19357RE: [mythsoc] Re: '50 Greatest Postwar British Writers'
- Jan 16 7:20 AMLists like this are created in order to be quibbled with, both in the
order of the elect and in those unelected, but I agree that Greene and
Waugh certainly belong here.
As to Larkin, I enjoy and admire his work, most recently the book of
poems with jazz trumpeter Don Cherry on the cover, but I'm not sure he
belongs at the top of the queue.
Jonathan Gould's -Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America-
employs this Larkin excerpt as epigraph for Ch. 12:
"Sexual intercourse began
in nineteen sixty-three
(Which was rather late for me)
Between the end of the Chatterly ban
And the Beatles first LP"
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Subject: [mythsoc] Re: '50 Greatest Postwar British Writers'
It's interesting and refreshing to observe that in not one
of the 118 reader comments as of this writing, not one
tries to put down Tolkien and claim he doesn't belong
(although one Moorcock fan does reference 'Epic Pooh.')
I can't disagree with those upset over omissions in three
cases: Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and Terry Pratchett. I
would throw in Wodehouse, but acknowledge that all his best
work was pre-war.
However, eligibility for this list is rather odd: novelists
and poets (apples and oranges), but not playwrights; and a
definition of "British" which includes those foreign-born
naturalized long after their best work (e.g. Rushdie)- but
no Irish need apply.
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