Book Review: Classics

This section contains reviews of various classics of the English Literature. It also invites reviews from readers who have read such Classics.

What is a Classic?

Louise Cowan, in the book 'Invitation to the Classics' provides a very simple definition to the word 'literary classic'. According to her, an author's work can be described as a classic if it has the following features:

  • It exhibits artistic merit.
  • It portrays life as complex and depicts negative and positive aspects of human nature and the trying of values and character.
  • It affects the reader’s understanding of self.
  • It can be and deserves to be reread.
  • It is appreciated in various times and places as it portrays the human drama.
  • It is considered a classic by a sufficiently large number of people.
  • It stands the test of time.

List of reviews for Classics


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