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Maria_H
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A New Home for Classics

We're launching Classics in August! 

 

With this new board, we hope you'll find it a natural home to talk about classics with other readers who share a passion and fondness for these timeless books.

 

ConnieK is your very able host. She's been leading and moderating our monthly standalone Classics discussion for some time now.

 

Thanks and we'll see you there!

 

Maria



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Re: A New Home for Classics

Maria -- does this mean that British Classics and American Classics will be closed down and merged into the new Classics section?  

 

Or is that section just intended to replace the separate classics discussions such as Mayor of Casterbridge, Secret Garden, and Little Woman, and bring them into one section, while leaving British and American Classics sections intact?

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Re: A New Home for Classics

Great question. 

 

For now, the our Classics board will serve as the new home for discussions of all classics, including American, British, and Connie's monthly selections. 

 

Even though activity has been low in American and British, I'm leaving the boards open for this month in case there are any returning regulars checking in, they can know where to find us.

 


Everyman wrote:

Maria -- does this mean that British Classics and American Classics will be closed down and merged into the new Classics section?  

 

Or is that section just intended to replace the separate classics discussions such as Mayor of Casterbridge, Secret Garden, and Little Woman, and bring them into one section, while leaving British and American Classics sections intact?


 

 



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Re: A New Home for Classics

One more question:  does this mean that the new Classics will also be the home not only for British and American classics but also for international classics such as Greek, Roman, Russian, German, French, Indian, Chinese, etc.?  Several posters havein the past noted the absence of appropriate forums for such authors as Plato, Homer, Tolstoy, Cervantes, Rabelais,Tagore, Lao Tzu, Flaubert, Balzac, Proust, etc.

 

Is this now


Maria_H wrote:

Great question. 

 

For now, the our Classics board will serve as the new home for discussions of all classics, including American, British, and Connie's monthly selections. 

 

Even though activity has been low in American and British, I'm leaving the boards open for this month in case there are any returning regulars checking in, they can know where to find us.

 


Everyman wrote:

Maria -- does this mean that British Classics and American Classics will be closed down and merged into the new Classics section?  

 

Or is that section just intended to replace the separate classics discussions such as Mayor of Casterbridge, Secret Garden, and Little Woman, and bring them into one section, while leaving British and American Classics sections intact?


 

 


 

to be the home of any work that either has been or might legitimately be published as a Barnes and Noble Classics edition?

 

 

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I thought dividing the two genres was a little unintelligent. British and American authors obviously influenced each other. Transcendentalist thought influenced authors from both countries, for example. And I just recently ventured into the classics of th early 1900's and 1920's , where dimension, line and shape were the part of intellectual discourse on both sides of the Atlantic, to use another example.

 

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Re: A New Home for Classics

 Certainly yes to your last question.  And as for international classics, I think so. 

 


Everyman wrote:

One more question:  does this mean that the new Classics will also be the home not only for British and American classics but also for international classics such as Greek, Roman, Russian, German, French, Indian, Chinese, etc.?  Several posters havein the past noted the absence of appropriate forums for such authors as Plato, Homer, Tolstoy, Cervantes, Rabelais,Tagore, Lao Tzu, Flaubert, Balzac, Proust, etc.

 

Is this now to be the home of any work that either has been or might legitimately be published as a Barnes and Noble Classics edition?

 

 


 

 



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Maria_H wrote:

Great question. 

 

For now, the our Classics board will serve as the new home for discussions of all classics, including American, British, and Connie's monthly selections. 

 

Even though activity has been low in American and British, I'm leaving the boards open for this month in case there are any returning regulars checking in, they can know where to find us.

 


Everyman wrote:

Maria -- does this mean that British Classics and American Classics will be closed down and merged into the new Classics section?  

 

Or is that section just intended to replace the separate classics discussions such as Mayor of Casterbridge, Secret Garden, and Little Woman, and bring them into one section, while leaving British and American Classics sections intact?


 

 


 

I've been giving this some thought, and I wonder if there is still time for a suggestion.  From various boards here, I find that in some cases people prefer a board on which they simply discuss the book selection, but this can be a bit stifling for people who want to discuss the genre as a whole, with varied topics of interest to them.  Others have raised good points about whether there should have been separate boards for British and American Classics, and also that there has been no place to discuss classics of other countries.  My suggestion is that the new Classics board be renamed B&N Classics Series, and be used for formal discussions of monthly book selections from that series, as it seems to have been designed for, while the American and British boards be combined and renamed World Classics, and be used for informal discussion of the genre as a whole, where everyone is free to post whatever topics interest them.  It may be a bit forward of me to make such a suggestion, but I think that the end result would be that more people will find a board to satisfy them (or both boards).
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Re: A New Home for Classics

Maria,

 

Are we going to discuss specific works in detail in the Classics as we do in other grousp? Has the first one been chosen?

 

Ophelia 

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Maria_H wrote:

Great question. 

 

For now, the our Classics board will serve as the new home for discussions of all classics, including American, British, and Connie's monthly selections. 

 

Even though activity has been low in American and British, I'm leaving the boards open for this month in case there are any returning regulars checking in, they can know where to find us.

 


Everyman wrote:

Maria -- does this mean that British Classics and American Classics will be closed down and merged into the new Classics section?  

 

Or is that section just intended to replace the separate classics discussions such as Mayor of Casterbridge, Secret Garden, and Little Woman, and bring them into one section, while leaving British and American Classics sections intact?


 

 


I'm so glad I saw this thread. It's been quite a while since I checked in... I think one Classics section is a good idea. I was quite overwhelmed by all the threads all over the board, didn't know where to start so I just marked everything as read. Hopefully, I will be able to particpate more...

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Re: A New Home for Classics

Yes.  Little Women is under discussion right now, through September 2.

 

Starting September 2, Thoreau's Walden and Civil Disobedience will be the works for discussion. 

 

ConnieK is moderating.  It's good to have a good moderator -- that's the key to success on boards.

 

It's not clear yet whether member input will be considered for selection of future readings.

 


opheliainfrance wrote:

Maria,

 

Are we going to discuss specific works in detail in the Classics as we do in other grousp? Has the first one been chosen?

 

Ophelia 


 

 

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Re: A New Home for Classics

Maria wrote: "For now, the our Classics board will serve as the new home for discussions of all classics, including American, British, and Connie's monthly selections. "

 

Thanks maria and other readers for your answer. I thought British classics were a separate forum, but now I understand. 

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