I've recently been reading random books I found on the shelf at my local library and have discovered that not all the good literature out there is to be found in the accepted canon. It's amazing what you can find simply by walking down the shelves and picking up a book simply because the title intrigues you.
What obscure books have you read recently? What author do you hold dear to your heart even though he or she isn't famous and his or her name is not larger than the title on her books?
I used to do that a lot when I was younger. I ended up reading a lot of mundane works, but I did manage to pick up one book I'd never heard of before.
It was Sir Thomas Moore's Utopia.
Even as an ignorant 14 year old, I was gravitationally drawn to the canon. Argh!
I wish I could read fast enough to feel that I wasn't wasting time to give complete unknowns a chance again, though I'd still choose one over most current best sellers
"Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, that, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming, the clouds methought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me, that, when I wak'd, I cried to dream again"