One-minute review: Author talks about her love of reading series books. She discovers that the volumes that follow are not as good as the first. Then she discovered 24 volumes of Mark Twain, each book different. She had outgrown formulas for writing.
Quote: “It seemed to me when I had finished that, the last nine of those books weren’t as good as the first one. And the same went for all Series Books. As long as the are keeping a series going, I was afraid, nothing can really happen. The whole thing is one grand prevention.”
Quote: “And then I went again to the home shelves and my lucky hand reached and found Mark Twain—twenty-four volumes, not a series, and good all the way through.”
Comment: Seems to me that reading series books is a phase that good readers go through on the way to becoming life-long readers. RayS.
Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan.