THREE SISTERS FOUR

17th June 2014
I attended a writer’s conference once–during which I asked of one of the speakers,If she had a favorite entrant, for the greatest story ever told in the modern era? Being that the entire class had just agreed with her stated proclamation, that “Homer’s Iliad” was and would forever remain the most famous literary work–from any era, she wisely explained, “That in this day and age, with so many books available to so many people, worldwide, along with all the different genres out there, that there simply could no longer be that one best acclaimed greatest story. And that the most a writer might ever hope to accomplish was in, somehow, delivering the accepted, greatest story–in a single category. In a quirk she added, “Unless…one could find a way to incorporate the greatest Historical Saga, Contemporary Drama, Who-Done-It-Mystery, Grandiose Love Story, Iconic Horror Thriller, Science Fiction Masterwork, Spiritualistic Tear Jerker, Utopian Adventure, Intense Mythological Quest, and even a Poetry Induced Saga, ala Homer and Milton–into a single body of work. In that case,” she duly conceded, “such an individual might well deserve the proclamation–of having delivered the greatest story ever told in the modern era.
–If they didn’t go absolutely insane trying to accomplish such a thing.”

Despite her good-natured warning, however, it just didn’t seem that unfeasible. And the prize appeared well worth the considerable time and effort.
Thus, “Three Sisters Four.”