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Posted: Wed June 16th, 2010, 8:40 am
I suppose a good definition of a modern classic would be a book which stands the test of time.
Posted: Thu January 30th, 2014, 9:29 pm
[quote=""Kveto from Prague""]People might consider a Steven King novel a modern classic but I doubt King will be more than a footnote 50 years from now. The same with the Harry Potter books. Any other ideas?[/quote]
My idea, in contrast to yours, Kveto, is that both S.King and J.K.Rowling will remain classics, but... in their genres! Take Conan Doyle, who is definitely a classic, but he can't be compared to, say, Galsworthy, they are from different domains. "The Chronicles of Narnia" - a classical fairy/fantasy, has nothing to do with Richard Aldington or E.Hemingway. And here the good principle of "impact" within the genre goes in force, in my opinion.