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The Classics Reclassified, In Which Certain Famous Books Are Not So Much Digested As Ingested, Together with Mercifully Brief Biographies of Their ... Which It Might Be Helpful Not To Answer Paperback – June 1, 1960
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My copy must have been written about the time of Homer, as it has no ISBN number.
This volume helps one understand the classics in a way they can be appreciated. It is refreshing to read a book by someone that had made the learning experience so palatable. (No, I did not eat the book.)
Richard Armour starts out with a succinct and to the point biography of the classic writer. He makes clear what other books only imply. After this he follows up with the classic, it's self. Some time I am not sure if I should believe him.
The Iliad "From the original Greek, Whoever he was"
Julius Caesar "et tu, William"
Sir Walter Scott
Ivanhoe "upright knights, tilting and toppling"
The Scarlet Letter "an A for effort"
Moby Dick "strong men cry and whales blubber"
Silas Marner "a moral with a tale"
David Copperfield "or up from poverty"
The book also contains sketches at relevant or irreverent intervals.
I strongly recommend the reader to enjoy 'The Classic Reclassified', it will be a rare treat.