Writing associations…

associationsI don’t mean groups, but how we hear a story or a name and link them.

I was watching on TV “Turn of the screw,” and the first thing that came to mind was Henry James, the author. This got me thinking how many times we do it. There are obvious cases where an author is known either for many stories as Edgar Allan Poe is. Or like Conan Doyle for the Sherlock Holmes series.

associationsHere are a few examples that came to mind.

  • Tennessee Williams-Cat on a hot tin roof.
  • Mary Shelley-Frankenstien
  • Bram Stoker-Dracula
  • Ernest Hemmingway-The old man and the sea.
  • Alexander Solzhenitysen- A day in the life.
  • Anton Chekov-Uncle Vanya
  • Joseph Heller- Catch 22
  • Boris Pasternak-Doctor Zhivago
  • Leo Tolstoy-War and peace

Those are a few that come to mind, there has to be an enormous list that if I had the time, I could compile.

associationsThis got another chain of thought running, if you got well known. How would you want to be remembered.
For my it would be my Chronicles or Pat Canella series.

As a postscript. Of no monetary value but good for a curio, I have a copy of a pre-published Jack Higgins novel “Sheba,” I know it is pre-published as there are marks where the maps would go and editorial notes in the margins.

  1. Paula Shene says

    Now I must check and see if he’s actually published that book you hold in hand. Remember for my writing – it would be my kids series in raising awareness for animal welfare – The Chronicles of The K-9 Boys and Girls on Locus Street with Mandy The Alpha Dog leading the pack.

  2. Andrew J. Sacks says

    Alan, yes, there are MANY varieties of associations. Thank you for posting!

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