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Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda
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Dec 28, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: literary-criticism
Recommended for: people who read for enjoyment
Read in January, 2010

I tend toward "serious" reading - alternative histories, current affairs, psychology, spirituality, etc. Recently, I realized that I hardly ever read good literature. Then I discovered a series of books by Michael Dirda, literary critic for the Washington Post.

For those who choose to explore Classics for Pleasure, I challenge you NOT to go running to your local bookstore or library to read the works of these authors. It's impossible, I think. So far, based upon his suggestions, I've picked up the works of Agatha Christie, Eca de Queiros, and H.P. Lovecraft. Where have these authors been all my life? A rain check for my literary education, please.

Dirda's essays are smart and engaging. Warning, he may coax you into reading more than you're accustomed to. I'm reading this book slowly, as I explore the authors highlighted by Dirda. This one will be in my currently-reading list for ages.
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