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Opus Authors

What makes an "opus" author? The minimum requirements include: Once hooked on such an author, I anxiously await his/her next book, buy it in hard cover, and read it very soon it's published. I also tend to think of this author's work as a total -- each new book shedding light on the ones that have come before.

For reviews of some of these books, see www.seltzerbooks.com/reviews.html For brief notes on others, see www.seltzerbooks.com/readrev.html 

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Richard Powers

Alain de Botton J.K. Rowling

Still under construction

John Irving

Cormac McCarthy Nicholson Baker Room Temperature,U and I, Fermata,Vox, The Mezzanine)

Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, Zodiac, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon)

Oscar Hijuelos (Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love, Empress of the Splendid Season, The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien)

Gabriel Marquez (Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera)

Steve Erickson (Days Between Stations, Rubicon Beach, Tours of the Black Clock, Arc d'X, Amnesiascope, The Sea Came in at Midnight )

Milan Kundera (Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, Slowness)

Tom Robbins (Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Skinny Legs and All, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates)

Richard Selzer (Mortal Lessons, Down from Troy, Imagine a Woman , Raising the Dead)

Kurt Vonnegut

Penelope Fitzgerald

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