The greatest literature of all time

Check out Editor Eric's famous list of the 1,000 greatest literary works in the world—from 2000 BCE to 2000 CE—from Gilgamesh to Get Shorty. Plus more than 400 commentaries on authors, books, translations and film adaptations of the greatest literature.
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LATEST COMMENTARIES

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It's hard to take Edgar Allan Poe seriously as a literary figure. Not his fault. Poe took writing very seriously as an art form. His critical works show this. And his stories have proven tremendously influential in both the literary world and in popular culture. Ah, yes, but about the culture. All those... more

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Possibly Shakespeare's best-known play. Everyone knows the story of star-crossed lovers who defied their families—the feuding Capulets and Montagues—and ended their lives tragically. Romeo and Juliet is a play with something for everyone: romance, intrigue, sword-fighting, wonderful poetry, comedy and.... more

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To appreciate Molière's comic genius you should probably see the plays performed. Reading them, you can get the idea they're lightweight, not much above the average episode of Three's Company, but with fewer jokes. You've got to see actors taking full advantage of the satiric.... more

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You think you know Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness even if you haven't read it in years, or ever. It's been widely taught in school, so its most famous lines ring with musty familiarity. Its plot has been adapted for all manner of media, though usually in wildly divergent stories or in parody. It's part of modern.... more

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GENRES

Movies for people who love books
Guide to over 200 films, film series and television productions—from the silly to the authentic—based on the greatest works of literature.
The Movie pages

The greatest SF works of all time
Editor Eric's list of the 200 greatest works of speculative and science fiction—the greatest SF stories and novels published on the planet.
The SF pages

The Greatest Canadian Literature

The 150 best novels, drama and poetry from writers in the great white north, plus commentaries on selected books and Canadian authors.
The CanLit pages

Toronto Reads

Eric's reviews of Toronto-related books, as published in the Town Crier community newspapers.
Toronto Reads pages

Recent reviews in Toronto Reads:
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Writing Gordon Lightfoot
Giant
The Green Man
Best Girl

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CONTEST #30
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For Serial Readers:
Identify these literary series and win at least one of the books.

Current Contest

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Previous Contest

Features of note
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How the 1,000 choices were selected

Editor Eric's Criteria

The story of science fiction

What counts as SF?

Much of what you read in English was not written in English. Does it matter?

Finding the best translations

Much ado about Shakespeare
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Shakespeare's eyes
What was he really about?

William Shakespeare

Was it Shakespeare who wrote Shakespeare's plays?

The controversy

What he wrote—and what really happened

The histories

Not all other writers think Shakespeare's the best

What they've said

The plays are the thing:

Hamlet

Henry IV, Part 1

Julius Caesar

King Lear

Macbeth

Othello

The Merchant of
Venice

Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

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Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
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Gilgamesh
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Romeo and Juliet
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The Odyssey
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On the Road
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Oliver Twist
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The Misanthrope and Other Plays
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My Ántonia
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