Re: RARA-AVIS: Reprinting the lost classics

From: Scott Owen (
Date: 31 May 2002

> > On reprinting Goodis: while I certainly would like to see
> > all his work available, the fact is that not all of Goodis
> > is all that goody. He did a lot of inferior work.
>I agree. I also think Woolrich can be a bit woolly. But I think both
>Woolly and Goody are important enough in the history of noir fiction to
>their works remain in print.

I think 2nd rate work is 2nd rate, even if it is by one of our gods. Mainstream publishers should stick to reprinting the classics, lost and otherwise. The junk should be the stock in trade of rare book dealers and small specialty presses catering to people like us.


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