Great Books, Horrible Reviews


You will definitely enjoy this article in the New York Times by Tina Jordan. It's called "Oops! Famously Scathing Reviews of Classic Books From the Times's Archive." They got a lot wrong, disliking even Catch-22 and Ulysses. Perhaps truly great books are so different, people can't understand them right away—it's as if the authors are writing for an audience years down the road. Although how anyone could not enjoy Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (the only woman author on the list) is hard to fathom. One hopes more women are being wrongly critiqued nowadays.

Famously, all the critics hated this guy's works.


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