Literary fantasyfan Vote • February 2017
#1  sun surfer 02-01-2017, 09:46 AM
Help us select what the MR Literary Club will read in February 2017!

The options this month are courtesy of our rotating nominator, fantasyfan.

Voting will run for four days. The vote will close exactly four days from this post; even if the final tally doesn't occur immediately after voting closes, no votes made after that time will count.

Votes will be made by post. Each person has NINE votes to use.

You may give each nominee one or two (or no) votes. You may vote all at once in one post or vote in separate posts at different times, so long as you have more votes remaining to cast. You may use any number of your possible votes up to the maximum. Any extraneous votes per person (past their maximum or more than two for one nominee) won't count. Votes cannot be changed once they are cast.

The rotating nominator may not vote. Once voting is complete, the count will be tallied and a winner declared. In the event of a tie, there will be a one-day run-off vote, also in this thread. If the run-off also ends in a tie, then the tie will be resolved by the nominator.

We hope that you will read the selection with the club and join in the discussion.

The floor is now open!


From fantasyfan: I have had an itch to suggest a list of famous works of literary criticism. I think that as we are a literary club that would be a reasonable approach. The choices wouldn't necessarily be long; sometimes an essay has had a very significant impact. They could range from books examining philosophical approaches to literature, genre areas, and even specific authors or works.

One would have to think about factors such as availability and price as works of literary criticism are not always best sellers nor inexpensive.


Here's my list in chronological order, generally with the descriptions from Goodreads:

Voting is closed. Final Results-

#2  sun surfer 02-01-2017, 10:44 AM
2 to The Rhetoric of Fiction
2 to Aspects of the Novel
2 to The Great Tradition
1 to A Preface to Paradise Lost
1 to Seven Types of Ambiguity
1 to Celtic Dawn

Whew! Two notes- fantasyfan notes that The Rhetoric of Fiction is expensive in ebook. In the U.S. it's $15 on Kindle - not the cheapest but doable for me, and it sounds very interesting. In PB though it starts at less than $4 on Amazon. Second, I just want to point out that A Preface to Paradise Lost only partly concerns its title; this is from Goodreads reviewer M.G. Bianco:
C.S. Lewis writes what may be a very poorly titled book in A Preface to Paradise Lost.

Certainly, the last half of the book, or so, is a book about how to enjoy and understand John Milton's Paradise Lost. The first half of the book, however, is a book about epic poetry. Lewis makes some very poignant observations about epic poetry in general and about The Iliad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, and the Aeneid specifically, in addition to Paradise Lost.

#3  Bookpossum 02-01-2017, 05:14 PM
I have problems getting some of the books here, and am reluctant to spend much at the moment because of some other upcoming expenses. So I'm voting for only three books:

2 to Shakespearean Tragedy
2 to Aspects of the Novel
2 to The Road to Middle Earth

#4  bfisher 02-01-2017, 10:55 PM
I checked on the availability of a few of the titles in Canada, may be available elsewhere from other vendors (sorry, don't know how to travel)

The Chesterton is free here; I like the quality of the Adelaide epubs

The C.S. Lewis is available from for $CDN 0.99 $CDN 0.99 wants me to buy his complete works - for a mere $500+

Yeats, The Man And The Masks $CDN 5.46

#5  Bookworm_Girl 02-02-2017, 12:40 AM
I will start with the following votes:

2 for Celtic Dawn
2 for Aspects of the Novel

#6  bfisher 02-02-2017, 09:47 AM
I'll start with the following:

2 votes for Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
At some point in my life I have to read something by Forster

2 votes for Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson
Having not read this when I was supposed to, it seems fair play to read it now when I don't have to.

2 votes for The Victorian Age in Literature by G.K. Chesterton
I dipped into it to get his take on Tennyson (I'm currently reading In Memoriam). He was delightfully sarcastic on Tennyson, and slagged In Memoriam for all the wrong reasons. I expect it to be a treat to read.

#7  Bookpossum 02-02-2017, 04:38 PM
You have convinced me, bfisher!

2 votes for G K Chesterton.

Glad you approve of Adelaide University. It's a good source.

#8  Billi 02-03-2017, 10:59 AM
I will give one vote to
- A. C. Bradley
- E. M. Forster
- Ulick O'Connor
- William Empson

and two votes to
- G. K. Chesterton

#9  sun surfer 02-04-2017, 09:26 AM
One day left to vote. Whichever author wins, this is an initial-friendly bunch!

#10  bfisher 02-04-2017, 11:10 AM
Quote sun surfer
One day left to vote. Whichever author wins, this is an initial-friendly bunch!

I believe that I still have 3 votes left, so:
1 vote for Yeats: The Man and the Masks by Richard Ellmann
1 vote for Shakespearean Tragedy by A.C. Bradley
1 vote for The Great Tradition by F.R. Leavis

This was a fantastic list, fantasyfan. Any book on the list would be an interesting read, more a question of availability where one happens to live for some of them.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler"
- Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

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