2013 - Classics, VOLUME 6

Doug Worgul – Writers on the Classics #9

Page 2: Novelist Doug Worgul on the Classics



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This is a difficult book. Especially for those who were raised with a certain kind of certainty. Was this the first subversive American novel ever written? It was definitely the first subversive American novel I ever read.

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Another subversive classic. I read this book in 1967. I was fourteen and the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements were in full bloom. This book fed the fire. Still does.

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This book scared the hell out of me. Disturbing my sleep and making it hard for me to breathe. Dostoyevsky, like Dickens, was a god. A Creator. A world maker. Reading The Idiot was the first time I was aware that I was reading Literature.

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By Ernest Hemingway

Technically Hemingway’s little masterpiece is six years too recent to be included in this list, but rules be damned, this book is a classic. It’s the first book that I ever identified as “My Favorite Novel” and stayed at the top of my list of favorites for many years. It probably wouldn’t even be on a list of favorites these days, but it was reading this book that the idea occurred to me that writing and being a writer might be some of what I’m about.


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