Readers’ Revival Suggestions

Sarah Yake writes:

This email isn’t about an out-of-print title, but rather about a great little publisher in England that is bringing books back into print, Persephone Books.

Most of the titles are by British women from the first half of the 20th century, and many of the authors were well-known in their day. Mollie Panter-Downes, one of my favorite “forgotten” writers whose short stories first appeared in The New Yorker, also wrote weekly “Letters from London” for The New Yorker from 1939 through the war and after. Now her stories have been brought back into print by Persephone. Her novel One Fine Day is in print with Virago and it is wonderful.

From A.P. Siegel:

Little Lives came out in the late seventies (and I see that there are lots of inexpensive copies available on Amazon); it’s like a cross between Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and Aubrey’s Brief Lives.

I’ve loved this book for years and years: it’s funny, poetic, bawdy, gnomic.

“Spyker” is a pseudonym of the late Richard M. Elman. It’s his best book by far.

And Jim Ruland says:

Oh man, there isn’t even a second place.

Kenneth Patchen’s Sleepers Awake. A scathing indictment of war published in 1946, Patchen was decades ahead of his time. His pathos heralds the Beats, his anger anticipates total anarchy. This virulent anti-novel has influenced everyone from Henry Miller to William Burroughs, but is virtually unread today. A dangerously unsettling book.


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