Underrated/overrated 20th century lit? Hemingway gets my vote for overrated; he’s treated like a god and I find most of his work fairly puerile. “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” with its boys’ adventure misogyny is a particular low point, but the manly men doing manly things with fish narrative also seems like Jack London without the hyperbolic preposterousness which makes London fun.

Underrated I’d say James Baldwin. His essays are maybe the best essays in the English language, but he’s mostly seen as a specialist interest, as far as I can tell. I wish folks would read him in high school rather than the Great Gatsby.

So what do you folks think? What 20th century writers are underrated or overrated?


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