Here's the latest installment in the regular best-of-quarter collections, intended to gather some particularly good Literature Q&A in order to get some easily available links to showcase our site.

One use for this post could be to gather links for promotion on Literature's community-run Twitter account. 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 first quarter (Jan/Feb/Mar) of 2021.

(Also, if you find anything from previous months, feel free to go and post answers on any of the older posts linked above. The date of the meta answer doesn't matter - late entries are still more than welcome! - only the date of the post on the main site that's being nominated.)

  • 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 enjoyed these two answers because the writers put in a lot of research to answer the difficult questions asked:

As for questions, I must confess that I'm picking these two because I like delving into English Renaissance Literature and so working on the answers was fun. Both were from new contributors:

I also found this as yet unanswered question interesting because it's very specific, asking about the change of a single letter in the text of a poem:


I'd like to highlight two newer contributors (one joined this quarter, one has a single older answer but earned most of their reputation this quarter):

  • indigochild posted five nice answers in February, all nicely detailed and well-researched. Most of them were to older unanswered questions, resulting in four Revival badges, while the last one (actually their first answer on the site) hit the HNQ jackpot.

  • b4rtr posted four nice answers this quarter, again well researched with sources, links, and quotes. Most of them were to older unanswered questions, resulting in three Revival badges, including two to questions from the very first quarter of this site's existence, back in 2017.

The quarterly reputation leagues were once again dominated by verbose, who posted more answers than anyone else during the quarter (total 90 making an average of exactly one per day). It's hard to nominate a favourite, but I have to give a shout-out to his massive essay on the Ur-Hamlet, answering my question How has knowledge of the Ur-Hamlet evolved over the centuries? on the very first day of 2021.

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