which book would you add to the ML lineup

mickey ryan mickeyryan at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 2 11:21:12 EDT 2003

Samuel Beckett's major plays and his trilogy of novels. What about Fitzgerald? I understand that The Great Gatsby was a failure as a ML title, but how come they never tried to issue his other work? Just a question.

-------Original Message-------
From: Jimmy Williamson <jwslaw at jimmywilliamson.com>
Sent: 07/02/03 02:00 PM
To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
Subject: RE: which book would you add to the ML lineup

> mark twain and hemingway; arguably america's 2 finest authors, are
underrepresented; would add 'roughing it', or 'life on the mississippi',
'islands in the stream';
also, neil simon, one of the best playwrights in america over the last 30
maybe an anthology of his 'bb' plays;
whadda u think?

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From: owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu [mailto:owner-modlib at algol.owu.edu]On
Behalf Of j b krygier
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 3:13 PM
To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
Subject: Re: which book would you add to the ML lineup

J Godsey wrote:

> suggestions anyone?

This is a tough question!  I started thinking about
'classics' (that actually piqued my interest when I
read them) which were not in the original ML - and
some are in the new ML (for example, The Jungle or
The Count of MC).  Others are not (1984, Lord of the
Flies - but High Wind in Jamaica can stand in for it).

But it was hard to find many that were missing - the
ML did a good job covering most major authors and
types of literature (from the Western tradition).

I do wish the ML had a collection of M.R. James ghost
stories - certainly the pinnacle of the classic (and
literary) ghost story.  This title would be a good
companion to Dracula.

One more wish: a 'Readers Guide to the Modern Library'
with brief comments on each title in the series and its
significance (for readers more than collectors).

And why not Jackson's 'Anatomy of Bibliomania'?  This
strange and wonderful monument to reading and possessing
books captures the spirit of the literature in the ML
(and the desire to actually acquire and cherish books -
something series like the ML made possible for many
people) and would have been a fitting replacement for
Newton's 'Amenities of Book Collecting.'

john k


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