One more question...

Jacob Proffitt Jacob at
Fri Jul 27 14:22:23 EDT 2001

Right.  How popular are they, really?  How many novels have Kipling,
Doyle, Twain, Alcott and Dickens sold in the last year.  How many
English speaking people could tell you the story of any of those
authors?  I could summarize one from each author, but then, I have a
more or less traditional English degree.  How many people would know any
of those names if you take out forced buys by college students?  I
suspect that even the college student purchases have been dropping as
the idea of canon is reviewed.

-----Original Message-----
From: Nat Case [mailto:ncase at] 
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2001 12:12 PM
To: dwj at
Cc: Jacob Proffitt
Subject: RE: One more question...

At 11:34 AM -0600 7/27/01, Jacob Proffitt wrote:

Interesting.  I'm wondering if any Victorian authors are popular any

Dickens, who to many casual readers IS Victorian literature...

Conan Doyle is probably more Edwardian, as is Kipling.

Twain is Victorian American, as is Alcott.

Nat Case

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