“Why Read the Classics?” – Italo Calvino

“Why Read the Classics?”, an essay by Italo Calvino, in which he provides 14 reasons why classic literature matters.  In this excerpt he explains why old books are still relevant “overwhelmed as we are by the avalanche of current events”: At this point I can no longer put off the vital problem of how to relate the […]


Yan Nascimbene and Italo Calvino