"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
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plathsylvia plath

She refused, refused, refused.

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His legacy precedes him.

Jane Austen watercolor1804 watercolor of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra

Who is your Jane Austen?

Lucy Maud MontgomeryLucy Maud Montgomery

A Victorian — but no apologist for Victorian values.

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Amanda French on DIPLOMA REGULAR


There is no such thing as “a Josephine Tey.”


“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”


A poetess with a talent for assured incongruity.

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P. C. Wodehouse. Digital ID: 1544571. New York Public Library

His writing was a testament to the joy of frustration.

David Foster Wallace 2006 by Steve RhodesDavid Foster Wallace

The really important kind of freedom involves attention.

Jeanette Winterson -- Photo by Chris BolandJeanette Winterson 2010 -- Photo by Chris Boland / www.distantcloud.co.uk

Interested in all manner of things, from cancer to clementines.

Barbara EhrenreichBarbara Ehrenreich

A tireless activist, funny and trenchant.

Philip Larkin

He wrote poems with punch.

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers

What linked her lowbrow mysteries and highbrow scholarship?

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Henri Rousseau, Moi-mêmeHenri Rousseau, Moi-même

His paintings say “Mine! Mine!” and cannot be consoled or reasoned with.

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

This pedigreed, highbrow dystopian was a godfather of the Sixties.

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda

A wandering, committed poet of crepuscular love.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Before we blamed our madness on nature, we drove each other crazy.

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, 1978Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, 1978

An analyst of excess as well as a practitioner.

Walker PercyWalker Percy

How to write like you have nothing left to lose.

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The myth of the cave and the form of fantasy.