James Hilton: “All of his previous novels were reissued and they became best-sellers too.”

From The Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of novelist James Hilton, born in England  in 1900. In the first decade of his writing career, he published more than 10 novels without receiving any attention. Then he wrote Goodbye, Mr. Chips, about an old, beloved schoolmaster whom Hilton based on his father. When the story was published in the United States, it became a huge best-seller.

All of his previous novels were reissued and they became best-sellers too. The most popular of the earlier novels was Lost Horizon, about an imaginary Tibetan village called Shangri-La.

Hilton said: “Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren’t things to think about any more. All that matters is value — the ultimate value of what one does.”

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