Once, "famous writer" meant the enigmatic Nabokov ...
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Creativity survives a caution attack
Jane SullivanOctober 6, 2007
Publishers tend to play safe and publish books only if a profit is assured, writes Jane Sullivan.
OH, THE TYRANNY of bestsellers, laments Fay Weldon. Once, "famous writer" meant the enigmatic Nabokov or the mysterious Kafka. Now it's Dan Brown or J. K. Rowling. Their function is to make money for their publishers. And this is bad for serious writers who have something more complex to say: "Best-selling should not be an accolade so much as a warning."
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