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Started by SlasherBindman on Sep 5, 2013 11:58:19 AM
Half-forgotten literary figures

Which writers are due a revival? And which have slipped permanently into obscurity?

A.N. Wilson (Old Men at the Zoo)? Thomas Lovell Beddoes (Death’s Jest Book)? James Thomson (City of the Dreadful Night)? Can we expect Dowson to have a revival? What about C Day Lewis? Does anyone still read George Bernard Shaw? Has Thomas Wolfe been eclipsed?

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dreams99 - 05 Sep 2013 12:10:05 (#2 of 228)

Old Men at the Zoo is by Angus Wilson, not AN Wilson, who is still very much producing dashed off histories and biographies.

SlasherBindman - 05 Sep 2013 12:11:32 (#3 of 228)

Oh bloody hell. Yes, I meant Angus - not the Young Fogey.

Anyway, thread prompted by reading this article:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/23/angus-wilson-darling-dodo

LippyPongstocking - 05 Sep 2013 12:11:39 (#4 of 228)

Bring back Beverley Nichols!

barkis - 05 Sep 2013 12:12:57 (#5 of 228)

As it happens I've just reread "Hemlock and After" by Angus Wilson and I've ordered the next two he wrote (I have two later ones but I've decided to go through them in chronological order). I'd vote for him.

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SlasherBindman - 05 Sep 2013 12:15:08 (#7 of 228)

I read Wilson's the Middle Age of Mrs Eliot years ago and found it an unrewarding slog. Old Men at the Zoo was dramatised by the BBC a few decades ago.

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/480733/

lapsedcat - 05 Sep 2013 12:15:11 (#8 of 228)

Josephine Tey

barkis - 05 Sep 2013 12:16:07 (#9 of 228)

I tried one of Peacock's many years ago and found it a bit like an extended Telegraph editorial.

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SlasherBindman - 05 Sep 2013 12:16:57 (#11 of 228)

Josephine Tey ......I read the Daughter of Time a few months ago and was struck by its similarities with Rear Window.

Man with a broken leg tries to stave off boredom by solving a mystery. Has occasional visits from a glamorous girlfriend.

dreams99 - 05 Sep 2013 12:17:24 (#12 of 228)

I read something recently on Angus Wilson as a forgotten author, how he was a bigwig 40-50 years ago but dropped off the radar quicker than most.

barkis - 05 Sep 2013 12:20:43 (#13 of 228)

I think I read the same piece Dreams, in the Guardian perhaps? I suppose the flashier prose of the Martin Amis types made him seem old fashioned.

SlasherBindman - 05 Sep 2013 12:21:25 (#14 of 228)

See link in #3!

dreams99 - 05 Sep 2013 12:22:13 (#15 of 228)

Yes, it was that one.

browserbutton - 05 Sep 2013 12:28:01 (#16 of 228)

Which writers are due a revival?

How do you 'revive' a writer though, if nobody is interested in reading their books?

e.g. Aldous Huxley

barkis - 05 Sep 2013 12:57:48 (#17 of 228)

Another is JIM Stewart who wrote an entertaining quintet of Oxbridge novels, "A Staircase in Surrey".

lapsedcat - 05 Sep 2013 13:03:15 (#18 of 228)

Simon Raven

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dreams99 - 05 Sep 2013 13:08:27 (#20 of 228)

CP Snow.

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