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The Election Day reading thread, and a plea for a substitute next week

Lily Fairbairn
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Nov 6 2012, 3:02pm


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First of all, I won't be at my computer next Tuesday, November 13, so would appreciate it if someone could post this thread for me, please.

I'm still reading as fast as I can to keep up with the magazines---I swear Smithsonian comes out more frequently than once a month---and I'm still working my way through Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature, by John Mullen.

I suppose it's because I've been working hard and am very tired in the evening, when I sit and read, but I've had quite a few nice naps while reading this book. Blush It's not that it's not interesting. I never knew that many 18th and early 19th century novels were published anonymously (Scott, Austen, Bronte, deFoe). In many cases this was a way for a woman to write as a man and therefore be taken more seriously, although there were instances of men writing as women. And it was simply seen as the modest thing to do.

Boy, do I ever realize that nowadays marketing is much more important than modesty!

Publishing a novel with "anonymous" or an obvious pseudonym like "by a lady" was also intended to generate buzz. A modern example of this is Primary Colors, a recent political novel that after much hoo-ha turned out to have been written by newsman Joe Klein.

I'm now getting to the part of the book where Mullen talks about people getting into real trouble, sometimes even being executed, for writing political and religious pieces that went against the laws of the time and place. *shudder*

What have YOU been reading?



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The Election Day reading thread, and a plea for a substitute next week Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Nov 6 2012, 3:02pm
    Cloud Atlas; next: Anna Karenina Aragorn the Elfstone Send a private message to Aragorn the Elfstone Nov 6 2012, 5:41pm
        I enjoyed Anna Karenina zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Nov 7 2012, 2:48am
        Yeah, sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 7 2012, 9:43am
    Magician, by Raymond E Feist. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Nov 6 2012, 6:06pm
        Yay! The Magician batik Send a private message to batik Nov 7 2012, 9:49pm
        I like Feist Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Nov 9 2012, 3:41am
    "The Stand", "Jane Austen Book Club" Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 6 2012, 6:34pm
        Thanks, Auntie D. Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Nov 6 2012, 7:24pm
            Sounds great! // Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Nov 6 2012, 8:08pm
        I recently finished The Stand malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Nov 8 2012, 12:08pm
    African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth Nov 6 2012, 6:49pm
    Back to reading back issues of Smithsonian Magazine again! weaver Send a private message to weaver Nov 6 2012, 7:07pm
    Cloud Atlas Annael Send a private message to Annael Nov 6 2012, 7:51pm
        I look sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Nov 7 2012, 9:40am
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