Critical Linking: November 11, 2013

 

Sometime editor of the Illustrated London News, an authority on the Brontës and Napoleon, Clement K. Shorter was in the middle of a flourishing career when this list appeared in the monthly journal called The Bookman. He doesn’t explain what exactly makes a book one of the “best”, only that he has deliberately limited himself to one novel per novelist.

A list of the 100 greatest novels of all time…..compiled in 1898. Fascinating. Lots of familiar names and lots of unfamiliar ones too.

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The book drew an advance that is highly unusual for a debut novel. In a two-day bidding war, 10 publishers bid more than $1 million. Knopf emerged the victor, paying close to $2 million, said two people familiar with the negotiations.

Alright, well City on Fire, is officially on the radar.

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Nevertheless, the truth is that I still learned everything I needed to know about marriage from Pride and Prejudice.

Which is weird, since the act of living in a marriage isn’t really the topic.

 

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