rushthatspeaks: (sparklepony only wants to read)
rushthatspeaks ([personal profile] rushthatspeaks) wrote in [personal profile] melannen 2017-02-18 07:38 am (UTC)

Oh, man, that list of other titles is fascinating!

Of forty listed books:

Three are now considered classics, and widely available (Thurber, Thackeray, The Ox-Bow Incident); an additional one is now considered a great childrens' classic (The Yearling). Four authors are, I think, at the level of household name (Thurber, Twain, Whitman, Thackeray), and another several are people one is likely to have heard of if one is interested in their genre (Saroyan, Philip Wylie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Algernon Blackwood).

One is by an author who is a household name but not remotely for this, Ludwig Bemelmans, whom I had not known wrote for adults.

Two I have randomly heard of somewhere but cannot place at all when, where, or why: Young Man with a Horn and Bromfield's The Farm.

And two absolutely shock me, because nowadays they are hard to find, expensive, and sought out only by those who delve deeply into the author's genre, so that I am amazed they were ever issued as widely as they apparently were, and wonder what happened between then and now to cause them to drop out of sight: Elizabeth Goudge's Green Dolphin Street and Thorne Smith's The Night Life of the Gods. (I suppose I had known the Goudge was well-known enough for MGM to make a movie, but that still confuses me, too.)

Actually a pretty good hit ratio for books that are still relevant seventy-odd years later!

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