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This was an interesting list to do. Although many favorite authors are missing either because they didn’t write so many books or because I don’t happen to own them, it does give a pretty good cross-section of my reading interests. I didn’t count multiple copies of the same book, otherwise Jane Austen would definitely be on there — but with only six novels she didn’t have a chance.
1. Diana Wynne Jones – 38
I don’t have all of DWJ’s novels, though I’m quite close. I’ve thought about letting go of some of my less-beloved volumes but it’s hard to resist the lure of completion.
2. Rudolf Steiner – 35
Just a small fraction of Steiner’s astonishing output — mostly lectures that others transcribed and published. Not fiction, but a wealth of esoteric knowledge and guidance.
3. L. Frank Baum – 19
The complete Oz series is 14 volumes, plus I have Dover reprints of some of Baum’s other standalone stories.
4. Robertson Davies – 15
I actually reduced my collection in a book purge not long ago, which I’m now regretting. I still have all the twelve novels but I wish I had kept more of Davies’s witty and erudite criticism.
5. C.S. Lewis – 14
Children’s book series rack up the numbers quickly, with seven Chronicles of Narnia, plus the Space Trilogy and some nonfiction.
6. Andrew Lang – 12
Do editors count? This represents my complete set of the Rainbow Fairy Books.
7. Inez Haynes Irwin – 10
Another series — I inherited the Maida books from my mother and I’m keeping them for my child.
8. E. Nesbit -10
In a Folio Society sale years ago I snapped up sets of the Bastable books and the “Five Children” series, plus I have a smattering of others. I’d like to have more but nice editions are not that readily available.
9. George MacDonald – 9
My four-volume edition of MacDonald’s fairy tales, added to his five fantasy novels, makes a respectable showing.
10. Ursula K. LeGuin – 7
I’d like to increase this number — LeGuin has so many great books that I don’t own.