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Why Read the Classics? Italo Calvino

Why Read the Classics? By Italo Calvino

Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino


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This is a collection of 36 essays by Italo Calvino on his classics: the writers, poets and scientists who had meant most to him at different stages of his life. His pieces range from antiquity (Homer, Ovid), through early modern and Enlightenment Europe (Defoe), to American mentors (Hemingway).

Why Read the Classics? Summary

Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino

Why Read the Classics is a collection of thirty-six essays by Italo Calvino on 'his' classics: the writers, poets and scientists who had meant most to him at different stages of his life. After the title essay, which explores several original definitions of what makes a classic, the pieces range in time from antiquity (Homer, Ovid) through early modern and Enlightenment Europe (Ariosto, Defoe, Diderot, Voltaire) to the masters of the nineteenth-century novel (Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Dickens, Tolstoy, Conrad), before dealing with Calvino's early American mentors (Twain, James, Hemingway) and contemporaries such as Borges, Pasternak and Queneau. The essays also offer the most comprehensive sample yet available of Calvino the literary critic in substantial articles which he wrote over a period of thirty years from the 1950s to his death in 1985. Why Read the Classics constitutes Calvino's literary canon, sheds fascinating light on the key texts which influenced this major twentieth-century fantasist and postmodernist, and proves that even if he had not become an internationally renowned fiction writer Calvino would have ranked among the most interesting essayists and critics of the twentieth century.

About Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in San Remo, Italy. He was an essayist and a journalist, and among his best-known works of ficition are Invisible Cities, If on a winter's night a traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. He died in 1985.

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GOR003403210
9780224037297
0224037293
Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
19990610
288
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