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The VANITY FAIR article posted on the right was penned by P.G. Wodehouse (1904 - 1975) and it concerned a unique sort of novelist that had surfaced in 1919 - and has yet to decamp. Wodehouse divided the novelizing classes into two distinct groups:

"...the ordinary novelist, the straightforward, horny-handed dealer in narrative, who is perfectly contented to turn out two books a year, on the understanding - a gentleman's agreement between himself and his public - that he reserves movie rights and is allowed an occasional photograph in the papers.."

The offending scribes Wodehouse called "Super-Novelists"; writers who are approached by their publishers and offered substantial checks for their views on a number of subjects that stand far outside their realm of comprehension. Wodehouse named two "Super-Novelists" who, he believed, fit this description and dominated his era: H.G. Wells (1866 1946) and Arnold Bennett (1867 - 1931).

     


''The Attack of the Super Novelists'' (Vanity Fair, 1919)

''The Attack of the Super Novelists'' (Vanity Fair, 1919)

''The Attack of the Super Novelists'' (Vanity Fair, 1919)

''The Attack of the Super Novelists'' (Vanity Fair, 1919)

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