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Greatest Books You'll Never Read: Unpublished Masterpieces by The World's Greatest Writers

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Why was Thomas Hardy's first novel never published? What happened to the manuscript of the long promised 'magnum opus' that Truman Capote never delivered? Why did Heinrich Böll abandon his Paradise Lost? These and many other intriguing mysteries are uncovered in this comprehensive guide to literature's lost and unfinished masterpieces.

From a creative crisis to a dis
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Cassell
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Helen White
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A nice book - great visuals especially. So lovely illustrations and pictures of book covers and notes made by authors. Some of the books you're likely never to have heard of whereas others such as Sandition and Edwin Drood you probably have. Interesting as it also includes some books I never realised were unfinished or unpublished.
Elaine
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Depressing to think there are so many books that I will never read. Most of the books here are quite obscure and unknown. Interesting though to read about these books by authors we all know.
Lola
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I look at certain books in my bookshelves, and they take me back to certain places. I remember reading Dead Souls the day I shadowed my high school in the 8th grade, my eyes staying on pages I'd already read because I was too nervous to look up and talk to someone. I remember reading Gone with the Wind and being completely engrossed in when we drove to Florida my sophomore year, my cousin in the backseat next to me singing along to the radio. I look at Greatest Books You'll Never Read, and I'm ...more
Ron
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A somewhat misleading subtitle, for many of the titles discussed have indeed been published, though some of them have not been finished, including In Search of Lost Time, for instance, and The Canterbury Tales, and The Faerie Queen. All in all, an interesting enough list, with the inclusion of some rather obscure authors and titles that sounded interesting. A book worth keeping around for future reference.
Read as bedtime reading, for which it was ideal. Short essays of 2 to 4 pages on each
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Truly
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Setelah To Kill a Mockingbird, ternyata Harper Lee mulai menyusun buku baru, The Long Goodbye. Sayang kisah tersebut tidak diselesaikan. Selain Harper Lee ada juga J.R.R Tolkien, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens dan mashing banyak nama yang muncul.

Buku ini memuat tentang karya penulis terkenal yang tidak diterbitkan. Banyak hal yang membuat sebuah Karya tidak bisa diterbitkan. Meski pun penulisnya cukup terkenal, salah satunya adalah karya tersebut tidak selesai ditulis. Atau tidak selesai (atau bah
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Lisa Lindsay
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had several issues with this book. Several of the books the author included were actually published; he just thought they should have been different. And there was way too much speculation throughout.
Chris
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so brilliant and really interesting. Highly recommended.
Warren-Newport Public Library
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Greatest Books You'll Never Read is a glossy, colorful, entertaining compilation of the stories behind literary works by major authors that remain either unfinished and unpublished or published in an incomplete form. Some of these works, like such as Stephen King's early novel The House on Value Street, were simply abandoned, and others, such as Christopher Marlowe's epic poem "Hero and Leander" were not finished due to the untimely death of the author. Herman Melville's elusive "The Isle of ...more
Leonard
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a nice book for people who love books. I didn't read everything in it, but I noted that it had many books I never heard of, plus a few I've read including The Canterbury Tales and the Nick Adams Stories as well as the poem Kubla Khan. It's fun to look at and see authors you know and the titles of books they've written that, in some cases were never finished. If you're digging to know more about the failures of some of your favorite authors, this might be interesting to you. And it might ...more
Sarah Jackson
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Professor Bernard Richards has put together a fascinating list of various unpublished, unfinished and original versions of books and manuscripts from famous authors. One must remember of course that there are often good reasons why something has not been published (I refer to Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" as a case in point), but there are some pieces in there which I feel deserve a look. Sadly, due to my lack of time and financial resources I doubt that I will ever be able to secure copies o ...more
Kristen
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting tour through the lives and afterlives of unfinished works, accompanied by excellent imaginings of what their covers might look like today. However, it was not an entirely smooth ride: some of the sidebars had pretty dubious relevance, and some of the entries had the feeling of a haughty academic condescending to the public (with all the bitter sass and embarrassing overstatement/oversimplification you might expect there). Still, the experience of being able to compare the treatmen ...more
Mark O'Neill
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is nicely presented, intriguing and good to dip into, though its forays into literary criticism can be baffling. Vladimir Nabokov is dismissed as a ‘foreigner’ who wrote with ‘stumbling naïve incompetence’. If you say so, Prof.
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LJ
This is a good reference - a bit thick to read straight through. Best taken in nibbles.
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