Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: career and peak

From: George Upper (
Date: 20 Nov 2001

--- M Blumenthal <> wrote:
> Maybe you can evaluate a series
> by examining the number
> of pages of a book as time passes. If Robert Parker
> could write a very good
> book in under 200 pages in his early books why does
> he need over 300 in his
> later ones?

It's just an educated guess, but I don't think Parker's books are any longer than they used to be
(VALEDICTION and CATSKILL EAGLE asise). I think they're typeset so as to appear longer. There's more white space in a Parker hardcover than in anything else I read, that's for sure. A word count would be a better measure, of course, but I can't seem to pursuade myself that it's worth the effort.


===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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