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Why Read the Classics? (Vintage) [Paperback]

By Italo Calvino (Author)
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In a collection of thirty-six wise, elegantly written essays, the late author of The Road to San Giovanni explores the the enduring significance of key authors and fine literature from the Western canon, discussing the works of Homer, Defoe, Galileo, Stendhal, Dickens, Hemingway, and many others. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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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.  
"Calvino's essays--make clear how exhilarating the classics can be."--The Washington Post Book World

"Extraordinarily flexible and delighted readings--which will likely send you off to (re)read the classics being discussed and then summon you back again."--The New Yorker

"It's Calvino and the classics, so how can you lose?"--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Italo Calvino died in 1985.

Translated from the Italian by Martin McLaughlin.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Vintage
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.05" Width: 5.15" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 16, 2001
Publisher   Vintage
ISBN  0679743499  
ISBN13  9780679743491  

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More About Italo Calvino

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Italo Calvino's superb storytelling gifts earned him international renown and a reputation as "one of the world's best fabulists" (New York Times Book Review). He is the author of numerous works of fiction, as well as essays, criticism, and literary anthologies. Born in Cuba in 1923, Calvino was raised in Italy, where he lived most of his life. At the time of his death, in Siena in 1985, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer.

Italo Calvino was born in 1923 and died in 1985.

Italo Calvino has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Harbrace Paperbound Library
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8Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Italian

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Exceptional Anthology  Sep 22, 2002
An inspirational collection from an excellent essayist. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in literature.
A personal antology  Feb 27, 2001
The answer to the question sophisticatedly raised by this little anthology, is given in the essay which opens the collection.The basic reason lies in forming a personal scale of values that help you individualize the real artistic elements in new works. The second one is that reading increases the quality of living in usual and unusual situations, as well. But the quality of school anthologies and their presentations is still an open problem.
Calvino get you inloved with literature!!  Oct 5, 1999
What makes a book a clasic? Borges once said in a conference, that the fact that a whole generation lives with the idea of a book makes it a classic, Calvino involve you in that idea..

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