Magazine article Book

Talk about It

Magazine article Book

Talk about It

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A CLASSIC," ITALO CALVINO ONCE SAID, "IS A BOOK THAT has never finished saying what it has to say." With this issue, we turn our attention to literature of the sort the great Italian novelist had in mind: books that keep conversations going long after their contemporaries grow silent.

In "Where Are They Now?," which begins on page 34, you can find out what's been happening in the lives of more than a dozen authors of modern classics--folks like Richard Adams (Watership Down), Judith Guest (Ordinary People), S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders) and Norton luster (The Phantom Tollbooth). Then, on page 41, in "How They Sell Now," you can see just how successful a number of those books still are. You'll probably be delighted with the continued popularity of some old favorites, but not everybody's happy about it: On page 42, Stephen King presents a surprising report on how well classic books are doing these days, in contrast with those by "popular" authors like himself. …

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