But Will It Play In Peoria?
What makes a classic a classic? One Prof. John Paul Russo, chair of the University of Miami's Classics Department seems to have an answer. Unfortunately the Miami Herald article that discusses the issue had this to say as well:
What about children's literature? Any classics there? Yes, Russo said: Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh and works by Beatrix Potter. He's sure there will eventually be sci-fi and fantasy classics, but he doesn't think Harry Potter will ever make the grade.Considering that the books he prefers tend to fall into the Nothing-After-Pooh years, I'm hardly surprised that the fellow poo-poos Harry P. I also love that the very idea of "classic" children's literature would be up for debate.