Back in March, I posted this missive to other book bloggers looking for help to compile a list of forgotten authors.
In fact it was two Persephone books (Saplings and The Shuttle) along with a rogue A.A. Milne mystery novel that inspired me to create the list. Of course, it’s also Persephone Reading Week at the moment (more details here and here) so I’m hoping to discover others!
However, I had a little chat to myself (as you do) and told myself that I needed to be a bit stricter about my criteria because otherwise it really is a bit of a vague topic. As what had attracted me to doing this at first was reading books by authors who were known for their children’s writing, I decided that would be the backbone of a sort of organic list of titles.
Below is the beginnings of my list (once I get a few more I’ll add a more comprehensive page to Novel Insights).
- I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith (101 Dalmations)
- Saplings, by Noel Streatfeild (Ballet Shoes)
- The Family Roundabout, by Richmal Crompton (Just William)
- The Red House Mystery, by A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner)
- The Shuttle, The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden)
- Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Work, and The Chase, by Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
- The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)
- Apricot Sky, by Ruby Ferguson (Jill’s Gymkhana)
I’ll also be doing a bit of hunting myself. I did a bit of Googling the other day and discovered that Hans Christian Anderson and J.M. Barrie had written adult books but as is often the case these are mostly out of print. Also, as Eva of A Striped Armchair pointed out in her review of Castle Eppstein “sometimes classics fall into obscurity for good reason” – so I’d like to vet them first!
Have you got any more to add? If so, I’d love you to drop me a comment (feel free to include links to reviews for my page!)