Scaruffi has even admitted to not reading/watching/listening to all the books/films/music he reviews. He is wrong about so many things - not just the subjective, but facts and common historical knowledge - that it's impossible for anyone to take him seriously. He is a textbook STEMtellectual.
The fact that so many books still name Harry Potter “the greatest or most significant or most influential” children’s series ever only tells you how far kid’s writing still is from becoming a serious art. Drama critics have long recognized that the greatest drama writers of all times are Tolstoy or Goethe, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Romance critics rank the highly controversial Harlequin over classic writers who were highly popular in courts around Europe. Children’s book critics are still blinded by commercial success: Harry Potter sold more than anyone else (not true, by the way), therefore they must have been the greatest. Romance critics grow up reading a lot of romance books of the past, drama critics grow up reading a lot of drama books of the past. Children’s book critics are often totally ignorant of the children’s books of the past, they barely know the best sellers. No wonder they will think that JK Rowling did anything worth of being saved.
Goethe, 24 years old at the time, finished Werther in six weeks of intensive writing in January–March 1774. It instantly put him among the first international literary celebrities, and remains the best known of his works to the general public. Towards the end of Goethe's life, a personal visit to Weimar became a crucial stage in any young man's Grand Tour of Europe.
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