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Lectures on Literature

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 “All that can be done is for each one of us to invent our own ideal library of our classics.” —from Why Read the Classics?

 

Classics, according to Italo Calvino, are not only works of enduring cultural value, but also something much more personal: talismans, touchstones, books through which we understand our world and ourselves. In Why Read the Classics?, Calvino shares over thirty of his classics in essays of warmth, humor, and striking insight. He ranges from Homer to Jorge Luis Borges, from the Persian folklorist Nezami to Charles Dickens. Whether tracing the links between Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Alain Robbe-Grillet’s objectivity, discovering the origins of science fiction in the writings of Cyrano de Bergerac, or convincing us that the Italian novelist Carlo Emilio Gadda’s works are like artichokes, Calvino offers a new perspective on beloved favorites and introduces us to hidden gems.

 

 “This book serves as a welcome reminder that the great works are great because they can mean so much to readers, and Calvino is a most knowledgeable guide to all the best destinations.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

A posthumously published collection of thirty-six essays offering Italo Calvino's invigorating and illuminating analysis of his most treasured literary classics.

Synopsis:

For two decades, first at Wellesley and then at Cornell, Nabokov introduced undergraduates to the delights of great fiction. Here, collected for the first time, are his famous lectures, which include Mansfield Park, Bleak House, and Ulysses. Edited and with a Foreword by Fredson Bowers; Introduction by John Updike; illustrations.

About the Author

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, and essayist was awarded the National Medal for Literature for his life's work in 1973. He taught literature at Wellesley, Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. He is the author of many works including Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and Speak, Memory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156027755
Editor:
Bowers, Fredson
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Editor:
Bowers, Fredson
Author:
Calvino, Italo
Author:
Nabokov, Vladimir
Author:
McLaughlin, Martin
Author:
Updike, John
Author:
Bowers, Fredson
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Semiotics & Theory
Subject:
Semiotics
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
Fiction -- 19th century.
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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A posthumously published collection of thirty-six essays offering Italo Calvino's invigorating and illuminating analysis of his most treasured literary classics.
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For two decades, first at Wellesley and then at Cornell, Nabokov introduced undergraduates to the delights of great fiction. Here, collected for the first time, are his famous lectures, which include Mansfield Park, Bleak House, and Ulysses. Edited and with a Foreword by Fredson Bowers; Introduction by John Updike; illustrations.

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