Underneath Dan’s post about our special books issue, somebody called Angela has suggested that we invite @TAC readers to join in the “Best books you’ve never read” symposium. Great idea. What follows is a list of our contributors’ choices. Please, dear readers, comment on their nominations and add the names of your own favorite obscure books below.
David Bromwich — Two stories by Elizabeth Bowen, “Mysterious Kor” and “Sunday Afternoon.”
Nick Gillespie — In the American Grain, by William Carlos Williams.
Jacob Heilbrunn — The Nemesis of Power: The German Army in Politics, 1918-1945, by John Wheeler-Bennett.
Jeffrey Hart — Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
Florence King — Star Money by Kathleen Winsor
Michael Lind — The Next Million Years by Charles Galton Darwin.
John R MacArthur — All the Time in the World, by Hugo Williams.
Justin Raimondo — Ex America: The 50th Anniversary of the People’s Pottage, by Garet Garrett
Alfred S. Regnery — Adopted Son: The Life, Wit, and Wisdom of William Wirt, by Gregory Glassner.
George Scialabba — Fantasia of the Unconscious, by D.H. Lawrence
Sam Tanenhaus — The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom, by James Burnham
Chilton Williamson Jr —Travels in Arabia Deserta, by Charles M. Doughty.
Peter W. Wood — The American Beaver and His Works, by Lewis Henry Morgan
Peregrine Worsthorne — The London Dialogues and other books by David Hirst (Copies can be obtained by writing to David Hirst, 24 Kidmore Road, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 7LU, England.)
Obviously, most of these titles are difficult to get hold of, but I’ve tried to help readers who want to buy copies by providing links. The author David Hirst has agreed that people who want to buy his books may write to him. Now over to you …