What are the Classics of Genre Fiction
August 10, 2014 8:46 PM Subscribe
Genre fiction is typically underrepresented in lists of classic novels. We all know the classics of literary fiction (War & Peace, Ulysses, Pride & Prejudice, etc.). But who's the Tolstoy of Fantasy? Who's the Austen of spy fiction?
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Classics from any and all genres are appreciated, from things that everyone's heard of (e.g., Foundation
as classic SciFi) as well as deeper cuts (e.g., A Canticle for Leibowitz
). What are the novels from your favorite genre that you would recommend to newbies as being the big classics that everyone who is into the genre has probably read?
Some of the ones I've come up with: Lonesome Dove
as a classic Western, The Once and Future King
as classic Fantasy, and Valley of the Dolls
as classic trash.