Book-of-the-Month Club


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Material Conditions of Writing Mary Renault
Since the American Book-of-the-Month Club wanted to distribute the book if publication could be speeded up, MR corrected proofs over the transatlantic telephone (then very imperfect). She found the process exhausting and frustrating.
Sweetman, David. Mary Renault: A Biography. Chatto and Windus, 1993.
255-7, 260
Publishing Henry Handel Richardson
She felt that her second volume had been a failure, and this made it very hard to go on. Then Heinemann , with low expectations for sales and set back by the stark undiluted tragedy...
Reception Rumer Godden
This book was a joint Book-of-the-Month Club choice in the USA, and earned RG about $20,000. Spencer Curtis concluded he had been wrong to condemn it; but she feared he might have been right.
Godden, Rumer. A House with Four Rooms. Macmillan, 1989.
Reception P. D. James
Richard Gidez feels that this book represents P. D. James at her best.
Gidez, Richard. P. D. James. Twayne, 1986.
Reviewers were full of praise for this long but well-plotted novel. They appreciated its evocative descriptions of setting, its believable and...
Reception P. D. James
Critics gave this book a good deal of positive critical attention, and it reached a wider audience than James's usual mystery novels simply because it was not of that genre. Many readers responded to it...
Reception P. D. James
Critics received this book positively: they enjoyed its entertainment value, considered the pace good, the plot steady, the writing stylish, and the solution surprising and satisfying. It became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Richard Gidez insisted...
Reception Storm Jameson
The Hidden River had some bad reviews in influential places, but excellent sales. It was a Book Society choice, earning £2,500 in English royalties, £268 from Book-of-the-Month Club in Canada, and a dollar amount...
Reception Rosamond Lehmann
Reviewers were pleased to see more fiction from Lehmann after nine years, and the book was popular, although not hugely applauded. Those praising it included Edwin Muir . There was much debate over the real-life...
Reception George Orwell
Animal Farm was and is extremely successful. It sold half a million copies in its first month, thanks to the American Book-of-the-Month Club ,
Meyers, Jeffrey. A Reader’s Guide to George Orwell. Littlefield, Adams, 1977.
and has been translated into every major language, including some...
Reception Elizabeth Bowen
Cyril Connolly expressed his admiration in the New Statesman, where he was reviewing a novel for the first time.
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.
The Hotel was the April 1928 selection of the fairly new Book-of-the-Month Club in...
Reception Pearl S. Buck
The Good Earth was a Book of the Month Club choice, on the recommendation of Dorothy Canfield Fisher , who had sat up all night reading it.
Spurling, Hilary. Pearl Buck in China. Simon and Schuster, 2010.
188, 193
It won the Pulitzer Prize, headed...
Reception Vita Sackville-West
There was a widespread feeling that VSW had been too circumspect and scholarly. Virginia Woolf told Vita that she found the book solid, strong, satisfactory
Woolf, Virginia. The Letters of Virginia Woolf. Nicolson, Nigel and Joanne TrautmannEditors , Hogarth Press, 1980.
6: 49
, but wished she had allowed herself a...
Reception Jan Struther
The US edition of Mrs. Miniver became a roaring success long before the film was thought of. It was a Book-of-the-Month Club choice, and the publishers were eager to get JS to tour America to...
Reception Pearl S. Buck
The Three Daughters of Madame Liang was chosen by the Book of the Month Club and by the Readers Digest (for a condensed version). Spurling located the value of this book and Letter from Peking...
Reception Angela Thirkell
This, like all its immediate predecessors, met with excellent reviews, even though Hugh Walpole regretted its lack of plot.
Strickland, Margot. Angela Thirkell: Portrait of a Lady Novelist. Duckworth, 1977.
James Agate uncharacteristically wrote: All the time I was reading it I purred like my...


16 April 1926
The Book-of-the-Month Club , newly founded in the USA, mailed out its first monthly choice: Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner .
By April 1929
The Book Society (first conceived of by Arnold Bennett ) was launched by Hugh Walpole with himself as chairman; it was the first such society in Britain.