The American Classics: A Personal Essay
Yale University Press, 2008 M10 1 - 304 pages
How is a classic book to be defined? How much time must elapse before a work may be judged a “classic”? And among all the works of American literature, which deserve the designation? In this provocative new book Denis Donoghue essays to answer these questions. He presents his own short list of “relative” classics--works whose appeal may not be universal but which nonetheless have occupied an important place in our culture for more than a century. These books have survived the abuses of time—neglect, contempt, indifference, willful readings, excesses of praise, and hyperbole.
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Donoghue (English, NYU; The Practice of Reading ) attempts to define what constitutes a classic by examining five of his own favorite works from the annals of great American literature: Herman ... Read full review