Read the Classics

What do you mean be “classics” of literature? A Handbook to Literature(Holmon and Harman) defines a classic as “a piece of literature that by common consent has achieved a recognized superior status in literary history; also an author of similar standing.” (from Holman, C. Hugh and William Harmon. A Handbook to Literature. 6th ed. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1992.)

The phrase “by common consent” is the tricky part here; not everyone agrees on what the classics are. But lots of
people have created lists of what they believe to be the most important books. Below is a list of some of the books that our library considers as classics. And you can read them online! These eBooks are courtesy of Project Gutenberg.

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Meeting with Mussolini: Tagore’s Tours in Italy, 1925 and 1926 By Kalyan Kundu /script/mootools.js/script/qtabs.js//

Meeting with Mussolini: Tagore’s Tours in Italy, 1925 and 1926

Author(s): Kalyan Kundu
 Of the many countries Rabindranath Tagore visited in his lifetime, his Italian sojourns of 1925 and 1926, at the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s invitation, have been of immense interest to Tagore scholars. His visits stoked an adverse international response, and were largely debated in Indian and Italian media during and after his tours. Realizing how he was influenced by the Italian propaganda machine to make him appear a defender of fascism, Tagore wrote a letter to C.F. Andrews, later published in The Manchester Guardian, to end all speculation on his much-debated tours to Italy.   Kalyan Kundu’s evaluative study unfolds the story of this encounter between a humanist and a tyrant. This well-researched work is based on a vast corpus of reportage—lectures and conversations, letters and memoirs, articles and news reports—available on the controversial Tagore-Mussolini episode.