META NAME="Forgotten Classics" CONTENT="neglected novels forgotten authors."

forgotten classics

'Reading neglected writers so you don't have to' A Time Out column and a blog for books that seem to be undeservedly forgotten, from John Galsworthy to Rose Macaulay, from Amos Tutuola to DH Lawrence, from W. Somerset Maugham to Fanny Burney. What books do you think we should revive? If you love a writer who has lapsed in popularity please let me know! Are my choices controversial?

Thursday, April 27, 2006

dead white men

I've been worrying that the blog might be re-fostering a sense of the canon; ie. the idea of 'classics' is pretty dubious, politically, and the majority of writers are dead, middle-class, european white men. I guess the point is more that writers should be 'underread', rather than 'underrated'. Anyways, here are a few suggestions of anti-/ non- canonical writers or novels to supplement things:

BS Johnson, House Mother Normal
Jean Rhys, Sleep it Off, Lady/ Tigers are Better-Looking
Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote
Chinua Achebe, A Man of the People
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, A Grain of Wheat
Stella Gibbons, Bassett


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