Last year at this time we spent two or three posts discussing what classic literature is, what it is not and sharing our favorite examples. We spent a lot of words and still didn't arrive at any specific conclusion.
Today I found one.
I read a quote from Italo Calvino (an Italian journalist who is no longer alive) that is the prefect summary. If I ever get that glorious chance to teach high school literature his words will fill the space between the white boards and the ceiling:
"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."
Bravo, Signor Calvino. Bravissimo.