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.
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.
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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