robert mccrum | the 10 best first lines in fiction
by Jacqueline Winter Thomas
NOTES from the UNDERGROUND No. 215 (& Poetry Dispatch) | April 30, 2012
The 10 Best First Lines in Fiction
(Our Guide to the greatest lines of novel in the English language from Jane Austen to James Joyce—The Guardian)
“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.” This is the classic third-person opening to the 20th-century novel that has shaped modern fiction, pro and anti, for almost a hundred years.