"The pedagogue’s mouth watered as he looked upon this sumptuous promise of luxurious winter fare. In his devouring mind’s eye he pictured to himself every roasting pig running about with a pudding in his belly and an apple in his mouth; the pigeons were snugly put to bed in a comfortable pie, and tucked in with a coverlet of crust; the geese were swimming in their own gravy; and the ducks pairing cozily in dishes, like snug married couples, with a decent competency of onion sauce. "

- Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
The Greatest In Great Britain

Frank Wilson says A.S. Byatt is the greatest living British author. As you may know by now, I don't have the experience to argue this point. (What did they teach me in that school I attended?)

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Comments on "The Greatest In Great Britain":
1. Frank Wilson - 02/18/2007 10:41 pm EST

Just my personal choice, Phil. There's lots to pick from. Thanks for the kind words and links.

2. Dale - 02/19/2007 2:03 pm EST

I have read precious little work by modern British authors, but I cannot conceive that Byatt (whose Possession I read many years ago) is a greater author than V. S. Naipaul, who is, I believe, an English citizen though born in Trinidad. He won the Nobel Prize a few years ago.

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