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View Poll Results: Which period has the best literature?
1900-2013 2 50.00%
1700-1899 1 25.00%
1300-1699 0 0%
500-1299 0 0%
1100BC-499 0 0%
4300BC-1101BC 0 0%
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Old Oct 19th 2016, 04:44 PM
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But no literature academy on the planet even looks at pop-culture literature at all.
If that used to be true, then it appears that the times they are a changin'. Bob Dylan has received the Nobel Literature Prize, from the The Swedish Academy.

As can be seen from the quote below from April 2011, the Swedish Academy's decision to include pop lyrics as literature, is in keeping with my own view.
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Anything that is written is literature for me, including notes on the fridge.
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People seem to really love modern literature. Keep voting.
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Old Oct 29th 2016, 05:27 AM
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Polish Karol Bunsch (1898-1987) is a great boon to the period 1900-2013. He wrote (in my opinion) excellent historical novels, among them many novels about Polish history, and also a trilogy about Alexander the Great.
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The 20th and 21st centuries have indeed produced some truly marvellous historical literature. Sigrid Undset wrote the wonderful trilogy of Kristin Lavransdatter about 14th century Norway. Karol Bunsch from Poland wrote a wonderful trilogy about Alexander the Great, and also many histrorical novels about Poland, among them a wonderful cataloque of novels about Polish history. James Michener from the USA wrote a wonderful novel called "Poland - a novel" which spans the eight centuries of Polish history to the 2th century. Elzbieta Cherezinska from Poland has written two wonderful novels about the Polish Queen Swietoslawa of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England. I truly think that we are living in a golden age of literature.
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PS; Sigrid Undset was from Norway. I forgot to mention that in the previous post.
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It is also important to remember Isabel Allende, another great writer of historical novels in the 20th and 21st centuries. Among great 20th/21st century historical writers, we can name Cherezinska (Poland), Bunsch (Poland), Undset (Norway), Allende (Chile), Michener (the USA).
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Józef Ignacy Kraszewski wrote lots of historical novels in the 19th century, which is part of the period 1700-1899, which I voted for. He was brilliant. I really like his books about Polish history. His most famous novel is "Stara Basn" (An Ancient Tale) which sadly is well below his average, although even that isn't too bad. One of his best, in my opinion, is "Matka królów" (Mother of kings), which is about Zofia (Sonka) Holszańska. She was born in 1405, and was queen of Poland in 1422-1461. She was the fourth wife of King Jagiello of Poland. Sonka gets married at 17, at the behest of her friend Duke Witold (or Vytautas) of Lithuania, to king Jagiello of Poland who is 70, so a huge age difference. Jagiello is Witold's cousin. As queen, Sonka makes enemies with a few people, among them a vindictive stepdaughter, Witold himself, who doesn't take kindly to Sonka's refusal to act as his vassal to the king. In the face of false accusations by those two, Sonka shows her resilience, and the book culminates after Jagiello's death. Sonka struggles to have her son crowned king despite the resistance by nobles. I think it's a really great book!
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