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Classic comments

We're having a discussion in the building about whether teens read the "classics," whatever those might be.

When I think of "classic" books, I think of Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare, and even Hemingway and Faulkner. And I think that's what the discussion is about.

It appears some folks believe teens don't read those classical works any more because their teachers don't make them. But, I have also been reading some blog strands elsewhere that suggest that there is a lot of good YA literature out there for kids to read, and they don't really need to be exposed to what I think of as classical literature.

I'm not sure young people have ever read classical literature unless they were required to do so by teachers. I mean, did any teenager ever voluntarily pick up "Great Expectations" or "Wuthering Heights" or even "The Sound and the Fury" just to consume for pleasure?

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