1: Classics

The first issue of PEN’s literary journal, Classics features tributes to Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, and Italo Calvino, a conversation between Richard Howard and Susan Sontag, a PEN panel discussion on the literary fact and fiction, and much more.

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Classics: A Forum 

James Wood, Mary Gordon, Elaine Showalter, Michael Cunningham, Salman Rushdie, Umberto Eco, Carlos Fuentes, Bradford Morrow, Alastair Reid, Eliot Weinberger, Rosario Ferré, Robert Stone, Paul Auster, John Macrae


Gérard de Nerval, Octavia


C. P. Cavafy, Four Poems
Albert Altimari, One-Legged Walter


William H. Gass, On Reading to Oneself
Virginia Woolf, How Should One Read a Book?
Italo Calvino, Why Read the Classics?
Suzan-Lori Parks, An Equation for Black People Onstage
Richard Sieburth, Gérard de Nerval, Invisible Man
Jorge Luis Borges, Delia Elena San Marco
Paul Betts, Flattop for Cherry Hill


Richard Howard and Susan Sontag, The Writer, The Work: Thrown Voices
James Atlas, Russell Banks, Millicent Dillon, Charles McGrath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Simon Schama, The Real Story: Literary Fact and Fiction
Jessica Hagedorn, Charles Mee, and Suzan-Lori Parks, The Play’s the Thing
K. Anthony Appiah and Benjamin Barber, The Most Insidious Censorship