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New Books: The Art Of Satire?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 2, 2015 in Publishing |

Whilst it may be reasonably quiet on the Internet front it certainly isn’t so behind the scenes, and this is one of those times when I am relieved to be working with other people to keep my small publishing venture alive and kicking. My co-director has laid a new proposition – in the form of two new titles – before me for consideration and, I must admit, the idea appeals to me. We have, it would appear, a new writer to add to our list – admittedly a very short list at the moment, but we are still a very young company – with a few very interesting ideas.

Literature is one of the subject areas I always intended to cover with my publishing plans, although my thoughts were more along the lines of new literature, new and unpublished works. However, we also have literary criticism and literary theory on the list, and the proposition is to combine this, in a manner of speaking, with a small series of works highlighting some of the perhaps lesser known, perhaps well-known – in some circles – writers and their forgotten works. The names, of course, are likely to be familiar, but the works themselves?

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The first which has been presented, which is nearing completion, is on Jonathan Swift whose name, I am sure this is the first thing which comes into most minds, is forever linked with Gulliver’s Travels. The fact that he wrote many other works, including poetry, tends to be pushed into the realms of the unknown, simply because of the fame of this one title. He was, I have discovered, a very controversial writer of satire, which earned him a bad name in some circles, but of such a quality that many of the satire writers of today – and certainly those who also fit in with his publishing actions almost as if he were a modern-day troll – could take a leaf out of his book and learn.

The second work is not yet at a stage where I can mention it, aside from saying that the two writers involved are very well-known, but lived and worked many years apart.

Hopefully we will have the first drafts ready in the coming fortnight, but I’ll let you know as soon as there is anything new so that, eager as you all are, you can prepare your orders for this new title, and add to the breadth and depth of your wonderful libraries!

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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