Why read the classics?: Valdir Chagas at [email protected]

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With so much reading to do these days, who has time for “The Classics”? French teacher Valdir Chagas tackles this bête noire of language and literature students. The classics, he asserts, make us who we are. Racine and Voltaire introduce us to people we’ll meet later in life; Sartre allows us to form our own opinions; Flaubert and Borges show us how to communicate them in beautiful words.

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