Critical Linking: March 19th, 2014


In 1998, the Modern Library polled its editorial board to determine the 100 best novels published that century. While these classics are adored with the benefit of time and hindsight, they weren’t universally loved when they were first published. Here are 20 harsh reviews of some of the best novels of the 20th century.

This just goes to show…well…I guess it shows that no matter how great you are, you are going to catch heat.


The publisher’s Vintage Books imprint has created Vintage Movie Classics to release backlist books that served as the basis for iconic films.The new line will release its first list in the spring with four re-issues: Edna Ferber’s Showboat (1926); Cimarron (1929), also by Ferber; Fannie Hurst’s Back Street (1931); and Booth Tarkington’s Alice Adams (1921).

Smart idea.


Pay what you want. Support charity. Get seven exceptional titles.

The latest humblebundle is pretty compelling.


E-books will become around 35% of the UK book market in the next two years, but thereafter grow “only very slowly”, according to a new report from Enders Analysis and Bain & Company.

Tough to take any projection with new technology seriously, but this is at least the trend right now.


Critical Linking is sponsored by Warby Parker. Affordable, stylish, vintage-inspired glasses delivered to your door.

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