What a great question for the Literary Blog Hop (hosted by The Blue Bookcase)! Thanks to Lisa at Bibliophiliac (from whom the question comes)...I'm sure my TBR will become much heavier after this weekend! The question:
What literary title (fiction or non-fiction) do you love that has been under-appreciated? What quiet masterpiece do you want more readers to know?
This question makes me happy for two reasons. One, there are so many fabulous books that don't receive the attention they ought to, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some new treasures. Two, I've been wanting to talk about William Maxwell and hadn't gotten around to doing it. This is my chance!
William Maxwell (1908-2000) certainly isn't unknown. With a long career at The New Yorker as the fiction editor (1936-1976), in addition to having many published novels and stories, he definitely has reason to be talked about. For all this talent, however, I rarely see his name mentioned.
Maxwell's writing is simple, yet powerful. If you haven't experienced it, you really should.
Want to know more?
List of Works
Quickie Wiki Bio
An Excerpt: 'The Actual Thing'
A Plethora of NY Times Articles