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When does a “book” become “literature”?

I wrote this response in an Amazon forum: “I believe that true literature elevates writing as a craft such that the language refracts the light like a diamond, or like a lump of clay that is sculpted into a beautiful form to captivate the onlooker. Frankly anyone can write a book if they have a reasonable command of the language, but to hone it and wordsmith it and respect self-editing guidelines requires discipline and an understanding of the craft. Literature is perhaps the perfect meeting of art, linguistics and music – music, because the flow of the narrative needs to sound like a symphony if read aloud. To become a classic, I believe that literature should touch the heart, mind and soul, transcend the prosaic and leave its mark on the deepest part of our consciousness, even to shape who we are.”  – Any comments?

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Bledsoe is a published poet and photographer. DEATH BEFORE BREAKFAST is her debut novel.