Is reading the classics really necessary? What use is it to someone if they’re not interested in literature? Isn’t it the same kind of thing we used to study in school? What makes them so important?
The classics become classics for many different reasons and often excel at different things however there is much to learn from reading the classics. It is a good way to broaden your horizons while also experiencing the best quality of work in whatever genres the book falls.
Italo Calvino once wrote a short essay titled “Why Read the Classics”; in it he listed a number of reasons why one would. Let’s explore some of his reasons why.