Most problematic was the prewar/postwar distinction; alas, our contenders didn't tie their oeuvres neatly to Mr Hitler's plans. Borderliners such as George Orwell gave us the most bother. In the end we decided that they had to have produced all of their most enduring and significant works after 1945. So no Graham Greene as Brighton Rock came out in 1938, or Evelyn Waugh (Scoop, also 1938). Feel free to say if you think that we've erred.
Guardians of the good name of the novel may be shocked by this inclusion. But Flemming raised the standard of the popular story of espionage through good writing - a heightened journalistic style - and the creation of a government agent - James Bond 007 - who is sufficiently complicated to compel our interest over a whole series of adventures. It is unwise to disparage the well-made popular. There was a time when Conan Doyle was ignored by the literary annalists, even though Sherlock Holmes was evidently one of the great characters of fiction. We must beware of snobbishness.
And I can accept the exclusion of Greene based on their postwar rule
Granny always told me never to read a book unless or until it was made into a film. That, she said, was the test of its greatness
Quibble: The Third Man started as a movie.
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