Saturday, February 14, 2015

2/14/1971 Ross Macdonald gets a Valentine

February 14, 1971.  John Leonard, editor of the New York Times Book Review, was a big fan of Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer novels, so when
The Underground Man was due for publication he went all out.  He gave the book to another Archerphile to review: the distinguished novelist Eudora Welty.  Her glowing report wound up on the front page of the review on this date, and went on for five pages.  It got Macdonald's book onto the best seller list, and all his later books followed it there.  Macdonald and Welty  became friends and each dedicated a book to the other. 

1 comment:

  1. Rather than reading the Archer stories solely as mysteries, thrillers, entertainments, and detective stories (though of course they can exist solely on that level for readers who are interested in them as such), we’d do ourselves a favor to consider them in a few other ways as well. In the massive reference work World Authors 1950-1970, published by the H.H. Wilson Company, Macdonald wrote that The Galton Case and Black Money “are probably my most complete renderings of the themes of smothered allegiance and uncertain identity which my work inherited from my early years.”