Sep 24, 2007

Did school ruin literature for you?

It didn't with me, although we read many things I didn't particularly care for. But I've always been a reader.
Despite the fact that I studied English Literature at university and went on to undertake a variety of bookish professional pursuits, my central recollection of English Lit at school is of how much I disliked most of the books that I read for my classes. It seems to be quite a universal feeling: "Oh, I read that at school" is a sentence often accompanied by a disdainful curl of the lip, even by passionate book-lovers.

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