The Ultimate Imaginary Literary Dinner Party Guest List: Guest Two, The Debater

by |August 14, 2012

Thank you, you have filled the first place at my table, The Drunkard. You have chosen Ernest Hemingway. A brilliant choice.

As you know, now that the Olympics are behind us I want to celebrate the intellect. And to do so I am going to host my very own dinner party. An imaginary dinner party, with some of the greats of literature. But my imaginary dinner must be a small intimate affair. I want to be able to talk with my guests. I don’t want it to be overcrowded or too grand. One seat has now been filled.

But I still need your help. Remember, I want particular kinds of guests. I want variety. I want spice. I want argument and passion. The perfect roll call for a dinner party, if you will. Ernest Hemingway occupies The Drunkard’s place. My dinner party is on Saturday night. This gives me four days to fill these final four positions. Here is my wish list.

Today I need you to choose the second guest – The Debater. Where would any dinner party be with a skilled debater, someone able to play the devils advocate, coerce the room’s yin and yang, someone so skilled in the wordy arts as to excite all of the guests into a frenzy of discussion?

Someone needs to fill The Debater’s seat. I’ve got a long list of people in mind, but I need your help to narrow it down. You can do this by voting in the poll below

You can also suggest anyone I might have left off the list that you think fits the bill.

We’ll publish the results each day, and on Saturday we’ll unveil The Ultimate Imaginary Literary Dinner Party Guest List.

And next week, I’ll give you a full report on how it went and the books that these great figures have been influenced by.

Your host,

Andrew Cattanach

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Grab a seat Papa, what a brilliant choice, mojitos for all!

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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