Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Literary March Madness - Round 2, Part 1

The bottom half of the ticket tonight is Mikhail Bulgakov, the Russian author of The Master and Margarita versus Willa Cather, the Nebraskan author of A Lost Lady and My Antonia. Russians went 4-0 in our first round (counting Nabokov), and I am curious about how they will fare as they advance and face stiffer competition. Bulgakov v. Cather is a particularly interesting match because unlike, say, Rowling v. Pullman, it is quite the case of apples versus oranges. Do you favor surrealist Soviet political satire or a piece of psychological realism about life on the American prairie? (And remember this should we end up with a Dostoyevsky v. James final!)

In other news, #1 James Joyce has managed to escape #16 Louise Erdrich in Round 1, along with #8 Art Spiegelman defeating #9 C.S. Lewis (the Maus defeating the Lion?) #4 Lewis Carroll crushing #13 Nick Hornby, and #12 Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) upsetting #5 Somerset Maugham (Of Human Bondage). (If there's one sure thing in March Madness, it's that a 5 will lose to a 12, n'est-ce pas?)

Austen v. Bronte

Bulgakov v. Cather

Hawthorne v. Mansfield

Bronte v. Pratchett

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