I envision a NCAA-style bracket to determine the heavyweight champ of 19th century literature. One day I'll publish it and we'll all have a good time betting on the tournament. Hugo, Flaubert, Stendahl, Melville, Dickens, Tolstoy, Twain and Dostoyevsky would all be seeded very highly. They are the ones I have read so I could place informed bets. Should the matchups put Dickens and Hugo in the ring together, I know how I would wager. Hugo would wobble Dickens and floor him over and over until...
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