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Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read,…

by Michael Ondaatje (Editor), Michael Redhill (Editor), Esta Spalding (Editor), Linda Spalding (Editor)

Other authors: Margaret Atwood (Contributor), Murray Bail (Contributor), Russell Banks (Contributor), Christian Bok (Contributor), Roo Borson (Contributor)65 more, Robert Boyers (Contributor), Brian Brett (Contributor), Natalee Caple (Contributor), Anne Carson (Contributor), George Elliott Clarke (Contributor), Karen Connelly (Contributor), Carole Corbeil (Contributor), Robert Creeley (Contributor), Sarah Ellis (Contributor), Jeffrey Eugenides (Contributor), Douglas Fetherling (Contributor), Charles Foran (Contributor), Helen Garner (Contributor), Wayne Grady (Contributor), Githa Hariharan (Contributor), Diana Hartog (Contributor), Steven Heighton (Contributor), Michael Helm (Contributor), Greg Hollingshead (Contributor), Anne Holzman (Contributor), Isabel Huggan (Contributor), Laird Hunt (Contributor), Nancy Huston (Contributor), Siri Hustvedt (Contributor), John Irving (Contributor), Pico Iyer (Contributor), Gordon Johnston (Contributor), Wayne Johnston (Contributor), Janice Kulyk Keefer (Contributor), Wendy Lesser (Contributor), Philip Levine (Contributor), Alan Lightman (Contributor), Derek Lundy (Contributor), David Malouf (Contributor), Javier Marias (Afterword), Harry Mathews (Contributor), W. S. Merwin (Contributor), Anchee Min, Jim Moore (Contributor), Erin Moure (Contributor), Susan Musgrave (Contributor), Caryl Phillips (Contributor), Cassandra Pybus (Contributor), Andrew Pyper (Contributor), Bill Richardson (Contributor), Eden Robinson (Contributor), Leon Rooke (Contributor), Jane Rule (Contributor), Joanna Scott (Contributor), Sarah Sheard (Contributor), Eleni Sikelianos (Contributor), Sam Solecki (Contributor), Lawrence Sutin (Contributor), Sharon Thesen (Contributor), Colm Toibin (Contributor), Lola Lemire Tostevin (Contributor), Michael Turner (Contributor), Sedn Virgo (Contributor), Eleanor Wachtel (Contributor), Darren Wershler-Henry (Contributor), Edmund White (Contributor), Rudy Wiebe (Contributor), C.K. Williams (Contributor), Michael Winter (Contributor), Ronald Wright (Contributor)

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The editors of Brick magazine had the idea of celebrating the new century by asking their contributors for short essays about their favourite 'lost classics'- books they treasured and would love to pass on to friends, but that are, for all intents and purposes, forgotten. The next issue contained thirty-two such essays - pithy, witty, passionate, surprising - which led to the idea of soliciting more, and celebrating them again with a book. In Lost Classics you will find Margaret Atwood on sex and death in the scandalous Dr Glas; John Irving on The Headmaster's Papers by Richard A Hawley; Edmund White on The Story of Harold by Terry Andrews; Helen Garner on the delightfully sinister Australian children's epic The Journey of the Stamp Animals; David Malouf on Stendahl's Life of Rossini; Jeffrey Eugenides on The Pilgrim Hawk by G. Westacott; and much more.… (more)
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In this collection of short pieces published in 2000, most only three pages long, 74 authors write about books that have made a lasting impression on them, but which they have lost or that are otherwise hard to find. The works cited are quite eclectic, including major works of fiction, children's books, travelogues and other varieties of non-fiction. While most of the books--and the authors writing about them--were unfamiliar to me, this book is 100% fascinating from beginning to end. It is difficult to put down once you start, assuming, of course, that you are a book lover. Time after time, it demonstrates the power and importance of books, and it shows all the ways, large and small, that they educate and influence the lives we lead.

There is no need to single out individual examples of these authors' reminiscences, since all are interesting and many are memorably written. You'll be looking up these "lost classics" and their authors on the internet in almost every case. I'm happy to report that most of these books are no longer "lost". Some are available in reprints or new editions, and nearly all are available used at reasonable prices from Amazon, abebooks.com, and other sources.

This book will make you think about your own lost classics, and maybe you'll dig one or two up from the back of your double-stacked shelves or the bottom of a box in the back corner of your storeroom. This book itself, I'm happy to say, doesn't appear to have imitated the fate (at least circa 2000) of its subjects. Amazon still has new copies for sale, and it was reprinted in 2011. ( )
1 vote datrappert | Dec 5, 2017 |
It's interesting to read what writers think of books by other authors. This is a collection of short essays about books that had meaning for the readers, who are themselves well-known authors. I started by reading the essays on books that I am familiar with, then those by authors that I have read, and so on. Naturally, with such variety, some were better or more interesting than others. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 8, 2014 |
A keeper. Authors write about obscure books that changed their lives, books we readers should find and read. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
Writers writing about books from their past that have been lost to them. Full of interesting ideas and suggestions. ( )
  mschaefer | May 8, 2007 |
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