Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The 10 best neglected literary classics

For The Observer, Rachel Cooke came up with a list of the ten best neglected literary classics.

One novel on the list:
The Blank Wall
Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (1947)

The Blank Wall has been filmed twice – as The Reckless Moment in 1949, and as The Deep End in 2001 – and its author was admired by Raymond Chandler. But does it hold up today? Oh, yes. Lucia Holley is a suburban housewife coping alone while her husband serves in the Pacific. Then, one morning, she finds the body of her teenage daughter’s dubious lover and, desperate to protect her family, rapidly becomes implicated in his murder. Will she keep her cool? Atmospheric and difficult to put down, Sanxay Holding is as clinical and as clever as Patricia Highsmith.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue