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Why read the classics?

Author: Italo Calvino; M L McLaughlin
Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014] ©1991
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Classics, according to Italo Calvino, are not only works of enduring cultural value, but also something much more personal: talismans, touchstones, books through which we understand our world and ourselves. In Why Read the Classics?, Calvino shares over thirty of his classics in essays of warmth, humor, and striking insight. He ranges from Homer to Jorge Luis Borges, from the Persian folklorist Nezami to Charles  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Italo Calvino; M L McLaughlin
ISBN: 0544146379 9780544146372
OCLC Number: 854944317
Description: x, 277 pages ; 21 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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Classics, according to Italo Calvino, are not only works of enduring cultural value, but also something much more personal: talismans, touchstones, books through which we understand our world and ourselves. In Why Read the Classics?, Calvino shares over thirty of his classics in essays of warmth, humor, and striking insight. He ranges from Homer to Jorge Luis Borges, from the Persian folklorist Nezami to Charles Dickens. Whether tracing the links between Ovid's Metamorphoses and Alain Robbe-Grillet's objectivity, discovering the origins of science fiction in the writings of Cyrano de Bergerac, or convincing us that the Italian novelist Carlo Emilio Gadda's works are like artichokes, Calvino offers a new perspective on beloved favorites and introduces us to hidden gems.

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