Why read the classics?
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Why read the classics?

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Published by Jonathan Cape in London .
Written in English


  • Canon (Literature),
  • Literature -- History and criticism

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Edition Notes

StatementItalo Calvino ; translated by Martin McLaughlin.
The Physical Object
Paginationx, 277 p. ;
Number of Pages277
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17591462M
ISBN 100224037293

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Why Read The Classics? Italo Calvino’s works include Numbers in the Dark, The Road to San Giovanni, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, The Baron in the Trees, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, Marcovaldo, and Mr. Palomar. Calvino died in Also by ITALO CALVINO The Baron in the Trees The Castle of Crossed Destinies 4/5(32). To be able to read the classics you have to know “from where” you are reading them; otherwise both the book and the reader will be lost in a timeless cloud. This, then, is the reason why the greatest “yield” from reading the classics will be obtained by someone who knows how to alternate them with the proper dose of current affairs. The introductory essay, "Why Read the Classics?," is an old favorite of mine, and I was glad to revisit it. But from there on out, I was mostly left cold. Granted, I hadn't read most of the books he was discussing-- Ovid, Xenophon, Pavese, Gadda, Montale, certain works by Flaubert-- so I was bound to be a bit less engaged than someone who had /5. So, the word on the street is that it’s sure important to read classics. Y’know, those famous old books that dead people wrote. People will tell you that classics improve your vocabulary, make you smarter, help you understand history yada yada y.

  This brings us to the first and, to my mind, most important reason to read the classics in 1. You should read classic literature because it forces you to think deeply and : Spencer Baum. This is a quick read on why you should read the "classics", as well as perspective on what the classics are and how to approach them. A good primer. Read more. Helpful. Comment Report abuse. Thespis out of 5 stars Great book to help you get into the classics/5(9). Why Read the Classics? Italo Calvino. October 9, Issue. In other words, to read a great book for the first time in one’s maturity is an extraordinary pleasure, different from (though one cannot say greater or lesser than) the pleasure of having read it in one’s youth. Youth brings to .   As classics, these books have laid the foundations for many books, movies and art, as well as entertaining millions of people around the world. Here at WhytoRead, we’re fans of great books and these classics deserve a read. Here are some of the greatest classic books of all time. Classic Books: 10 Classic Books Everyone Should Read 1.

  When I taught high school English, I found myself rereading the classic books I’d first encountered when I was a teenager myself. Some of these books, like To Kill a Mockingbird or The Great Gatsby, had left an impression on me years ters like Boo Radley or Daisy Buchanan have even become a part of our conversations beyond the world of books.   Italo Calvino tackles this question in his collection of literary criticism, Why Read the Classics. I cannot pretend for a second that I can provide a more comprehensive answer than Mr. Calvino, but I can provide a very simple answer: The classics will make you love reading even : Ginni Chen. Katherine Kersten: Why students should read the classics. the Captain Underpants comic-book-style novels, or pop literature such as "Chaka! Katherine Kersten is a Twin Cities writer and. 12) A classic is a book that comes before other classics; but anyone who has read the others first, and then reads this one, instantly recognizes its place in the family tree. At this point I can no longer put off the vital problem of how to relate the reading of the classics to the reading of all the other books that are anything but classics.