An author's penultimate work
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Of course, not having read all of their works, that assessment can change over time. But here are a few that stand tall for me.
Edna Ferber's The Girls
Elizabeth von Arnim's The Enchanted April
John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat (Admittedly, I haven't yet read The Grapes of Wrath, but I've read most of the rest of his shelf.)
Ferber's penultimate work was Ice Palace, von Arnim's was her autobiography, All the Dogs of My Life, while Steinbeck's was Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath.
The works you mention were pretty early in these authors' writing careers, nowhere near towards the end of them.
Perhaps punning on pen ultimate, as in most favorite from the pen of _____?
If not, I appreciate your research on penultimate works. It's an interesting legitimate topic for sure. I wonder that there doesn't exist a group devoted to the idea since, one would think, those books could very well represent authors writing at the very pinnacle of their careers.
We certainly pay (lopsided, IMO) attention to debut works and too often prematurely hail a new writer as the next Steinbeck or next Margaret Mitchell. And they more likely than not turn out to be nothing more than the next flash in the pan.
As for The Enchanted April, it was the movie that drove me to the book, and the book drove me to fall in love with the Tuscan spring so much so that, under its influence and the influence of Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell, I took a 4-month trip with myself (not by myself) to Europe, spending a month in each country, starting in April with Greece, then Italy, followed by France, finishing in Great Britain.
And just like Arnim, Russell inspired me to buy the play-book after I'd seen the movie. Since then, I've watched both films again. There are authors who can infuse travel with the most seductive romance.
I wrote a review of The Enchanted April for another Group I founded, Readers and Book Lovers, on Daily Kos titled, To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine.
It's been decades since I've read Ice Palace, but I remember it as a serious, almost solemn history. I treasure Ferber for her sly phrasings, much more evident in her lighter works.
But, WHOO HOO Thanks for pointing out those other less-well-known works. I haven't stumbled across them yet. Elizabeth and her German Garden is autobiographic too, and it is sitting on the never finished pile next to my bed. Will try to keep a sharp eye out for All the Dogs of My Life.
"Penultimate" is one of those words I can actually trace to exactly when I learned its definition. Thank you Lemony Snicket for The Penultimate Peril, lol
Here, I've got some dark-chocolate-covered vanilla caramels that I've been slightly hoarding. Have some.
Those pralines were delish too!