Why Read the Classics
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Why read the classics?
- The odysseys within The Odyssey
- Xenophon's Anabasis
- Ovid and universal contiguity
- The sky, man, the elephant
- Nezami's seven princesses
- Tirant lo blanc
- The structure of the Orlando Furioso
- Brief anthology of Octaves from Ariosto
- Gerolamo Cardano
- The book of nature in Galileo
- Cyrano on the moon
- Robinson Crusoe, journal of mercantile virtues
- Candide, or concerning narrative rapidity
- Denis Diderot, Jacques le fataliste
- Giammaria Ortes
- Knowledge as dust-cloud in Stendhal, see On Love (Stendhal)
- Guide for new readers of Stendhal's Charterhouse
- The city as novel in Balzac
- Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
- Gustave Flaubert, Trois contes
- Leo Tolstoy, Two Hussars
- Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
- Henry James, Daisy Miller
- Robert Louis Stevenson, The Pavilion on the Links
- Conrad's captains
- Pasternak and the Revolution
- The world is an artichoke
- Carlo Emilio Gadda, the Pasticciaccio
- Eugenio Montale, 'Forse un mattino andando'
- Montale's cliff
- Hemingway and ourselves
- Francis Ponge
- Jorge Luis Borges
- The philosophy of Raymond Queneau
- Pavese and human sacrifice.
- From the internationally-acclaimed author of some of this century's most breathtakingly original novels comes this posthumous collection of thirty-six literary essays that will make any fortunate reader view the old classics in a dazzling new light.
- Learn why Lara, not Zhivago, is the center of Pasternak's masterpiece, Dr. Zhivago, and why Cyrano de Bergerac is the forerunner of modern-day science-fiction writers. Learn how many odysseys The Odyssey contains, and why Hemingway's Nick Adams stories are a pinnacle of twentieth-century literature. From Ovid to Pavese, Xenophon to Dickens, Galileo to Gadda, Calvino covers the classics he has loved most with essays that are fresh, accessible, and wise. Why Read the Classics? firmly establishes Calvino among the rare likes of Nabokov, Borges, and Lawrence--writers whose criticism is as vibrant and unique as their groundbreaking fiction.
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