Saturday, October 26, 2013
9 Beloved Books That Almost Never Saw The Light Of Day
In John Updike's "Rabbit, Run," protagonist Harry Angstrom contemplates his escape from the confines of his mid-century, middle-class American life. He observes, "There is this quality, in things, of the right way seeming wrong at first." Angstrom's no sage -- he goes on to do some pretty terrible things -- but there's truth in this insight, especially when considering how many classic novels were originally rejected by perfectly smart and capable publishers.
The most commonly-cited excuse? The stories were just too different.