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how old is a classic?

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: A Suggestion of Scandal by Catherine Kullman & And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott (Pigeonhole)
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favorite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Postby Vanessa » 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.
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Prof.Hirata
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Postby Prof.Hirata » Thu January 30th, 2014, 9:29 pm

"Kveto from Prague" wrote: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?

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.
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