Famous for the wrong book?

Roger Sutton asks, what authors are famous for the wrong book? The Long Winter is better (he says) than the earlier Little House books; Lois Lowry’s Autumn Street (which I haven’t read) is better than The Giver.

I don’t actually have examples of my own yet; I’m pondering. But I love the question! Thoughts?

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6 Responses to Famous for the wrong book?

  1. Ryan says:

    I can see WHY Neal Stephenson is still famous for Snow Crash, which had some brilliant, prescient ideas, particularly about the future of the Internet. But, other than that and his over-the-top style, it’s a pretty weak novel. I was much more impressed with some of his later books, like Cryptonomicon.

    I agree with Eric about Michael Chabon. I wish Gentleman of the Road had been a full-length novel.

  2. Martha says:

    Ooh, that is a good question to ponder! I agree with the commenter who would pick the Anastasia Krupnik over Lowry’s more serious books (I don’t think I ever read Autumn Street; Taking care of Terrific is lovely but dated, I think.)

    I feel like I have more of my own, but I’ll have to go look at my bookshelves and see.

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  4. Greg says:

    I’ve read seven Ian McEwan novels, and I’m pretty sure Atonement was my least favorite (not that Black Dogs was really all that good – but then again Black Dogs doesn’t get all the attention). The better by far are On Chesil Beach and Saturday.

  5. frog says:

    This is more of a matter of personal preference, but L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series is better known that the Emily series, right? I think? In any case, I still own my Emily books and re-read them every five years or so.

  6. Eric Wolff says:

    Gentlemen of the Road is my favorite Michael Chabon book. Not knocking Policeman’s Union or Kavalier and Clay, but Gentlemen of the Road is the only one I’ve reread.

    Motherless Brooklyn is Johnathan Lethem’s best book, but there’s probably a lot of agreement there (Fortress of Solitude is the main competitor).

    David Foster Wallace is famous for Infinite Jest, but he should be more famous for A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again or Consider the Lobster.

    You’re right, this *is* a fun game.

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