Justly Neglected?

Not every neglected book is an undiscovered classic. Many of them have been forgotten for good reason, or at least for having more weaknesses than strengths. One might argue that there's no point in writing about a book that's not worth reading, but I think there's something to be learned from every book, even the weaker ones. And for all their flaws, every book I place in this category has some amount of interest and merit, even if it's not enough to justify reissuing ... or even picking up from the discard pile.

A Matter of Life and Death, by Virgilia Peterson

December 12th, 2007

Altars of the Heart, by Richard Lebherz

September 4th, 2013

And Sleep Until Noon, by Gene Lees

April 25th, 2010

As I Remember Him: The Biography of R. S., by Hans Zinsser

August 12th, 2010

Atlantic Crossing, by G. Wilson Knight

September 28th, 2008

Clutch and Differential (AKA Highway Episode), by George Weller

November 4th, 2007

Dictatorial Literature

August 28th, 2011

Doctor Cobb’s Game, by R. V. Cassill (1970)

January 4th, 2015

Ferment, by John T. McIntyre (1937)

May 17th, 2014

Left Bank of Desire, by R. V. Cassill (1955)

August 24th, 2014

Little Dog Lost, by Tiffany Thayer (1938)

September 7th, 2014

Lustful Summer (1958), by R. V. Cassill

June 5th, 2014

Married Men, by Ira Wolfert

January 6th, 2014

Mine Enemy Grows Older, by Alexander King

January 4th, 2009

Out of My Time, by Marya Mannes (1971)

January 25th, 2015

People Will Always Be Kind, by Wilfrid Sheed

July 23rd, 2010

Presidents Who Have Known Me, by George E. Allen

August 17th, 2012

Purloining Tiny, by John Franklin Bardin

July 28th, 2013

Quin’s Shanghai Circus, by Edward Whittemore

February 19th, 2012

Take Today: The Executive as Dropout, by Marshall McLuhan and Barrington Nevitt

June 30th, 2011

The Bitter Season, by Robert M. Coates

November 11th, 2013

The Easter Egg Hunt, by Speed Lamkin

January 22nd, 2011

The Fourth Horseman of Miami Beach, by Albert Halper

April 26th, 2011

The Great Fake Book, by Vance Bourjaily

January 24th, 2010

The Great Green, by Calvin Kentfield

March 9th, 2013

The Jester’s Reign, by Boyne Grainger

July 21st, 2011

The Man Who Lived Backward, by Malcolm Ross

April 11th, 2009

The Patriot, by Harold Bienvenu

July 24th, 2012

The People Immortal, by Vasily Grossman

March 14th, 2014

The Revelations of Dr. Modesto, by Alan Harrington (1955)

June 14th, 2014

The Secret, by James Drought

February 4th, 2009

The Snowman, by Charles Haldeman

September 2nd, 2009

The Survivor, by Carl Marzani

October 16th, 2011

The Visions of Nicholas Solon, by Monroe Engel

November 8th, 2006

They, by Marya Mannes (1968)

February 20th, 2015

Thirteen Women, by Tiffany Thayer

February 13th, 2011

Three Cities, by Sholem Asch

August 31st, 2006

Tom Fool, by David Stacton

April 1st, 2007

What Became of Anna Bolton?, by Louis Bromfield

January 17th, 2010

Young Woman of 1914, by Arnold Zweig

January 29th, 2012