Poet, teacher & critic
I suppose most of the obvious classics are there, but also a lot of turgid stuff that might put me off reading further.A few favourites of mine that are missing:"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun." - Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere." - John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids"Imo set out one day to catch some fish but there was no sea." - Terry Pratchett, Nation"Not everybody knows how I killed old Phillip Mathers, smashing his jaw in with my spade." - Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman" 'Where is he?' " - Susan Cooper, Over Sea Under StoneI'm also startled, especially in a list so dominated by American writers, to see no Steinbeck. And what does the absence of Chandler or that master of the opening line Elmore Leonard tell us?