Booker Prize 2011: Readability vs. Excellence

How do we judge literary excellence?
A sketch of the British Museum Reading Room
Dan Hartley has written a post on the recent Booker Prize controversy over at his blog, Thinking Blue Guitars: 'This year the Booker judges have caused a stir by claiming they are selecting books with ‘readability’ over those with ‘quality’. Predictably, this has caused a backlash amongst the literati: why, asks Andrew Motion, should readability be assumed to be different in kind from quality? To raise a false opposition between the two is ‘a pernicious and a dangerous thing’. Likewise, literary agent, Andrew Kidd, has announced he will be launching a new literary prize, one whose sole criterion is ‘excellence’.' [Read More]