Leggere i classici

Una volta un tizio che voleva insegnare a me e ad altre persone a scrivere in modo stringato ma elegante, ci consiglio di leggere tantissimo. E tantissimi classici. Lo pensa anche Saket Suryesh, che sull’argomento ha scritto un bel pezzo:

Great literature ought to have, to quote Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, “discovered some moral and not equivocal truth, or revealed some eternal passion in that heart where all seemed known and discovered.” Writers should employ eloquence because they want to whisper their truth to you. In this way, the classics are philosophy, with fiction there to illustrate the point. But a classic, contends Italo Calvino, is a book that has never finished to say what it has to say. Don’t we all want to read such a book? Don’t we all want to write such a book?

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