Private: More on British novelists

In an article that appeared in yesterday’s Slate, Meghan O’Rourke chimes in on the curiously virulent debate over the alleged inferiority complex of British novelists.

O’Rourke argues that British writers are suffering from the anxiety of influence. “Maybe all this anxiety is why much of the better work in the new Granta [the “Best of Young British Novelists” issue] is Scottish, including Kennedy’s and O’Hagan’s,” she concludes.