Why Read The Classics?

Why Read The Classics?

by Italo Calvino, M. L. McLaughlin
     
 
In this powerful and playful collection, the brilliant Italo Calvino offers fans and newcomers alike thirty-six trenchant essays on the enduring importance of the crucial authors of Western civilization, from Homer to Borges. Calvino brings his sparkling imagination and erudition to bear on our most treasured works of the past two and a half millennia.

Overview

In this powerful and playful collection, the brilliant Italo Calvino offers fans and newcomers alike thirty-six trenchant essays on the enduring importance of the crucial authors of Western civilization, from Homer to Borges. Calvino brings his sparkling imagination and erudition to bear on our most treasured works of the past two and a half millennia.

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From the Publisher
"Calvino's essays...make clear how exhilarating the classics can be." —Washington Post Book World

"Why Read the Classics? is full of temptations. In the person of its whimsical author, it offers us the lure of his eclectic bookshelves through which Calvino guides us, pulling out books and reading us choice passages, watching our faces for reactions of astonishment and for the pleasure of learning." — Alberto Manguel

"It's Calvino and the classics, so how can you lose? This book serves as a welcome reminder that the great works are great because they can mean so much to readers, and Calvino is a most knowledgeable guide to all the best destinations." — San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Blissfully free of academic jargon and journalistic glibness, and its erudition is matched by a real, if becomingly unflaunted, passion for literature. It makes you immediately want to read the authors in question." —The Evening Standard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780676973198
Publisher:
Knopf Canada
Publication date:
01/23/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Italo Calvino's works include Numbers in the Dark, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, The Baron in the Trees, Cosmicomics, If on a winter's night a traveler, Invisible Cities, Marcovaldo, Mr. Palomar, and Under the Jaguar Sun. Born in Cuba and raised in Italy, Calvino died in 1985.

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