What defines whether or not a book is a classic?

United States
June 25, 2008 12:44am CST
I've been wondering, how does a book come to be considered a classic? What makes a book a "classic"?
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@paid2write (5202)
25 Jun 08
Most novels have a short shelf life and go out of print within a year or two. Good novels get reprinted and may be available for around twenty years. A classic novel will never be out of print and will continue to be bought and read for fifty years or so. There are a great many novels published every year. Some of them are repeatedly repeated when they sell well but I think a classic is a book which is reread and studied many times and there will always be a demand for it.
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• India
25 Jun 08
You mean like famous five and secret seven by Enid Blyton? Because they are very old and are still in demand. But if classics are such popular then i think Harry Potter will be a classic too one day.
@golechha (178)
• India
30 Sep 08
books - says the history
i say books written by shakespeare are really "classics".