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Prolific writers 'should be applauded'

26th October 2010

Authors should not be looked down upon just because they are prolific, one novelist has argued.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Philip Womack said that some readers think an author who produces a constant stream of books should not be taken as seriously as those who are more restricted in their output.

Womack, who has written 'only' two novels, suggested that modern culture seems to value 'rarity and slowness', noting that J.D. Salinger and Harper Lee produced relatively few works but are among the most well-regarded authors in the world.

'But wouldn't the world be a better place if there were more Salinger, more Harper Lee?' he wrote.

The commentator also cited examples of worthy authors who wrote quickly and produced a vast body of work, pointing out that Robert Browning composed 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came' in one day and Enid Blyton crafted some 600 books throughout her career.

'We should welcome, with open arms, the torrential outpourings of our authors for as long as they continue to entertain,' Womack concluded.

In 2006, Guinness World Records determined that L. Ron Hubbard is the world's most published author after he released his 1,084th work.
 

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