A discussion ensued from my last post where I purported that I only finished The Enchantress of Florence to enhance my literary ‘roundedness.’ This question has been asked and answered many times, probably most notably and completely in Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon.
What I’m going for here is much less scholarly, much more real life. Even so, I realize that there are some intrinsic problems with posing the question. Do I limit the lists to a certain number – say five or ten? By doing so, am I not undermining the intent? Surely you can not consider yourself well-read by only having read that few? Perhaps to allow more, I should distinguish between classic, contemporary or modern fiction. Should I ask for American, British or World authors? Or ask for a specific number of each?
Sigh. It is too complicated.
So, without being too complicated, who are the ten authors – regardless of time period or location- you must have read to consider yourself ‘well-read’?
P.S. I’m reserving my list for later – but this post does include a hint of one. 😉
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