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Neglectedbooks.com

The Neglected Books Page

21 November 2019

www.NeglectedBooks.com: Where forgotten books are remembered
  • Reader Recommendation: Mr. and Mrs. Cugat, by Isabel Scott Rorick (1940)
    Peter Laurence writes to recommend Isabel Scott Rorick’s Mr. and Mrs. Cugat (1940), a collection of comic sketches about Mr. and Mrs. George Cugat, a happily if comically married couple that was a huge best-seller in its time. For a book about a couple with no children it managed to spawn an impressive number of... Read more
  • Cats in the Isle of Man, by Daisy Fellowes (1929)
    CAUTION! Any person or persons who attempt to recognize their own sordid idiosyncracies in any character in this book are warned that anything they say will be used in evidence against them. This disclaimer may be the best thing in this book. On the other hand, my knowledge of the who’s who (or who slept... Read more
  • Who Owned This Book? Elizabeth Seeber
    I often wonder about the people whose names I find written in copies of old books I buy, but I rarely do anything more. But I was so impressed by G. E. Trevelyan’s Appius and Virginia when I reread it recently that I began to wonder who would have bought it. My copy — the... Read more
  • Trance by Appointment, by G. E. Trevelyan (1939)
    I’m not sure what the point of this post is. There are seven copies of this book worldwide listed in WorldCat.org. There are none available for sale. If you want to read it, your best bet is to get a copy of amateurish scan I made of the British Library’s copy. There are few enough... Read more
  • Mrs. Rawleigh and Mrs. Paradock, by Neil Bell (1958)
    Let me admit at the start that I bought this book because of its cover. Let me also admit that I only finished it because of what I paid for it. In a recent class, we discussed Daniel Mendelsohn’s An Odyssey, and I raised a question I’ve asked in every class where I’ve studied Homer:... Read more
  • Venus on Wheels, by Maurice Dekobra (1930) — For #1930Club
    I decided to abuse the #1930club, this round of the semi-annual reading club organized by Kaggsy and Simon Thomas’, as an excuse to read something by Maurice Dekobra. Dekobra was hugely successful — successful not just in his native France but among readers all over the world. He came up with his pen-name after seeing... Read more
  • Fame, by May Sinclair (1930) – From #1930Club
    As a change of pace, I thought I would join Kaggsy and Simon Thomas’ semiannual reading club, this time focused on the books of 1930 (#1930club). To make things simple, I headed to The Times Literary Supplement archive and simply looked for the first work of fiction reviewed in the first issue of 1930. There,... Read more
  • The Memoirs of a Ghost, by G. W. Stonier (1947)
    One of the pleasures of being back in college after almost forty years is having access to a good university library. I first developed my love of neglected books from wandering through the stacks of Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle, not looking for anything in particular, pulling down whatever seemed interesting.... Read more
  • On Wooden Wings, by Rosemary Tonks (1948)
    Out of a perhaps questionable quest for completeness, I have been working my way Rosemary Tonks’ oeuvre. Tonks was perhaps one of the better-known of “forgotten” writers — “The Poet Who Vanished,” as a 2009 BBC Radio 4 documentary was titled. As John Hartley Williams wrote in a 1996 piece for The Poetry Review, “She... Read more
  • Life Comes to Seathorpe, by Neil Bell (1946)
    I’m not sure how I managed to consider myself an expert in neglected books and remain ignorant of Neil Bell and his massive oeuvre until recently, but it was only the sight of the striking cover of one of his posthumous story collections, The Ninth Earl of Whitby in a local bookstore that led me... Read more
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