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  • Published: 4 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141889627
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Why Read the Classics?



In this collection of 36 essays on 'his' classics, Italo Calvino explores several original definitions of what makes a 'classic', and surveys works that range in time from antiquity and early modern Europe, through the masters of the 19th century novel and his early American mentors, to his contemporaries. WHY READ THE CLASSICS? constitutes Calvino's literary canon and sheds fascinating light on the key texts that influenced this major twentieth-century novelist, confirming his position too as one of the most interesting essayists and critics of his time.

  • Published: 4 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141889627
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the authors

Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino was born in Cuba in 1923 and grew up in Italy. He was an essayist and journalist and a member of the editorial staff of Einaudi in Turin. One of the most respected writers of the twentieth century, his best-known works of fiction include Invisible Cities, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller, Marcovaldo and Mr Palomar. In 1973 he won the prestigious Premio Feltrinelli. He died in 1985. A collection of Calvino's posthumous personal writings, The Hermit in Paris, was published in 2003.

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