Det er ikke alltid slik at kritikere har noe de skulle ha sagt når det gjelder hva som blir betegnet som klassikere i fremtiden. Her kommer 13 bøker som fikk elendige anmeldelser i sin samtid, men som er høyt elsket i dag. Det er Publisher's Weekly som har snekret sammen denne lista, basert på boka Rotten Reviews Redux. Ved hver bok finner du et utdrag fra anmeldelsene.
"The final blow-up of what was once a remarkable, if minor, talent."
- The New Yorker, 1936
"Whitman is as unacquainted with art as a hog is with mathematics."
- The London Critic, 1855
"That this book is strong and that Miss Chopin has a keen knowledge of certain phrases of the feminine will not be denied. But it was not necessary for a writer of so great refinement and poetic grace to enter the overworked field of sex fiction."
- Chicago Times Herald, 1899
"What has never been alive cannot very well go on living. So this is a book of the season only..."
- New York Herald Tribune, 1925
"Here all the faults of Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë) are magnified a thousand fold, and the only consolation which we have in reflecting upon it is that it will never be generally read."
- James Lorimer, North British Review, 1847
"That a book like this could be written--published here--sold, presumably over the counters, leaves one questioning the ethical and moral standards...there is a place for the exploration of abnormalities that does not lie in the public domain. Any librarian surely will question this for anything but the closed shelves. Any bookseller should be very sure that he knows in advance that he is selling very literate pornography."
- Kirkus Reviews, 1958
"Her work is poetry; it must be judged as poetry, and all the weaknesses of poetry are inherent in it."
- New York Evening Post, 1927
"An oxymoronic combination of the tough and tender, Of Mice and Men will appeal to sentimental cynics, cynical sentimentalists...Readers less easily thrown off their trolley will still prefer Hans Andersen."
- Time, 1937
"A gloomy tale. The author tries to lighten it with humor, but unfortunately her idea of humor is almost exclusively variations on the pratfall...Neither satire nor humor is achieved."
- Saturday Review of Literature, 1952
"Middlemarch is a treasure-house of details, but it is an indifferent whole."
- Henry James, Galaxy, 1872
"At a conservative estimate, one million dollars will be spent by American readers for this book. They will get for their money 34 pages of permanent value. These 34 pages tell of a massacre happening in a little Spanish town in the early days of the Civil War... Mr. Hemingway: please publish the massacre scene separately, and then forget For Whom the Bell Tolls; please leave stories of the Spanish Civil War to Malraux..."
- Commonweal, 1940
"Monsieur Flaubert is not a writer."
- Le Figaro, 1857