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The Greatest Books You'll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the… (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Bernard Richards (Author)

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Title:The Greatest Books You'll Never Read: Unpublished masterpieces by the world's greatest writers
Authors:Bernard Richards (Author)
Info:Cassell (2015), Edition: 01, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:2017-01 January, Bibliography, Shelfmark PN511 .RI

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The Greatest Books You'll Never Read by Bernard Richards (2015)



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Professor Bernard Richards has put together a fascinating list of various unpublished, unfinished and original versions of books and manuscripts from famous authors. One must remember of course that there are often good reasons why something has not been published (I refer to Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" as a case in point), but there are some pieces in there which I feel deserve a look. Sadly, due to my lack of time and financial resources I doubt that I will ever be able to secure copies of the texts I am interested in, and suspect that they will remain forever on my "never read" list. Interesting. ( )
  SarahEBear | Jan 16, 2016 |
The Greatest Books You'll Never Read is a glossy, colorful, entertaining compilation of the stories behind literary works by major authors that remain either unfinished and unpublished or published in an incomplete form. Some of these works, like such as Stephen King's early novel The House on Value Street, were simply abandoned, and others, such as Christopher Marlowe's epic poem "Hero and Leander" were not finished due to the untimely death of the author. Herman Melville's elusive "The Isle of the Cross" may have been a novel, or a short story, or perhaps it never existed at all. Elements of John Updike's early coming-of-age novel Willow appear in his later works, but the only surviving manuscript is under lock and key until October 1, 2029.

Some of these orphaned works may eventually see the light of day, and others are lost forever. In each case the contributors to this volume ask themselves how likely it would be that the missing parts of the work will be found, or perhaps reconstructed by another writer. In almost every case the answer is: don't hold your breath. This may be a loss for scholars, but not for the reading public as a whole. These days, few readers are clamoring for more stanzas of The Faerie Queene.

Each brief chapter is written by one of several contributors, and is illustrated by an artfully rendered proposed cover for the work in question. I read this book straight through from beginning to end, but it would be a good choice for casual browsing as well. ( )
  akblanchard | Jan 7, 2016 |
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"Why was Thomas Hardy's first novel never published? What happened to the manuscript of the long promised 'magnum opus' that Truman Capote never delivered? Why did Heinrich B?oll abandon his Paradise Lost? These and many other intriguing mysteries are uncovered in this comprehensive guide to literature's lost and unfinished masterpieces. From a creative crisis to a dissatisfied editor, and from a bizarre twist of fate to an untimely death, behind each unpublished book lies a unique and compelling story. One of the giants of modern literature, Ernest Hemingway, saw three years of work, including a novel and several short stories, vanish when his wife's suitcase was stolen in the Gare de Lyon in Paris. Evelyn Waugh, on the other hand, burned the manuscript of his first novel and attempted to drown himself after a friend gave it a bad review. Covering an eclectic range of international authors, both living and dead, The Greatest Books You'll Never Read unearths an alternative literary history that is fascinating and heartbreaking in equal measure."--provided from Amazon.com.… (more)

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