Re: Will Potter be read (was The 'N' word)

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Posted by Jon on January 11, 2006 at 14:24:38 from user Jon.

In Reply to: Re: Will Potter be read (was The 'N' word) posted by Prue Eckett on January 10, 2006 at 22:28:50:

Some, at least, of Enright's, and Eleanor Estes', books are stil in print in the US, I can assure you.

I'm not sure how well longevity can be taken to imply quality, as someone (or several people) went to the trouble of entering (a la Ed) all the out-of-copyright Tom Swift books by Victor Appleton into electronic form for Project Gutenberg. I certainly don't consider "Victor Appleton" to be anywhere near the caliber of JK Rawling, Estes, Enright, LI Wilder, Ransome or LM Montgomery.

While we consider the "dated" content of books, I'll also throw in L. Frank Baum's 'OZ' books. Horse-drawn carriages or wagons as the principal mode of short-distance travel, balloons, but not airplanes, reference in the forwards to later books to "wireless" communication allowing Dorothy to send new stories out from the land of Oz, chicken coops on shipboard. Despite "dated" references, they've certainly held up well in reader appeal. For that matter, surely Shakespeare is loaded with dated references and language. Should he be consigned to the rubbish heap because of that?

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