Elvis Presley’s book collection includes everything from JFK’s assassination to Gone with the Wind.
Graceland has unveiled highlights from ELVIS PRESLEY’s book collection, which includes everything from Gone with the Wind to the JFK assassination report.
Elvis Presley is famed for his love of television, with 14 television screens in his Graceland estate and three on his private plane, the Lisa Marie. But did you know that The King was a voracious reader as well? Now, some of the volumes in his book collection have been shared across his numerous interests by the Graceland archives.
One admirer asked about Elvis’ favorite books during last month’s virtual live tour of Graceland, which This Website attended.
The subject was raised aboard the Lisa Marie plane, also known as House Dog 1, when historian Angie Marchese was showing us Elvis’ on-board bedroom, which contained a customized reading chair.
“That was Elvis’ reading chair, Elvis was an ardent reader on a wide range of topics,” she explained.
“He did have a box of books that he carried around with him.”
“He liked to write in his books, and whenever he read novels, he would underline in them and write his ideas in the margins,” Angie continued.
“Reading through them is incredibly interesting because you can see what he was thinking while he was reading them.”
“Elvis liked all types of books,” she responded when asked what he preferred to read in particular. From history to athletics, there’s something for everyone.
“I have a lot of spiritual books,” she says. He was very interested in many religions and inspirational books.”
“Even great novels like Gone with the Wind,” Angie remarked. He has a large collection of biographies.
“Also in the collection is the Warren report on JFK.”
President Lyndon B Johnson established the latter, also known as the Warren Commission, through an Executive Order to investigate JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963.
When it came to spiritual books, according to his daughter Lisa Marie, Elvis was a devout Christian.
Lisa Marie revealed in a 2018 interview with Lorraine that Elvis had stacks of spiritual books in his bedroom and workplace.
Both chambers are located upstairs in Graceland, which is completely closed to the public out of respect for what was formerly The King’s personal place.
“He always had books heaped high next to his bed, and they were all religious,” Lisa Marie added. There’s a little office connected to his bedroom if you walk upstairs.
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