Wednesday

Books I'd Like to Own: American


Authors:
  1. Machado de Assis (1839-1908)
  2. Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)
  3. Truman Capote (1924-1984)
  4. Michael Chabon (1963- )
  5. Lydia Davis (1947- )
  6. Joan Didion (1934-2021)
  7. Jonathan Franzen (1959- )
  8. William Gaddis (1922-1998)
  9. Wilson Harris (1921-2018)
  10. Joseph Heller (1923-1999)
  11. Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
  12. Jack London (1876-1916)
  13. David McCullough (1933-2022)
  14. Norman Mailer (1923-2007)
  15. Janet Malcolm (1934-2021)
  16. W. H. Porter ['O. Henry'] (1862-1910)
  17. John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
  18. Irving Stone (1903-1989)
  19. William Styron (1925-2006)
  20. Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)
  21. James Thurber (1894-1961)
  22. Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989)
  23. Mark Twain (1837-1910)
  24. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972)
  25. Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)
  26. Tom Wolfe (1930-2018)





The ones I already own are marked in bold:



Machado de Assis (c.1896)


    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908)

    Novels:

  1. Ressurreição (1872)
    • Resurrection. Pennsylvania: Latin American Literary Review Press, 2013.
  2. A Mão e a Luva (1874)
    • The Hand & the Glove. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1970.
  3. Helena (1876)
    • Helena: A Novel. 1876. Trans. Helen Caldwell. 1984. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1987.
  4. Iaiá Garcia (1878)
    • Yayá Garcia: A Novel. [aka 'Iaiá Garcia', 1977]. London: Peter Owen, 1976.
  5. Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1881)
    • Epitaph of a Small Winner. [aka 'The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas: A Novel', 1997]. Trans. William L. Grossman. 1952. Penguin Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968.
  6. Quincas Borba (1891)
    • Philosopher or Dog? [aka 'The Heritage of Quincas Borba', 1957; 'Quincas Borba: A Novel', 1998]. New York: Avon Books, 1954.
  7. Dom Casmurro (1899)
    • Dom Casmurro. 1900. Trans. Helen Caldwell. 1953. A Bard Book. New York: Avon Books, 1980.
  8. Esaú e Jacó (1904)
    • Esau and Jacob. 1904. Trans. Helen Caldwell. 1965. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1966.
  9. Memorial de Aires (1908)
    • Counselor Ayres' Memorial. [aka 'The Wager: Aires' Journal', 1990; 'The Wager', 2005]. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972.

  10. Short Stories & Novellas:

  11. Contos Fluminenses (1870)
  12. Histórias da meia-noite (1873)
  13. O Alienista [The Psychiatrist, or The Alienist] (1881)
  14. Papéis avulsos (1882)
  15. Histórias sem data (1884)
  16. Várias histórias (1896)
  17. Páginas recolhidas (1899)
  18. Relíquias de Casa Velha (1906)
  19. Outras Relíquias (1921)
  20. Páginas Escolhidas (1921)
  21. Brazilian Tales (1921)
  22. Novas Relíquias (1932)
  23. Histórias Românticas (1937)
  24. The Psychiatrist and Other Stories (1963)
  25. The Devil's Church and Other Stories (1977)
    • The Devil’s Church and Other Stories. Trans. Jack Schmitt & Lorie Ishimatsu. 1977. Grafton Classic. London: Collins Publishing Group, 1987.
  26. A Chapter of Hats and Other Stories (2008)
  27. The Alienist (2012)
  28. The Alienist and Other Stories of Nineteenth-century Brazil (2013)
  29. Ex Cathedra: Stories by Machado de Assis — Bilingual Edition (2014)
  30. Miss Dollar: Stories by Machado de Assis — Bilingual Edition (2016)
  31. Trio in A-Minor: Five Stories by Machado de Assis — Bilingual Edition (2018)
  32. The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis (2018)
    • The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis. Trans. Margaret Jull Costa & Robin Patterson. Foreword by Michael Wood. Liveright Publishing Corporation. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company Ltd., 2018.

  33. Plays:

  34. Hoje avental, amanhã luva (1860)
  35. Desencantos (1861)
  36. O caminho da porta and O protocolo (1863)
  37. Quase ministro (1864)
  38. Os deuses de casaca (1866)
  39. O bote de rapé (1878)
  40. Tu, só tu, puro amor (1881)
  41. Lição de botânica (1906)
  42. Teatro Coligido (1910)

  43. Poetry:

  44. Crisálidas (1864)
  45. Falenas (1870)
  46. Americanas (1875)
  47. Ocidentais (1901)
  48. Poesias Completas (1901)

  49. Non-fiction:

  50. Crítica (1910)
  51. A Semana (1914)
  52. Crônicas (1937)
  53. Crítica Literária (1937)
  54. Crítica Teatral (1937)
  55. Páginas Esquecidas (1939)
  56. Casa Velha (1944)
  57. Diálogos e Reflexões de um Relojoeiro (1956)
  58. Crônicas de Lélio (1958)
  59. Good Days!: The Bons Dias! Chronicles of Machado de Assis (1888-1889)— Bilingual Edition (2018)

  60. Translations:

  61. Queda que as mulheres têm para os tolos ['De l'amour des femmes pour les sots', by Victor Hénaux, 1857] (1861)
  62. Suplício de uma mulher ['Le supplice d'une femme', by Émile de Girardin, 1865] (1865)
  63. Os Trabalhadores do Mar ['Les Travailleurs de la mer', by Victor Hugo, 1866] (1866)
  64. Oliver Twist ['Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress', by Charles Dickens, 1837-39] (1870)
  65. O Corvo ['The Raven', by Edgar Allan Poe, 1845] (1883)

  66. Collected Works:

  67. Obras Completas. Rio de Janeiro: Livraria Garnier. 20 vols. (1920)
  68. Obras Completas. Rio de Janeiro: W. M. Jackson. 31 vols. (1962)
  69. Obras Completas. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Globo. 31 vols. (1997)
  70. Obras Completas. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Aguilar. 3 vols. (2006)

The great-grandaddy of Brazilian fiction had an unexpected impact on the English language world when Epitaph of a Small Winner became such a strong influence on the burgeoning postmodern novel. Long may it continue.




Joseph Campbell: The Mythic Image (1974)


    Joseph John Campbell (1904-1987)

  1. [with Jeff King & Maud Oakes]: Where the Two Came to Their Father: A Navaho War Ceremonial (1943)
  2. [with Henry Morton Robinson]: A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake. 1944. London: Faber, 1947.
  3. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. 1949. London: Paladin, 1988.
  4. The Masks of God. 4 vols: 1959-68:
    • 1: Primitive Mythology. 1959. London: Secker & Warburg, 1960.
    • 2: Oriental Mythology. 1962. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
    • 3: Occidental Mythology. 1964. London: Secker & Warburg, 1965.
    • 4: Creative Mythology. London: Secker & Warburg, 1968.
  5. The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension. 1969. New York: HarperPerennial, 1990.
  6. Myths to Live By. Foreword by Johnson E. Fairchild. 1972. New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
  7. The Mythic Image (1974)
  8. The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor As Myth and As Religion (1986)
  9. Historical Atlas of World Mythology. 5 vols. 1983-89:
    • The Way of the Animal Powers (1983)
      1. Part 1 – Mythologies of The Primitive Hunters and Gatherers
      2. Part 2 – Mythologies of the Great Hunt
    • The Way of the Seeded Earth (1988-89)
      1. Part 1 – The Sacrifice
      2. Part 2 – Mythologies of the Primitive Planters: The Northern Americas
      3. Part 3 – Mythologies of The Primitive Planters: The Middle and Southern Americas
    • [projected] The Way of the Celestial Lights
    • [projected] The Way of Man
  10. [with Bill Moyers]: The Power of Myth. Ed. Betty Sue Flowers. Doubleday. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1988.
  11. Transformations of Myth Through Time (1990)
  12. A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living. Ed. Robert Walter, from material by Diane K. Osbon (1991)
  13. Mythic Worlds, Modern Words: On the Art of James Joyce. Ed. Edmund L. Epstein (1993)
  14. The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays (1959–1987). Ed. Anthony Van Couvering (1993)
  15. Baksheesh & Brahman: Indian Journals (1954–1955). Ed. Robin/Stephen Larsen & Anthony Van Couvering (1995)
  16. The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell. 2001- :
    • Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor. Ed. Eugene Kennedy (2001)
    • Sake & Satori: Asian Journals — Japan. Ed. David Kudler (2002)
    • Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal. Ed. David Kudler (2003)
    • Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation. Ed. David Kudler (2004)
    • Mythic Imagination: Collected Short Fiction of Joseph Campbell (2012)
    • Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. Ed. Safron Rossi (2013)
    • Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth. Ed. Evans Lansing Smith (2015)
    • The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance. Ed. Nancy Allison (2017)

The later, more heavily illustrated ones are worth having in the original hardback editions, I suspect.



Jack Mitchell: Truman Capote (1980)


    Truman Streckfus Persons [Truman Garcia Capote] (1924-1984)

    Novels:

  1. Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948)
    • Other Voices, Other Rooms. 1948. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964.
  2. The Grass Harp (1951)
    • The Grass Harp. 1951. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972.
  3. In Cold Blood (1965)
    • In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. 1965. Penguin 2682. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1968.
  4. Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel (1986)
  5. Summer Crossing (2006)
    • Summer Crossing. Afterword by Alan U. Schwartz. 2005. Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2006.

  6. Short Stories & Novellas:

  7. "Miriam." Mademoiselle (1945)
  8. A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949)
    1. Master Misery
    2. Children on Their Birthdays
    3. Shut a Final Door
    4. Jug of Silver
    5. Miriam
    6. The Headless Hawk
    7. My Side of the Matter
    8. A Tree of Night
  9. "House of Flowers." Botteghe Oscure (1950)
  10. "Carmen Therezinha Solbiati – So Chic." Vogue (1956)
  11. "A Christmas Memory." Mademoiselle (1956)
  12. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)
    1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
    2. House of Flowers
    3. A Diamond Guitar
    4. A Christmas Memory
    • Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 1958. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1962.
  13. The Thanksgiving Visitor (1968)
  14. "Mojave" & "La Cote Basque, 1965." Esquire (1975)
  15. "Unspoiled Monsters" & "Kate McCloud." Esquire (1976)
  16. One Christmas (1983)
  17. The Complete Stories of Truman Capote (2004)
    1. The Walls are Cold (1943)
    2. A Mink of One's Own (1944)
    3. The Shape of Things (1944)
    4. Jug of Silver (1945)
    5. Miriam (1945)
    6. My Side of the Matter (1945)
    7. Preacher's Legend (1945)
    8. A Tree of Night (1945)
    9. The Headless Hawk (1946)
    10. Shut a Final Door (1947)
    11. Children on Their Birthdays (1948)
    12. Master Misery (1949)
    13. The Bargain (1950)
    14. A Diamond Guitar (1950)
    15. House of Flowers (1951)
    16. A Christmas Memory (1956)
    17. Among the Paths to Eden (1960)
    18. The Thanksgiving Visitor (1967)
    19. Mojave (1975)
    20. One Christmas (1982)
    • The Complete Stories. Introduction by Reynolds Price. 2004. Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2005.
  18. The Early Stories of Truman Capote (2015)

  19. Non-fiction:

  20. Local Color (1950)
  21. The Muses Are Heard (1956)
  22. "The Duke in His Domain: Marlon Brando." The New Yorker (1957)
  23. "Brooklyn Heights: A Personal Memoir." Photos by David Attie. Holiday Magazine (1959)
  24. Observations. Photos by Richard Avedon (1959)
  25. The Dogs Bark: Public People and Private Places (1973)
    1. A Voice from a Cloud
    2. The White Rose
    3. Local Color:
      1. New Orleans
      2. New York
      3. Brooklyn
      4. Hollywood
      5. Haiti
      6. To Europe
      7. Ischia
      8. Tangier
      9. A Ride Through Spain
    4. Fontana Vecchia
    5. Lola
    6. A House on the Heights
    7. Greek Paragraphs
    8. The Muses are Heard:
      1. When the Cannons are Silent
      2. The Muses are Heard
    9. The Duke in His Domain
    10. Style: and the Japanese
    11. Observations:
      1. Isak Dinesen
      2. Mae West
      3. Louis Armstrong
      4. Jean Cocteau and André Gide
      5. Humphrey Bogart
      6. Ezra Pound
      7. Marilyn Monroe
    12. Jane Bowles
    13. Cecil Beaton
    14. Ghosts in Sunlight: The Filming of In Cold Blood
    15. Self-Portrait
    • The Dogs Bark: Public People and Private Places. 1973. A Plume Book. New York: The New American Library, Inc., 1977.
  26. A House On The Heights. 1959. Introduction by George Plimpton (2002)
  27. Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote (2007)

  28. Plays & Screenplays:

  29. The Grass Harp [play] (1952)
  30. Beat the Devil [Original screenplay] (1953)
  31. Terminal Station [Screenplay] (1953)
  32. House of Flowers [Broadway musical] (1954)
  33. The Innocents [Screenplay based on Henry James's The Turn of the Screw] (1960)
  34. A Christmas Memory [Screenplay] (1967)
  35. Laura [Original TV screenplay] (1968)

  36. Miscellaneous:

  37. Selected Writings of Truman Capote (1963)
  38. Music for Chameleons (1980)
      Part One: Music for Chameleons
    1. Music for Chameleons
    2. Mr. Jones
    3. A Lamp in a Window
    4. Mojave
    5. Hospitality
    6. Dazzle
    7. Part Two: Handcarved Coffins
    8. Handcarved Coffins
    9. Part Three: Conversational Portraits
    10. A Day's Work
    11. Hello, Stranger
    12. Hidden Gardens
    13. Derring-Do
    14. Then It All Came Down
    15. A Beautiful Child
    16. "Nocturnal Turnings
    • Music for Chameleons: New Writing. 1980. Penguin Classics. London: Sphere Books Limited, 1981.
  39. A Capote Reader (1987)
      Short Stories:
    1. Miriam
    2. My Side of the Matter
    3. A Tree of Night
    4. Jug of Silver
    5. The Headless Hawk
    6. Shut a Final Door
    7. Master Misery
    8. Children on Their Birthdays
    9. A Diamond Guitar
    10. House of Flowers
    11. Among the Paths to Eden
    12. Mojave
    13. Novellas:
    14. The Grass Harp
    15. Breakfast at Tiffany's
    16. Travel Sketches:
    17. New Orleans
    18. New York
    19. Brooklyn
    20. Hollywood
    21. Haiti
    22. To Europe
    23. Ischia
    24. Tangier
    25. A Ride Through Spain
    26. Fontana Vecchia
    27. Extreme Magic
    28. Greek Paragraphs
    29. Music for Chameleons
    30. Reportage:
    31. The Muses Are Heard
    32. Then It All Came Down
    33. Handcarved Coffins
    34. Portraits:
    35. The Duke in His Domain
    36. From Observations:
      1. Richard Avedon
      2. John Huston
      3. Charlie Chaplin
      4. A Gathering of Swans
      5. Pablo Picasso
      6. Coco Chanel
      7. Marcel Duchamp
      8. Jean Cocteau and André Gide
      9. Mae West
      10. Louis Armstrong
      11. Humphrey Bogart
      12. Ezra Pound
      13. Somerset Maugham
      14. Isak Dinesen
    37. Jane Bowles
    38. Cecil Beaton
    39. Elizabeth Taylor
    40. A Beautiful Child
    41. Remembering Tennessee
    42. Essays:
    43. A House on the Heights
    44. Lola
    45. A Voice from a Cloud
    46. Ghosts in Sunlight: The Filming of In Cold Blood
    47. The White Rose
    48. Self-Portrait
    49. Preface to The Dogs Bark
    50. A Day's Work
    51. Dazzle
    52. Hidden Gardens
    53. Hello, Stranger
    54. Derring-do
    55. Nocturnal Turnings
    56. Mr. Jones
    57. A Lamp in a Window
    58. Hospitality
    59. Preface to Music for Chameleons
    • A Capote Reader. 1987. An Abacus Book. London: Sphere Books Ltd., [1991].

  40. Letters:

  41. Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote. Ed. Gerald Clarke (2004)
    • Clarke, Gerald, ed. Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote. 2004. Vintage International. New York: Random House, Inc., 2005.

  42. Secondary:

  43. Gerald Clarke. Capote: A Biography (1988)
    • Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography. 1988. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2010.
  44. George Plimpton. Truman Capote (1997)
    • Plimpton, George. Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career. 1998. Picador. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1999.
  45. Long, Robert Emmet. Truman Capote – Enfant Terrible. Continuum. New York & London: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. / Ltd., 2008.


It was rather strange when two competing Capote movies appeared at virtually the same time, in 2005-6. Since then, the brouhaha has somewhat quietened. Much of his work seems likely to endure, however.



Michael Chabon (2001)


    Michael Chabon (1963- )

    Novels:

  1. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988)
    • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. 1988. Sceptre. London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1988.
  2. Wonder Boys (1995)
    • Wonder Boys. 1995. London: Fourth Estate Limited, 2000.
  3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000)
    • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. 2000. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2001.
  4. Summerland (2002)
    • Summerland. 2002. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2003.
  5. The Final Solution (2004)
    • The Final Solution: A Story of Detection. 2003. Fourth Estate. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2004.
  6. The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
    • The Yiddish Policemen's Union. 2007. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers / Australia: Griffin Press, 2007.
  7. Gentlemen of the Road (2007)
    • Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure. 2007. Sceptre. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2007.
  8. Telegraph Avenue (2012)
    • Telegraph Avenue. 2012. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013.
  9. Moonglow (2016)

  10. Short Stories:

  11. A Model World and Other Stories (1991)
    • A Model World and Other Stories. 1991. Perennial. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 2000.
  12. Werewolves in Their Youth (1999)
    • Werewolves in Their Youth: Stories. Picador. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

  13. Non-fiction:

  14. Maps and Legends (2008)
    • Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands. 2008. Fourth Estate. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.
  15. Manhood for Amateurs (2009)
  16. Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces (2018)
  17. Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros (2019)

  18. Edited:

  19. McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2003)
  20. McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories (2004)
  21. [with Katrina Kenison] The Best American Short Stories 2005 (2005)

  22. Comics:

  23. JSA All Stars #7: "The Strange Case of Mr. Terrific and Doctor Nil" (2004)
  24. Michael Chabon Presents: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. Issues 1–8 (Dark Horse Comics, 2004–2005)
    • The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. Issues 1 & 2. Vol. 1 of 3. Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Books, 2004.
    • The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. Issues 3 & 4. Vol. 2 of 3. Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Books, 2004.
  25. The Escapists. Issues 1-6 (Dark Horse Comics, 2006)
  26. [with Matt Fraction] Casanova: Acedia. Illustrated by Gabriel Bá (2015)

  27. Screenplays:

  28. [with Alfred Gough & Miles Millar] Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  29. [with Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews] John Carter (2012)
    • John Carter, dir. Andrew Stanton, writ. Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews & Michael Chabon (based on A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs) – with Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Willem Dafoe – (USA, 2012)
  30. Star Trek: Short Treks - 2 episodes (2018–19)
  31. [with Susannah Grant & Ayelet Waldman] Unbelievable - 2 episodes (2019)
  32. [with Akiva Goldsman, Kirsten Beyer & Alex Kurtzman] Star Trek: Picard - 8 episodes (2020– )

Since I seem to be the only person in the known universe to have enjoyed the movie John Carter, I think it's safe to say that I am a bit of a Chabon fan (though he certainly has his ups and downs).



Lydia Davis (2017)


    Lydia Davis (1947- )

    Novels:

  1. The End of the Story (1994)

  2. Stories:

  3. The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories (1976)
  4. Sketches for a Life of Wassilly (1981)
  5. Story and Other Stories (1985)
  6. Break It Down (1986)
  7. Almost No Memory (1997)
  8. Samuel Johnson Is Indignant (2001)
  9. Varieties of Disturbance (2007)
  10. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009)
    • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis. ['Break it Down', 1986; 'Almost No Memory', 1997; 'Samuel Johnson Is Indignant', 2001; 'Varieties of Disturbance', 2007]. 2009. Picador. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
    • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis. 2009. London: Penguin, 2011.
  11. Can't and Won't: Stories (2014)

  12. Non-fiction:

  13. Proust, Blanchot, and a Woman in Red (2007)
  14. The Cows (2011)
  15. Lydia Davis: Documenta Series 078 (2012)
  16. Essays One (2019)
    • Essays. 2019. Hamish Hamilton. London: Penguin Random House UK, 2019.
  17. Essays Two (2021)
    • Essays Two: On Proust, Translation, Foreign Languages, and the City of Arles. FSG 75. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.

  18. Translations:

  19. [with Paul Auster] Jean Chesneaux, Françoise Le Barbier, Marie-Claire Bergère. China from the 1911 Revolution to Liberation (1977)
  20. [with Paul Auster] Georges Simenon. Aboard the Aquitaine (Simenon African Trio) (1979)
  21. Claude Nori. French Photography, from Its Origins to the Present (1979)
  22. Maurice Blanchot. The Gaze of Orpheus, and Other Literary Essays. Ed. P. Adams Sitney (1981)
  23. Maurice Blanchot, "Joubert et l'espace." in The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert. Trans. & ed. Paul Auster (1983)
  24. Michel Butor. The Spirit of Mediterranean Places (1986)
  25. Françoise Giroud. Marie Curie: A Life (1986)
  26. André Jardin. Tocqueville: A Biography (1988)
  27. Pierre Jean Jouve. The Desert World (1996)
  28. Pierre Jean Jouve. Hecate: The Adventure of Catherine Crachat: I (1997)
  29. Michel Leiris. The Rules of the Game: Scratches (1997)
  30. Marcel Proust. The Way by Swann's. In Search of Lost Time. Ed. Lydia Davis & Christopher Prendergast (2002)
  31. Vivant Denon. No Tomorrow. Ed. Peter Brooks (2009)
  32. Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary. Ed. Lydia Davis (2010)
  33. Ollivant, Alfred. Bob, Son of Battle: The Last Gray Dog of Kenmuir (New York Review Children's Collection) (2014)
  34. Snijders, A. L. Grasses and Trees (2016)

An original, undoubtedly. Her translations are also superb.



Julian Wasser: Joan Didion


    Joan Didion (1934-2021)

    Collected:

  1. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction ['Slouching Towards Bethlehem', 1968; 'The White Album', 1979; 'Salvador', 1983; 'Miami', 1987; 'After Henry', 1992; 'Political Fictions', 2001; 'Where I Was From', 2003] (2006)
    • We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction ['Slouching Towards Bethlehem', 1968; 'The White Album', 1979; 'Salvador', 1983; 'Miami', 1987; 'After Henry', 1992; 'Political Fictions', 2001; 'Where I Was From', 2003]. Introduction by John Leonard. Everyman's Library. A Borzoi Book. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.
  2. Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s. Run River / Slouching Towards Bethlehem / Play It As It Lays / A Book of Common Prayer / The White Album. 1963, 1968, 1970, 1977, 1979. Ed. David L. Ulin. The Library of America, 325 (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 2019)
  3. Joan Didion: The 1980s & 90s. Salvador / Democracy / Miami / After Henry / The Last Thing He Wanted. 1983, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1996. Ed. David L. Ulin. The Library of America, 341 (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 2021)

  4. Fiction:

  5. Run, River (1963)
  6. Play It as It Lays (1970)
  7. A Book of Common Prayer (1977)
  8. Democracy (1984)
  9. The Last Thing He Wanted (1996)

  10. Non-fiction:

  11. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968)
  12. The White Album (1979)
  13. Salvador (1983)
  14. Miami (1987)
  15. After Henry (1992)
  16. Political Fictions (2001)
  17. Where I Was From (2003)
  18. Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11. Preface by Frank Rich (2003)
  19. Vintage Didion (2004)
  20. The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)
    • The Year of Magical Thinking. 2005. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
  21. Blue Nights (2011)
    • Blue Nights. 2011. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
  22. South and West: From a Notebook (2017)
  23. Let Me Tell You What I Mean (2021)

  24. Screenplays:

  25. [with John Gregory Dunne & James Mills] The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
  26. [with John Gregory Dunne] Play It as It Lays (1972)
  27. [with John Gregory Dunne] A Star Is Born (1976)
  28. [with John Gregory Dunne] True Confessions (1981)
  29. [with John Gregory Dunne] Up Close & Personal (1996)
  30. [with Todd Field] As it Happens (2012)

  31. Plays:

  32. The Year of Magical Thinking (2007)

  33. Secondary:

  34. Griffin Dunne, dir. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017)

I'm afraid, for once, the critics had her number more or less from the start: 'In a notorious 1980 essay, "Joan Didion: Only Disconnect", Barbara Grizzuti Harrison called Didion a "neurasthenic Cher" whose style was "a bag of tricks" and whose "subject is always herself".' (Wikipedia: Joan Didion)



Ian Allen: Jonathan Franzen (2018)


    Jonathan Earl Franzen (1959- )

    Novels:

  1. The Twenty–Seventh City (1988)
    • The Twenty-Seventh City. 1988. Picador USA. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, n.d.
  2. Strong Motion (1992)
    • Strong Motion. 1992. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.
  3. The Corrections (2001)
    • The Corrections. 2001. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.
  4. Freedom (2010)
    • Freedom: A Novel. 2010. Fourth Estate. London & Australia: HarperCollins Publishers / Griffin Press, 2010.
  5. Purity (2015)
    • Purity. 2015. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
  6. Crossroads: A Novel (2021)
    • Crossroads: A Novel. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2021.

  7. Non-fiction:

  8. How to Be Alone (2002)
    • How to be Alone. 2002. Harper Perennial. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2004.
  9. The Discomfort Zone (2006)
    • The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
  10. Farther Away (2012)
    • Farther Away. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012.
  11. The End of the End of the Earth (2018)

  12. Translated:

  13. Frank Wedekind. Spring Awakening (2007)
  14. Karl Kraus. The Kraus Project (2013)
    • The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus. Translated & Annotated by Jonathan Franzen, with Assistance, and Additional Notes from Paul Reitter & Daniel Kehlmann: A Bilingual Edition. 2013. Fourth Estate. London: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013.

  15. Edited:

  16. The Best American Essays 2016 (2016)
    • The Best American Essays 2016. A Mariner Original. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

The jury's still out on his ultimate 'significance', imho, but I've certainly found many of his novels very entertaining indeed.



William Gaddis (1987)


    William Thomas Gaddis, Jr. (1922-1998)

    Novels:

  1. The Recognitions (1955)
    • The Recognitions. 1955. Bard Books. New York: Avon Books, 1974.
  2. J R (1975)
    • J R: A Novel. 1975. Elisabeth Sifton Books. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985.
  3. Carpenter's Gothic (1985)
    • Carpenter’s Gothic. 1985. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1987.
  4. A Frolic of His Own (1994)
    • A Frolic of His Own: A Novel. 1994. Scribner Paperback Fiction. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1995.
  5. Agapē Agape (2002)

  6. Non-fiction:

  7. The Rush for Second Place (2002)

A misanthropic old bastard, certainly, but possibly a great novelist as well.




Paul Mountfort: Margaret Whitaker & Wilson Harris (1992)


    Sir Theodore Wilson Harris (1921-2018)

    Novels:

  1. Palace of the Peacock (1960)
  2. The Far Journey of Oudin (1961)
  3. The Whole Armour (1962)
  4. The Secret Ladder (1963)
  5. Heartland (1964)
  6. The Eye of the Scarecrow. 1965. Faber Paper Covered Editions. London: Faber, 1974.
  7. The Waiting Room (1966)
  8. Tumatumari. London: Faber, 1968.
  9. Ascent to Omai (1968)
  10. The Sleepers of Roraima. Illustrated by Kay Usborne (1969)
  11. The Age of the Rainmakers. Illustrated by Kay Usborne (1971)
  12. Black Marsden: A Tabula Rasa Comedy (1972)
  13. Companions of the Day and Night (1975)
  14. Da Silva da Silva's Cultivated Wilderness / Genesis of the Clowns (1977)
  15. The Tree of the Sun. London: Faber, 1978.
  16. The Angel at the Gate (1982)
  17. Carnival (1985)
  18. The Infinite Rehearsal (1987)
  19. The Four Banks of the River of Space (1990)
  20. Resurrection at Sorrow Hill (1993)
  21. Jonestown (1996)
  22. The Dark Jester. London: Faber, 2001.
  23. The Mask of the Beggar (2003)
  24. The Ghost of Memory (2006)

  25. Collections:

  26. The Guyana Quartet: Palace of the Peacock; The Far Journey of Oudin; The Whole Armour; The Secret Ladder. 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963. London: Faber, 1985.
  27. The Carnival Trilogy: Carnival; The Infinite Rehearsal; The Four Banks of the River of Space. 1985, 1987, 1990. London: Faber, 1993.

  28. Short Stories:

  29. Kanaima (1964)
  30. The Sleepers of Roraima (1970)
  31. The Age of the Rainmakers (1971)

  32. Poetry:

  33. Fetish (1951)
  34. The Well and the Land (1952)
  35. Eternity to Season (1954)

  36. Prose:

  37. Tradition, the Writer and Society: Critical Essays. London: New Beacon Books, 1967.
  38. History, Fable and Myth in the Caribbean and Guianas. Georgetown: National History and Arts Council, 1970.
  39. Fossil and Psyche. Austin: University of Texas, 1974.
  40. Explorations: A Series of Talks and Articles 1966–1981. Aarhus: Dangaroo Press, 1981.
  41. The Womb of Space: The Cross-Cultural Imagination. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983.
  42. The Radical Imagination: Lectures and Talks. Liège: L3, 1992.
  43. The Unfinished Genesis of the Imagination: Selected Essays of Wilson Harris. London: Routledge, 1999.

  44. Secondary:

  45. Gilkes, Michael. Wilson Harris and the Caribbean Novel. Longman Caribbean Limited. London: Longman Group Limited, 1975.

A true original: somehow excluded from any canon, Wilson Harris kept on forging his own solitary way into the outer space of the imagination.


Margaret Whitaker: Wilson Harris & Paul Mountfort (1992)





Joseph Heller (1986)


    Joseph Heller (1923-1999)

    Novels:

  1. Catch-22 (1961)
    • Catch-22. 1961. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1976.
    • Catch-22. 1961. Corgi Books. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1976.
  2. Something Happened (1974)
    • Something Happened. 1974. Corgi Books. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1976.
  3. Good as Gold (1979)
    • Good as Gold. 1979. Pocket Books. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980.
  4. God Knows (1984)
  5. Picture This (1988)
  6. Closing Time (1994)
    • Closing Time: The Sequel to Catch-22. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  7. Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (2000)
    • Portrait of the Artist, as an Old Man. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

  8. Stories:

  9. Catch as Catch Can: The Collected Stories and Other Writings (2003)

  10. Plays:

  11. We Bombed in New Haven (1967)
    • We Bombed in New Haven. 1967. Penguin Plays. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
  12. Catch-22 (1971)
  13. Clevinger's Trial (1973)

  14. Autobiography:

  15. [with Speed Vogel] No Laughing Matter (1986)
  16. Now And Then: From Coney Island to Here (1998)

He was certainly a witty bastard. 'Told by an interviewer that he had never produced anything else as good as Catch-22, Heller famously responded, "Who has?"' [Wikipedia].



Ernest Hemingway (1953)


    Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899-1961)

    Novels:

  1. The Torrents of Spring (1926)
    • The Torrents of Spring: A Romantic Novel in Honour of the Passing of a Great Race. 1926. Introduction by David Garnett. 1933. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964.
  2. The Sun Also Rises (1926)
    • The Sun Also Rises (Fiesta). 1926. Great Pan. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1957.
    • Included in: The Essential Hemingway: Containing One Complete Novel, Extracts from Three Others, Twenty-Three Short Stories and a Chapter from Death in the Afternoon. ['Fiesta', 1926]. 1947. London: Jonathan Cape, 1958.
  3. A Farewell to Arms (1929)
    • A Farewell to Arms. 1929. Penguin Books 2. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1959.
  4. To Have and Have Not (1937)
    • To Have and Have Not. 1937. London: Jonathan Cape, 1954.
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)
    • For Whom the Bell Tolls. 1940. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1945.
  6. Across the River and into the Trees (1950)
    • Across the River and Into the Trees. 1950. London: Readers Union Ltd. / Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1952.
  7. The Old Man and the Sea (1952)
    • The Old Man and the Sea. 1952. Illustrated by C. F. Tunniclife & Raymond Sheppard. 1955. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1957.
  8. Islands in the Stream (1970)
    • Islands in the Stream. 1970. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977.
  9. The Garden of Eden (1986)
    • The Garden of Eden. 1987. Grafton Books. London: Collins Publishing Group, 1988.
  10. True at First Light (1999)
    • True at First Light: His Final Novel. Ed. Patrick Hemingway. William Heinemann. London: Random House UK Ltd., 1999.

  11. Collections:

  12. Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923)
  13. in our time (1924)
  14. In Our Time (1925)
    • Included in: The First Forty-Nine Stories. ['In Our Time', 1925; 'Men Without Women', 1927; 'Winner Take Nothing', 1933]. 1938 & 1944. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1964.
  15. Men Without Women (1927)
    • Included in: The First Forty-Nine Stories. ['In Our Time', 1925; 'Men Without Women', 1927; 'Winner Take Nothing', 1933]. 1938 & 1944. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1964.
  16. Winner Take Nothing (1933)
    • Included in: The First Forty-Nine Stories. ['In Our Time', 1925; 'Men Without Women', 1927; 'Winner Take Nothing', 1933]. 1938 & 1944. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1964.
  17. The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938)
    • The First Forty-Nine Stories. ['In Our Time', 1925; 'Men Without Women', 1927; 'Winner Take Nothing', 1933]. 1938 & 1944. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1964.
  18. The Essential Hemingway (1947)
    • The Essential Hemingway: Containing One Complete Novel, Extracts from Three Others, Twenty-Three Short Stories and a Chapter from Death in the Afternoon. ['Fiesta', 1926]. 1947. London: Jonathan Cape, 1958.
  19. The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories (1961)
  20. The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War (1969)
  21. The Nick Adams Stories (1972)
    • The Nick Adams Stories. Preface by Philip Young. 1972. New York: Bantam Books, 1973.
  22. 88 Poems (1979)
  23. Complete Poems (1979)
  24. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (1984)
  25. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (1987)
  26. The Collected Stories. Everyman's Library (1995)
    • The Collected Stories. Introduction by James Fenton. Everyman’s Library, 187. London: David Campbell, 1995.
  27. Hemingway on Writing (1999)
  28. Hemingway on Fishing (2000)
  29. Hemingway on Hunting (2003)
  30. Hemingway on War (2003)
  31. Hemingway on Paris (2008)

  32. Play:

  33. The Fifth Column (1938)
    • The Fifth Column. 1938. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1966.

  34. Non-fiction:

  35. Death in the Afternoon (1932)
    • Death in the Afternoon. 1932. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1974.
  36. Green Hills of Africa (1935)
    • Green Hills of Africa. 1935. Triad / Panther Books. Frogmore, St Albans, Herts: Triad Paperbacks Ltd., 1977.
  37. Hemingway: The Wild Years (1962)
  38. A Moveable Feast (1964)
    • A Moveable Feast. 1964. Penguin Book 2423. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1966.
  39. By-Line: Ernest Hemingway (1967)
    • By-Line: Ernest Hemingway: Selected Articles and Dispatches of Four Decades. Ed. William White. With Commentaries by Philip Young. 1967. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970.
  40. Ernest Hemingway: Cub Reporter (1970)
  41. The Dangerous Summer (1985)
    • The Dangerous Summer. 1960. Introduction by James A. Michener. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1985.
  42. Dateline: Toronto (1985)
  43. Under Kilimanjaro (2005)

  44. Edited:

  45. Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time (1942)
    • Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time. 1966. Fontana Books. London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1969.

  46. Letters:

  47. Selected Letters 1917–1961 (1981)
    • Selected Letters, 1917-1961. Ed. Carlos Baker. Granada. Frogmore, St Albans, Herts: Granada Publishing Limited, 1981.
  48. The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway (2011- )
    1. 1907–1922 (2011)
    2. 1923–1925 (2013)
    3. 1926–1929 (2015)
    4. 1929–1931 (2017)
    5. 1932–1934 (2020)

  49. Secondary:

  50. Hotchner, A. E. Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir. 1966. New York: Bantam Books, 1967.
  51. Baker, Carlos. Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story. 1969. Pelican Biographies. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972.
  52. Hemingway, Mary Welsh. How It Was. 1976. A Futura Book. London: Futura Publications Limited, 1978.

You just can't get past the fact of his immense talent - and anyone who thinks he was just some kind of laconic Macho man needs to read A Farewell to Arms straight away.


    John Griffith Chaney ['Jack London'] (1876-1916)

    Novels:

  1. The Cruise of the Dazzler (1902)
    • Included in The Pan Jack London, Volume II: John Barleycorn / The Cruise of the Dazzler / The Road. 1913, 1902, 1907. Ed. Arthur Calder-Marshall. 1964. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1968.
  2. A Daughter of the Snows (1902)
  3. The Call of the Wild (1903)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
    • Included in Novels and Stories: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, Klondike and Other Stories. 1903, 1904, 1906. Ed. Donald Pizer. The Library of America, 6. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1982.
  4. [with Anna Strunsky] The Kempton-Wace Letters (1903 / 2000)
  5. The Sea-Wolf (1904)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
    • Included in Novels and Stories: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, Klondike and Other Stories. 1903, 1904, 1906. Ed. Donald Pizer. The Library of America, 6. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1982.
  6. The Game (1905)
  7. White Fang (1906)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
    • Included in Novels and Stories: The Call of the Wild, White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, Klondike and Other Stories. 1903, 1904, 1906. Ed. Donald Pizer. The Library of America, 6. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1982.
  8. Before Adam (1907)
    • Before Adam. 1906-1907. The New English Library Classic Novel Series. London: The New English Library Limited, 1974.
  9. The Iron Heel (1908)
    • The Iron Heel. 1908. London: George Newnes, Ltd., n.d.
  10. Martin Eden (1909)
    • Martin Eden. 1909. Penguin Modern Classics, 2580. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967.
  11. Burning Daylight (1910)
  12. Adventure (1911)
  13. The Scarlet Plague (1912)
  14. The Abysmal Brute (1913)
  15. The Valley of the Moon (1913)
  16. The Mutiny of the Elsinore (1914)
    • The Mutiny of the Elsinore. 1914. Penguin Books 430. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1946.
  17. The Star Rover [aka "The Jacket"] (1915)
    • The Star Rover. ['The Jacket,' 1915]. Corgi SF Collectors Library. Corgi Books. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1976.
  18. The Little Lady of the Big House (1916)
  19. Jerry of the Islands (1917)
  20. Michael, Brother of Jerry (1917)
  21. [with Charles Goddard] Hearts of Three (1920)
  22. [with Robert L. Fish] The Assassination Bureau, Ltd (1963)

  23. Short story collections:

  24. Son of the Wolf (1900)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
  25. Chris Farrington, Able Seaman (1901)
  26. The God of His Fathers & Other Stories (1901)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
  27. Children of the Frost (1902)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
  28. The Faith of Men and Other Stories (1904)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
  29. Tales of the Fish Patrol (1906)
    • Included in The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
  30. Moon-Face and Other Stories (1906)
  31. Love of Life and Other Stories (1907)
  32. Lost Face (1910)
  33. South Sea Tales (1911)
  34. When God Laughs and Other Stories (1911)
  35. The House of Pride & Other Tales of Hawaii (1912)
  36. Smoke Bellew (1912)
  37. A Son of the Sun (1912)
  38. The Night Born (1913)
  39. The Strength of the Strong (1914)
  40. The Turtles of Tasman (1916)
  41. The Human Drift (1917)
  42. The Red One (1918)
  43. On the Makaloa Mat (1919)
  44. Dutch Courage and Other Stories (1922)
  45. Stories of the North. Ed. Betty M. Owen. Introduction by Charles Rathbone. 1965. Scholastic Library Edition T660. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1972.
    1. The White Man's Way (1906)
    2. The Story of Keesh (1904)
    3. The Sundog Trail (1905)
    4. Nam-Bok, the Unveracious (1902)
    5. To Build a Fire (1908)
    6. The Unexpected (1906)
    7. The Wife of a King (1899)
    8. The Son of the Wolf (1899)
    9. Love of Life (1905)

  46. Autobiographical memoirs:

  47. The Road (1907)
    • Included in The Pan Jack London, Volume II: John Barleycorn / The Cruise of the Dazzler / The Road. 1913, 1902, 1907. Ed. Arthur Calder-Marshall. 1964. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1968.
  48. The Cruise of the Snark (1911)
  49. John Barleycorn (1913)
    • Included in The Pan Jack London, Volume II: John Barleycorn / The Cruise of the Dazzler / The Road. 1913, 1902, 1907. Ed. Arthur Calder-Marshall. 1964. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1968.

  50. Non-fiction and essays:

  51. Through the Rapids on the Way to the Klondike (1899)
  52. From Dawson to the Sea (1899)
  53. What Communities Lose by the Competitive System (1900)
  54. The Impossibility of War (1900)
  55. Phenomena of Literary Evolution (1900)
  56. A Letter to Houghton Mifflin Co. (1900)
  57. Editorial Crimes – A Protest (1901)
  58. Again the Literary Aspirant (1902)
  59. The People of the Abyss (1903)
    • The People of the Abyss. 1903. Ed. I. O. Evans. The Fitzroy Edition of the Works of Jack London. London: Arco Publications, 1962.
  60. How I Became a Socialist (1903)
  61. The Scab (1903)
  62. War of the Classes (1905)
  63. The Story of an Eyewitness (1906)
  64. On The Jungle (1906)
  65. A Letter [Woman's Home Companion] (1906)
  66. The Lepers of Molokai [Woman's Home Companion] (1908)
  67. The Nature Man [Woman's Home Companion] (1908)
  68. The High Seat of Abundance [Woman's Home Companion] (1908)
  69. Revolution, and other Essays (1910)
  70. Mexico's Army and Ours (1914)
  71. Lawgivers (1914)
  72. Our Adventures in Tampico (1914)
  73. Stalking the Pestilence (1914)
  74. The Red Game of War (1914)
  75. The Trouble Makers of Mexico (1914)
  76. With Funston's Men (1914)

  77. Plays:

  78. Theft (1910)
  79. Daughters of the Rich: A One Act Play (1915)
  80. The Acorn Planter: A California Forest Play (1916)

  81. Collections:

  82. The Bodley Head Jack London. 4 vols. Ed. Arthur Calder-Marshall. London: The Bodley Head Ltd., 1963-1965.
    1. Short Stories / The Call of the Wild. 1903. Introduction by Arthur Calder-Marshall (1963)
    2. John Barleycorn / The Cruise of the Dazzler / The Road. 1913, 1902 & 1907 (1964)
    3. Martin Eden. 1909 (1965)
    4. The Klondike Dream (1963)
  83. The Pan Jack London. Ed. Arthur Calder-Marshall. 1963. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1966.
    1. The Apostate (1911)
    2. The White Silence (1900)
    3. To Build a Fire (1910)
    4. The League of the Old Men (1902)
    5. Bâtard (1904)
    6. The Call of the Wild (1903)
    7. A Nose for the King (1911)
    8. South of the Slot (1914)
    9. The Unparalleled Invasion (1914)
    10. The Dream of Debs (1914)
    11. The Heathen (1911)
    12. Yah! Yah! Yah! (1911)
    13. The Madness of John Harned (1913)
    14. The Mexican (1913)
    15. A Piece of Steak (1911)
    16. Make Westing (1911)
    17. Told in the Drooling Ward (1916)
    18. The Shadow and the Flash (1906)
  84. The Pan Jack London, Volume II: John Barleycorn / The Cruise of the Dazzler / The Road. 1913, 1902, 1907. Ed. Arthur Calder-Marshall. 1964. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1968.
  85. The Unabridged Jack London: The Son of the Wolf / The God of His Fathers / Children of the Frost / White Fang / The Faith of Men / The Call of the Wild / The Sea-Wolf / Tales of the Fish Patrol. 1900, 1901, 1902, 1906, 1904, 1903, 1904 & 1905. Ed. Lawrence Teacher & Richard E. Nicholls. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Running Press, 1981.
      The Son of the Wolf (1900):
    1. The White Silence (February 1899)
    2. The Son of the Wolf (April 1899)
    3. The Men of Forty Mile (May 1899)
    4. In a Far Country (June 1899)
    5. To the Man on Trail (January 1899)
    6. The Priestly Prerogative (July 1899)
    7. The Wisdom of the Trail (December 1899)
    8. The Wife of a King (August 1899)
    9. An Odyssey of the North (January 1900)
    10. The God of His Fathers (1901):
    11. The God of His Fathers (1901)
    12. The Great Interrogation (1900)
    13. Which Make Men Remember (1900)
    14. Siwash (1901)
    15. The Man with the Gash (1900)
    16. Jan the Unrepentant (1900)
    17. Grit of Women (1900)
    18. Where the Trail Forks (1900)
    19. A Daughter of the Aurora (1899)
    20. At the Rainbow's End (1901)
    21. The Scorn of Woman (1901)
    22. Children of the Frost (1902):
    23. In the Forests of the North (1902)
    24. The Law of Life (1901)
    25. Nam-Bok, the Unveracious (1902)
    26. The Master of Mystery (1902)
    27. The Sunlanders (1902)
    28. The Sickness of Lone Chief (1902)
    29. Keesh, Son of Keesh (1902)
    30. The Death of Ligoun (1902)
    31. Li Wan the Fair (1902)
    32. The League of the Old Men (1902)
    33. The Faith of Men (1904):
    34. A Relic of the Pliocene (1901)
    35. A Hyperborean Brew (1901)
    36. The Faith of Men (1903)
    37. Too Much Gold (1903)
    38. The One Thousand Dozen (1903)
    39. The Marriage of Lit-Lit (1903)
    40. Bâtard (1904)
    41. The Story of Jees Uck (1902)
    42. Uncollected Stories and Tales:
    43. Gold Hunters of the North (1903)
    44. Thanksgiving on Slav Creek (1900)
    45. Husky - Wolf Dog of the North (1900)
    46. To Build a Fire (1908)
    47. Up the Slide (1906)
    48. Housekeeping in the Klondike (1900)
    49. The Sun Dog Trail (1905)
    50. The Unexpected (1906)
    51. Love of Life (1905)
    52. Tales of the Fish Patrol (1906):
    53. White and Yellow (1905)
    54. The King of the Greeks (1905)
    55. A Raid on the Oyster Pirates (1905)
    56. The Siege of the 'Lancashire Queen' (1905)
    57. Charley's Coup (1905)
    58. Demetrios Contos (1905)
    59. 'Yellow Handkerchief' (1905)
  86. Novels and Stories: The Call of the Wild / White Fang / The Sea-Wolf / Klondike and Other Stories. 1903, 1904, 1906. Ed. Donald Pizer. The Library of America, 6. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1982.
      Selected Klondike Short Stories:
    1. To the Man on Trail (1899)
    2. The White Silence (1899)
    3. In a Far Country (1899)
    4. The Wisdom of the Trail (1899)
    5. An Odyssey of the North (1900)
    6. The Law of Life (1901)
    7. The God of His Fathers (1901)
    8. Bâtard (1904)
    9. The League of the Old Men (1902)
    10. Love of Life (1905)
    11. The Wit of Porportuk (1906)
    12. To Build a Fire (1908)
    13. Selected Short Stories:
    14. All Gold Canyon (1905)
    15. The Apostate (1906)
    16. South of the Slot (1909)
    17. The Chinago (1909)
    18. A Piece of Steak (1909)
    19. Mauki (1909)
    20. Koolau the Leper (1909)
    21. The Strength of the Strong (1911)
    22. War (1911)
    23. The Mexican (1911)
    24. Told in the Drooling Ward (1914)
    25. The Water Baby (1918)
    26. The Red One (1918)
  87. Novels and Social Writings: The People of the Abyss / The Road / The Iron Heel / Martin Eden / John Barleycorn / Selected Essays. 1903, 1907, 1908, 1913. Ed. Donald Pizer. The Library of America, 7. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1982.
      Essays:
    1. How I Became a Socialist (1903)
    2. The Scab (1903)
    3. Jack London on The Jungle (1906)
    4. Revolution (1910)

  88. Short stories:

  89. Bold = included in Son of the Wolf (1900) [SW];
    The God of His Fathers (1901) [GF];
    Children of the Frost (1902) [CF];
    The Faith of Men (1904) [FM];
    Tales of the Fish Patrol (1906) [FP];
    The Bodley Head Jack London (1963) [BH];
    Stories from the North (1965) [SN];
    The Unabridged Jack London (1981) [UJL];
    Klondike and Other Stories (1982) [LOA]
    1. Typhoon off the Coast of Japan (November 12, 1893)
    2. 'Frisco Kid's' Story (February 15, 1895)
    3. Sakaicho, Hona Asi and Hakadaki (April 19, 1895)
    4. Night's Swim In Yeddo Bay (May 27, 1895)
    5. Who Believes in Ghosts! (October 21, 1895)
    6. And 'Frisco Kid Came Back (November 4, 1895)
    7. One More Unfortunate (December 18, 1895)
    8. O Haru (1993; written in April 1897)
    9. The Mahatma's Little Joke (1993; written in May 1897)
    10. The Strange Experience of a Misogynist [aka "The Misogynist"] (May-September 1897 / 1993)
    11. Two Gold Bricks (September 1897)
    12. The Plague Ship (September-December 1897 / 1993)
    13. The Devil’s Dice Box (September 1898 / 1976)
    14. The Test: A Clondyke Wooing (September 1898 / 1983)
    15. A Klondike Christmas (November 1898 / 1983)
    16. A Dream Image (1898)
    17. To the Man on Trail (January 1899) [SW] [LOA]
    18. The White Silence (February 1899) [SW] [BH] [LOA]
    19. The Son of the Wolf (April 1899) [SW] [SN]
    20. The Men of Forty-Mile (May 1899) [SW]
    21. A Thousand Deaths (May 1899)
    22. An Old Soldier's Story (May 20, 1899)
    23. In a Far Country (June 1899) [SW] [LOA]
    24. The Priestly Prerogative (July 1899) [SW]
    25. The Handsome Cabin Boy (July 1899)
    26. The Wife of a King (August 1899) [SW] [SN]
    27. In the Time of Prince Charley (September 1899)
    28. Old Baldy (September 16, 1899)
    29. The Grilling of Loren Ellery (September 24, 1899)
    30. The Rejuvenation of Major Rathbone (November 1899)
    31. The King of Mazy May (November 30, 1899)
    32. The Wisdom of the Trail (December 1899) [SW] [LOA]
    33. A Daughter of the Aurora (December 24, 1899) [GF]
    34. Pluck and Pertinacity (1899)
    35. An Odyssey of the North (January 1900) [SW] [LOA]
    36. A Lesson in Heraldry (March 1900)
    37. The End of the Chapter (June 9, 1900)
    38. Uri Bram's God (June 24, 1900)
    39. Husky - Wolf Dog of the North (June 30, 1900) [UJL]
    40. Even unto Death (July 28, 1900)
    41. Grit of Women (August 1900) [GF]
    42. Jan the Unrepentant (August 1900) [GF]
    43. The Man with the Gash (September 1900) [GF]
    44. Their Alcove (September 1900)
    45. Housekeeping in the Klondike (September 16, 1900) [UJL]
    46. The Proper 'Girlie' (October 1900)
    47. Thanksgiving on Slav Creek (November 24, 1900) [UJL]
    48. Where the Trail Forks (December 1900) [GF]
    49. The Great Interrogation (December 1900) [GF]
    50. Semper Idem (December 1900)
    51. A Northland Miracle (1900 / November 4, 1926)
    52. Dutch Courage (November 29, 1900)
    53. Which Make Men Remember (1900) [GF]
    54. A Relic of the Pliocene (January 12, 1901) [FM]
    55. The Law of Life (March 1901) [CF] [LOA]
    56. Siwash (March 1901) [GF]
    57. The Lost Poacher (March 14, 1901)
    58. At the Rainbow's End (March 24, 1901) [GF]
    59. The God of His Fathers (May 1901) [GF] [LOA]
    60. The Scorn of Woman (May 1901) [GF]
    61. The Minions of Midas (May 1901)
    62. Chris Farrington: Able Seaman (May 23, 1901)
    63. A Hyperborean Brew (July 1901) [FM]
    64. Bald Face (September 6, 1901)
    65. Keesh, Son of Keesh (January 1902) [CF]
    66. An Adventure in the Upper Sea (May 1902)
    67. To Build a Fire (May 29, 1902 / revised August 1908) [UJL] [BH] [SN] [LOA]
    68. Diable - A Dog [aka "Bâtard"] (June 1902 / 1904) [FM] [BH] [LOA]
    69. To Repel Boarders (June 1902)
    70. The ‘Fuzziness' of Hoockla-Heen (July 3, 1902)
    71. Moon-Face (July 21, 1902)
    72. Nam-Bok, the Liar [aka "Nam-Bok, the Unveracious"] (August 1902) [CF] [SN]
    73. Li Wan the Fair (August 1902) [CF]
    74. The Master of Mystery (September 1902) [CF]
    75. In the Forests of the North (September 1902) [CF]
    76. The Sunlanders (September 1902) [CF]
    77. The Death of Ligoun (September 1902) [CF]
    78. The Story of Jees Uck (September 1902) [FM]
    79. The Sickness of Lone Chief (October 1902) [CF]
    80. The League of the Old Men (October 4, 1902) [CF] [BH] [LOA]
    81. Lost Face (1902)
    82. In Yeddo Bay (February 1903)
    83. The One Thousand Dozen (March 1903) [FM]
    84. The Shadow and the Flash (June 1903) [BH]
    85. The Faith of Men (June 1903) [FM]
    86. The Gold Hunters of the North (July 1903) [UJL]
    87. The Leopard Man's Story (August 1903)
    88. The Marriage of Lit-Lit (September 1903) [FM]
    89. Local Color (October 1903)
    90. Too Much Gold (December 1903) [FM]
    91. Amateur Night (December 1903)
    92. The Dominant Primordial Beast (1903)
    93. Keesh, The Bear Hunter [aka "The Story of Keesh"] (January 1904) [SN]
    94. The Banks of the Sacramento (March 17, 1904)
    95. White and Yellow (February 16, 1905) [FP]
    96. The King of the Greeks (March 2, 1905) [FP]
    97. A Raid on the Oyster Pirates (March 16, 1905) [FP]
    98. The Siege of the 'Lancashire Queen' (March 30, 1905) [FP]
    99. Charley's Coup (April 13, 1905) [FP]
    100. Demetrios Contos (April 27, 1905) [FP]
    101. Yellow Handkerchief (May 11, 1905) [FP]
    102. All Gold Cañon (November 1905) [LOA]
    103. Love of Life (December 1905) [UJL] [SN] [LOA]
    104. The Sun-Dog Trail (December 1905) [UJL] [SN]
    105. A Nose for the King (March 1906) [BH]
    106. Planchette (June 1906)
    107. The Unexpected (August 1906) [UJL] [SN]
    108. Brown Wolf (August 1906)
    109. The Apostate (September 1906) [BH] [LOA]
    110. Up the Slide (October 25, 1906) [UJL]
    111. A Wicked Woman (November 1906)
    112. The White Man's Way (November 4, 1906) [SN]
    113. The Wit of Porportuk (December 1906) [LOA]
    114. When God Laughs (January 1907)
    115. Just Meat (March 1907)
    116. Created He Them (April 1907)
    117. Morganson's Finish (May 1907)
    118. A Day's Lodging (May 25, 1907)
    119. Negore the Coward (September 1907)
    120. Chased by the Trail (September 26, 1907)
    121. The Passing of Marcus O'Brien (January 1908)
    122. Trust (January 1908)
    123. That Spot (February 1908)
    124. Flush of Gold (April 1908)
    125. Make Westing (April 1908) [BH]
    126. The Enemy of All the World (October 1908)
    127. Aloha Oe (December 1908)
    128. A Curious Fragment (December 10, 1908)
    129. The Dream of Debs (January 1909) [BH]
    130. The House of Mapuhi (January 1909)
    131. The Seed of McCoy (April 1909)
    132. The Madness of John Harned (May 1909) [BH]
    133. South of the Slot (May 22, 1909) [BH] [LOA]
    134. Good-by, Jack (June 1909)
    135. The Chinago (June 26, 1909) [LOA]
    136. The Sheriff of Kona (August 1909)
    137. The Heathen (September 1909) [BH]
    138. A Piece of Steak (November 20, 1909) [BH] [LOA]
    139. Koolau the Leper (December 1909) [LOA]
    140. Mauki (December 1909) [LOA]
    141. The Mission of John Starhurst [aka "The Whale Tooth"] (December 29, 1909)
    142. Samuel (1909)
    143. Chun An Chun (Spring 1910)
    144. The Terrible Solomons (March 1910)
    145. The Inevitable White Man (May 14, 1910)
    146. The Unparalleled Invasion (July 1910) [BH]
    147. Winged Blackmail (September 1910)
    148. When the World was Young (September 10, 1910)
    149. The Benefit of the Doubt (November 12, 1910)
    150. Under the Deck Awnings (November 19, 1910)
    151. Yah! Yah! Yah! (December 1910) [BH]
    152. The House of Pride (December 1910)
    153. To Kill a Man (December 10, 1910)
    154. Bunches of Knuckles (December 18, 1910)
    155. Goliath (1910)
    156. The 'Francis Spaight' (January 1911)
    157. The Hobo and the Fairy (February 11, 1911)
    158. The Strength of the Strong (March 1911) [LOA]
    159. The Eternity of Forms (March 1911)
    160. A Son of the Sun (May 27, 1911)
    161. The Taste of the Meat (June 1911)
    162. The Proud Goat of Aloysius Pankburn (June 24, 1911)
    163. The Meat (July 1911)
    164. The Night Born (July 1911)
    165. War (July 29, 1911) [LOA]
    166. The Goat Man of Fuatino (July 20, 1911)
    167. The Stampede to Squaw Creek (August 1911)
    168. The Mexican (August 19, 1911) [BH] [LOA]
    169. Shorty Dreams (September 1911)
    170. A Little Account with Swithin Hall (September 2, 1911)
    171. A Goboto Night (September 30, 1911)
    172. The Man on the Other Bank (October 1911)
    173. The Pears of Parlay (October 14, 1911)
    174. The Race for Number Three (November 1911)
    175. The End of the Story (November 1911)
    176. The Jokers of New Gibbon (November 11, 1911)
    177. By the Turtles of Tasman (November 19, 1911)
    178. The Little Man (December 1911)
    179. The Unmasking of the Cad (December 23, 1911)
    180. The Hanging of Cultus George (January 1912)
    181. The Mistake of Creation (February 1912)
    182. A Flutter in Eggs (March 1912)
    183. The Sea-Farmer (March 1912)
    184. The Feathers of the Sun (March 9, 1912)
    185. The Town-Site of Tra-Lee (April 1912)
    186. Wonder of Woman (May 1912)
    187. The Prodigal Father (May 1912)
    188. The Scarlet Plague (June 1912)
    189. The Captain of the Susan Drew (December 1, 1912)
    190. Samuel (May 1913)
    191. The Sea-Gangsters (November 1913)
    192. Told in the Drooling Ward (June 1914) [BH] [LOA]
    193. The Hussy (December 1916)
    194. Man of Mine (February 1917)
    195. Like Argus of the Ancient Times (March 1917)
    196. Jerry of the Islands (1917)
    197. When Alice Told Her Soul (March 1918)
    198. The Princess (June 1918)
    199. The Tears of Ah Kim (July 1918)
    200. The Water Baby (September 1918) [LOA]
    201. The Red One (October 1918) [LOA]
    202. In the Cave of the Dead (November 1918)
    203. Shin-Bones (1918)
    204. On the Makaloa Mat (March 1919)
    205. The Bones of Kahekili (July 1919)
    206. Whose Business Is to Live (September 1922)
    207. Eyes of Asia (September 1924)

  90. Letters:

  91. Letters from Jack London: Containing an Unpublished Correspondence between London and Sinclair Lewis. Ed. King Hendricks & Irving Shepard. 1965. London: MacGibbon & Kee Limited, 1966.

"Told in the Drooling Ward" and "The Apostate" had a huge effect on me when I first read them as a teenager. He's actually a very fine writer, though undoubtedly a bit slapdash and mechanical in his later work. A great many of his books are also available online here.



David McCullough (2015)


    David Gaub McCullough (1933-2022)

    Books:

  1. The Johnstown Flood: The Incredible Story Behind One of the Most Devastating Disasters America Has Ever Known (1968)
  2. The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (1972)
    • The Great Bridge. 1972. An Equinox Book. New York: Avon Books, 1976.
  3. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870–1914 (1977)
    • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914. 1977. A Touchstone Book. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., n.d.
  4. Mornings on Horseback (1981)
  5. Brave Companions: Portraits in History (1991)
    • Brave Companions: Portraits in History. 1991. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., n.d.
  6. Truman (1992)
    • Truman. 1992. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., n.d.
  7. John Adams (2001)
    • John Adams. 2001. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2004.
  8. 1776 (2005)
    • 1776. 2005. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2006.
  9. In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story (2010)
  10. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris (2011)
  11. The Wright Brothers (2015)
  12. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For (2017)
  13. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West (2019)
    • The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Pioneers Who Brought the American Ideal West. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2019.

  14. Narrations:

  15. Brooklyn Bridge (1981)
  16. Smithsonian World (5 episodes: 1984–1988)
  17. The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God (1984)
  18. The Statue of Liberty (1985)
  19. Huey Long (1985)
  20. A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Panama (1987)
  21. The Congress (1988)
  22. The Civil War (9 episodes: 1990)
    • The Civil War: Fully Restored Edition, dir. Ken Burns, prod. Rick Burns, writ. Geoffrey C. Ward (USA, 1990 / 2015). 6-DVD set.
  23. American Experience (23 episodes: 1991–2006)
  24. Coney Island (1991)
  25. The Donner Party (1992)
  26. Degenerate Art (1993)
  27. D-Day Remembered (1994)
  28. Napoleon (PBS Empires Special: 2000)
  29. George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (2000)
  30. Seabiscuit (2003)
  31. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2010)

There's perhaps a certain pomposity perceptible at times behind all this Americana, but his books remain fascinating and (for the most part) very readable.



Norman Mailer (2006)


    Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007)

    Novels:

  1. The Naked and the Dead (1948)
    • The Naked and the Dead. 1948. London: Allan Wingate (Publishers) Ltd., 1954.
  2. Barbary Shore (1951)
    • Barbary Shore. 1951. Ace Books. London: The New English Library Limited, 1961.
  3. The Deer Park (1955)
    • The Deer Park. 1957. A Corgi Book. London: Transworld Publishers, Ltd., 1967.
  4. An American Dream (1965)
    • An American Dream. 1965. Panther Books Limited. St Albans, Herts: Granada Publishing Limited, 1973.
  5. Why Are We in Vietnam? (1967)
    • Why Are We in Vietnam? 1967. London: Panther Books, 1970.
  6. A Transit to Narcissus (1978)
  7. Of Women and Their Elegance (1980)
  8. Ancient Evenings (1983)
    • Ancient Evenings. 1983. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1984.
  9. Tough Guys Don't Dance (1984)
    • Tough Guys Don’t Dance. 1984. Panther Books. London: Book Club Associates / Michael Joseph Ltd., 1985.
  10. Harlot's Ghost (1991)
    • Harlot's Ghost. 1991. Michael Joseph. Harmondsworth: The Penguin Group, 1991.
  11. The Gospel According to the Son (1997)
  12. The Castle in the Forest (2007)
    • The Castle in the Forest: A Novel. London: Little, Brown Book Group, 2007.

  13. Non-Fiction Novels:

  14. The Armies of the Night (1968)
    • The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel / The Novel as History. 1968. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
  15. Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968 (1968)
    • Miami and the Siege of Chicago: An Informal History of the Republican and Democratic Conventions of 1968. 1968. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969.
  16. Of a Fire on the Moon (1971)
    • A Fire on the Moon. 1970. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1971.
  17. St. George and The Godfather (1972)
  18. The Fight (1975)
    • The Fight. 1975. Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. London: Penguin, 1991.
  19. The Executioner's Song (1979)
    • The Executioner's Song. 1979. London: Arrow Books Limited, 1980.

  20. Biographies:

  21. Marilyn: A Biography (1973)
  22. Portrait of Picasso as a Young Man: An Interpretive Biography (1995)
  23. Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery (1995)
    • Oswald’s Tale: An American Mystery. 1995. An Abacus Book. London: Little, Brown and Company (UK), 1996.

  24. Essays:

  25. The White Negro (1957)
  26. Advertisements for Myself (1959)
    • Advertisements for Myself. 1959. Panther Books Ltd. London: Granada Publishing Limited, 1972.
  27. The Presidential Papers (1963)
    • The Presidential Papers. 1963. Panther Books Ltd. Frogmore, St Albans, Herts: Granada Publishing Limited, 1976.
  28. Cannibals and Christians (1966)
    • Cannibals and Christians. 1966. London: Sphere Books Limited, 1969.
  29. The Bullfight: A Photographic Narrative with Text by Norman Mailer (1967)
  30. The Idol and the Octopus: Political Writings on the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations (1968)
  31. King of the Hill: Norman Mailer on the Fight of the Century (1971)
  32. The Long Patrol: 25 Years of Writing from the Work of Norman Mailer (1971)
  33. The Prisoner of Sex (1971)
    • The Prisoner of Sex. 1971. London: Sphere Books Limited, 1972.
  34. Existential Errands (1972)
  35. The Faith of Graffiti (1974)
  36. Genius and Lust: A Journey through the Major Writings of Henry Miller (1976)
  37. Some Honorable Men: Political Conventions, 1960-1972 (1976)
  38. Of a Small and Modest Malignancy, Wicked and Bristling with Dots (1980)
  39. Pieces and Pontifications (1982)
  40. Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988)
  41. The Time of Our Time (1998)
    • The Time of Our Time. 1998. An Abacus Book. London: Little, Brown and Company (UK), 1999.
  42. The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (2003)
  43. Why Are We At War? (2003)
  44. The Big Empty (2006)
  45. On God: An Uncommon Conversation. With J. Michael Lennon (2007)

  46. Short Stories:

  47. The Short Fiction of Norman Mailer (1967)

  48. Plays and screenplays:

  49. The Deer Park: A Play (1967)
  50. Maidstone: A Mystery (1971)

  51. Poetry:

  52. Deaths for the Ladies (And Other Disasters) (1962)
    • Deaths for the Ladies (and other disasters). New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.
  53. Modest Gifts: Poems and Drawings (2003)

  54. Letters:

  55. Norman Mailer's Letters on An American Dream, 1963-1969 (2004)
  56. The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer (2014)

  57. Secondary:

  58. Hilary Mills. Mailer: A Biography. 1982. London: New English Library, 1983.
  59. Peter Manso. Mailer: His Life and Times (1985)
  60. J. Michael Lennon. Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013)
  61. Richard Bradford. Tough Guy: The Life of Norman Mailer (2023)

Jerk or genius? More the former than the latter, I suspect, but you can't deny the raw talent in at least some of his many books.




Nancy Crampton: Janet Malcolm (1981)


    Jana Wienerova ['Janet Malcolm'] (1934-2021)


    Books:

  1. Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession (1981)
  2. In the Freud Archives. 1984. London: Flamingo, 1986.
  3. The Journalist and the Murderer (1990)
  4. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. 1993. Picador. London: Pan Macmillan General Books, 1994.
  5. The Crime of Sheila McGough (1999)
  6. Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey. 2001. London: Granta Books, 2012.
  7. Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2007.
  8. Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial (2011)

  9. Essays:

  10. Diana & Nikon: Essays on the Aesthetic of Photography (1980)
  11. The Purloined Clinic: Selected Writings. 1992. Papermac. London: Macmillan General Books, 1996.
  12. Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers. 2013. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
  13. Nobody's Looking at You: Essays. Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company, 2019.

  14. Photography:

  15. Burdock (2008)


One can understand how many of Janet Malcolm's victims must have felt extremely bitter about the experience, but there's no denying that she could write a very entertaining essay. It remains to be seen how well her work ages now that she's gone.



W. M. Vanderweyde: O. Henry (1909)


    William Sydney Porter ['O. Henry'] (1862-1910)

    Collections:

  1. Cabbages and Kings (1904)
    • Cabbages and Kings. 1904. London: Hodder and Stoughton Publishers, n.d. [c.1939].
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 537-662.
  2. The Four Million (1906)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 100-06.
  3. The Trimmed Lamp (1907)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 1327-1442.
  4. Heart of the West (1907)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 107-260.
  5. The Gentle Grafter (1908)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 261-346.
  6. The Voice of the City (1908)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 1219-1326.
  7. Roads of Destiny (1909)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 347-536.
  8. Options (1909)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 663-790.
  9. The Two Women (1910)
  10. Strictly Business (1910)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 1443-1586.
  11. Whirligigs (1910)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 1065-1218.
  12. Sixes and Sevens (1911)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 791-916.
  13. Rolling Stones (1912)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 917-1064.
  14. Waifs and Strays (1917)
    • Included in The Complete Works of O. Henry. New York: Garden City Books, 1937. 1587-1646.
  15. O. Henryana (1920)
  16. Postscripts (1923)
  17. The Best of O. Henry (1929)
    • The Best of O. Henry: One Hundred of His Stories Chosen by Sapper. 1929. London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1954.
  18. More O. Henry (1933)
    • More O. Henry: One Hundred More of the Master's Stories. Introduction by James Hilton. 1933. London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1955.
  19. The Complete Works of O. Henry (1937)
    • The Complete Works of O. Henry: Authentic Edition. Foreword by William Lyon Phelps. 1927-37. New York: Garden City Books, 1937.
      1. The Four Million (1906)
      2. Heart of the West (1907)
      3. The Gentle Grafter (1908)
      4. Roads of Destiny (1909)
      5. Cabbages and Kings (1904)
      6. Options (1909)
      7. Sixes and Sevens (1911)
      8. Rolling Stones (1912)
      9. Whirligigs (1910)
      10. The Voice of the City (1908)
      11. The Trimmed Lamp (1907)
      12. Strictly Business (1910)
      13. Waifs and Strays (1917)
  20. O. Henry Encore (1939)
  21. The World of O. Henry. 4 vols (1974)
    1. Roads of Destiny and Other Stories
    2. The Unknown Quantity and Other Stories
      • The Unknown Quantity and Other Stories. Introduction by William Trevor. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1974.
    3. Strictly Business and Other Stories
    4. The Furnished Room and Other Stories
  22. O. Henry: 101 Stories. Ed. Ben Yagoda. Library of America, 345 (2021)

For a long time he was regarded as the standard example of what not to do when you were writing a short story: trick endings, sentimentality, etc. Now, however, I can't help feeling that he's making a bit of a come-back as a classic American turn-of-the-century realist. His work remains entertaining and evocative.



John Steinbeck (1939)


    John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (1902-1968)

    The John Steinbeck Collection (Library of America):

  1. Novels and Stories 1932–1937: The Pastures of Heaven | To a God Unknown | Tortilla Flat | In Dubious Battle | Of Mice and Men. Ed. Elaine Steinbeck & Robert DeMott. Library of America, 72 (1994)
  2. The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings 1936–1941: The Grapes of Wrath | The Long Valley | The Log from the Sea of Cortez | The Harvest Gypsies. Ed. Elaine Steinbeck & Robert DeMott. Library of America, 86 (1996)
    • The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941: The Long Valley; The Grapes of Wrath; The Log from the Sea of Cortez; The Harvest Gypsies. 1938, 1939, 1941 & 1951, 1936 & 1938. Ed. Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck. The Library of America, 86. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996.
  3. Novels 1942–1952: The Moon Is Down | Cannery Row | The Pearl | East of Eden. Ed. Robert DeMott. Library of America, 132 (2002)
  4. Travels with Charley and Later Novels 1947–1962: The Wayward Bus | Burning Bright | Sweet Thursday | The Winter of Our Discontent | Travels with Charley in Search of America. Ed. Robert DeMott & Brian Railsback. Library of America, 170 (2008)

  5. Novels & Novellas:

  6. Cup of Gold (1929)
    • Cup of Gold. 1929. A Bantam Book. New York: The Viking Press, Inc., 1970.
  7. The Red Pony (1933)
    • Included in: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
  8. To a God Unknown (1933)
    • To a God Unknown. 1933. A Corgi Book. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1959.
  9. Tortilla Flat (1935)
    • Included in: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
  10. Of Mice and Men (1937)
    • Included in: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
    • Included in: John Steinbeck. London: William Heinemann Limited / Octopus Books Limited, 1976.
  11. In Dubious Battle (1936)
    • In Dubious Battle. 1936. Ace Books. London: The Harborough Publishing Co. Ltd., 1957.
  12. The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
    • Included in: John Steinbeck. London: William Heinemann Limited / Octopus Books Limited, 1976.
    • Included in: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941. Ed. Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck. The Library of America, 86. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996.
  13. The Moon Is Down (1942)
    • Included in: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
    • Included in: John Steinbeck. London: William Heinemann Limited / Octopus Books Limited, 1976.
  14. Cannery Row (1945)
    • Included in: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
    • Included in: John Steinbeck. London: William Heinemann Limited / Octopus Books Limited, 1976.
  15. The Wayward Bus (1947)
    • The Wayward Bus. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1947.
  16. The Pearl (1947)
    • Included in: The Short Novels of John Steinbeck. 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
    • Included in: The Pearl and Burning Bright. 1947 & 1950. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1965.
  17. Burning Bright (1950)
    • Included in: The Pearl and Burning Bright. 1947 & 1950. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1965.
  18. East of Eden (1952)
    • Included in: John Steinbeck. London: William Heinemann Limited / Octopus Books Limited, 1976.
  19. Sweet Thursday (1954)
    • Sweet Thursday. 1954. London: The Reprint Society Ltd. / William Heinemann Ltd., 1955.
  20. The Short Novels of John Steinbeck (1954)
    • The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: Tortilla Flat; Of Mice and Men; The Red Pony; The Moon is Down; Cannery Row; The Pearl. 1935, 1937, 1933, 1942, 1945, 1947, 1954. London: Nationwide Book Service, by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1980.
  21. The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication (1957)
    • The Short Reign of Pippin IV: A Fabrication. 1957. Great Pan. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1959.
  22. The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)
    • The Winter of Our Discontent. 1961. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1963.
  23. The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights (1976)
    • The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights: From the Winchester Ms. of Thomas Malory and Other Sources. Ed. Chase Horton. 1976. London: Book Club Associates, 1977.
  24. John Steinbeck (1976)
    • The Grapes of Wrath / The Moon is Down / Cannery Row / East of Eden / Of Mice and Men. 1939, 1942, 1945, 1952 & 1937. London: William Heinemann Limited / Octopus Books Limited, 1976.

  25. Short Stories:

  26. The Pastures of Heaven (1932)
  27. The Long Valley (1938)
    • Included in: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941. Ed. Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck. The Library of America, 86. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996.

  28. Non-fiction:

  29. Their Blood Is Strong (1938)
    • Included in: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941. Ed. Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck. The Library of America, 86. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996.
  30. Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research (1941)
  31. Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team (1942)
  32. A Russian Journal (1948)
    • A Russian Journal. Photographs by Robert Capa. 1948. Introduction by Susan Shillinglaw. 1999. Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2000.
  33. The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951)
    • Included in: The Grapes of Wrath and Other Writings, 1936-1941. Ed. Robert DeMott & Elaine A. Steinbeck. The Library of America, 86. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996.
  34. Once There Was a War (1958)
    • Once There Was a War. 1958. A Corgi Book. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1961.
  35. Travels with Charley: In Search of America (1962)
    • Travels with Charley in Search of America. Watford, Herts: The Companion Book Club (Odhams Books Ltd.), 1962.
    • Travels with Charley in Search of America. 1962. New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
  36. America and Americans (1966)
  37. Of Men and Their Making: The Selected Nonfiction of John Steinbeck (2002)
    • America and Americans and the Selected Nonfiction of John Steinbeck. Ed. Susan Shillinglaw & Jackson J. Benson. 2002. Penguin Classics. London: Viking Penguin, 2003.
    • Of Men and Their Making: The Selected Nonfiction of John Steinbeck. Ed. Susan Shillinglaw & Jackson J. Benson. 2002. Penguin Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2003.
  38. Steinbeck in Vietnam: Dispatches from the War (2012)

  39. Screenplays:

  40. The Forgotten Village (1941)
  41. Viva Zapata! (1975)
    • Viva Zapata! The Original Screenplay. Ed. Robert E. Morsberger. 1975. London: Penguin, 2009.

  42. Letters & Journals:

  43. Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters (1969)
    • Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. 1969. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1972.
  44. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters (1975)
    • Steinbeck, Elaine, & Robert Wallsten, ed. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1975.
    • Steinbeck, Elaine, & Robert Wallsten, ed. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters. 1975. London: Pan Books Ltd. / William Heinemann Ltd., 1979.
  45. Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath (1989)

  46. Secondary:

  47. Benson, Jackson J. The True Adventures of John Steinbeck, Writer: A Biography. New York: The Viking Press, 1984.

I haven't read him for a long time, but when I was a teenager I found him quite compelling. It'd be great to revisit his work properly sometime soon.




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    Irving Tennenbaum ['Irving Stone'] (1903-1989)


    Fiction:

  1. Lust for Life [Vincent Van Gogh] (1934)
    • Lust for Life: A Novel of Vincent Van Gogh. 1935. London: John Lane / The Bodley Head, 1940.
  2. Sailor on Horseback [Jack London] (1938)
  3. Immortal Wife [Jessie Benton Frémont] (1944)
  4. Adversary in the House [Eugene V. Debs and his wife Kate] (1947)
  5. The Passionate Journey [American artist John Noble] (1949)
  6. The President's Lady [Andrew Jackson and Rachel Donelson Jackson] (1951)
  7. Love is Eternal [Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd] (1954)
  8. The Agony and the Ecstasy [Michelangelo] (1961)
    • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo. 1961. Fontana Books. London: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1965.
  9. Those Who Love [John Adams and Abigail Adams] (1965)
  10. The Passions of the Mind [Sigmund Freud] (1971)
  11. The Greek Treasure [Heinrich Schliemann] (1975)
  12. The Origin [Charles Darwin] (1980)
  13. Depths of Glory [Camille Pissarro] (1985)

  14. Non-fiction:

  15. Clarence Darrow For the Defense (1941)
    • Darrow for the Defence. 1941. London: The Bodley Head, 1949.
  16. They Also Ran (1943 / 1966)
  17. Earl Warren (1948)
  18. Men to Match My Mountains (1956)

  19. Edited:

  20. [with Jean Stone]. Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh. 1937. London: Cassell, 1973.
  21. [with Jean Stone]. I, Michelangelo, Sculptor: An Autobiography through Letters. Trans. Charles Speroni. 1963. Fontana Books. London: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1965.


I hugely enjoyed both Lust for Life and The Agony and the Ecstasy when I read them as a teenager. Carol Reed's film of the latter is also a favourite of mine.



William Styron (1967)


    William Clark Styron Jr. (1925-2006)

    Fiction:

  1. Lie Down in Darkness (1951)
    • Lie Down in Darkness. 1951. A Corgi Book. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1961.
  2. The Long March (1956)
    • The Long March. 1952 & 1956. Penguin Books 2101. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964.
  3. Set This House on Fire (1960)
    • Set This House on Fire. 1960. A Corgi Book. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1980.
  4. The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)
    • The Confessions of Nat Turner. 1967. London: Panther Books Ltd., 1970.
  5. In the Clap Shack (1973)
    • The Long March and In the Clap Shack. 1952 & 1973. Vintage International. New York: Random House Inc., 1993.
  6. Sophie's Choice (1979)
    • Sophie's Choice. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1979.
  7. Shadrach (1979)
  8. A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales from Youth (1993)
    • A Tidewater Morning: Three Tales from Youth. 1993. Vintage. London: The Random House Group Limited, 2001.
  9. Inheritance of Night: Early Drafts of Lie Down in Darkness. Preface by William Styron. Ed. James L. W. West III (1993)
  10. The Suicide Run: Fives Tales of the Marine Corps (2009)

  11. Non-fiction:

  12. This Quiet Dust and Other Writings (1982 / rev. ed. 1993)
    • This Quiet Dust: And Other Writings. 1982. A Black Swan Book. London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., 1984.
  13. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (1990)
    • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. New York: Random House, Inc., 1990.
  14. Havanas in Camelot: Personal Essays (2008)
  15. My Generation: Collected Nonfiction. Ed. James L.W. I West III (2015)

  16. Letters:

  17. Selected Letters of William Styron. Ed. Rose Styron, with R. Blakeslee Gilpin (2012)

An enigmatic figure. I remember being very impressed by Sophie's Choice: more by the novel than the film, admittedly. His memoir of depression, Darkness Visible, is also very powerful.




Hunter S. Thompson (1971)


    Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937-2005)


    Books:

  1. Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1967)
    • Hell’s Angels. 1966. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1975.
  2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971)
    • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. 1971. London: Paladin, 1972.
    • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. 1971. Vintage Books. New York: Random House, Inc., 1989.
  3. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973)
    • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72. 1973. New York: Warner Books, 1983.
  4. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979)
    • The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time. 1979. London: Picador, 1980.
  5. The Curse of Lono. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman (1983)
    • The Curse of Lono. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. 1983. New edition. 2005. Köln: Taschen GmbH, 2014.
  6. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 2: Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s (1988)
    • Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the ‘80s. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 2. London: Picador, 1988.
  7. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 3: Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream (1990)
    • Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 3. 1990. London: Picador, 1991.
  8. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 4: Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie (1994)
    • Better than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie. Gonzo Papers, Vol. 4. 1994. London: Black Swan, 1995.
  9. The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 1: The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955–1967 (1997)
    • The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967. The Fear and Loathing Letters, Volume 1. Ed. Douglas Brinkley. Foreword by William J. Kennedy. 1997. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 1998.
  10. The Rum Diary (1998)
    • The Rum Diary. London: Bloomsbury, 1998.
  11. Screw-Jack (2000)
    • Screwjack. 1991, 2000. Picador. London: Pan Macmillan, 2010.
  12. Mistah Leary – He Dead (1996)
  13. The Fear and Loathing Letters, Vol. 2: Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist 1968–1976 (2000)
    • Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976. The Fear and Loathing Letters, Volume 2. Ed. Douglas Brinkley. Foreword by David Halberstam. 2000. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 2001.
  14. Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century (2003)
    • Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final days of the American Century. Harmondsworth: Allen Lane The Penguin Press, 2003.
  15. Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness: Modern History from the Sports Desk (2004)
  16. Happy Birthday, Jack Nicholson (2005)
  17. Gonzo: Photographs by Hunter S. Thompson (2006)
  18. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writings of Hunter S. Thompson (2011)

  19. Secondary:

  20. Thompson, Anita, ed. Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson: Ancient Gonzo Wisdom. 2009. Picador. London: Pan Macmillan Ltd., 2009.

I suppose the truth of the matter is that - like Fitzgerald - he was a one book man. There's some excellent stuff in some of his other collections, though.




James Thurber (1954)


    James Grover Thurber (1894-1961)


    Books:

  1. [with E. B. White]. Is Sex Necessary? Or, Why You Feel the Way You Do (1929)
    • [with E. B. White]. Is Sex Necessary? or, Why You Feel The Way You Do. 1929. Penguin Books 17422. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1961.
  2. The Owl in the Attic and Other Perplexities (1931)
  3. The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (1932)
  4. My Life and Hard Times (1933)
    • My Life and Hard Times. 1933. Penguin Books 65. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1948.
  5. The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)
  6. Let Your Mind Alone! and Other More Or Less Inspirational Pieces (1937)
    • Let Your Mind Alone! and Other More Or Less Inspirational Pieces. With Drawings by the Author. 1937. A Methuen Humour Classic. London: Methuen London Ltd., 1983.
  7. The Last Flower (1939)
  8. Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated (1940)
  9. My World — And Welcome to It (1942)
    • My World – And Welcome to It. 1942. Harbrace Paperbound Library HPL 41. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1969.
  10. Men, Women and Dogs (1943)
  11. The Thurber Carnival (1945)
    • The Thurber Carnival. 1945. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1947.
  12. The Beast in Me and Other Animals (1948)
    • The Beast in Me and Other Animals: A New Collection of Pieces and Drawings about Human Beings and Less Alarming Creatures. 1948. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1976.
  13. The Thurber Album (1952)
    • The Thurber Album: A New Collection of Pieces about People. 1952. Penguin Books 1606. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1961.
  14. Thurber Country (1953)
    • Thurber Country: A New Collection of Pieces about Males and Females Mainly of Our Own Species. 1953. Penguin Books 1769. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1962.
  15. Thurber's Dogs (1955)
    • Thurber's Dogs: A Collection of the Master’s Dogs, Written and Drawn, Real and Imaginary, Living and Long Ago. 1955. Penguin Books 1322. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958.
  16. Further Fables for Our Time (1956)
    • Further Fables For Our Time. Illustrated by the Author. 1956. Penguin Books 1504. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1960.
  17. Alarms and Diversions (1957)
    • Alarms and Diversions. 1957. Penguin Books 1756. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1962.
  18. The Years with Ross (1959)
    • The Years With Ross. With Drawings by the Author. 1959. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1959.
  19. Lanterns and Lances (1961)
    • Lanterns and Lances. London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd., 1961.
  20. Credos and Curios. Ed. Helen W. Thurber (1962)
    • Credos and Curios. 1962. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1969.
  21. Vintage Thurber. Ed. Helen W. Thurber. 2 vols (1963)
    • Vintage Thurber: A Collection, in Two Volumes, of the Best Writings and Drawings of James Thurber. Introduction by Helen Thurber. Vol. 1. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1963.
    • Vintage Thurber: A Collection, in Two Volumes, of the Best Writings and Drawings of James Thurber. Vol. 2. 1963. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983.
  22. Thurber & Company. Ed. Helen W. Thurber (1966)
  23. Collecting Himself: James Thurber on Writing and Writers, Humor and Himself. Ed. Michael J. Rosen (1989)
  24. Thurber on Crime. Ed. Robert Lopresti (1991)
  25. People Have More Fun Than Anybody: A Centennial Celebration of Drawings and Writings by James Thurber. Ed. Michael J. Rosen (1994)
  26. James Thurber: Writings and Drawings. Library of America. Ed. Garrison Keillor (1996)
    • Writings and Drawings. Ed. Garrison Keillor. The Library of America, 90. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1996.
  27. The Dog Department: James Thurber on Hounds, Scotties, and Talking Poodles. Ed. Michael J. Rosen (2001)
  28. Collected Fables. Ed. Michael J. Rosen (2019)
  29. A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber. Ed. Michael J. Rosen (2019)

  30. Children's Books:

  31. Many Moons, 1943
  32. The Great Quillow, 1944
  33. The White Deer, 1945
  34. The 13 Clocks (1950)
  35. The Wonderful O (1957)
    • The 13 Clocks and The Wonderful O. 1950 & 1957. Illustrated by Ronald Searle. Puffin Books. Harmondsworth: Penguin / London: Hamish Hamilton, 1962.

  36. Letters:

  37. Thurber, Helen W., & Edward Weeks, ed. Selected Letters of James Thurber. An Atlantic Monthly Press Book. Boston & Toronto: Little, Brown and Company, 1981.
  38. Kinney, Harrison, with Rosemary A. Thurber, ed. The Thurber Letters: The Wit, Wisdom and Surprising Life of James Thurber. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2002.

  39. Secondary:

  40. Holmes, Charles S. The Clocks Of Columbus: The Literary Career of James Thurber. 1972. An Alison Press Book. London: Martin Secker & Warburg Limited, 1973.

I used to find him almost sickeningly funny - now, less so. I do envy anyone encountering him for the first time, though.



Barbara Tuchman (1966)


    Barbara Wertheim Tuchman (1912-1989)

  1. The Lost British Policy: Britain and Spain Since 1700 (London: United Editorial, 1938)
  2. Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour (1956)
    • Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour. 1956. Phoenix Press. London: The Orion Publishing Group Ltd., 2001.
  3. The Zimmermann Telegram (1958)
    • The Zimmermann Telegram. 1958. London: Constable, 1959.
  4. The Guns of August (1962)
    • The Guns of August. 1962. New York: Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1963.
  5. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, 1890–1914 (1966)
    • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914. 1966. New York: Bantam Books, 1971.
  6. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 (1971))
    • Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945. 1970. Phoenix Press. London: The Orion Publishing Group Ltd., 2001.
  7. Notes from China (1972)
  8. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century (1978)
    • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. 1978. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980.
  9. The Book: A Lecture Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Authors’ League of America, Presented at the Library of Congress, October 17, 1979 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1980)
  10. Practicing History: Selected Essays (1981)
    • Practising History: Selected Essays. 1981. Papermac. London: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1983.
  11. America's Security in the 1980s (London: International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1982)
  12. The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam (1984)
    • The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam. 1984. Abacus. London: Sphere Books Ltd., 1985.
  13. The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution (1988)
    • The First Salute: A View of the American Revolution. 1989. A Cardinal Book. London: Sphere Books Ltd., 1990.
  14. The Guns of August, The Proud Tower. Appendix: “How We Entered World War I”. 1962, 1966. Ed. Margaret MacMillan. The Library of America, 222. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 2012.

"Living in a state of considerable wealth and privilege, she was given to rather conventional limousine-liberal political and ideological convictions and occasionally to oracular pronouncements thereof," as critic Jonathan Yardley commented in 2009. There's some truth in that. But her work remains readable, if more tendentious than she may have realised. She's best when she sticks to telling stories well - the historian's skill she herself said she valued most highly.


    Samuel Langhorne Clemens ['Mark Twain'] (1837-1910)


    Novels:

  1. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873)
    • [with Charles Dudley Warner]. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. 1873. Introduction by Justin D. Kaplan. 1964. Washington Paperback WP-40. Seattle & London: University of Washington Press, 1968.
    • The Adventures of Colonel Sellers: Being Mark Twain’s Share of ‘The Gilded Age,’ a Novel Which he Wrote with Charles Dudley Warner, Now Published Separately for the First Time and Comprising, in Effect, a New Work. Ed. Charles Neider. 1965. London: Chatto and Windus, 1966.
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. 1876. The World’s Popular Classics: Art-Type Edition. New York: Books, Inc., n.d.
  3. The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
    • The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages. 1881. Illustrated by Robert Hodgson. Children’s Illustrated Classics C.I.C. 80. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. / New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 1968.
  4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1884. Ed. Peter Coveney. Penguin Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985.
    • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: An Annotated Text / Backgrounds and Sources / Essays in Criticism. 1884. Ed. Sculley Bradley, Richmond Croom Beatty, & E. Hudson Long. A Norton Critical Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1962.
    • The Annotated Huckleberry Finn: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade). Ed. Michael Patrick Hearn. Illustrations by E. W. Kemble. New York & London: W. W. Norton, 2001.
  5. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889)
    • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. 1889. Seven Seas Books: A Collection of Works by Writers in the English Language. Berlin: Seven Seas Publishers, 1963.
    • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: An Authoritative Text / Backgrounds and Sources / Composition and Publication / Criticism. 1889. Ed. Allison R. Ensor. A Norton Critical Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 1982.
  6. The American Claimant (1892)
    • The American Claimant. 1892. With 81 Illustrations by Dan Beard and Hal Hurst. London: Chatto & Windus, Picadilly, 1892.
  7. Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)
    • Pudd'nhead Wilson: A Tale. 1894. Introduction by F. R. Leavis. 1955. The Zodiac Press. London: Chatto & Windus Ltd., 1967.
    • Pudd'nhead Wilson / Those Extraordinary Twins / The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg. 1894, 1892 & 1899. Ed. R. D. Gooder. The World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  8. Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894)
    • Tom Sawyer Abroad and The American Claimant. 1894 & 1892. The Florida Edition of Mark Twain, 4/18. London: Chatto & Windus, 1926.
  9. Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896)
    • Tom Sawyer Abroad / Tom Sawyer, Detective. 1894 & 1896. A Magnum Easy Eye Book. New York: Lancer Books, Inc., 1968.
  10. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896)
    • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte (Her Page and Secretary). Freely translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France by Jean François Alden. 1896. The Complete Novels of Mark Twain. New York: Nelson Doubelday, Inc., n.d.
  11. A Horse's Tale (1907)
  12. The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
    • The Mysterious Stranger. Ed. Walter Blair. The Mark Twain Papers. 1969. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1970.
    • The Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts. Ed. Walter Blair. The Mark Twain Papers. 1969. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005.

  13. Short Stories:

  14. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867)
  15. Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance (1871)
  16. Sketches New and Old (1875)
  17. A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime (1877)
  18. Punch, Brothers, Punch! and Other Sketches (1878)
  19. The Stolen White Elephant Etc. (1882)
    • The Stolen White Elephant Etc. 1882. The Florida Edition of Mark Twain, 13/18. London: Chatto & Windus, 1927.
  20. Merry Tales (1892)
  21. The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories (1893)
    • The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other Stories. 1893. The Florida Edition of Mark Twain, 14/18. London: Chatto & Windus, 1925.
  22. Extracts from Adam's Diary. Illustrated by Frederick Strothmann (1904)
  23. Eve's Diary. Illustrated by Lester Ralph (1906)
  24. The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories (1906)
  25. The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches (1919)
  26. The Private Life of Adam and Eve: Being Extracts from Their Diaries, Translated from the Original Mss. (1931)
  27. The Washoe Giant in San Francisco (1938)
  28. The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain (1957)
    • The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain: Now Collected for the First Time. Ed. Charles Neider. New York: Hanover House, 1957.
  29. The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain (1961)
    • The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain: Now Collected for the First Time. Drawings by Mark Twain. Ed. Charles Neider. New York: Hanover House, 1961.
  30. Which Was the Dream? (1966)
  31. Mark Twain's Fables of Man (1972)
    • The Devil’s Race-Track: Mark Twain’s Great Dark Writings. The Best from Which Was the Dream? and Fables of Man. 1966 & 1972. Ed. John S. Tuckey. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1980.
  32. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians (1989)
    • Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians and Other Unfinished Stories. Foreword & Notes by Dahlia Armon & Walter Blair. Texts ed. Dahlia Armon, Paul Baender, Walter Blair, William M. Gibson, & Franklin R. Rogers. A Publication of the Mark Twain Project of The Bancroft Library. The Mark Twain Library. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1989.
  33. Collected Stories (2011)
    • Collected Stories. Introduction by Robert McCrum. Illustrations by Roger Fereday. 3 vols. London: The Folio Society, 2011.

  34. Travel:

  35. The Innocents Abroad (1869)
    • The Innocents Abroad. 1869. Library of Classics. London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, n.d. [c.1955].
    • The Complete Travel Books of Mark Twain: The Early Works: 'The Innocents Abroad" and "Roughing It". 1869 & 1872. Ed. Charles Neider. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966.
  36. Roughing It (1872)
    • Roughing It. 1872. Ed. Hamlin Hill. The Penguin American Library. Ed. John Seelye. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1981.
    • The Complete Travel Books of Mark Twain: The Early Works: 'The Innocents Abroad" and "Roughing It". 1869 & 1872. Ed. Charles Neider. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966.
  37. Old Times on the Mississippi (1876)
    • The Portable Mark Twain. Ed. Bernard DeVoto. 1946 & 1968. The Viking Portable Library. New York: The Viking Press. Inc., 1971. 49-118
  38. Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion (1877)
  39. A Tramp Abroad (1880)
    • A Tramp Abroad. 1880. Introduction by Norman Lewis. London: Century Publishing Co. Ltd. / Gentry Books Limited, 1982.
  40. Life on the Mississippi (1883)
    • Life on the Mississippi. 1883. Introduction by James M. Cox. Penguin Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986.
  41. Following the Equator [aka More Tramps Abroad] (1897)
    • Following the Equator. 1897. Introduction by Anthony Brandt. National Geographic Adventure Classics. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2005.
  42. Letters from Hawaii. 1866 (1947)
    • Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii. 1866 & 1966. Ed. A. Grove Day. Pacific Classics, 5. Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1975.

  43. Essays:

  44. Memoranda (1870–1871)
  45. How to Tell a Story and other Essays (1897)
  46. What is Man? (1906)
    • What is Man? 1906. Introduction by S. K. Ratcliffe. Thinker’s Library, 60. London: C. A. Watts and Co. Limited, 1936.
  47. Is Shakespeare Dead? (1909)
  48. Moments with Mark Twain (1920)
  49. Europe and Elsewhere. Ed. Albert Bigelow Paine (1923)
  50. Mark Twain's Notebook (1935)
  51. The Portable Mark Twain (1946)
    • The Portable Mark Twain. Ed. Bernard DeVoto. 1946 & 1968. The Viking Portable Library. New York: The Viking Press. Inc., 1971.
  52. Letters from the Earth (1962)
    • Letters from the Earth. 1962. Ed. Bernard DeVoto. Preface by Henry Nash Smith. A Crest Reprint. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, Inc., 1964.
  53. The Complete Essays of Mark Twain (1963)
    • The Complete Essays of Mark Twain: Now Collected for the First Time. Drawings by Mark Twain. Ed. Charles Neider. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963.
  54. Clemens of the Call (1969)
    • Clemens of the Call: Mark Twain in San Francisco. Ed. Edgar M. Branch. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1969.
  55. A Pen Warmed Up In Hell (1972)
  56. Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches & Essays. 2 vols (1992)
    • Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches & Essays 1852-1890. Ed. Louis J. Budd. The Library of America, 60. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1992.
    • Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches & Essays 1891-1910. Ed. Louis J. Budd. The Library of America, 61. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1992.
  57. The Bible According to Mark Twain (1996)
    • The Bible According to Mark Twain: Irreverent Writings on Eden, Heaven and the Flood by America's Master Satirist. Ed. Howard G. Baetzhold & Joseph B. McCullough. 1995. A Touchstone Book. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1996.

  58. Autobiography:

  59. Mark Twain's Autobiography. 2 vols (1924)
    • Mark Twain's Autobiography. Ed. Albert Bigelow Paine. 2 vols. New York & London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1924.
  60. The Autobiography of Mark Twain (1959)
    • The Autobiography of Mark Twain. 1959. Ed. Charles Neider. A Perennial Classic. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated, n.d.
  61. Autobiography of Mark Twain. 3 vols (2010-2015)
    • Autobiography of Mark Twain. Ed. Harriet Elinor Smith et al. Vol. 1 of 3. A Publication of the Mark Twain Project of The Bancroft Library. The Mark Twain Papers. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2010.
    • Autobiography of Mark Twain. Ed. Benjamin Griffin, Harriet Elinor Smith et al. Vol. 2 of 3. A Publication of the Mark Twain Project of The Bancroft Library. The Mark Twain Papers. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2013.
    • Autobiography of Mark Twain. Ed. Benjamin Griffin, Harriet Elinor Smith et al. Vol. 3 of 3. A Publication of the Mark Twain Project of The Bancroft Library. The Mark Twain Papers. Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2015.

  62. Edited:

  63. Mark Twain's Library of Humor (1888)
    • [with William Dean Howells, & Charles Hopkins Clark]. Mark Twain's Library of Humor. Illustrated by E. W. Kemble. 1888. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910.


'He was the Lincoln of our literature,' according to William Dean Howells. I guess that's about right, really.



Edmund Wilson (1946)


    Edmund Wilson Jr. (1895-1972)

    Books:

  1. [with John Peale Bishop] The Undertaker's Garland (1922)
  2. Poets, Farewell! (1929)
  3. Axel's Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870–1930 (1931)
    • Axel’s Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930. 1931. Fontana Literature. London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1971.
  4. The American Jitters: A Year of the Slump (1932)
  5. Travels In Two Democracies (1936)
  6. The Triple Thinkers: Ten Essays on Literature (1938)
    1. The Triple Thinkers: Twelve Essays on Literary Subjects (1948)
    • The Triple Thinkers: Twelve Essays on Literary Subjects. 1938. New York: Oxford University Press, 1948.
    • The Triple Thinkers: Twelve Essays on Literary Subjects. 1952. A Pelican Book. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1962.
  7. To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940)
    • To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History. 1940. Fontana Library. London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1968.
  8. The Wound and the Bow: Seven Studies in Literature (1941)
    • The Wound and the Bow: Seven Studies in Literature. 1941. University Paperbacks UP 36. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1961.
  9. The Boys in the Back Room (1941)
  10. Europe without Baedeker: Sketches among the Ruins of Italy, Greece and England (1947)
    1. Europe without Baedeker: Sketches among the Ruins of Italy, Greece and England, with Notes from a European Diary: 1963–64: Paris, Rome, Budapest (1967)
    • Europe Without Baedeker: Sketches Among the Ruins of Italy, Greece and England, together with Notes from A European Diary: 1963-1964. 1947 & 1966. Introduction by Jonathan Raban. Hogarth Travel. London: The Hogarth Press, 1986.
  11. Classics and Commercials: A Literary Chronicle of the Forties (1950)
    • Classics and Commercials: A Literary Chronicle of the Forties. 1951. London: W. H. Allen, 1952.
  12. The Shores of Light: A Literary Chronicle of the Twenties and Thirties (1952)
    • The Shores of Light: A Literary Chronicle of the Twenties and Thirties. 1952. Vintage Books. New York: Random House, Inc. / Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1961.
  13. Eight Essays (1954)
  14. The Scrolls from the Dead Sea (1955)
    • The Scrolls from the Dead Sea. 1955. Rev. ed. Fontana Books. London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1957.
  15. Red, Black, Blond and Olive: Studies in Four Civilizations: Zuni; Haiti; Soviet Russia; Israel (1956)
  16. A Piece of My Mind: Reflections at Sixty (1956)
  17. The American Earthquake: A Documentary of the Twenties and Thirties. A Documentary of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, and the New Deal (1958)
  18. Apologies to the Iroquois (1960)
  19. Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War (1962)
    • Patriotic Gore: Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War. 1962. A Galaxy Book. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.
  20. The Cold War and the Income Tax: A Protest (1964)
  21. O Canada: An American's Notes on Canadian Culture (1965)
  22. The Bit Between My Teeth: A Literary Chronicle of 1950–1965 (1966)
    • The Bit Between My Teeth: A Literary Chronicle of 1950-1965. 1965. The Noonday Press. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1967.
  23. A Prelude: Landscapes, Characters and Conversations from the Earlier Years of My Life (1967)
    • A Prelude: Landscapes, Characters and Conversations from the Earlier Years of My Life. London: W. H. Allen, 1967.
  24. The Fruits of the MLA (1968)
  25. The Dead Sea Scrolls, 1947–1969 (1969)
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls, 1947-1969. 1955 & 1969. Fontana Library of Theology and Philosophy. London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1974.
  26. Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York (1971)
    • Upstate: Records and Recollections of Northern New York. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971.
  27. A Window on Russia: For the Use of Foreign Readers (1972)
    • A Window on Russia: For the Use of Foreign Readers. The Noonday Press. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972.
  28. The Devils and Canon Barham; Ten Essays on Poets, Novelists and Monsters (1973)
  29. The Portable Edmund Wilson. Ed. Lewis M. Dabney (1983)
    • The Portable Edmund Wilson. Ed. Lewis M. Dabney. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983.
  30. From the Uncollected Edmund Wilson. Ed. Janet Groth & David Castronovo (1995)
  31. The Edmund Wilson Reader. Ed. Lewis M. Dabney (1997)
  32. Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s & 30s: The Shores of Light, Axel's Castle, Uncollected Reviews. Ed. Lewis M. Dabney. Library of America (2007)
  33. Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s & 40s: The Triple Thinkers, The Wound and the Bow, Classics and Commercials, Uncollected Reviews. Ed. Lewis M. Dabney. Library of America (2007)

  34. Fiction:

  35. "Galahad" (1927))
  36. I Thought of Daisy (1929)
  37. Memoirs of Hecate County (1946)
    • Memoirs of Hecate County. 1946. London: Panther Books, 1969.

  38. Plays:

  39. Cyprian's Prayer (1924)
  40. The Crime in the Whispering Room (1927)
  41. This Room and This Gin and These Sandwiches [aka "A Winter in Beech Street"] (1937)
  42. Beppo and Beth (1937)
  43. The Little Blue Light (1950)
  44. Five Plays: Cyprian's Prayer, The Crime in the Whispering Room, This Room and This Gin and These Sandwiches, Beppo and Beth, & The Little Blue Light (1954)
    • Five Plays. ['Cyprian's Prayer' (1954); 'The Crime in the Whistler Room' (1924); 'This Room and This Gin and These Sandwiches' (1937); 'Beppo and Beth' (1937); The Little Blue Light' (1950)]. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1954.
  45. Dr. McGrath (1967)
  46. The Duke of Palermo (1969)
  47. Osbert's Career, or the Poet's Progress (1969)

  48. Poetry:

  49. Note-Books of Night (1942)
    • Note-Books of Night. 1942. London: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd., 1945.
  50. Night Thoughts (1961)

  51. Edited:

  52. The Shock of Recognition: The Development of Literature in the U.S. Recorded by the Men Who Made It (1943)
    1. Volume I. The Nineteenth Century
    2. Volume II. The Twentieth Century
    • The Shock of Recognition: The Development of Literature in the United States Recorded by the Men Who Made It. 1943. Illustrated by Robert F. Hallock. Second Edition. New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1955.
  53. F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up: With Other Uncollected Pieces, Note-Books and Unpublished Letters (1945)
    • F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up: With Other Uncollected Pieces, Note-Books and Unpublished Letters. Together with Letters to Fitzgerald from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T. S. Eliot, Thomas Wolfe and John Dos Passos, And Essays and Poems by Paul Rosenfeld, Glenway Westcott, John Dos Passos, John Peale Bishop and Edmund Wilson. New York: New Directions Books, 1945.

  54. Letters & Journals:

  55. The Twenties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel (1975)
    • The Twenties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel. London: Macmillan London Ltd., 1975.
  56. Letters on Literature and Politics. Ed. Elena Wilson (1977)
    • Letters on Literature and Politics, 1912-1972. Ed. Elena Wilson. Introduction by Daniel Aaron. Foreword by Leon Edel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1977.
  57. Dear Bunny, Dear Volodya: The Nabokov-Wilson Letters, 1940–1971. Ed. Simon Karlinsky. 1979. Revised & expanded ed. (2001)
    • Karlinsky, Simon, ed. The Nabokov-Wilson Letters: Correspondence between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, 1940-1971. 1979. Harper Colophon Books. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 1980.
  58. The Thirties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel (1980)
    • The Thirties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel. London: Macmillan London Ltd., 1980.
  59. The Forties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel (1983)
  60. The Fifties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel (1986)
    • The Fifties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel. London: Macmillan London Ltd., 1986.
  61. The Sixties: The Last Journal 1960–1972. Ed. Lewis M. Dabney (1993)
  62. Edmund Wilson: The Man in Letters. Ed. Janet Groth & David Castronovo (2001)

There are some pretty good essays in there, but the overwhelming impression one gets is of conceit and arrogance. Those are things that can be screened out, though - it would be foolish to ignore his value as a witness and a commentator.




Soss Efram Melik: Thomas Wolfe (1938)


    Thomas Clayton Wolfe (1900-1938)

    Novels:

  1. Look Homeward, Angel (1929)
    • Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life. 1929. The Modern Library of the Worlds Best Books. New York: Bennett A. Cerf / Donald S. Klopfer, n.d.
    • Look Homeward, Angel: A Story of the Buried Life. 1929. Introduction by Maxwell E. Perkins. 1947. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1957.
  2. Of Time and the River (1935)
    • Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man’s Hunger in His Youth. 1935. Penguin Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
  3. The Web and the Rock (1939)
    • The Web and the Rock. 1939. Introduction by J. B. Priestley. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1947.
    • The Web and the Rock. 1939. Introduction by J. B. Priestley. 1947. Penguin Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1972.
  4. You Can't Go Home Again (1940)
    • You Can’t Go Home Again. 1940. Penguin Modern Classics. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970.
  5. The Hound of Darkness (1986)
  6. The Good Child's River. Ed. Suzanne Stutman (1991)
  7. O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life. Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli (2000)

  8. Novellas and Short Stories:

  9. No Door (1933)
  10. From Death to Morning (1935)
    • From Death to Morning. 1935. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1936.
  11. The Lost Boy (1937)
  12. The Hills Beyond (1941)
    • The Hills Beyond. 1941. With A Note on Thomas Wolfe by Edward C. Aswell. Perennial Library P20. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, Incorporated, 1964.
  13. Short Novels of Thomas Wolfe: A Portrait of Bascom Hawke; The Web of Earth; No Door; "I Have a Thing to Tell You"; The Party at Jack's. Ed. C. Hugh Holman (1961)
  14. The Complete Short Stories of Thomas Wolfe. Ed. Francis E. Skipp. Foreword by James Dickey. 1987. Collier Books. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1989.
  15. The Starwick Episodes. Ed. Richard S. Kennedy (1994)
  16. The Party at Jack's (1995)

  17. Poetry:

  18. A Stone, A Leaf, A Door: Poems by Thomas Wolfe, Selected and Arranged in Verse. Ed. John S. Barnes. Foreword by Louis Untermeyer. 1945. The Scribner Library SL 283. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, n.d.

  19. Plays:

  20. Mannerhouse: A Play in a Prologue and Four Acts (1948)
  21. The Mountains: A Play in One Act; The Mountains: A Drama in Three Acts and a Prologue (1970)
  22. Welcome to Our City: A Play in Ten Scenes (1983)

  23. Non-fiction:

  24. The Story of a Novel (1936)
  25. Selections from the Works of Thomas Wolfe. Ed. Maxwell Geismar. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1952.
  26. Thomas Wolfe at Washington Square. Ed. Thomas Clark Pollock & Oscar Cargill (1954)
  27. The Notebooks of Thomas Wolfe. Ed. Richard S. Kennedy & Paschal Reeves. 2 vols (1970)
  28. The Autobiography of an American Novelist: Thomas Wolfe. [The Story of a Novel & 'Writing and Living']. Ed. Leslie Field (1983)

  29. Letters, Diaries &c.:

  30. A Western Journal: A Daily Log of the Great Parks Trip, June 20–July 2, 1938 Ed. Agnes Lynch Starrett (1951)
  31. Thomas Wolfe's Letters to His Mother, Julia Elizabeth Wolfe. Ed. John Skally Terry (1951)
  32. The Correspondence of Thomas Wolfe and Homer Andrew Watt. Ed. Oscar Cargill & Thomas Clark Pollock (1954)
  33. The Letters of Thomas Wolfe. Ed. Elizabeth Nowell (1956)
  34. Selected Letters of Thomas Wolfe. Ed. Elizabeth Nowell. 1956. Selected by Daniel George. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1958.
  35. The Letters of Thomas Wolfe to His Mother. Ed. C. Hugh Holman & Sue Fields Ross (1968)
  36. Beyond Love and Loyalty: The Letters of Thomas Wolfe and Elizabeth Nowell. Ed. Richard S. Kennedy (1983)
  37. Holding on for Heaven: The Cables and Postcards of Thomas Wolfe and Aline Bernstein. Ed. Suzanne Stutman (1980)
  38. My Other Loneliness: Letters of Thomas Wolfe and Aline Bernstein. Ed. Aldo P. Magi & Richard Walser (1985)
  39. Thomas Wolfe Interviewed: 1929-1938. Ed. Suzanne Stutman (1983)
  40. To Loot My Life Clean: The Thomas Wolfe – Maxwell Perkins Correspondence. Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli & Park Bucker (2000)

  41. Secondary:

  42. Berg, A. Scott. Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. 1978. London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd., 2016.
  43. Donald, David Herbert. Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd., 1987.

I loved him when I was a teenager: dutifully ploughing through Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. Now I'm not so sure. I did enjoy the movie Genius (2016), with Jude Law and Colin Firth, though.



Thomas Wolfe: A Stone, A Leaf, A Door (1945)







Sam Falk: Tom Wolfe (1968)


    Thomas Kennerly [Tom] Wolfe, Jr. (1930-2018)

    Fiction:

  1. The Bonfire of the Vanities. 1987. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1988.
  2. Ambush at Fort Bragg [audiotape] (1996/7)
  3. A Man in Full: A Novel. 1998. Picador. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1999.
  4. I am Charlotte Simmons: A Novel. Jonathan Cape. London: Random House, 2004.
  5. Back to Blood: A Novel. Jonathan Cape. London: Random House, 2012.

  6. Non-fiction:

  7. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. 1965. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1981.
  8. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. 1968. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1980.
  9. The Pump House Gang. 1968. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1972.
  10. Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. 1970. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1971.
  11. The Painted Word. 1975. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1979.
  12. Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine and Other Stories, Sketches, and Essays. Illustrated by the Author. 1976. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1977.
  13. The Right Stuff. 1979. New York: Bantam Books, Inc., 1981.
  14. In Our Time. 1979. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1980.
  15. From Bauhaus to Our House. 1981. Abacus. London: Sphere Books Ltd., 1983.
    • From Bauhaus to Our House. 1981. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., in association with Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1993.
  16. The Purple Decades. 1982. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1983.
  17. Hooking Up: Essays and Fiction. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 2000.
  18. The Kingdom of Speech. Jonathan Cape. London: Vintage Publishing, 2016.

  19. Edited:

  20. [with E. W. Johnson]. The New Journalism: With an Anthology edited by Tom Wolfe and E. W. Johnson. 1973. Picador. London: Pan Books Ltd., 1977.

He seemed so exciting and fresh at the start. It's a bit sad that he ended up voting for Bush and excoriating Darwin and Chomsky.







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