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05/13/2004

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Ron

I've always WANTED to read Green, but haven't quite managed to get around to it so far...

Sam

Ah, I'm obsessed with Green. I'm sure other readers are out there too -- after all, all his books are still in print, and within the last decade or so we've seen a bio (Treglown's, wonderful), a new collection of short works (Surviving, with a lovely essay by Green's son Sebastian), and a reissue of his memoir Pack My Bag. (Heads up -- mangelwurzels incoming.)

Surely Wood didn't mean "no one" in the strict sense. He may have meant "more talked about than read," which would certainly be true. But Green is hardly alone in that regard, as I noted during the Orwell centenary, when hardly an article appeared without some error obvious to anyone who's read the books.

Sam

Have to add that Wood's response once again underlines how difficult it is for a well-respected and established writer to find the right tone when replying to a blogger. By which I mean a tone that doesn't make the writer look foolish.

But we know that e-mail is usually written in a hurry. ;-)

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