What's the greatest literature of all time?
Select any period or type of literature, at left, to browse Editor Eric's list of the one thousand greatest-ever novels, stories, plays, poetry, and other works of creative literature. See links to available commentaries on authors and works.
Commentaries on books in the greatest literature of all time.
Biographies and commentaries on writers of great literature.
Finding the right translation of great works into English.
Movies for Book Lovers
Commentaries on films, TV and video based on the greatest literature.
Eric's reviews of recent literature from or about the world's most diverse city.
Edgar Allan Poe
The seriously sick artist
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.... more
Romeo and Juliet
Star-crossed lovers live on, alas
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.... more
Comedy in the light and dark
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.... more
Heart of Darkness
Where does the dark come from?
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.... more
The great sea change
After having read so much Joseph Conrad—some forced upon me as a student, some for pleasure—I find it still hard to tell whether I like his writing. I gather other readers have a similar reaction. "Like" doesn't quite describe our appreciation of Conrad. There are certainly Conrad.... more
At the middle of the world
What's incredible about Middlemarch, George Eliot's masterwork, is how engrossing it is. I mean, this is a novel that deals with issues of art, education reform, scholarly research, medical science and provincial British politics of the early nineteenth century. Oh, yes, and male-female.... more
Prospective additions to the list of the greatest literature of all time—from critics and readers.
Greatest Short Stories
List of the all-time greatest short works of fiction from around the world.
Greatest Canadian Literature
Eric's picks for the all-time greatest works from the land of the red, white and red.
Greatest Science Fiction of All Time
Eric's picks for the nearly two hundred greatest-ever works of the science fiction genre.
Other Greatest Lit Stuff
Editor Eric's frequently asked questions, picking a translation, Shakespeare's detractors, and more.
Readers' recommendations for additions to the list of the greatest science fiction of all time.
Other great literature resources.