This is the latest installment in what's now becoming a grand old tradition of gathering some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to show off to people.

Since Literature has a community-run Twitter account, one obvious use for this post will be to gather links for tweeting. But it's also useful for any kind of site promotion - if we want to show off the site to literary friends, it'll be much easier if we have a list of particularly great posts to point to.

Please nominate some exemplary Q&A from the third quarter (Jul/Aug/Sep) of 2018.

  • When choosing nominations, please remember the primary purpose: to showcase our site to people elsewhere in the hope of maybe tempting them to come here. Let's try to focus mainly on great questions with great answers, and perhaps also great unanswered questions (which we can advertise as "hey, why not come and answer this"), but not anything with subpar answers, which will tend to give a bad impression and defeat the purpose.
  • Remember that votes don't necessarily reflect quality, and the purpose of this is to promote quality over score. Highly-voted posts are easy to find, underappreciated gems less so.
  • Getting a wide range of different stories represented in our list here would also be nice, but not strictly necessary - feel free to nominate a bunch of Q&A about the same book, if you think they're all outstanding. But don't nominate questions just because they're about your favourite book.
  • Multiple nominated posts per answer here is fine.
  • Feel free to nominate either some of your own posts which you're particularly proud of, or posts from other people which really impressed you.
  • Ideally, some explanation of why the nominated questions and answers are so good would be useful - constructive feedback might give people ideas about what to aim for in the future.

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I was impressed by:

  • Torisuda's answer to "Does the description of Eustace's parents (in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis) fit some known stereotype?"
  • Spagirl's answer to "What did John Betjeman mean by “You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes/And I must have things daintily served”?"
  • LitProf's answer to "Why is the colour of Caliban's girls (in "Shift" by Nalo Hopkinson) important?"
  • HDE 226868's encyclopedic answer to "How many of the original Sherlock Holmes stories are fixed in time?"
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    All very good and bounty-worthy answers. In fact, I was also planning to nominate two of these!
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Oct 4, 2018 at 21:00
  • Thanks for nominating my answer! It took quite a bit of effort so I'm glad you found it interesting.
    – Torisuda
    Commented Nov 18, 2018 at 22:53

I nominate Gareth Rees' answer to the question How does the editor know that seven lines are missing from Wordsworth's Home at Grasmere?. It is a very well researched answer that looks at the poem's history, i.e. the various manuscripts, and contains links to digitised versions of relevant manuscript pages.

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