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The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors | Brain Pickings

In Despicable reader on May 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

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f you’re putting together a list of ‘the greatest books,’ you’ll want to do two things: (1) out of kindness, avoid anyone working on a novel; and (2) decide what the word ‘great’ means. The first part is easy, but how about the second? A short list of possible definitions of ‘greatness’ might look like this:

1. ‘Great’ means ‘books that have been greatest for me.’

2. ‘Great’ means ‘books that would be considered great by the most people over time.’

3. ‘Great’ has nothing to do with you or me — or people at all. It involves transcendental concepts like God or the Sublime.

4. ‘Great’? I like Tom Clancy.

via Brain Pickings.

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