Pretty late - sorry about that! - but 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 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 fourth quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec) 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") - 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 can recommend:


I'm a bit chuffed about my answer to "What a piece of work is man" - echo in The Lord of the Rings? - it's certainly the best answer I've ever written on literature, not that that's saying much. (Apologies for nominating one of my own, but darned if I didn't put a bunch of time into it!) I absolutely love answering Tolkien questions, and it was particularly interesting to trawl through his letters for opinions on Shakespeare.




  • Thanks for the nomination on Rowling/Caspian, but (a) it's far from the best answer around, or even the best one I've written, in recent months - not much research went into it, and frankly it has more votes than it deserves - and more importantly (b) it's not from the 4th quarter of 2018, so not eligible here. Your Moby Dick question isn't eligible either.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 21:13

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