Interesting Literature

Five little-known novelists and the reasons they should be more famous than they are

One of our favourite sources of reference among recently published books here at Interesting Literature Towers is the gargantuan volume Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives by John Sutherland, retired Professor of English Literature and prolific critic and biographer. Although, as the book’s subtitle reveals, Sutherland offers mini-biographies of 294 novelists, we were often most struck by those figures whose names were new (or else only vaguely known) to us. Often it turned out that these novelists had been responsible for some of the most famous and popular characters, films, and books that the last couple of centuries have produced, so what follows is our pick of the five most interesting not-so-famous authors whom Sutherland discusses in his book.

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