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Snobbery, Skewered.

20 December, 2013

In Lewis Nichols’ 1964 ‘In and Out of Books’ column in the New York Times, he takes a worthy jab at snobby Brits who make ‘cracks about the low tastes of American readers’, which leaves the inference that ‘British readers, sitting in their clubs, consort only with Thackeray, Dickens and Austen’. However, given that the bestsellers lists of 1964 were chock-a-block with thrillers by Ian Fleming, John Le Carre and Gavin Lyall, Brits seem to be right down in the literary gutter with us Yanks.

The accompanying illustration says  it all.


Clipping from New York Times digital archive. April 26th, 1964.

Oh yes, and a merry ‘Hello!’ to my dear Readers! Apologies for the shocking lack of Diligence in the past 5 (!) months. The Author is attempting to preempt New Years resolutions by getting back to semi-regular Sharings before 2014 begins. She will try her best!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 December, 2013 2:55 pm

    One can only try one’s best.

  2. 5 February, 2014 3:25 pm

    There is enough variety in the market place to suit all tastes :)

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