Neglected Authors: Essays

Delving into the buried layers of past fiction can yield surprising treasures—authors whose names are nearly unknown today but who once commanded the admiration of readers and critics alike. Limited groups of supporters still exist for these authors, and recently several smaller publishing houses—in particular New York Review Books, Virago Press, and Persephone Press—have discovered the benefits, both literary and commercial, of reissuing forgotten classics. Nevertheless, their audience remains small. My aim in these essays is to discuss and promote a selection of once celebrated, now largely neglected novelists—primarily from Britain and America in the first half of the twentieth century—whose work merits a second look. Recommendations are very welcome!