The question of what makes a classic a classic is one that has occupied literary theorists and literature lovers for centuries. From Homer's The Iliad to the entire back-catalogue of Charles Dickens, none of us will escape encounters with the 'classics' of literary canon and the weighty prestige that this label carries. I am a self-proclaimed lover … Continue reading What Makes A Classic A Classic?
Answering the question 'What makes a novel a classic?' is a challenging task. What exactly is the common thread that brings a diversity of titles, from various genres and centuries, under this illustrious label? Although I'm sure that there are plenty of opinions on the subject, for me it's something about the universality of a … Continue reading 10 Classic Novels Everyone Should Read In Their Twenties (Part Two)
Here we are, in the last full week of October. Despite the month's attempts to move at a pace so slow that it defies explanation, the inevitable march of time continues. Fortunately, I have enjoyed a fantastic weekend of reuniting with one of my greatest friends - the only person able to appreciate my incommunicably … Continue reading Monday Musing: 21/10/13