Saturday, January 22, 2011

Definition!

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.

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