The link above references an article about whether or not the book business’s emphasis on readability and plot keeps fine literary work out of the public eye.
My thought, on about two seconds’ reflection: sure it does. What’s popular always crowds out what’s more artistically refined or ambitious.
On the other hand, fashions change. Maybe in today’s climate Kafka wouldn’t have a prayer of publication, but who knows what the case may be 50 years from now? Melville was ignored for years until people’s perceptions changed enough to recognize his genius.
Luckily, we have literary awards helping ensure that soulful, soaring, lyrical writing gets at least some exposure.
So, in regards to the finest in lit, are we sunk or do we just have to wait for the next cultural bus to come by? Your comments are welcome.