[LMB] OT: Great Heartedness -- Authors you love who have fallen out of fashion

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Wed Sep 13 08:00:18 BST 2017

Micki, you might enjoy _Author, Author_ by David Lodge which is about the 
relationship between Henry James and George du Maurier and the success of 
Trilby. It's a great read and really evokes their society. And you can 
enjoy it even if you don't like Henry James.


On Wed, 13 Sep 2017, M. Haller Yamada wrote:

> Bill, I'm sorry you lost an author who was so clearly important to you. I remember feeling so many
> emotions when Terry Pratchett passed. A lot of sadness, but to be honest, a little bit of relief that
> he seemed to have died with dignity.
> It's really a reminder that we need to promote the authors we love while they are still alive. I'm
> afraid Pournelle was barely on my radar.
> This seems like a great chance to display great-heartedness, so I'm changing the topic line to
> "Authors you love who have fallen out of fashion". Maybe we can all discover some ripping tales.
> The best I can really do on such short notice, though, is to recommend *Trilby*, which is a mainstream
> novel from 1895 written by George du Maurier. It's not fabulous, but it is a good read, and it gave
> pop culture a lot of little tidbits, like Svengali. It's really fun to be reading along at a brisk
> clip, and then suddenly realize, "Wait a minute . . . Svengali? Not THE Svengali? Oh! It is, it is. It
> really is Svengali!" By the way, George was the grandfather of Daphne du Maurier (who wrote *Rebecca*
> and *My Cousin Rachel*).
> Speaking of which, it seems that Daphne du Maurier has been experiencing a little bit of a boom
> lately, but it doesn't hurt to mention her again. Fabulously atmospheric.
> Micki
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