melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote 2017-02-18 06:11 pm (UTC)

The Thurber and Thakeray and Twain et. al are kind of ringers, though, they were already immortal classics by the time the were picked.

I would probably put Frank Sullivan and Frank Gruber on the "you've heard of them if you know the genre" list, too - Sullivan was in the vicinity of the Algonquian Round Table and I don't know if anyone still *reads* Gruber but if you're into the history of pulps (or Westerns) you can't avoid having heard the name.

Actually, even Peattie isn't that obscure as natural history writers go; I have two of his other books on my "nature books" shelf already and there was a major reprint of his stuff a few years ago.

I suspect they picked books based on a) it's old enough that the publisher will let us have the rights but b) it's still new and popular enough to interest young men. Which probably isn't a bad way to find stuff that will still be relevant decades later!

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