|01||01||Poems, 1919 By T S Eliot||19991207||20000228|
Hand-set, hand-printed, hand-sewn and hand-bound by Virginia Woolf
|01||02 LAST||Lord Of The Flies By William Golding||19991214||20000229|
In the second of two programmes, Rick Gekoski looks for the unsung heroes behind the great books of the 20th century. `Lord of the Flies'. Legend has it that William Golding submitted his first novel to nearly two dozen publishers before a far-sighted editor at Faber and Faber recognised the merit of the future Nobel laureate.
|02||01||Seven Pillars Of Wisdom, By T E Lawrence||20010717||20021230|
There is a story that Lawrence lost the very first copy of his monumental `Seven Pillars of Wisdom' on Reading railway station.
|02||02||Lolita By vladimir Nabokov||20010724||20030103|
The last thing the aristocratic and scholarly Vladimir Nabokov wanted when `Lolita' was published was a scandal. But when an American publisher said it should be buried under a stone for a thousand years, the book's notoriety had begun.
|02||03||Peter Rabbit By Beatrix Potter||20010731||20030110|
When Beatrix Potter wrote an illustrated letter to the five-year-old son of her former teacher, she had no idea this would be the beginning of a literary career.
|02||04||The Hobbit By J R R Tolkien||20010807||20021003|
While marking an exam script in the 1930s, the Oxford scholar J R R Tolkien filled an embarrassingly-blank page with the comment that in a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit - and the rest is history.
|02||05 LAST||Brideshead Revisited By Evelyn Waugh||20010814||20021010|
|03||01||The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde.||20030724||20040112|
When an American magazine publisher took Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle out for dinner in London, the resulting deal for Conan Doyle was his second Sherlock Holmes novel and for Wilde his controversial novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray. A brilliantly decadent Faustian fable, it was to capture the mind of the young Lord Alfred Douglas and eventually led to Wilde's destruction.
|03||02||D.h. Lawrence: Sons And Lovers||20030731||20040113|
The classic (and first) insider story of English working class life was written partly when Lawrence was with his first love Jessie Chambers and partly when he was in Italy with the woman with whom he eloped. Frieda Lawrence helped with the final draft and then the editor Edward Garnett cut about ten percent of the final manuscript version, much to its benefit. When it was published,reviewers knew this was something different. No novelist hitherto, they recognised, had Lawrence's power of expressing the rise and fall of the human passions.
|03||03||James Joyce: Ulysses||20030807||20040114|
The greatest, most controversial, and most complex book of the twentieth century, published first in magazine instalments, and brought to final form through the offices of three remarkable women. Published in 1922, it was a long time coming. Joyce's first idea for it had come in 1906, when he said he was contemplating a short story about a Jewish Dubliner with an unfaithful wife. The character would eventually emerge in Ulysses as Leopold Bloom, a commercial traveller, with his moment-by-moment apprehensions recorded in detail, and who Joyce parallels with the Greek heroic exile, Odysseus. Joyce's work was, however, so painstaking and slowly produced, had it not been for the drive and encouragement of the poet Ezra Pound, and the commitment of three women publishers, it might never have seen the light of day.
|03||04||Three Stories And Ten Poems: Ernest Hemingway||20030814||20040115|
When, in the early twenties, Ernest Hemingway's wife lost his unpublished entire literary output on a Paris railway station platform, he was on the point of giving up all ambitions of being a writer. But spurred on by Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein, and salvaging all he had - just three stories and a handful of poems - he persuaded a believing publisher, an American expatriate, to publish in Paris three hundred copies of the slimmest of volumes. It was to lay the foundation for a brilliant literary career.
|03||05 LAST||Catcher In The Rye By J D Salinger||20030821||20040116|
Rick Gekoski, antiquarian book-seller and academic, tells the story of how another great novel came to be published.
Salinger's literary reputation continues to grow helped by the speculation that there exists a pile of unpublished gems written by this most fiercely private and secretive of living writers.
His portrayal, published more than half a century ago, of new breed of American - the Fifties' teenager, complete with self doubt, depression, and erratic impulsiveness brought controversy on publication and has done ever since.
It remains the quintessential novel of modern American youth.