One in five cannot name a single author of literature, survey shows –

Children’s writer and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, warned against minimising “the significance in our society of the vast numbers, albeit a minority, who do not know or value or love literature.

“There seems to be a gulf that shuts off 20 per cent of people from the benefits of literature, a gulf that I know the RSL and others are determined to bridge.”

The most commonly named writer was William Shakespeare, while Charles Dickens came a close second.


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