Introduction to Re-Readings 1
8 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2016 Last revised: 17 Aug 2016
Date Written: July 28, 2016
The typical literary collection — a “best of this” or an “anthology of great that” — is a large and wide-ranging volume. It is seasoned (if not filled right up) with impressively challenging works. Each collection reflects, I suppose, the extensive learning and sophistication of the editors who assembled it. It also reflects, surely, what the publisher believes its customers desire. More power to ’em. The little volume you are holding is similarly reflective. But it reflects something different. The publisher imagines its customers will like a pocket-size booklet focused on the simplest of reading pleasures — words smoothly strung together and stories well told. The standard for selection here is not whether a work qualifies as the best of its kind or even as merely great. Gravitas carries no weight.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation