“The idea of a classic implies something that has continuance and consistence, and which produces unity and tradition, fashions and transmits itself, and endures…. A true classic, as I should like to hear it defined, is an author who has enriched the human mind, increased its treasure, and caused it to advance a step; who has discovered some moral and not equivocal truth, or revealed some eternal passion in that heart where all seemed known and discovered; who has expressed his thought, observation, or invention, in no matter what form, only provided it be broad and great, refined and sensible, sane and beautiful in itself; who has spoken to all in his own peculiar style, a style which is found to be also that of the whole world, a style new without neologism, new and old, easily contemporary with all time. Ancient works are classical not because they are old, but because they are powerful, fresh, and healthy.” – Charles Augustine Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)
A warm welcome to our Readers in the Classic Novels section of The Beam Magazine. A classic is a book that never gets old, keeps on redefining itself with every new reading, and has never finished saying what it has to say. Every rereading of a classic is as much a voyage of discovery as the first reading. Classics have played a very important role in the way we read and write today. Above all, Classics are works of the highest quality, which provide pure and unadulterated reading satisfaction, worth every penny of effort.
In this section, we propose to present our readers with some of the finest works in the Classic domain. So sit tight, and enjoy the ride.