… it now seems amusing to see Italo Calvino (chosen by Eric Hobsbawn) in the “underrated” category, given the widespread hero worship he continues to provoke, particularly among undergraduates. As in so many things, Hobsbawn was ahead of his time. So, too, was Michal Dummett, who selected Ralph Ellison for The Invisible Man – a novel that can hardly nowadays be described as overlooked.
I find it amusing to see Hobsbawm described as "ahead of his time." Tony Judt said of Hobsbawm that he "clings to a pernicious illusion of the late Enlightenment: that if one can promise a benevolent outcome it would be worth the human cost."