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Lost Classics
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Lost Classics
Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Ex tinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission
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Seventy-four distinguished writers tell personal tales of books loved and lost–great books overlooked, under-read, out of print, stolen, scorned, extinct, or otherwise out of commission.
Compiled by the editors of Brick: A Literary Magazine, Lost Classics is a reader's delight: an intriguing and entertaining collection of eulogies for lost books. As the editors have written in a joint introduction to the book, "being lovers of books, we've pulled a scent of these absences behind us our whole reading lives, telling people about books that exist only on our own shelves, or even just in our own memory." Anyone who has ever been changed by a book will find kindred spirits in the pages of Lost Classics.
Each of the editors has contributed a lost book essay to this collection, including Michael Ondaatje on Sri Lankan filmmaker Tissa Abeysekara's Bringing Tony Home, a novella about a mutual era of childhood. Also included are Margaret Atwood on sex and death in the scandalous Doctor Glas, first published in Sweden in 1905; Russell Banks on the off-beat travelogue Too Late to Turn Back by Barbara Greene–the "slightly ditzy" cousin of Graham; Bill Richardson on a children's book for adults by Russell Hoban; Ronald Wright on William Golding's Pincher Martin; Caryl Phillips on Michael Mac Liammoir's account of his experiences on the set of Orson Welles's Othello, and much, much more.
An Anchor Books Original
Seventy-four distinguished writers tell personal tales of books loved and lost–great books overlooked, under-read, out of print, stolen, scorned, extinct, or otherwise out of commission.
Compiled by the editors of Brick: A Literary Magazine, Lost Classics is a reader's delight: an intriguing and entertaining collection of eulogies for lost books. As the editors have written in a joint introduction to the book, "being lovers of books, we've pulled a scent of these absences behind us our whole reading lives, telling people about books that exist only on our own shelves, or even just in our own memory." Anyone who has ever been changed by a book will find kindred spirits in the pages of Lost Classics.
Each of the editors has contributed a lost book essay to this collection, including Michael Ondaatje on Sri Lankan filmmaker Tissa Abeysekara's Bringing Tony Home, a novella about a mutual era of childhood. Also included are Margaret Atwood on sex and death in the scandalous Doctor Glas, first published in Sweden in 1905; Russell Banks on the off-beat travelogue Too Late to Turn Back by Barbara Greene–the "slightly ditzy" cousin of Graham; Bill Richardson on a children's book for adults by Russell Hoban; Ronald Wright on William Golding's Pincher Martin; Caryl Phillips on Michael Mac Liammoir's account of his experiences on the set of Orson Welles's Othello, and much, much more.
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About the Author-
  • Brick contributing editor Michael Ondaatje's most recent book is the novel Anil's Ghost; managing editor Michael Redhill's first novel, Martin Sloane, will be published in January 2001; contributing editor Esta Spalding's latest book is Lost August, a collection of poems; editor Linda Spalding is the author most recently of The Follow. Esta Spalding lives in Vancouver; the other Brick editors live in Toronto.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 20, 2001
    In Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission, assembled by Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding and Linda Spalding (editors of the Canadian literary magazine Brick), 74 writers honor books that hang in the world by a thread, if at all. Contributors include the editors; Margaret Atwood on Hjalmar S derberg's Doctor Glas, which caused a scandal in Sweden in 1905; Anne Carson on Dhuoda's Handbook for William, dating to the 840s, wherein an exiled wife imparts "actics of survival... in this world and the next" to her hostage son (whom she never saw again); and Robert Creeley on David Rattray's How I Became One of the Invisible, "an extraordinary record of... the last of the fifties."

  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2001
    Have you ever had a special book that captivated you in your youth only to find, when you're older, that it is long gone? If you have, this collection will help to revive those feelings. The editors, all of whom are editors of Brick: A Literary Journal, have assembled a collection of essays by writers who reminisce about the books they cherished and that transformed them but are now largely forgotten. The essays include Ondaatje on Sri Lankan filmmaker Tissa Abeysekara's Bringing Tony Home, Margaret Atwood recalling Doctor Glas, and Russell Banks writing about Too Late To Turn Back, a travelog by Barbara Greene, cousin to Graham Greene. Many of the short chapters include a picture of the cover of the book under discussion, which adds to the delight of this collection. Every book lover will want to cuddle up with these magnificent recollections of lost classics. Recommended for all libraries. Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan

    Copyright 2001 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    August 1, 2001
    Inveterate readers always want to hear about other inveterate readers' favorite books, and the more obscure the book, the better. This outcome of a project of the Canadian literary magazine "Brick" is an inveterate reader's delight. In it 73 professionally inveterate readers--novelists, poets, playwrights, and essayists--discuss books they cherish but that almost no one they know has read or, perhaps, even heard of. Out-of-print novels, lesser-known books by famous authors, children's books whose contents are better remembered than their titles, single books of poems by poets long since immortalized in collected editions, travel books, titleless ephemera (the typewritten "smut" a friend handed a 12-year-old C. K. Williams), a set of essays about the "real" classics (Kenneth Rexroth's "Classics "Revisited), and a few pretty well known books "(Lost Horizon," "The Old Wives' Tale)"--such are the choices of Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, John Irving, Alan Lightman, Russell Banks, and their confreres. So don't weed out those old shelf-sitters yet! This dandy book may lengthen their circulating life spans. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2001, American Library Association.)

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