In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.
She wrote this.
American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.
Seminar in British Literature: Censorship
Seminar in American Literature: American Gothic
Creative Writing Fiction
looking forward to it
n. a feeling of resonant connection with an author or artist you’ll never meet, who may have lived centuries ago and thousands of miles away but can still get inside your head and leave behind morsels of their experience, like the little piles of stones left by hikers that mark a hidden path through unfamiliar territory.
The great Sheila Heti on why teens should venture beyond YA, from last weekend’s Globe and Mail.
Later, she drops this advice for parents everywhere:
If you want your kid to read The Outsider by Camus, hide it in your sock drawer.
I feel like this is a common debate at my university. I prefer American lit. I love the idea that American authors were trying to create an identity of their own and had to become inventive to distinguish themselves from British lit. Transcendentalism, American Romanticism and Dark Romanticism, Southern Gothic… Come on, it’s all awesome.
You’ve got Twain, Dickinson, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, Steinbeck, etc.
Which do you prefer?