"With every allowance for the virtues of treating books as commodities like any other, the literary marketplace might still be made distinct from the community of readers. This distinction is subtle, and hard to make cartographic, but it's one known to both book buyers and booksellers . . . [T]he community of readers has an existence outside the literary marketplace as well, and is responsible for the slow but irresistible rise and fall of reputations. When you read the letters of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop today, you are startled to realize that, in their day, Lowell was a god and Bishop still very much an aspirant, a judgement that has been turned almost on its head now. The forces that propelled the change come mostly from below. No one biography, no one critical text, no one 'reading,' and certainly no one publisher altered the view; readers altered it by reading and then talking to one another. It was the suffrage of ordinary readers that rediscovered Barbara Pym and remade Trollope a classic alongside Dickens. The literary marketplace turns profits; the community of readers makes reputations." -- Adam Gopnik, "Go Giants," The New Yorker, 4/21/2014I never realized Trollope's critical reputation had fallen so low until I read Susan Hill's Howards End Is on the Landing, though I've also had no success in convincing anyone else to read him. I think it was readers who made Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder "classics." And from my own experience, Georgette Heyer and Dorothy Dunnett as well - and maybe Patrick O'Brian.