Sunday, August 05, 2007
Out of Print
Over at The Bunburyist, Beth Foxwell has been blogging about some of the books on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone List of mystery novels. Today she's posted a list of the listed books that are currently out of print. It's a long list, and it makes me wonder: does the list really matter anymore? Like Beth, I've been concerned with a general lack of knowledge (or even interest in) the history of the mystery, but maybe the H-Q list is outdated. Maybe if they were making the list today, they'd put other books on it. Maybe the books they included are irrelevant to today's readers and their concerns. Even if that's so, however, shouldn't people know about the history and care enough to read at least a few of the books that got us where we are today? It's a complicated question, and I'm too limited to answer it.