Tags » Literary Canon

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

Star Rating: :) :) :)

This popular, post-apocalyptic novel did not quite live up to expectations, at least not at first.

The first thing you notice upon starting The Road is the writing style.   537 more words


What is Canon?

Most people’s first interaction with idea of canon comes from the recent media interpretation that refers to the official direction original content creators have taken in their collective works. 805 more words


Does Austen belong in the canon? | Classic Remarks

Hello, all! Today I’m participating in one of the awesome prompts created by Krysta and Briana at Pages Unbound as part of their Classic Remarks Meme. 702 more words

Rants & Reflections

CFP: Edward Thomas Centenary Conference

19th-21st April 2017, Cardiff University

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Edna Longley and Professor Lucy Newlyn

Call for Papers

Edward Thomas is a poet of retrospect. His poetry memorialises states of mind, people, and places. 330 more words


What Makes a Book a Classic?

What makes a book a classic?

I assume many people have asked this question. But I want to explore the question for myself.
The question has been on my mind for a while since I’ve read a lot of classics. 501 more words


People have always distrusted the classics (William H. Gass)

Oddly enough, people have always distrusted the classics, but it is now publicly acceptable to take pride in such distrust. We all dislike intimidation, so we worry about being overwhelmed by these tomes above which halos hover as over the graves of the recently sainted, because we wrongly believe they are fields full of esoteric knowledge worse than nettles, of specialized jargon, seductive rhetoric, and swarms of stinging data, and that the purpose of all this unpleasantness is to show us up, put us in our place, make fun of our lack of understanding; but the good books are notable for their paucity of information—a classic is as careful about what it picks up as about what it puts down; it introduces new concepts because fresh ideas are needed; and only if the most ordinary things are exotic is it guilty of a preoccupation with the out-of-the-way, since the ordinary, the everyday, is their most concentrated concern: What could be more familiar than a child rolling for fun down a grassy slope—that is, when seen by Galileo, a body descending an inclined plane?

149 more words

Dear Literary Snobs

Dear Literary Snobs,

I am writing this open letter with the intent of kindly informing you that your pretentious opinions are not superior to those of any other reader, nor are they interesting, insightful or in fact wanted. 372 more words