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Classic Literature

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers)

Gregory Michie | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Gregory Michie

To say that a teacher's race is of no importance -- especially in schools where most of the kids are black or Latino -- is to pretend that education in the U.S. exists in a post-racial dreamworld.

Making Your Summer Reading List? Don't Forget to Pack Some 'Work'

Carl Fillichio | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Whether you prefer the mildewy comfort of a cracking paperback spine or the bright high-tech glitz of the latest e-reader or tablet, the Labor Department's list is a perfect departure point for your literary travels.

Awesome Books That Tweak Classic Literature

| Posted 11.05.2013 | Books

Originally posted on Kirkus Writers are always borrowing from one another, across centuries and continents. It’s the writers who aren’t just bo...

Building a Better Book Club

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

If you can't get people in a book club to talk about literature in a sustained and involved way, where can you hope for a good literary discussion outside a classroom?

8 Reasons to Spend This June in 19th Century Russia

Jeb Harrison | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Jeb Harrison

Just when you thought that you wouldn't be able to fit any time travel into your busy schedule this summer, along comes an irresistible opportunity to spend the entire month of June in a quaint mid-19th century Russian village with none other than Dmitri, Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov!

What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Will 21st century authors produce any classics? As the number of books of fiction produced each year approaches staggering numbers, classics bookshelves must find themselves frustrated in their search for the needle in the proverbial haystack.

Read the Classics in 2013!

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
C. Christopher Smith

I'm issuing a challenge to readers for the new year: for every new book that you read this year, read (or-re-read) a classic book. I am going to attempt to undertake this challenge myself.

PHOTOS: Classic Literature For Babies

Posted 11.14.2012 | Books

This Thursday, Cozy Classics (by Simply Read Books) will launch with Pride and Prejudice and Moby-Dick. What is Cozy Classics, you might ask? Well, th...

Michael Cunningham on Reading the "Invisible Classics"

Electric Literature | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Electric Literature

Why does history remember some novels, and forget others? Okay, because most novels are forgettable. But there are some, a handful or two, that brush up against greatness itself, and yet don't seem to get a ticket on the literature train.

Five Classic Books Every Smart Person Should Read

Nathan Harden | Posted 09.05.2012 | Books
Nathan Harden

Great literature, because it asks big questions and communicates big ideas, stays relevant, even if it is very old. You will be richer, wiser, and smarter if you make classic literature a regular part of your life.

A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.

HuffPost Book Club: Side Notes

Maddie Crum | Posted 10.01.2012 | Books
Maddie Crum

A recent comment on our book club discussion points out an odd moment in "The Sun Also Rises," in which Hemingway writes, "He was the archivist, and a...

12 Classic Books You NEED On Your Bookshelf

Posted 01.18.2012 | Books

What makes a must-own classic book? After all, there are many kinds of book available. There are the coffee-table books, designed to be flicked throug...

Reading Iconic Novels Later in Life: Worth the Wait?

Dave Astor | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

As a teen and young adult, I managed to polish off some famous books. But, for various reasons, other renowned novels remained tantalizingly in my future.

Baby Sloths And/Or Classic Literature: Using Subliminal Messages To Discuss Books

uproxx.com | Brandon Stroud | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The only way to maintain literacy on an Internet overrun with Bed Intruders, tub-related women and epic treadmill fails is with subliminal messages. ...

No Time?

The Guardian | John Crace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lolita. Light of my life. Lo. Li. Ta Very Much. If you wonder where my peculiar interests came from, I should have to say it started when I was 13 wit...

F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's Ray Bradbury's birthday and sorry, fellas. There's a new heartthrob in town. Actually, "new" is doing the man an injustice. Ray Bradbury's been...

F. Scott Fitzgerald Special Anniversary Editions

Creative Review | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This is a particularly handsome series, complete with gold, silver and bronze-foiled Jazz Age patterns, and each book feels great in the hand. Bickfor...

Prop 8 Overturned: 20 Classic Works Of Gay Literature

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

On a day that will find many gay rights activists celebrating, we look to the books that have provided a richer understanding of the joys and challeng...

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Isn't So Great, Says WSJ's Allen Barra

The Wall Street Journal | ALLEN BARRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's time to stop pretending that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is some kind of timeless classic that ranks with the great works of American literature. Its...

Classic Literature That Should Be Video Games

ew.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Abandon all hope ye who enter the secret code to Level 9. The first part of Dante Alighieri's pre-Renaissance masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, has been...

12 Months of Great Reads

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kenneth C. Davis

Here are my twelve: Each book celebrates the birth month of an author, a holiday or some other event connected to that month.

Back to the Classics, for Grown-ups

Sarah Schmelling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sarah Schmelling

I recommend this assignment to those with the crisp copies of Moby-Dick and Brave New World on display probably just to impress people.