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Why read the classics?

Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Italo Calvino was not only a prolific master of fiction, he was also an uncanny reader of literature, a keen critic of astonishing range. This is the most comprehensive collection of Calvino's literary criticism available in English, accounting for the enduring importance to our lives of crucial writers of the Western canon. Here--spanning more than two millennia, from antiquity to postmodernism--are thirty-six  Read more...
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Calvino, Italo.
Why read the classics?
New York : Pantheon Books, 1999
(OCoLC)607394381
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Italo Calvino
ISBN: 0679415246 9780679415244
OCLC Number: 40940087
Description: x, 277 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 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 --
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.
Other Titles: Perché leggere i classici.
Responsibility: Italo Calvino ; translated from the Italian by Martin McLaughlin.
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Italo Calvino was not only a prolific master of fiction, he was also an uncanny reader of literature, a keen critic of astonishing range. This is the most comprehensive collection of Calvino's literary criticism available in English, accounting for the enduring importance to our lives of crucial writers of the Western canon. Here--spanning more than two millennia, from antiquity to postmodernism--are thirty-six immediately relevant, elegantly written, accessible ruminations on the writers, poets, and scientists who meant most to Calvino at different stages of his life. At a time when the Western canon and the very notion of "literary greatness" have come under increasing disparagement by the vanguard of so-called multiculturalism, Calvino gives us an inspiring corrective.--From publisher description.

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