One-Minute Book Reviews

February 26, 2007

What is a Classic? Quote of the Day #9

Filed under: Classics,Quotes of the Day,Science Fiction — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 12:42 pm

Italo Calvino on classic books …

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

Italo Calvino in “Why Read the Classics?,” translated by Patrick Creagh. As quoted in Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits (Yale University Press, 2005), edited by Gary Westfahl, with a foreword by Arthur C. Clarke.


  1. Calvino’s work certainly fits this definition.


    Comment by knightofswords — February 27, 2007 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, I hope to review him sometime on this blog. Not this week, though, because his books are definitely not on the short list for the Delete Key Awards that I’m announcing here tomorrow …

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 27, 2007 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

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