I admit it. I’m a bit of a list fiend. I’m attracted to them like a cat to catnip. So I was particularly interested to find this list while browsing the Times Lit blog. It’s a ‘100 Best Novels‘ list. There are many of these lists about – the only difference is this was one written by a critic (Clement K. Shorter) in 1898. Only dead writers were to be included. Just to provide some context 1898 was the year the following were published:
- Thomas Hardy – Wessex Poems and Other Verses
- Henry James – The Turn of the Screw
- H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds
- Oscar Wilde – The Ballad of Reading Gaol
- Emile Zola – Paris
How many on this list have you read? How many do you recognise? I shall be chewing this one over for a while.