Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Your Shopping Basket
Total number of items: 0
Sub total: £0.00
Go to Checkout
Our Birmingham Shop
Our Bristol Shop
Animators Survival Kit

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.
 

Latest Blog
Simon Edge on Why it’s Time for A Hopkins Revival
23/05/2017

Simon Edge explains why the time is right for a Gerard Manley Hopkins revival.

#FoylesFive: Japanese Literature
22/05/2017

Jen from the Web Team shares some her favourite Japanese books.

#FoylesFave: A Heart so White
22/05/2017

James from our Charing Cross Road branch explains why, If you enjoy the prose style of W G Sebald, the trappings of noir, Macbeth, overheard conversations and deadly pillow talk, A Heart So White is the novel for you

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd