14 daunting books every man must read →
Is Moby-Dick gathering dust on your shelf? Andrew Hankinson reveals why it’s finally time to conquer it, and 13 other daunting reads Everyone has them; those thick tomes with tiny type that have edged open windows, propped up wobbly tables and weighed down loose paper. You’ve done everything with them — except read them. They invoke fear. It’s their size, their daunting literary baggage, their impenetrable language — and the very real prospect that if we were to attempt them, we’d spend approximately 4.5 days re-reading passages and another 12 hours looking up obsolete words in the dictionary before suffering a crushing sense of defeat when we finally commit it back to the bookshelf. But this is a call to arms. Five ShortList members of staff are going to attempt to conquer the most testing novels written — follow how we fare here. So it’s time to unearth that hefty work of intellectual brilliance, blow off the dust and show those titans of literature who’s boss. (Main image: Alan Murray @ GeorgeGraceRepresents.com)
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"Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?"
Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 - 2014 →
The Colombian novelist Alvaro Mutis used to tell a story about his close friend and compatriot Gabriel García Márquez, who has died aged 87. In the mid-Sixties, when the latter was writing One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), they met every evening for a drink. García Márquez would tell…
"You are in every line I have ever read."
|margaery:||y'know some guys just cant hold their arsenic
|sansa, olenna and loras:||HE HAD IT COMING
Literary Periods with a Timeline
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I LOVEEEE THIS.
I don’t know why, but I am obsessed with the evolution of literature through history. I love love love it. Last year when I taught English 11, I was able to work closely with the American History teacher to simultaneously track lit movements with their corresponding historical framework and oh my WORD I absolutely adored it.
Fast fact: If I could ever create am English elective to teach, it would—without question—be Modernist American Literature. Swoon <3
This is a masterpost of Gothic literature, a genre popular in the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe (and to a lesser extent in America), which combined horror, fantasy, and Romanticism. The list is organised by genre and date. All texts are public-domain and are available online via the links provided. Happy reading, and feel free to ask if there’s anything you’d like me to add.
Novels and Novellas:
- Washington Irving: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1820)
- Edgar Allen Poe: “The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839), "The Man of the Crowd" (1840), "The Masque of the Red Death" (1842), "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1842-1843), "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843) [You can find a complete index of Poe’s works here.]
- Robert W. Chambers: The King in Yellow (short story collection, 1895)
- H.P. Lovecraft: “The Moon-Bog" (1926), "The Music of Erich Zann" (1922), "Herbert West - Reanimator" (1922), "The Lurking Fear" (1923), "The Rats in the Walls" (1924), "The Dunwich Horror" (1929) [You can find a complete index of Lovecraft’s works here.]
"People don’t like her because it’s the making of her, right now. When she, sometime soon in the future, becomes this person that she’s been kind of building up to, for the past three seasons, now four, then people will really begin to root for her. I think even the audience doesn’t realize she’s such a dark horse. If she acted badass and tried to kill everyone there, she would be dead by now! She’s so intelligent, and I can’t stress that enough. Courtesy is a lady’s armor. She’s using her courtesy to deceive people, and she’s using her former self as a facade, and it works so much to her advantage, because people still think she’s this naive, vulnerable, little girl, and she’s really not. She knows exactly what she’s doing. She knows what game she’s playing! And no one else does. And she’s learned from the best — Cersei, Margaery, Tyrion, Littlefinger, even Joffrey. She’s learned so much from these people, and they don’t even realize it. They’re unwittingly feeding her to become this great kind of manipulator. King’s Landing can either make or break a person, and in Sansa’s case, it’s making her."
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