"Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone, and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day."

- Ernest Hemingway, In his Nobel prize acceptance speech
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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