Morgan Freeman’s Favorite Books 

Actor Morgan Freeman has one of the most illustrious careers and is still going strong. His five-decade has made him into a household name. We know a lot about his favorite type of movies which made us want to see what he enjoys reading. That is why we will be listing Morgan Freeman’s favorite books. Keep reading to find out what they are! 

When you hear Freeman’s distinctive voice, you know it is him before even seeing him. He first rose to fame in the 1970’s for his role in the children’s television series The Electric Company. In the 1990’s, Freeman rose to stardom with his roles in the movies Shawshank Redemption and Seven.  

Actor Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman’s favorite books

The gifted actor has been the recipient of many accolades throughout his career such as an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2011, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2012, and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2018. 

Morgan Freeman’s Favorite Books 

  1. The Bible  
  2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell  
  3. At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen 
  4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville  
  5. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver 

The Bible   

The first book on Freeman’s list is The Bible. As to why he chose that book, Morgan says “It’s just an interesting read. Genesis is the best part.”  

Black Beauty  

Freeman’s second book on the list happens to be the first book he read. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is a book Freeman stumbled upon and has been a favorite of his ever since. 

“It was the first book I read,” Freeman said. “I don’t recall if it was a librarian who [suggested it] or if I just stumbled on it, but the idea of reading a book – not a comic book – was part of it. This was in the ’40s, when all we had for entertainment was radio and the movies, so reading was a big deal.” 

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 

At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Mathhiessen is the third book to make the list. “He’s a terrific writer and I liked the subject matter – the attempt to spread the Baptist religion around the world, and the damage it can do,” said Freeman about the book. 

Moby Dick 

Classic novel Moby Dick
Moby Dick

Coming in fourth is the classic novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville. This book made Freeman fall in love with the sea.  

“This classic instilled an interest in sailing and began my lifelong love of the sea,” said Freeman. 

The Poisonwood Bible 

And lastly, the fifth and final book to make the list is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Instead of focusing on the book, Freeman decides to compliment women writers. 

“Some of the best writers are women writers – Barbara Kingsolver, Joyce Carol Oates,” says Freeman. “They just don’t get enough play.” 


That is all for Morgan Freeman’s favorite books. What did you think of his list? How many of these have you read? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading! 

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