When I was driving to Dallas last week, I listened to a few old-time radio shows on XM's OTR channel. One of them was The Chase and Sanborn Hour with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. The guest on the show was Louis Bromfield, and I wondered how many people listening knew who he was. I did because Bromfield's novels were very popular at one time, and I pay attention to that kind of thing. Not everybody does, though.
After the show, the XM host said that every one of Bromfield's 30 novels had been a bestseller. Who reads him now? Anybody? Does anybody even remember the movies made from them? Yet here Bromfield was, a guest on a popular radio show. Not some late-night talk show, but a primetime hit. Maybe that was because he was also a conservationist and farmer. Does anybody remember that Bogart and Bacall were married at his farm? The farm is still there, by the way, but who remembers that it was started by a bestselling novelist?