What makes a classic?
Updated: Aug 25, 2019
I love to read classics. Rereading a classic feels like catching up with an old friend. I've had a lot of students ask me to help them find a classic book to read, and have asked me what makes a particular book a classic?
To be considered a "classic" a book must be an outstanding example of a particular genre or style. A classic is a book that can be read again and again, discovering something new with each rereading. A classic has elements that people of all ages, races, and genders can find something to connect with. A classic is timeless; readers are just as captivated by the story a hundred years later.
Here are some of my favorite classics. What books would you add?
-A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
-To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
-Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
-From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg
-The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
-A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L 'Engle
-Watership Down, by Richard Adams
-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
-A House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs
-Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
-Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
-Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
-Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
-The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien
-The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
-The Call of the Wild by Jack London
-Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain