Or maybe the problem is that you imagine it to be innately moral and 'serious' to dictate what will always be true to the next generation. Nothing could be further from the truth than that conceit. Maybe you think that permanently encasing one Greatest Writer for All Time will lead those 'Hard Science' types to take us liberal artsies more seriously. This my friend is a waste of time. Those snobs are always going to laugh at us, just as we both together shall always laugh at the Econ majors for thinking that they're with them instead of us.
Or maybe I should just get down top brass tacks to Brass Tacks Hoss and point out that you consider Steinbeck and Hemingway 'easier' and 'less serious' then Shakespeare beacuse they're Americans, and everyone knows that American culture is and always will be 'simpler' and 'less serious' than the mother-lands. If that should indeed be the implication here.................
What's up homie?