Monday, July 09, 2012

Italo Calvino's 14 Definitions of What Makes a Classic

The list, care of Brain Droppings.

From said list...
  1. The classics are books which exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual's or the collective unconscious.
  2. A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading.
  3. A classic is a book which even when we read it for the first time gives the sense of rereading something we have read before.
  4. A classic is a book which has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.

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