Monday, September 9, 2013

The Reading Public


“The reading public is intellectually adolescent at best, and it is obvious that what is called ‘significant literature’ will only be sold to this public by exactly the same methods that are used to sell it toothpaste, cathartics and automobiles.” 

—Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), mystery novelist and screenwriter, letter to fellow detective novelist Erle Stanley Gardner, 1946.

• Editorial Comment: Literary toothpaste?

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