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Take a break from that 1,000 page novel. You can get a great read completed in less than 24 hours.
The Connection between Reading and Laughter
So: what is a classic? There are many duelling definitions. TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, Italo Calvino and Sainte-Beuve have all written at length on the classic. Calvino's definition – "a classic is a book that has never finished what it wants to say" – is probably the sweetest, followed by Pound's identification of "a certain eternal and irresponsible freshness".
The article was titled "40 trashing novels you must read before you die." I've always wanted to teach a course in "Commercial Fiction" ("trashy" being a genre in that course). Sigh, nobody in my department will bite on that one. Yeah, but we have a (division 3) football team........
Meg Wolitzer's new book -- coming out in September -- will be a YA novel inspired by Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar.'
Are you a fan of 19th Century British novels? Here are some great reads to check off your list!