Friday, November 1, 2013

Why read the classics?

The classic works of literature are at their core simple stories about people, their predicaments, and the culture, time and place in which they lived. I believe a classic is deemed so because of its’ unique storyline and writing style which earned praise from generations of audiences.  If only Mary Shelley had known while she wrote ‘Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus’ that her literary invention of a grotesque monster and the scientific experiment that created him, would brand itself into literature so deeply that we still see the allusions to it today.

Out of the mind and imagination of these classic authors readers see the same thread of wonderful writing, unique storylines, and characters who continue to travel through our literary world.  Peruse each of the following titles who began with their predecessor, the literary classic, but also evolved into a new and modern story for our times:

Classic                                                            Modern
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn —   Finn: A Novel (Jon Clinch)

Walden     —   Being Henry David (Cal Armistead)

Hamlet   — Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (Laura Bates)

The Great Gatsby  —  The Summer We Read Gatsby ( Danielle Ganek)

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood  —  Scarlet (A.C. Gaughen)

Provided by Renee Lienhard is a Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive

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