Classic Literature

Hello all. I'm in full on study mode and got me to thinking, have you read 'the classics'? What do you consider a 'classic'? I've just finished reading Beowulf and am moving on to some Chaucer (Book of the Duchess aaand The Canterbury Tales concurrently for different units eep). The only problem with studying literature as well as having a book fetish is that eventually I'm going to run out of space to put all the books!

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19 replies since 22nd September 2007 • Last reply 22nd September 2007

I like the canturbury tales i have them and a few other books. the complete shakespeare and poe. and i like pride and prejudice.... i haven't completed it yet though. i accidently left it at home last week. Happy

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"Classic" is a moving target. In high school, we read Hamlet but we also read On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

I define classic as something that has stood the test of time. Even when taken out of it's own time and place, it is still a good book that shares something of value about the human condition.

I try to make a point to read a classic once in a while, but I do run into classics that I don't like - Withering Heights, for example, is depressing and pointless.

I loved Jane Eyre. I love Frankenstein.

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As Tina pointed out, it's something of a moving target. I consider Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" a classic, but it's very contemporary too.

Of the normal set of classics, I've only read a few, mostly the ones from school. I find some of the ones that were originally published episodically (Dicken's "Great Expectations" for example) quite interesting since they were basically the drama "shows" of the day.

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I quite liked Wuthering Heights, I'm probably biased though as I'm named after the main character.

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I guess I'm not the melodrama type, so Wuthering Heights wasn't my cup of tea. I just thought how the book ended didn't leave anyone better off or much different. I'm glad I took the time to read it. Clearly it is an important and influential novel.

I did finish it which says something, because I didn't finish Great Expectations. For the record, I liked Great Expectations mostly, except I got sidetracked. At some point, I'll go back and try again. Maybe the abridged version cause Dickens sure knew how to stretch it out.

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Pride & Prejudice is one of my all-time favorites! The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe and East of Eden, which was also a great movie.

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The first thing that popped into my head at "classics" was the ancient greek plays and then ancient western philosophy.
I've studied and done a lot of Shakespeare but for some reason I never considered his work classic, although I'm not really sure why not Happy
I think the moving target right right! Or maybe the word "classic" is kinda vague...

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Catcher in the Rye is defiantly a classic.

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Well I like Shakespeare and Poe. Rossetti is one of my favourite poets.

But I consider things like The Wasp Factory, To Kill A Mockingbird, 1984, Animal Farm to be classics, even though they might not be that old

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Rossetti's a bastard.

I've never read his poetry but I know that as a person he was a wanker.

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Wrong Rossetti, I mean Christina Rossetti. I may have spelt it wrong. Sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of my favourite painters (although maybe that's who you mean, I think he did poetry too)

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I am a shakespeare fan

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Ohhh I loved beowulf Happy Great Tale Happy

I'm in favor of Poe's literature, and he is a Classic to me. Hemmingway and Thoreau are both some great choices. Zora Neale Hurston, I researched her in 5th grade and fell in love with her. I rediscovered her a few years ago and now can really appreciate her stuff.

idk... I always kind of thought that classics ... defined themselves, and most of them are pretty well known already Happy


but yea... Poe... my favorite! I have nevermore scribbled all over my wall Happy

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I think To Kill a Mockingbird, Tell Tale Heart, and Cask of Amontillado are all classics. I also think the Most Dangerous game would have to be one. I haven' t gotten to reading Pride and Prejudice or Wuthering Heights(haven't had time since I started highschool two months ago). I also think Shakespeare books are classics, haven't gotten to reading any of those yet either. I have read The Hobbit, definitely a classic.

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