|Subject: Surely Classic|
Posted Jul 13, 2000 by James Casey
I am English. Pretty much everyone over here has heard of Huck Finn. Pretty much everyone over here has heard of The Prince & The Pauper (about as original a story as you'll get, I'd say). A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court is not only an extremely good piece of storytelling but has influenced one highly enjoyable (tho not enormously faithful) Bing Crosby film, a Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck etc. cartoon, and lots more.
I'd say at least 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Prince & Pauper' are literary classics - as high-ranking as you get.
I agree. I was making a joke that the editors screwed up. Twain's own definition of a classic is "a book which people praise and don't read." By his own definition, then, his works are NOT classics, since he is very widely read. Sorry for the confusion, please forward your complaints to the proper authorites.
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