What exactly is classic literature? Well, “classic” is defined as possessing "lasting worth or a timeless quality". To quote the educational philosopher Robert Hutchins:
“In the course of history ... new books have been written that have won their place in the list. Books once thought entitled to belong to it have been superseded; and this process of change will continue as long as men can think and write. It is the task of every generation to reassess the tradition in which it lives, to discard what it cannot use, and to bring into context with the distant and intermediate past the most recent contributions to the Great Conversation.”
I think you'll agree that the books we've chosen, such as Don Quixote, To Kill a Mockingbird, Paradise Lost, David Copperfield, Sherlock Holmes and The Merchant of Venice all deserve their place in this, the first of two quizzes on classic literature.