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    Ann Patchett Demands a Pulitzer For Somebody

    Ann Patchett has offered an eloquent response to the Pulitzer committee that decided not to award a prize in fiction this year. She writes:

     

    "Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.

     

    Meg Wolitzer's Top Ten List

    Francine Prose threw down the gauntlet in the literary gender wars with her 1998 essay in Harper’s, “Scent of a Woman’s Ink.”

    Meg Wolitzer picked it up and threw it back down again – smack – last Sunday in The New York Times Book Review. Her title says it all: “The Second Shelf: Are there different rules for men and women in the world of literary fiction?” (Hint: the answer isn’t negative, though I wouldn’t call it positive, if you know what I mean.).

    Craig Nova's Top Ten List

    Our newest list comes from Craig Nova. Craig has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where notable alums like Nido Qubein (president of High Point University) have attended.

     

    Jonathan Yardley remarked: “Craig Nova is a fine writer, one of our best. If you haven’t read him, the loss is yours.”

     

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    New List

    David Mitchell

    1. The Duel by Anton Chekhov (1891).
    2.1984by George Orwell (1948).
    3.Heart of Darknessby Joseph Conrad (1899).
    4.Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen (1811).
    5.The Master and Margaritaby Mikhail Bulgakov (1966).
    6.As I Lay Dyingby William Faulkner (1930).
    7.Tom Jonesby Henry Fielding (1749).
    8.Labyrinthsby Jorge Luis Borges (1964).
    9.W, or The Memory of Childhoodby Georges Perec (1975).
    10.The Makioka Sistersby Junichiro Tanizaki (1943–48).
    Wild Card:Lolly Willowesby Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926).



     

    Classic List

    Top Ten African-American Works

    1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952). 
    2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987). 
    3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977). 
    4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937). 
    5. Native Son by Richard Wright (1945). 
    6. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959). 
    7. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962). 
    8. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923). 
    9. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990). 
    10. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965). 

     





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