Maybe not overrated, but...
Posted by Barbara on October 01, 1998 at 23:09:44:
In response to In fairness to Twain, written by Art on October 01, 1998 at 20:04:24
] I suspect we all have classic writers that we think suck, but that we would never admit to for fear of seeming to be clods. Twain's blind spot, alas, is Jane. My own is Henry James: as far as I'm concerned he's the most over rated writer in the history of the world, bar none. And worse, I had so much looked forward to reading him when I was in college because of his reputation. Try as I might I literally could not get through the first page of The Ambassadors. Absolutely the limpest, most stupefying prose imaginable. But hey, this might be a good topic for discussion. What great writer do YOU think stinks and is unworthy of his/her reputation? Feel free to be vicious.
I don't know that I want to be vicious ;-), and I know there are many here who disagree, but I just really don't care for the Brontës all that much. I don't think it's necessarily that they are overrated, but just that I do not find their writing at all appealing. It was a real struggle to force myself through Jane Eyre and I could not get into Wuthering Heights at all.
I also have been reading some Trollope, and while I like some of his work, I find that at times he is so verbose that I cannot wade through it.
- A load of old trollope! Caroline 16:36:37 10/02/98 (2)
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