Originally posted by DarthAwesome
I dont think there is such a thing as "important works of literature" they were all created by someone for others to read and enjoy. Its up to the readers to weigh them and decide how they feel about each book individually. What I might consider as the best book ever another might think of as trash.
While that may be true on an individual basis, the larger the numbers the less subjective it becomes. Nobody could deny Homer, Shakespeare, Joyce, Hemingway etc.. are important works of literature, even if you personally think they are 'trash'. Their sheer influence defines them as important.
Everything you read today is derivative of something; nothing is truly original. So the more influential the work, the more important it is.