What was this oversized 20th century american novel?
January 5, 2013 5:59 PM Subscribe
Another episode of Ask Metafilter, book-title detectives.
I'm trying to remember the name of a novel that I saw in a bookstore that was in a remarkably large format - more the size and shape of a Encyclopedia Britannica volume than a normal novel. It may have had the word 'book' within the title. The author was a critically respected but not very prolific man - this novel (or perhaps a small series of which this book was a part) was, at least according to his wikipedia page at the time, essentially his entire lifetime literary output. I also remember that he died in the late 20th or early 21st century, at a fairly old age, and that he was a Harvard alum.