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Land of the Lost Authors

Writing well is not always the best revenge--sometimes bad things happen to good authors

Winning a Nobel Prize wasn't enough to keep Guatemala's Miguel Angel Asturias in print in English. Ken Weaver wrote Holocaust author Etty Hillesum has been overshadowed by Anne Frank. Texas slang too funny for today's publishers. Charles McCarry's masterful spy novels languish in used bookstores. Before he was a member of the Hollywood 10, Samuel Ornitz helped pioneer the stream-of-consciousness novel.

We make the case for why they deserve a second chance.

Miguel Angel Asturias
Ken Weaver
Etty Hillesum
Charles McCarry
Samuel Ornitz

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From the August 14-20, 1997 issue of Metro.

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