"Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. Never use a long word where a short word will do. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out. Never use the passive where you can use the active."

- George Orwell
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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