Jesse Harding Pomeroy has few, if any, rivals for the title of naughtiest boy in American history. Other lads have wrecked trains, burned buildings, and done away with their friends in all sorts of cruel and imaginative ways. But Jesse makes them all look like dirty-faced angels “hooking” apples from a cranky farmer.
Until recently, Patrick Hamilton was a mainstay of "forgotten novelists" lists. Thanks to clamorous support by a distinguished group including J.B. Priestly, Doris Lessing, and Nick Hornby, many of his best books have slipped back into print over the last few years. Thankfully, this includes Hangover Square, perhaps…
Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Martian trilogy, featuring John Carter on Barsoom, was a huge hit in the 1910s. How could he top it? With a series about Carter's kids, apocalyptic cities, floating heads with tentacles, and an ordinary Barsoomian soldier.