Best Reading for the Contemporary Writer

Non-genre literature that emphasizes craft and character development over escapism. This is a contemporary literature list and I would offer these to any contemporary writer who wants a firm grasp on what is excellent on a sentence-for-sentence level right now. This is also an excellent list for those looking for the most literary works in contemporary fiction who have not previously been familiarized with much of it.
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106 books · 220 voters · list created August 4th, 2008 by Olivia (votes) .
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Sal Annie Dillard would be on a par with Beethoven if she wrote music instead of books. She is lyrical, sharp and clear. A golden note to enjoy and ponder. If you have not read her, you have sorely cheated yourself of a marvelous experience.


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