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Who was the all-time greatest English novelist?

Not Scottish, not Irish, not Welsh, not American, not Canadian, not South African, not Australian... just English.

by Anonymousreply 2212/03/2012

Jacqueline Susann

by Anonymousreply 112/03/2012

[quote]Jacqueline Susann

American, not English.

by Anonymousreply 212/03/2012

She writes in English.

by Anonymousreply 312/03/2012

Jackie Collins

by Anonymousreply 412/03/2012

Conrad was Polish.

by Anonymousreply 512/03/2012

The directions again:

"Not Scottish, not Irish, not Welsh, [bold]not American,[/bold] not Canadian, not South African, not Australian... just English."

by Anonymousreply 612/03/2012

The naive-yet-hissy OP seems to think that citizens of the United Kingdom who are of Welsh or Scottish descent somehow are less authentic than someone such as Henry James, who was always an AMERICAN novelist no matter how much his fussiness demanded a switch to British citizenship.

Is your next thread going to be on the greatest English poet, but for heaven's sake leave out the Welsh and keep in T.S. Eliot? Thought so. Auden, that old cowboy American, must give you nightmares.

Not a good start, OP. Are you having trouble in Ohio with your sophomore English Lit. class at East Dacron High School?

by Anonymousreply 712/03/2012

Conrad became a British citizen in 1886, r5, nine full years before he wrote his first novel. He wrote all of his fiction while a UK citizen and while he was living in England.

by Anonymousreply 812/03/2012

[quote]Not a good start, OP. Are you having trouble in Ohio with your sophomore English Lit. class at East Dacron High School?

I am a tenured college English professor at a well-known selective liberal arts college.

by Anonymousreply 912/03/2012

Give it up, OP.

by Anonymousreply 1012/03/2012

He's the Powder Room Prowler, R7.

by Anonymousreply 1112/03/2012

James only became a British citizen one year before his death. And Conrad, regardless of citizenship status, considered himself Polish.

by Anonymousreply 1212/03/2012

Capella University?

by Anonymousreply 1312/03/2012

2nd for Susann.

by Anonymousreply 1412/03/2012

I voted for Woolf, but what list of English novelists leaves out Joyce? OP's idiotic caveat about the exclusion of the Welsh/Irish/Scottish notwithstanding.

by Anonymousreply 1512/03/2012

The greatest was Laurence Sterne and I'm surprised, frankly, that PPSM doesn't know that.

by Anonymousreply 1612/03/2012

r16, your bitching makes absolutely no sense.

If the OP specified "non-Irish," then Joyce is by definition excluded.

And Joyce would be horrified to think anyone would ever include him on a list of English novelists... he never even went to England even once.

by Anonymousreply 1712/03/2012

These questions needed to be narrowed in focus. Best populist English novelist? Austen for sure. Best literary fiction English novelist? Woolf by a mile.

by Anonymousreply 1812/03/2012

[quote] OP seems to think that citizens of the United Kingdom who are of Welsh or Scottish descent somehow are less authentic

Most Welsh and Scottish people I know see themselves as Welsh or Scottish before being part of the UK, and are very militant about it. You guys think the English are racist? Try Scotland or Wales.

by Anonymousreply 1912/03/2012

Anthony Trollope and EM Forster must rightfully take the places of Henry James and Joseph Conrad.

by Anonymousreply 2012/03/2012
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