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Who is the greatest living writer in the UK?

The Guardian has brought a few critics and writers together to give their opinions. Some interesting comments . . .

4 Responses to “Who is the greatest living writer in the UK?”

  1. Lee says:

    Yes, the comments are very revealing, often of the authors themselves.

    jb says: Agreed. I particularly like Louise Doughty’s closing remark:
    In the end it is not for us to identify the great writers. We don’t have any sense of perspective. Kafka published virtually nothing in his lifetime, while Pearl S Buck won the Nobel prize for literature.

  2. Dear John,

    The interesting thing is that most of the contributors either mention Amis in a positive or negative way, so one way or another, he has had an impact on their reading lives.

    It’s almost like going out with a girl and all she wants to do is talk about her ex… well, you get the idea

    jb says: Hi Geoffrey. Amis is like that. There is no doubt whatsoever that he was a prodigious and precocious talent. This probably led to overblown or unreal expectations, something that the media, generally, find inexcusable.

  3. Lee says:

    JB, I didn’t know that about Kafka. Makes you think…

    jb says: There are other examples, I believe. Several poets, lots of women . . .

  4. Lee says:

    And Proust had to pay to have his first volume of Remembrance of Things Past published, I’ve just learned.

    jb says: The inheritance allowed him to write.