So we all know of works like Lolita, Lord of the Rings, the Sherlock Holmes novels--genre-defining novels that are still widely read and discussed today. This thread is to honour all of those equally great works that have, for whatever reason, been eclipsed by their more successful rivals. Share your favourite forgotten gems and give these greats the attention they deserve! I guess I'll start off with Yukio Mishima's Forbidden Colours. Published in 1953 (1968 in English) it makes a good comparison with Lolita--both deal with aging writers pursuing younger lovers, questions of beauty, love, identity. Stylistically, Mishima isn't far off Nabokov. His writing is very eloquent, lyrical without being needlessly overloaded, and there are more than a few moments of awe-inspiring brilliance. Despite critical success, his novels don't sell well outside of Japan, and while he has been considered several times for the Nobel Prize, he has never been awarded a significant literary award. Furthermore, his death by ritual suicide in 1970 tends to overshadow the writing itself. Yukio Mishima is one of the few writers of the 20th century who was unquestionably brilliant. Rush to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of Forbidden Colours!