Six Great Modern Short Novels
Six immortal shorts works of fiction, each by a brilliant artist, each universally acclaimed. The Dead, by James Joyce. Billy Budd by Herman Melville. Noon Wine by Katherine Anne Porter. The Overcoat by Nikolay Gogol. The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott and The Bear by William Faulkner.
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I recently re-read Six Great Modern Short Novels, after I’d been reading a lot of recent commercial fiction. I shook my head in amazement. A thought came unbidden into my head: “This is what they mean by great literature.” All six novels are simply so much ̶ better (I can say it no better). I had read it as a youth. But the second time was even more compelling. Even the lesser novels were light-years ahead of your run-of-the-mill bestseller. Each left me with a feeling I had forgotten literature could engender ̶ a kind of exalted acceptance,…
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