Nick Hornby: A Modern Classic?

Nick Hornby’s 1992 novel Fever Pitch has been added to the Penguin Modern Classics list- a list that includes works by George Orwell, Albert Camus, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, and P. G. Wodehouse, among others.

Check out the resulting discussion and commentary from Oxford’s Dr. Peter McDonald here.

And here is a comic that reflects on the difficulty of determining timelessness vs. long-term popularity (click to see it full-sized):

Comic from “Dinosaur Comics” by Ryan North (

Want a less comedic answer? Check out the What is Literature? approaches section on the main site.


About Kate O'Connor

Kate O'Connor works as Publicity & Outreach Director for Post5 Theatre, Literary Assistant and Office Manager for the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and Dramaturgy Intern for the Profile Theatre. She earned her M.St. in English Literature 1550-1700 at Lincoln College, University of Oxford and a BA in English from Stanford University. As an undergraduate she worked as the research assistant to Prof. David Riggs and as Literary Intern for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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