ERIC Number: ED236530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
How To Enjoy the Classics. Power of the Printed Word.
A classic is a book that gives the exhilarating feeling that a part of life finally has been uncovered. It is a book that has stood the test of time, that people keep reaching for throughout the ages for its special enlightenment. Here are some suggestions to help open up the world of the classics: (1) know if what is being read is a novel, a drama, a biography, or a history; (2) don't read in bed (classics can be tough going); (3) don't be thrown by a lot of characters; (4) give the author a chance and don't give up on the book too soon; (5) read in big bites; (6) read what the author read; (7) read about the author's time; (8) read about the author's life; and (9) read the book again. The following are a few classics worth trying: Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey"; Rabelais's"Gargantua and Pantagruel"; Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales"; Cervantes's "Don Quixote"; Shakespeare's plays, especially "Hamlet,""Macbeth," and "Romeo and Juliet"; Charles Dickens's "Pickwick Papers"; and Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn." (DC)
Descriptors: Books, Classics (Literature), Guidelines, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Reading Strategies
"Power of the Printed Word," International Paper Co., Dept. 7, P.O. Box 900, Elmsford, New York 10523.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Paper Co., New York, NY.
Identifiers: PF Project