Sex lives before the Saturday feature
We won't start a speculative list here, however fashionable the 'weblist' concept may be these days.
One never knows which author might still be alive.
He or she might be a hundred years old. But they can still sue.
Selling stories of sex with children may have been just about OK in old Vienna.
It is now the ultimate evil-of-evils. We can't be too careful.
Why am I asking this question anyway?
Well, there were three small deer on the lawn early yesterday, taking advantage of the vanished flood water to snaffle some rose leaves.
Cute little Bambis! Bloody little Bambis!
I'm a child of the cartoon-comic Fifties, when no one could see or even think about a cute little fawn without uttering - or at least thinking - the word 'Bambi'.
And so it was yesterday. I chased the little beasts away with Disneyesque abuse.
So what, you may think.
Well, since we've begun along this blogging track, I may as well finish.
Felix Salten was the name, or rather the favoured pseudonym, of the man who in 1923 gave the world Bambi.
His even bigger best-seller was a 1906 book (heroine above) entitled, Josephine Mutzenbacher.
This was the alleged confessions from the childhood of of a Viennese courtesan - and it became a legal cause celebre in the 1990s pitting freedom of expression against protection of the young.
I've never seen a copy. But I'm reliably told that, instead of starting Fanny Hill style with late teenage initiation and moving forward, it took the age of seventeen as the end of a sexual progress which began some twelve years earlier.
Salten was a journalist, art critic, writer of musicals and movies, president of Austrian PEN, just about as versatile a hack as one could imagine.
Unlike most modern writers, who list their credits in painstaking detail at the front of all their books, this chap was a master of market segmentation, a solution which doubtless suited all his clients.
He has made only a few appearances in the TLS, a paper with a limited interest in either kiddie-porn or cartoon fawns.
The last was in 2003 in praise of his bon mot: "if you go around thinking you're being cheated, life becomes very unpleasant".
One of his few recent appearances in other papers was in The Daily Mail last year, also in answer to a quiz question but not quite like the one with which we began.
"Who makes up the chorus singing Drip, Drip, Drop Little April Shower on the Vodafone advert?
The answer, we discover, is "the song 'Little April Shower' first featured in the charming Disney feature Bambi (1942), an adaptation of Felix Salten's novel".
And in September 2005 my friend, Erica Wagner, asks if her readers knew about Felix Salten's follow-up to his 1923 classic, Bambi - in which the fawn becomes a family man (or family deer).
Little Josephine, all the while, tries to keep as modestly out of sight as a fawn by a river bank