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Un-PC Lit


The Conan stories are very un-PC. Speaking of un-PC lit, I’ve been reading and enjoying The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, by Elizabeth Kantor. She speaks my language. Samuel Johnson, she writes, “is the ultimate paleo’s paleocon” who thought that Edmund Burke was a dangerous radical. She points out, hilariously, that Jane Austen didn’t need a “room of her own.” And she shares this anecdote, which I’d never heard before: “A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens’s novel about the French Revolution, was such a devastating criticism of revolutionarly ideology that Margaret Thatcher presented Francois Mitterrand with a copy.” I would have given him a copy of Burke’s writings, but perhaps Thatcher’s choice was shrewder. Anyway, Kantor’s book is a delight.


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