Have you ever read the complete works of a particular author? Would you like to?

Have you ever read the complete works of a particular author? Would you like to?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, entirely because of completionist autism. I realise it's unnecessary, but I can't fricking stand 'selected works' shit. Give me complete works or nothing.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    yes, no

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Voltaire I have

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What were the highlights for you?
      I'm reading Candide atm and it's pretty easy

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I feel bad for you

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I wonder how many liters of ink it took.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        anyone here read Neusner (900 + books published) or that homie Elron The Dianetist? I’d like to read random titles from these guys just to see what kind of a mind can barf out that much

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Only a select few authors who I really enjoy (and only if their bibliographies aren't too long). Joyce, Poe, Kafka, Austen, etc. Not counting authors/philosophers who only ever wrote one book.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Who's was your favorite to read through the whole works of? Also how do you keep with one author, I struggle with this mainly as I try to spread out in what I read, so even though I've read a lot of Dostoyevsky, I don't only read him as there's a lot I want to read.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Who's was your favorite to read through the whole works of?
        Probably Joyce, it's really neat going through his works chronologically and seeing the development of his style and the increased experimentation, while also seeing a lot of the themes staying the same throughout.
        >Also how do you keep with one author
        Most of these authors I read over a long period of time with breaks for other books. I didn't just say "I'm going to read everything Proust ever wrote," you just organically work your way through. If I remember correctly Dostoevsky wrote a decent amount of novels so don't beat yourself up if you don't finish their biblio. There are plenty of authors who I've read 75% or so of their works but probably won't ever finish -- if you don't want to read it all, don't feel the need to do so.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Who's was your favorite to read through the whole works of?
      Probably Joyce, it's really neat going through his works chronologically and seeing the development of his style and the increased experimentation, while also seeing a lot of the themes staying the same throughout.
      >Also how do you keep with one author
      Most of these authors I read over a long period of time with breaks for other books. I didn't just say "I'm going to read everything Proust ever wrote," you just organically work your way through. If I remember correctly Dostoevsky wrote a decent amount of novels so don't beat yourself up if you don't finish their biblio. There are plenty of authors who I've read 75% or so of their works but probably won't ever finish -- if you don't want to read it all, don't feel the need to do so.

      You've read Finnegans Wake?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        My line is "I've looked each individual word on each page but I haven't read it," because reading implies some level of understanding. During the pandemic I bought some reference books and slowly went through, only a few pages at a time. I ended up with a decent idea of the plot but not much else -- most of what I studied was the linguistic influences/roots of Joyce's idiosyncratic "language"

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Just say you've read it. Nobody's gonna say disagree with you.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah, maybe I'm just being too autistic.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You will try, and it will be like that Woody Allen bit where the one person who can prove you wrong appears in the queue behind you and destroys you. Not worth the risk

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, anyone who has read the Iliad and Odyssey has read all of Homer excluding the spurious Homeric hymns. Also I have read the Hippocratic corpus which includes a collection of writings from the doctors of Kos so realistically I have read all the surviving works from anonymous doctors who wrote one or two treatises. Polybus for instance according to Aristotle only wrote the Nature of Man so anyone who has read that has read his entire surviving corpus.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    No.
    Although I would like to read all of Nabokov's works in their original language

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The largest ancient author I've read all of their works of was Xenophon, which is really only three-four books worth of stuff

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think I’m like 3/4 of the way through Hemingway’s. I only have one more Fitzgerald novel and then his short stories as well. The American modernists in general are my jam so I’ll probably start branching more out after.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What is your favorite Fitzgerald work? I believe I have two or three left to go. I most enjoyed Tender is the Night, but I think Gatsby’s reputation is well-deserved and definitely his tightest work.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        nta but I've read almost everything Fitzgerald wrote and Tender is the Night is still by far my favorite. There's a newer edition that tells the story in chronological order though, which sucks. The definitive version is the original, which begins with Rosemary in Cannes.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, Clark Ashton Smith, Julis Evola (English translations only), and Flannery O'connor.
    I'd love to get my hands on a complete works of Lord Dunsany, but this doesn't really exist.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Gabriel García Marquez and Erich From

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've read most of Tolkien's works and all of Robert E Howard's.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on how autistic you want to be about it. I've read all of Pynchon's books but I haven't read Journey into Watts or the luddite article.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >how autistic
      This is the clincher. Easy to read all Jane Austen's fiction. But do you need all her letters too before it counts?
      All of Joyce's letters and journalism and criticism and his lectures as well the fiction, poems and Exiles?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yep. I've read all of Lovecraft's prose and fiction but he had hundreds or thousands of letters.
        And Poe too. Read his poems, short stories and the play but not his essays and literary articles.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Sure. I've read all of Corncob McRib. It was okay.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why the frick is Gray so large? Shit's like 150 pages

  15. 1 month ago
    sage

    No but I came very close with Kafka. I think pretty much only the blue octavo notebooks and some of the diaries I've missed. He used to be everything for me when I was in my late teens/early twenties. Can't really see any author ever having that kind of meaning for me again, so probably no and no in answer to your questions, looking to the future.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    John Zerzan back when I was an edgelord, before edgelordism was defined, or
    >reified
    as Zerzan would say.
    Close to it now w DFW, NNTaleb, and Fante.
    Half way:
    Dickens, Conrad, Kerouac, Vonnegut
    Want to:
    Proust (only read le part 1)

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Does God count?
    The bible was banging.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      God didn't write the Bible

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        he's a co-writer, he provided a lot of the dialogue

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've read the complete Harry Potter series. When I was younger.

    Someday, I would like to read the whole volume of 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.'

    Cheers!

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've read almost everything written by GE Moore for no other reason than that I fricking hate him.
    It's not JUST because of the fact that he has not contributed a single good idea to the history of thought. It's mainly because of his god-awful writing style. Take picrel, which is from his "refutation of idealism". No-one can read this without having suicidal thoughts

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There are several writers for whom this is much easier than others. I've certainly read every *book* Ralph Ellison ever wrote, but not all his essays. But then if you want to get picky, there are almost certainly lost published works for any given author. Some exclusive article they gave to some tiny publication as a favor to a friend and all copies are lost.
    Given enough time, I'd like to read everything lots of people ever wrote, come as close as possible to understanding every person who ever lived. I don't think it's a worthwhile hope as long as I remain mortal though.

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