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Who is Britain’s greatest living writer?

Who is Britain’s greatest living writer?
Good question. The Guardian puts it to the test.

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Eroom Nala

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    Well the greatest dead writer would have to be Shakespeare I suppose.
    Glad to find Stoppard in the top 4.
    He may be British but he was actually born in Czechoslovakia.
    Likes to describe himself as a bounced Czech.
    His original birth name isn’t very British

    Tomá? Straussler

  2. #2 posted by Eroom Nala

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  3. #3 posted by John

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    I fixed one of your links, an apostrophe threw it off.

    These lists are always problematic since they’re usually about favourites and popularity rather than quality. Stoppard is a rare example of a playwright getting a look in, usually people only consider fiction writers in polls like this. Poets, playwrights, essayists seem to be cast as lesser beings.

  4. #4 posted by Eroom Nala

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    Very true
    1001 Books you must read before you die doesn’t include a single play or book of poems or essays.

  5. #5 posted by Abel Diaz

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    Alan Moore. Not only is he Britain?s greatest living writer, he is the greatest writer of the English language with blood still pumping through his heart. I can’t understand why The Guardian would even need to ask this question. They should have simply announced the answer: Dear everyone, Alan Moore is Britain?s greatest living writer. There is nothing to discuss. We just thought you should know.

  6. #6 posted by John

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    Alan is on my list, certainly. Along with the New Worlds crew–Moorcock, Ballard and M John Harrison–and probably Iain Sinclair for his essays. Just don’t ask me to pick a favourite. None of these people featured in The Guardian story, of course.

  7. #7 posted by Andy McDuffie

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    I wouldn’t presume to know the answer to this question. In fact I doubt an answer is findable or even desirable. Like John above, I have a lot of admiration for M John, Moorcock, Sinclair, Moore & Ballard. I also think Christopher Priest is still grossly and criminally under-rated.

  8. #8 posted by Tim Williams

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    Alan Moore. Not only is he Britain’s greatest living writer, he is the greatest writer of the English language with blood still pumping through his heart. I can’t understand why The Guardian would even need to ask this question. They should have simply announced the answer: Dear everyone, Alan Moore is Britain’s greatest living writer. There is nothing to discuss. We just thought you should know.

    Seconded!

 




 

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