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Old 04-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #31
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A classic book does not just have to be in the public domain. So the idea that the definition of a classic as a moldy oldie is just incorrect. Can we have a proper use of the term classic for a change?

I feel we should have a vote on this and decide the use of the term classic as PD only is highly incorrect.
Instead on voting about "What is classic", I think we should just change the May selection to "Public domain = Life + 70", then the meaning is very clear and no one's feathers are ruffled.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:00 AM   #32
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I must disagree strongly. There is a lot of old crap in the public domain. "Free" and "public domain" do not equal "classic."

C'mon, somebody third Anna Karenins already. We are reading enthusiasts, so we do not fear big books.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:08 AM   #33
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:19 AM   #34
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:35 AM   #35
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I'll put in a third nomination for Anna Karenina. Haven't read the great Russians since Crime and Punishment back in '70s, so I'm about due. Plus, if I can finish The Wise Man's Fear in nine days this should be a snap, right?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:09 AM   #36
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I'll nominate H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. One heck of a true classic SF work.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:19 AM   #37
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I'll nominate H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. One heck of a true classic SF work.
I'll 2nd this as well. Which makes for my last nomination.

Edit: This was my 500th post.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:28 AM   #38
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I'm too lazy to go back and look.. I know WofW has been in polls before. But, has it won? I thought that it did one time?

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:33 AM   #39
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Is "Brave New World" PD somewhere?
Can it be nominated here?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:33 AM   #40
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It is the best thing ever written or almost, but it is enormous. Ok, I second your choice. From a one liner champ like you, I expect pages of comments in the discussion.
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I hope those who nominate and/or vote for ... Anna Karenina realize how much they will be reading.

At least one of those knows
The other one is not afraid

I would discuss only those few chapters in the second part where he goes to work in the fields. I think those are among the best pages ever written.

In any case do not worry. I do not think it will be nominated even.

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Old 04-21-2011, 11:40 AM   #41
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:41 AM   #42
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In any case do not worry. I do not think it will be nominated even.
jkeene (sorry if i mispelled, i took a quick glance)
nominated it for a third so it should make the voting process.
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I would like to second "The diary of a nobody" by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith.

It is delirious. With images even. There is an edition on line also.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #44
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nominated it for a third so it should make the voting process.
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