Friday, July 27, 2018

Fortnightly Book Distribution (July 2018)

I was interested in seeing roughly how the authors of the Fortnightly Books I have done were distributed. There's no easy way to do it, but I picked birthplace with respect to modern-day country. This would not be particularly useful as a literary grouping -- while there is undeniably a sense in which (e.g.) Kipling is Indian as an author, there is no significant sense in which Tolkien is South African as an author. But it has the advantage of being a standard that can be applied across the board and that is usually easy to find (there are only a few cases where we don't know enough to pin down exactly what modern-day country a person was born in). Alternatives would also not be definitely better (death place would give even less plausible results, and trying to pin down a 'place of literary flourishing' would be immensely more difficult and less objective). In any case, the point is just to get a rough sense. It's unsurprising that the UK and the USA dominate, of course. I've broken up the UK into its constituent countries. I thought about doing so with the states, as well, but decided that would be too messy, and instead just settled for giving a quick abbreviation identifying the state in which the author was born. One thing I learned from doing this is that, out of the 110 identifiable authors, I have had far fewer Texan, Spanish, and Scandinavian authors than I had thought, and no Canadians at all. Also, I have never done Euripides, which is unacceptable. Something perhaps to remedy by the end of next year.


Suetonius, The Lives of the Twelve Caesars


Douglas, The South Wind

Czech Republic

Werfel, The Song of Bernadette


Undset, Saint Catherine of Siena, Ida Elisabeth


--, Beowulf

--, The Complete Old English Poems

Austen, Sanditon, The Watsons, Lady Susan, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility

Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson

Brontë (Ch), Villette

Burdekin, Swastika Night

Caldwell, Never Victorious, Never Defeated

Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

Christie, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Murder on the Orient Express, Appointment with Death, 13 at Dinner, The Tuesday Club Murders, What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw!

Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Collins, The Moonstone

Cooper, The Dark Is Rising Sequence

Coward, Future Indefinite

Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Eliot, Romola

Gordon (Lord Byron), Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Heyer, A Civil Contract

Jones, Dark Lord of Derkholm, Year of the Griffin

King-Hall, The Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion in the Year 1764-1765

Plunkett (Lord Dunsany), The King of Elfland's Daughter

Renault, Fire from Heaven

Sayers, Have His Carcase, The Man Born to Be King

Shakespeare, Histories

Shelley (P), Prometheus Unbound

Waugh, Edmund Campion, Brideshead Revisited, Helena

Williams, Many Dimensions


Lönnrot, The Kalevala, The Kanteletar


Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes

Balzac, Eugenie Grandet, The Wild Ass's Skin, The Quest of the Absolute

Bédier, The Romance of Tristan & Iseult

Dumas, The Three Musketeers (with Maquet)

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Hugo, Les Misérables

Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera

Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

Stendhal, The Red and the Black

Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Mysterious Island, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras, From the Earth to the Moon, Around the Moon, The Kip Brothers, Travel Scholarships, The Self-Propelled Island, A Castle in Transylvania, Journey to the Center of the Earth


Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship; Faust

Schiller, William Tell


Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

Sophocles, The Theban Plays of Sophocles


--, Njal's Saga

--, Saga of the Volsungs

--, Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

--, The Poetic Edda


Kipling, Kim


Shaw, Two Plays for Puritans, Man and Superman

Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Stoker, Dracula


Danta, Purgatorio

Eco, The Island of the Day Before, The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum

Manzoni, The Betrothed

Tomasi (di Lampedusa), The Leopard

Vasari, Lives of the Most Eminent Painters


Endō, Silence

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji

Sono, Watcher from the Shore

Northern Ireland

Lewis, Till We Have Faces


Joaquin, Cave and Shadows, May Day Eve and Other Stories


Asimov, The Foundation Series, The Complete Adventures of Lucky Starr

Chekhov, Two Plays

Pushkin, Eugene Onegin

Rand, Anthem

Solzhenitsyn, August 1914, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Zamyatin, We


Brown, Magnus

MacDonald, Lilith

MacInnes, North from Rome

Scott, Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley

Stevenson, The Master of Ballantrae, Kidnapped

South Africa

Tolkien, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, Roverandom, The Hobbit


Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (St. Teresa), The Life, The Interior Castle

Unamuno y Jugo, San Manuel Bueno, Mártir


Wyss, The Swiss Family Robinson


Conrad, Nostromo


Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase [PA]

Brown, Storming Heaven, Shadows of Steel [NY]

Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Return of Tarzan [IL]

Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop; My Ántonia [VA]

Cooper, The Deerslayer; The Spy [NJ]

Crichton, Jurassic Park [IL]

Dodson, Away All Boats [WA?]

Donlon, Outpost of Freedom [NY]

Douglas, Magnificent Obsession [IN]

Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass [MD]

Ferber, Cimarron [MI]

Gilman, Herland [CT]

Harte, Tales of the Gold Rush [NY]

Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, Twice-Told Tales [MA]

Haycox, The Adventurers [OR]

Herbert, The Santaroga Barrier

Howells, The Big Company Look [LA?]

Hyman, No Time for Sergeants [GA]

L'Amour, Sackett, The Sackett Brand [ND]

London, The Sea-Wolf [CA]

Markle, The Teka Stone [PA]

Marquand, Think Fast, Mr Moto [DE]

McIntyre, The River Witch [GA]

Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz [FL]

Morrison, The Devious Way [MA?]

Ormonde, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba [ID?]

Powers, Declare [NY]

Price, The Beloved Invader [WV]

Slaughter, Sword and Scalpel [DC]

Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events [CA]

Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Court [CA}

Straczynski, Demon Night [NJ]

Tarkington, Monsieur Beaucaire [IN]

Terry, Tom Northway [TX?]

Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte, The Innocents Abroad [FL]

Washington, Up from Slavery [VA]


--, The Mabinogion


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The Book of a Thousand Nights and A Night Volume I, Volume II

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