Known Johnson

September 7, 2007

All the classics I’ve never heard of

Filed under: Books — Tom @ 2:07 pm

Am I the only one that somehow missed out on all these “classics” that I always see mentioned? Madeleine L’Engle, auther of A Wrinkle in Time, died Thursday, and the book is mentioned everywhere as something pretty much all children read in school at some point. Not this kid. I may have seen the title mentioned somewhere, but I definitely don’t know the story. I also never read The Scarlet Letter, or a whole bunch of other “classics.” And I was a big reader, so it’s not out of distaste for reading. My teachers just didn’t employ these books in our learning, but I don’t know how, since it seems like they form part of the cornerstone of modern learning. I did, however, read Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage and I’m apparently the only person I’ve met that actually liked it. So there.

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1 Comment »

  1. I think the missus has a copy of Wrinkle somewhere, but I have never read it or even cracked a page.

    I get that a lot too where all sort of classics that everyone read in high school, or junior high was never touched or mentioned by my teachers. We mostly read plays in shorts stories in my school, rarely novels.

    We must have gone to lousy school 🙂

    Comment by Mat Brewster — September 10, 2007 @ 10:12 pm | Reply


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