Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ten literary one-hit wonders

At the (London) Times Luke Leitch "looks at those authors for whom one novel proved quite enough."

Number One on his list:
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird

“I never expected any sort of success with [To Kill a] Mockingbird. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers, but at the same time I hoped that maybe someone would like it enough to give me encouragement - public encouragement. I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I'd expected.”
Read about all ten titles on Leitch's list.

To Kill a Mockingbird also made Lisa Scottoline's top 10 list of books about justice.

--Marshal Zeringue