What is a classic? What is literature?
A Classic -- Defining the Term
The definition of a "classic" can be a hotly debated topic. Depending on what you read, or the experience of the person you question on the topic, you may receive a wide range of answers. So, what is a "classic"--in the context of books and literature? Read on.
A History of English Literature: How to Study
Read "A History of English Literature," by Robert Huntington Fletcher. This work includes "How To Study And Judge Literature," "A Tabular View Of English Literature," a discussion of periods in English literature, and more.
A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature
John Cousin writes, "The primary aim of this book is to give as much information about English authors, including under this designation American and Colonial writers, as the prescribed limits will admit of." Read more from "A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature."
A Student's History of American Literature
Read "A Student's History of American Literature," by Edward Simonds.
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Introductions to Literature
If you're just starting out in your exploration of literature, you may want to read books that give you a general background of what literature means, with an explanation of how you can evaluate the value of a work.
Find information about writers, literary periods, genres, academic resources, and much more.
Literature in Time - Selected Reading List
Read what happened in Literature.
Literature Quotes & Sayings
What have writers said about literature? How has literature affected them? What causes writers to continue to attempt to make a difference with words, creating new worlds and experiences in literature? Read these quotes about literature. Find out what writers from around the world have thought of creating works of art.
Studies in Classic American Literature
Read "Studies in Classic American Literature," by D.H. Lawrence.
The Meaning of Literature
William J. Long uses the analogy of a boy and man walking along a seashore and finding a shell. Here's what he writes about books, reading, and the meaning of literature...
What Happens in Literature
In "What Happens in Literature," Edward W. Rosenheim offers a brief discussion of the basics of literature, including poems, novels and plays.
What is a Classic? - Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve writes: "A classic, according to the usual definition, is an old author canonised by admiration, and an authority in his particular style. The word classic was first used in this sense by the Romans..."
What is a Modern Classic?
What is a modern classic? Let's explore the modern classic--what it is, means, and reads like...
What is Literature?
What is literature? Why do we read it? Why is literature important? Read more about literature.
Words have power. In some myths, spoken words create worlds, creatures, and human beings. Here are some quotes from famous writers.