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I just finished one in the paltry collection of Max Brand books at my local library. - A pitiable handful of Mr. Faust and almost a whole wing dedicated to Sandra Brown's tomes. Yuck says I.
Just wanted to comment on the remarkable character "Taxi". Faust seems to have climbed into the mind of this career safe cracker who is out to avenge the murder of a fellow in crime. - Still, as in all the other (four or so) 'Max Brand' novels I have read, each character takes on "mythic proportions" as the story builds.
I guess you all can remember the happy discovery of Frederick Schiller Faust. If anyone wants to point me to a good site where I can apply my meager budget to the purchase of an ample selection of his works, I would be most grateful. I welcome any and all recommendations.
|Will R.||Hi Faustian. Glad to hear you're enjoying Faust's writings.
Unfortunately you've discovered something I've noticed as well: libraries these day's do not value this author and frequently unload whatever paltry selection of his works they have in order to make room on shelves for more contemporary books. It's sad to see. When you weigh the literary merit of Faust versus the newer works replacing him, the libraries are seriously losing out on that deal.
I've had better luck finding Faust titles at various used book stores around my home, and even more success through online sites such as AbeBooks.com (my favorite online used book seller site) and Alibris or Amazon. You can find literally hundreds of Max Brand/Faust titles through those sources.
Check out the bibliography available on this site, though, because you'll enjoy titles more if you purchase editions that have not been heavily edited and altered before publication.
It turns out that during the mad publishing rush of the '30's, '40's and 50's, large publishing houses such as Grosset & Dunlap believed the reading public would not tolerate "large" paperback books and so felt it their duty to "improve" upon authors' works by redacting often huge portions from original manuscripts. Unfortunately many of Faust's books were treated this way. So be
|Will R.||(Previous post continued)
So be careful which titles you purchase. If you want to read stories as he actually wrote them, use the bibliography to avoid editions not reflective of Faust's original manuscripts.
Good luck. Faust's stuff is lots of fun. I'm glad you've "discovered" him.