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Tracing Downton Abbey's lineage: the novel that inspired a TV hit

Beulah Maud Devaney: Isabel Colegate's The Shooting Party, published in 1980, is an acknowledged influence on Julian Fellowes's ratings monster. But what can we glean from it about where the story will go?

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So: what is a classic? There are many duelling definitions. TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Italo Calvino and Sainte-Beuve have all written at length on the classic. Calvino's definition – "a classic is a book that has never finished what it wants to say" – is probably the sweetest, followed by Pound's identification of "a certain eternal and irresponsible freshness".

The article was titled "40 trashing novels you must read before you die." I've always wanted to teach a course in "Commercial Fiction" ("trashy" being a genre in that course). Sigh, nobody in my department will bite on that one. Yeah, but we have a (division 3) football team........

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To be fair, I still have no idea what's going on in this video. "What Does the Fox Say"