By Noel Perrin
Certainly one of America's best essayists writes approximately forty literary masterpieces which were wrongfully forgotten or have been overlooked within the first position.
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Meanwhile, Kai Lung has told ten absolutely glorious stories. " And many others as good. This degraded and incapable reviewer doubtless errs through his very discreditable lack of training in contempo- Page 19 rary Chinese thought. He nevertheless ventures to assert that reading Mr. Bramah will yield more pleasure than twenty solemn books about politics and industry in the emerging Orient. Kai Lung's Golden Hours. Ernst Bramah. 1922. Page 20 4 A Kind of Writing for Which No Name Exists Just offhand, I can name four major American writers, each alive and healthy, who for one reason or another do not currently publish.
Love, Longing, and Death 131 26. Philip Larkin's Greatest Poem 136 27. Quest of the Mulla-Mulgars 141 28. Prisoner in Wartime Italy 145 29. Ugly Ducklings and Unhappy Swans 151 30. In Medieval Japan 155 31. A Novel About Nirvana 159 32. In an Offhand Manner 164 33. Two Hundred One Years Old and Still Impudent: The First Novel about the American Revolution 169 34. Over Forty and Just Beginning: An Englishwoman's Brilliantly Recorded Life 173 35. The Best of All Imaginary Islands 177 36. A C. S. Lewis Miscellany 182 37.
They write, but they don't publish. J. D. Salinger is, of course, the best known. No book from him since Raise High the Roof-Beam, Carpenters in 1963. Then there is Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man came out in 1952, and there has been nothing since except a book of essaysand even that was twenty years ago. Next comes Walter M. Miller. A Canticlefor Leibowitz appeared in 1960 (Miller was thirty-seven at the time), and it has gradually come to be acknowledged as one of the half-dozen best works of science fiction ever written.
A reader's delight by Noel Perrin