See Editor Eric's famous list of the 1,000 greatest literary works in the world—from 2100 BCE to 2010 CE—from Gilgamesh to...well, to whatever the latest great work is. Select the "1,000 Greatest Works" button above for the greatest-ever novels, stories, plays and other literary works—it's a long list—or select by years.
Plus, check the lists of the 650 greatest novels of time, the 160 greatest short stories ever, and the 200 greatest science fiction works. (Also, for fellow Canucks, see The Canadian List a bit further north on this page.)
On all lists, you can click links to the more than 500 commentaries on individual authors, books, translations and adaptations of great literature.
A case could be made for Wilkie Collins as one of the most influential writers of his era, his impact still being felt today in every kind of popular fiction. As much as, or more than, the iconic mid-Victorian figures of Dickens, Thackeray and Eliot. The argument would go something like this.... more
It may seem that Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is becoming less relevant these days, as hard-copy books are at risk of disappearing, pushed aside by digital communications. Without paper media, warnings about book-burning may seem increasingly old-fashioned. For book-burning is.... more
Last visit to Brideshead
Why do we still read Brideshead Revisited? An account of aimless, upper-class, young men wasting their time at Oxford University in hedonistic pursuits. Until the story is swallowed by the larger theme of an intensely Catholic, intensely self-absorbed, aristocratic family.... more
Containing the crazy
John Irving writes big books. Yes, long novels—longer than most contemporary works you find on the bestseller lists. But big in so many other ways. Big characters, big themes of the day, big and sprawling stories. And, most gloriously, he's got that knack of creating worlds.... more
The plays are the thing:
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.
Movies for people who love great books
Guide to over 200 films, film series and television productions—from the silly to the authentic—based on the greatest works of literature reviewed on these 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 Hungry Ghosts
Writing Gordon Lightfoot
The Green Man