[DWJ] Classic books
Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Nov 4 12:08:32 EST 2009
On Tue, 3 Nov 2009 20:57:03 -0700, Elizabeth Parks wrote:
>I notice that most of the novels being mentioned are British, and I was
>thinking about what American stuff I would recommend, and for a basic course
>through the U.S. classics you can't really beat short stories. Poe, of
>course, and Hawthorne, and Flannery O'Connor. Honestly, if anyone hasn't
>read O'Connor, go do so now.
No kidding. I was in the library one day, wandering around, and suddenly
realized that O'Connor was what I wanted to read right then immediately. I
was dipping into her short stories for a couple of weeks. What brilliant
prose, and such amazing perception. My daughter was assigned "Everything
That Rises Must Converge" shortly after this--what a joy to share it with
I hadn't thought about it before, but you're right, some of the best U.S.
classics are short works. I mean, I like Faulkner's novels fine, but "A
Rose for Emily" is etched into my brain. And I don't think I've read any of
Poe's short stories recently. Good idea.
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