gentleman Tim

    August 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm


    Source: Oral Account given at Coronado Film Festival, January 2016. Spoken to Rory, in the presence of Sean, Leonard Maltin, and Richard Rush, among others (including my elder son and I, and dozens of other Flynn Fans.)

    Rory & Sean in Coronado!


  10. shangheinz

    September 15, 2016 at 11:37 am


    Henry David Thoreau`s “Walden”.
    See: “Thoreau and Errol Flynn” by Robert H. Woodward/ Thoreau Society Bulletin from Fall 1982

  11. shangheinz

    September 22, 2016 at 9:11 am


    Lecturing a German crowd on the skinsey report.

  12. Gentleman Tim

    September 25, 2016 at 2:36 am

    bonsoir, biblioheinz

    In 1950’s Paris, I suspect Errol may have studied the beatifully stacked books (and it’s very attractive cover) featured in the video clip below, commencing at 1:55.


  13. Gentleman Tim

    September 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Here’s a topical tropical one, shantiquarianheinz:…

  14. Gentleman Tim

    September 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    The Journals of Paul Gauguin


  15. Gentleman Tim

    September 12, 2017 at 1:22 am

    The Works of Australian Legend, Banjo Peterson.


  16. Gentleman Tim

    September 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm


  17. Gentleman Tim

    September 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    My source for the last three books – The Journals of Paul Gauguin, The Man from Snowy River, and Lost Weekend – is the following masterwork by Tom McNulty. Thank you Tom!



  18. Gentleman Tim

    September 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm


  19. shangheinz

    December 5, 2017 at 7:51 am


    Aldous Huxley opened doors of perception to enter a brave new world. In 1936 Errol followed his footsteps and engaged himself in an eyeless trip to Gaza.

  20. shangheinz

    April 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm


    If not read, it was at least signed by Errol and a bunch of other movie stars.

  21. Gentleman Tim

    June 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Errol read The Good Companions by J.B.Priestley in Papua New Guinea. He considered it “wonderful” and was greatly impressed by Priestley’s “gift of expression” , including his ability to describe the book’s various characters.


  22. shangheinz

    December 15, 2022 at 2:22 pm


    Errol probably read this, it may have put him on the course to Beams End, or even on The cruise of the Zaca.