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Old 18th Sep 2006, 23:38   #1
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What are some of the greatest works of English lit? I've already read the great American novels, and now I'd like to delve into the great English novels. Any suggestions?
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Our Mutual Friend. Dickens.
Jane Eyre. Bronte.
Silas Marner. Eliot.
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I've already read the great American novels, and now...
Swipe me, that's a bold statement.

And they were?
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Well, nothing after the mid-1960s, obviously.

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Most so-called "modern classics" are nothing but thinly disguised leftist propaganda, and many are quite obscene. They belong in a rubbish heap, not a library. I, personally, never read anything published after the mid 60s.
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No Philip Roth then.
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No Philip Roth then.
I suspect he means the great novels from England, rather than in English, as per his reference to American Lit.
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Or Richard Yates?
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I suspect he means the great novels from England, rather than in English, as per his reference to American Lit.
Yeah, I meant in reference to John's quote. Epsilon's read the American Great Classics but only those written pre-mid-1960's.
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Snap; that's what I was referring to, too.
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And no Updike? (says she rather predictably!) Like him or loathe him, you can't ignore him - his place in the firmament of great American writers is far too well-established.
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