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Hello English geeks. I am reading some of Hazlitt's essays, and it got me thinking; which other authors are there out there who are a bit unfashionable at the moment, who deserve a bit more celebration? Do you have any favourites, and why? Looking predominantly for canonical writers, rather than obscure Micronesian haiku poets and the like, but feel free to add anyone matching that description as well I guess.
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Zweig? At least, he is rather highly accalimed outside England, but little read within it.
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i'm reading knut hamsen at the moment and he probably deserves a bit more recognition despite being a nazi sympathiser
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Andersen - anything other than his fairytales. He actually wrote quite a lot of other stuff, and some of it is really good.
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(Original post by Yusuf.T)
jane austen... shes such a long winded slut crack whore

im positive her editor killed her, ***** made her books WAAAAY too long.
i think you missed the point of this thread. what an awful post.
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(Original post by Yusuf.T)
jane austen... shes such a long winded slut crack whore

im positive her editor killed her, ***** made her books WAAAAY too long.
I think you may have slightly missed the point of this thread...
Anyway, if you think Austen novels are waaaay too long, you've clearly never read a seriously long-winded novel. Try Richardson - it'll make Austen seem fast-paced in comparison.
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Philip Roth. It is not fashionable to write books delineating your own geriatric fantasies with regards hot female grad students over the course of 400 pages.
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(Original post by hobnob)
I think you may have slightly missed the point of this thread...
Anyway, if you think Austen novels are waaaay too long, you've clearly never read a seriously long-winded novel. Try Richardson - it'll make Austen seem fast-paced in comparison.
Personally, I find that reading Henry James really throws the phenomenon of 'subjective time' into stark relief.
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Mervyn Peake, though he's never been fashionable. Some of his paintings are really good as well. And his poetry about flying pears is the earliest memory I have:

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O here it is! And there it is!
And no one knows whose share it is
Nor dares to stake a claim -
But we have seen it in the air
A fairy like a William Pear -
With but itself to blame.

A Thug it is - and smug it is
And like a floating pug it is
Above the orchard trees
It has no right - no right at all
To soar above the orchard wall
With chilblains on its knees.


(Original post by hobnob)
Andersen - anything other than his fairytales. He actually wrote quite a lot of other stuff, and some of it is really good.
You and your Anderson-fairy-tale hate :p: I found a bookshop yesterday that had a really nice copy of the fairy tales. I thought, "Essay done, why not treat myself in celebration"? It was £3,500. So I bought a capuccino instead.
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Personally, I find that reading Henry James really throws the phenomenon of 'subjective time' into stark relief.
Really? I quite like James, actually - but then again I like Richardson novels as well. It does take quite a while to adapt to the slow pace of some writers, but in my opinion it can be worth the effort (at least it is with those two).
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Mervyn Peake
yes.
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(Original post by rottcodd)
You and your Anderson-fairy-tale hate :p: I found a bookshop yesterday that had a really nice copy of the fairy tales. I thought, "Essay done, why not treat myself in celebration"? It was £3,500. So I bought a capuccino instead.
I don't hate the fairytales, I just think his other works are being neglected over them.

And that pear poem is brilliant.
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i didnt miss the point of the thread, i just felt this was the best place to express my hatred for that crack whore austen

i had to read TWO of her books.. NEVER AGAIN.
She wasn't no crack whore yo, crack han't even been synthesised back then, cracker! She was an opium ho y'all, puttin her white lil' ass about justa get her hands on some o dat fine ass Chinese brown ****, playa.
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Mervyn Peake, though he's never been fashionable. Some of his paintings are really good as well.
Gormenghast is magnificent.
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Gormenghast is magnificent.
Tis. Have you read Boy in Darkness? It's a mini-Gormenghast story. Scary stuff.
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Robert Louis Stevenson, without a doubt. Not just for kids. On Knut Hamsun, I agree that he's not so well-known here, but in Norway, he's like their Shakespeare.
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Robert Louis Stevenson, without a doubt. Not just for kids. On Knut Hamsun, I agree that he's not so well-known here, but in Norway, he's like their Shakespeare.
I think that would be Ibsen.
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I think that would be Ibsen.
Their... Dickens, then. :p:
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Yesss, Mervyn Peake. I don't know who else counts as fashionable or unfashionable...

(Original post by Yusuf.T)
i didnt miss the point of the thread, i just felt this was the best place to express my hatred for that crack whore austen

i had to read TWO of her books.. NEVER AGAIN.
Why this thread? Why not the "Top 10 Worst Books" thread on the Literature sub-forum?

And TWO of her books, you say? Oh dear, how terrible for you.
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Jack Kerouac, I never hear him mentioned much in greatest authors lists but I love him. 'On the road' always makes me want to just pack up and go travelling.
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