Unknown Masterpieces, edited by Edwin Frank

New York Review Books, 2003


Taken from the prefaces written for the New York Review Books’ series of reissues of a wide variety of neglected classics from the 18th through the 20th century, Unknown Masterpieces serves as a introduction to the series and, in the words of editor Edwin Frank, “makes a larger case about the unexpected ways in which the past may lighten the burden of the present.”


Classic Crimes, William Roughead — selected by Luc Sante
The Go-Between, L.P. Hartley — selected by Colm Toibin
The Golovlyov Family, Saltykov-Schedrin — selected by William Humphrey
A High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes — selected by Time
Hindoo Holiday, J.R. Ackerley — selected by Eliot Weinberger
Letters: Summer 1926, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetayeva, and Rainer Maria Rilke — selected by Susan Sontag
The Life of Henry Brulard, Stendhal — selected by Lydia Davis
On the Yard, Malcolm Braly — selected by Jonathan Lethem
The Pilgrim Hawk, Glenway Wescott — selected by Michael Cunningham
The Radiance of the King, Camara Laye — selected by Toni Morrison
Seven Men, Max Beerbohm — selected by
The Unknown Masterpiece, Honoré de Balzac — selected by Arthur C. Danto
The Unpossessed, Tess Slesinger — selected by Elizabeth Hardwick