Reading & Revising the Literary Canon

    The desire to compile lists of "great," "important," and "classic" texts lives on (from the Mortimer Adler-inspired "Great Books" program and list to the Modern Library's "100 Best Novels" to the "Great Books Book Room").

    In this context the Booker Prize is worth a special mention. The prize, awarded anually sice 1969 to the best full-length novel written  in the British Commonwealth published in the preceding 12 months, is one way of gauging the emerging canon of British fiction. Click here to visit the Amis Web's Booker-related pages. 


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