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Does literature consist entirely of masterpieces?


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Answered 2007-06-27 17:21:27

Of course not. There are as many horribly written books (maybe lots more) in literature as there are well-written "classics." I suppose it partially depends on your definition of masterpiece, but literature is everything that anyone published at any point... in whatever language, of whatever quality. And, believe me, there is a LOT of junk that gets published. To illustrate, walk through a bookstore sometime, and instead of heading straight for the section where you usually shop, or that appeals to you, start browsing other sections. I guarantee that you will find several books that you would never, ever read even if they were the last books on Earth. There is an awful lot of good stuff as well... but just like television with a b'zillion channels, you have to pick and choose to find what is good. Just because someone puts it on TV doesn't make it good. Same with books.

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