Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

June 12, 2014

Scathing Early Reviews of Beloved Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 1:38 PM

A publisher hopes to garner early reviews before doing a full bore marketing effort. But sometimes, those early reviews are not what is expected–even for beloved novels.

Here are a few.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE – Maurice Sendak
“A pointless and confusing story” – Publishers Weekly 1963

LEAVES OF GRASS – Walt Whitman
“it is no discredit to Walt Whitman that he wrote Leaves of Grass. Only he did not burn it afterwards” – The Atlantic 1867

WUTHERING HEIGHTS – Emily Bronte
How a human being could have attempted such a book without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters is a mystery” – Graham’s Lady Magazine 1848

HUCKLEBERRY FINN – Mark Twain
“No better than the dime novels that flood the blood and thunder reading population” –  The Springfield Republican 1885

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