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FIRSTABOREAN_8395

  17 months ago

My three literary "gods," explained
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I've been asked about my three literary "gods," so here it is:
1. William Shakespeare: He wrote characters more believably living than almost any other author. In an era when stereotypes were commonplace in plays and literature, he made characters that had the complexity that one finds in real people.
2. Edgar Allen Poe: In an era when elaborate settings and florid prose were commonplace and considered essential to elegant writing, he kept the atmospherics without a single surplus word. Every word, every jot contributed to the overall story, either to the progress of its plot, the fullness of the characters, or the atmospherics. The velvet draperies are still there, but the surplusage is not.
3. Mark Twain created the Twentieth Century's direct style of writing, where the personages spoke like real, living, breathing human beings; one can hear them in one's mind, almost as if they were right next to one, in the flesh. His "ear" was incomparable, even to dialect.
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beaniecat

  14 months ago
I am afraid i am literary 'challenged'. I never read your choices as much as I probably should have. But, your descriptions sound about right from the little I do know about these authors.
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VirginiaKeith512

  17 months ago
Exceptional choice
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IAmChele

  17 months ago
Although, I wouldn't call them "gods", I do agree with you that they were literature's three greats. Thank you for this post. Please stay healthy & safe!
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maltascott1

  17 months ago
Good choices.
I love J.D. Sahlinger.
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Perry5

  17 months ago
I agree.They were exceptional writers especially Shakespeare.
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