The Literary Life

Home » Taste » WHAT ABOUT TASTE IN LITERATURE?

WHAT ABOUT TASTE IN LITERATURE?

Previous Posts

September 2015
S M T W T F S
« Aug   Oct »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,593 other followers

I have been discussing the whole idea of taste in our time. Is there such a thing as taste anymore? Good taste? Bad taste? Do you have taste?

Now, what about taste in literature, since this is a blog on living the literary life. Let’s work this idea of taste, good and bad, over the next few posts. I have several topics I will post. They are all simply for your consideration. Let’s look at all sides of the issue. Then see what you think.

As with anything in A Literary Life, I don’t intend to prescribe. But I do think matters are never so simple about anything that we can as thinking people just say it doesn’t matter.

Take a moment and give your comments. But just don’t settle on anything permanently. Be open to ideas.

But before I sign out, let me leave you with a quote from an old book from 1909 by Arnold Bennett, the eminent Victorian, called Literary Taste: How to Form it with Detailed Instructions for Collecting a Complete Library of English Literature:

“It is well to remind ourselves that literature is first and last a means of life, and that the enterprise of learning how best to use this means of life. People who don’t want to live, people who would sooner hibernate than feel intensely, will be wise to eschew literature. They had better, to quote from the finest passage in in a fine poem, ‘sit around and eat blackberries.’ The sight of a ‘common bush afire with God’ might upset their nerves.”

If you want simple answers, read this book. It will settle all questions for you if you are easily persuaded. I want to explore much more complex issues than Mr. Bennett had in mind in upcoming posts. Follow this blog and stay tuned.$T2eC16h,!zoE9s5ngw6DBQLQFOdhR!~~60_35

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 2,933 hits
Follow The Literary Life on WordPress.com

Goodreads

Follow me on Twitter

Follow me on Twitter

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,593 other followers

The Hoarding

On 19th-Century Literary Scholarship

cancer killing recipe

Just another WordPress.com site

MUDD iN YOUR FACE

from boredom to creativity

Proof Perfectly

Editing - Copywriting - Advice

deconstructingdoctor.com

a peek behind the curtain

The Long Victorian - c.1789 - 1914

The literary world of the Long Nineteenth Century, c.1789 - 1914

Under the Light of Western Skies

Intellectual Comfort from the American West

The Scene

Radical Poetics at the Zig Zag Edges

The Literary Life

A Site for Those for whom Serious Literature Matters

The Literary Counsellor

Mainly a book blog, with a bit of life thrown in for good measure.

A Poet's Double Life

For poets working outside the literary world.

Rosemary's Blog

A window into my world

Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

Let's Talk about Lit

Moving Poetry Out of Books and Into Life

Witty N Pretty

Dallas Fashion Blogger

%d bloggers like this: