The 10 Best Lines in Literature: Let the Debate Begin

The editors of The American Scholar--the quarterly publication of the Phi Beta Kappa Society--have published a piece on their website featuring their ten favorite sentences from fiction and nonfiction. Several were familiar, including one each from The Great Gatsby, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A Farewell to Arms, and Pride ...

Mystery #7 for Literary Snobs: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov

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Conrad Brenner, writing in The New Republic, describes this book as "the most perverse novel you are ever likely to encounter." And John Updike wrote, "Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically" If that doesn't whet your appetite, then go back to your annotated Finnegans ...