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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?

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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


Pulp Fiction: I Read Crap and I Struggle with Literature. Shoot Me.

Forgive me, Dante, for I am a sinner. I confess. Do not judge me too harshly, oh Joyce, Tolstoy, Waugh, Saramago, and other greats that collect my dust instead of my readership. 578 more words

WB Column

The neo-historical twist in postmodern fiction: Il nome della rosa - for Umberto Eco

I first heard about Il Nome della Rosa (The Name of the Rose) at 13; I was in secondary school and during our history lessons we were learning about the inquisition, the persecution of heretics and the witch trials in medieval Europe. 812 more words

Victorians Revisited And Other Ghosts