Now let us praise Dickens and Dostoyevsky and oh, so many others

This wonderful essay from tomorrow’s NY Times. I am posting the whole text so I can keep rereading it myself.


February 28, 2010
Essay


I Was a Teenage Illiterate


At the age of 26, when I returned to
New York after an inglorious stab at graduate work in medieval history
on the frozen steppes of Chicago, I had a horrifying realization: I was
illiterate. At least, I was as close to illiterate as a person with
over 20 years of education could possibly be. In my stunted career as a
scholar, I

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One Response to Now let us praise Dickens and Dostoyevsky and oh, so many others

  1. Maya says:

    I read many classics as a child and have not reread them as an adult.
    She could have a point. But, then again, Italo Calvino probably has a
    good point too about them leaving a mark on you anyways. BTW, only
    myself and one other woman liked his book in our book group. Maybe that
    says something too. 🙂

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