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Classics Are In

abstract:What do Jane Eyre, Don Quixote, John Steinbeck, Marcel Proust, and the Little Mermaid have in common? According to Newsday, they are all “players in the hot new-retro trend”—classics.


December 14, 2003
— With Oprah focusing on classics for her re-launched book club, high-profile translations of classic works being released, and publishers updating their classic series, the genre is front and center of the publishing world—and in bookstores. According to the Newsday article, “[B]aby boomer nostalgia, the rise of book clubs and a longing for ageless wisdom after 9/11 are among reasons for the trend cited by publishers, editors and authors. High profit margins for books out of copyright help, too.”


But is this renewed interest truly driven by readers or by the marketing of books? What do you think? Are you reading classics in your book group?


Read the Newsday article.



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