Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Gone But Not Forgotten
Not all authors live to see worldwide fame. Indeed, sometimes the works published after the author’s death exceed the number produced while still alive. Striking examples are J.R.R. Tolkien (d. 1973) and C.S. Lewis (d. 1963). Each author’s name includes approximately 30 new published titles, and the numbers continue to grow. Tolkien’s latest, The Story of Kullervo was released in Britain during August 2015. Lewis’s The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition was released in January 2015.
With fewer titles, other notable examples are David Foster Wallace (d. 2008) who has four posthumous titles including his latest, David Foster Reader published in 2014. Stieg Larson (d. 2004) is known for his international bestselling Millennium Trilogy which was published 2005-2007. Ralph Ellison (d. 1994) most famous for Invisible Man (1952) had five books published after his death ending with Three Days Before the Shooting... in 2010. John Kennedy Toole (d. 1969) has two published works, the award-winning Confederacy of Dunces (1980) followed by The Neon Bible (1989). Both titles were published after his death.
Other authors with posthumously published books include Kurt Vonnegut (d. 2007), Douglas Adams (d. 2001), Robert A. Heinlein (d. 1988), Anne Frank (d. 1945), and Virginia Woolf (d. 1941). See the book display showcasing authors who are gone but not forgotten on the first floor of the Al Harris Library. All books displayed are available for check out.