10 Reasons to Read the Classics #HaleNo

Classics because dead authors can't harass you

❶ Dead authors can’t harass you. But they may eat your brains.

❷ You’ll increase your vocabulary. And possibly have a good laugh at how word usage has changed. ‘Ejaculation’ didn’t mean what it does today. *snickers*

➌ You’ll understand literary references in conversation, in other books, in TV and film.

➍ You can watch and compare stage and screen adaptions with the books they’re based on.

➎ You can read about history and culture in context.

➏ You’ll be challenged both in ideas and beliefs but also cognitively when you’re puzzling through the Middle English of Chaucer and the more modern Shakespeare.

➐ ‘A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.’ – Italo Calvino, Why Read the Classics?, 1986

➑ ‘A classic does not necessarily teach us anything we did not know before. In a classic we sometimes discover something we have always known (or thought we knew), but without knowing that this author said it first, or at least is associated with it in a special way. And this, too, is a surprise that gives a lot of pleasure, such as we always gain from the discovery of an origin, a relationship, an affinity.’ – Italo Calvino

➒ ‘Your classic author is the one you cannot feel indifferent to, who helps you to define yourself in relation to him, even in dispute with him.’ – Italo Calvino

➓ ‘A classic is a book that comes before other classics; but anyone who has read the others first, and then reads this one, instantly recognizes its place in the family tree.’ – Italo Calvino

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