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Resonances: Contemporary Writers on the Classics

With Gabriel Adamesteanu, Giannina Braschi, Ib Michael, and Laurie Sheck; moderated by John Brenkman

In his famous essay "Why Read the Classics?" Italo Calvino writes: "The classics are books that exert a peculiar influence, both when they refuse to be eradicated from the mind and when they conceal themselves in the folds of memory, camouflaging themselves as the collective or individual unconscious." How does this "peculiar influence" resonate for the writer? For the fifth consecutive year, Baruch College's Great Works Program invites international authors to select a classic from the school's curriculum and discuss its influence within their life and work.