The Ultimate Imaginary Literary Dinner Party Guest List: Guest Four, The Philosopher

by |August 16, 2012

And so there was three. It’s been a great ride and we now have three places filled at the table. Joining Hemingway and Austen will be the modern master Stephen Fry, who pipped Oscar Wilde by just a couple of votes. What a treat!

Now let’s get down the business.

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. Here is my guest list. You’ll see that Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen and Stephen Fry are now all officially invited thanks to your votes.

Today I need you choose the fourth guest – The Philosopher. Acutely aware of the human condition which drives all art, the philosopher ponders the great questions of our time and what better table to ponder these grand ponderings on than this? Be it through their writing of fiction or academic endeavour, we need a master in the discipline to send the night into the existential stratosphere (if there really is a stratosphere, you see what I did there?).

My dinner party is on Saturday night. This gives me two days to fill these final two positions.

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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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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