Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I thought I'd share a few more favorite authors that we no longer hear much about. They were all much beloved at one time and you probably have heard of their books. Some of them became well known movies or a TV mini-series. I didn't have time to look them up this week, if I wanted to get this published before it runs into the weekend posts.
Something you probably noticed in these two Book Talk posts is how often the big Biblical novels were popular mid-20th Century. The movies based on many of these books were also quite successful. If we were to put a time on when this began to change, it was the 1960s, when it seems so much of culture changed.
Oh, as was mentioned in last week's Comments, books like Exodus can take awhile to get into. Even the movie gets much better as it goes along. I had to give links to Mass Market paperbacks last week since that is the only non-Kindle format which some of the books are being currently published. However, that is my least favorite format for a book and I can no longer read them at all with less than perfect eye sight. I think most, if not all of today's books come in regular paperback editions.
Many of these older best sellers are now available at a good price for the Kindle. I didn't give a separate Kindle link this time (to finish this post today!) but obviously if you are interested, the link to the book includes the Kindle option. They are also available at most libraries I would think.
The first author in this Book Talk is Irving Stone. He has written numerous novels but his most well known books are:
My other favorite author from this time period is Taylor Caldwell. She was the favorite author of quite a few people I knew when I was younger. She was an odd person who seems to have started out with a balanced religious perspective that showed up in some of her novels but as she grew older, was influenced into believing her great writing of historical novels was due to her many reincarnations. I know... sigh.
However, that does not make her writing any less beautiful. She wrote many very good books but a couple of my favorite Caldwell novels are:
While she has many well known books, Dear and Glorious Physician was among her most famous and most loved novels.
My husband's favorite Caldwell novel is:
I didn't read it but my husband is not a big fiction reader and this kept him turning pages quickly until he finished at the time he was reading it.
While the movie is considered one of the best films to come out of Hollywood, as with so many good films, you need to read the book! It is very inexpensive on Kindle.
Just a reminder that both Irving Stone and Taylor Caldwell had many other best selling novels than are shown here. Have fun reading!
Mentioned in this Blog Post
The Agony and the Ecstasy... here.
Lust for Life... here.
The President's Lady... here.
Dear and Glorious Physician... here.
Great Lion of God... here.
Captains and the Kings... here.
Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ... here.
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