Within his ancient play ‘The Clouds,’ Aristophanes examines two particular kinds of speech, just and unjust speech, and their timeless conflict.
As vacation begins, decades of K-12 education research tells us that summertime is when the academic paths of higher- and lower-performing students most radically diverge.
Bob Dylan’s Nobel acceptance speech could almost have been written to illustrate the famous words on ‘tradition and the individual talent’ from an earlier Nobel laureate.
A new collection of forgotten F. Scott Fitzgerald stories shows an American master embracing dark subject matter without losing his sense of humor or capacity to hope.
Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech makes a solid case that he loves classic literature, absorbs its messages, and sends those messages back out again through his songwriting.
Moira Walley-Beckett’s adaptation of the classic children’s book tries too hard to be realistic, and completely misses the point.
Many fans are eager to re-explore their favorite characters. Others are dismayed by footage from Netflix’s new series that depicts a startling aberration from the spirit of the original story.
The loss of Richard Adams is a call to mourn and to reflect on the novel that has deeply touched many of us.
Liking healthy food requires the development of taste: the more you eat it, the more you grow to enjoy it. It’s the same with classic literature.
Director Mark Osborne takes this classic tale and weaves it into a larger narrative, one that breathes new life into the simple story of a boy and his rose.
What could ancient texts possibly teach us about the human condition in our enlightened age? As it turns out, they can teach us quite a bit.
In ‘Moby-Dick,’ Herman Melville offers us a prophetic portrait of the American demagogue that might serve as a textbook for any unscrupulous politician.
What are the best books depicting talking animals? What ‘classics’ are overrated? We want your ideas on these, and more.
Harper Lee was more than the sum of her words, as powerful as they were.
In my quest to provide my kids with stories that will nurture them, there are four kinds of literary dust bunnies I avoid.
The English playwright speaks to American culture and ideals, past and present.
William Shakespeare’s words have never before been changed wholesale to accommodate the intellectual laziness of a generation of artists and audiences.
Only the Bible and Shakespeare have sold more than Dame Agatha Christie. Today would have been her 125th birthday.
Young adults aren’t reading much classic literature—but they really should.
Calling kids purple penguins instead of boys and girls in Lincoln, Nebraska schools is just a first step towards remaking gendered thoughts.
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