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Not only is it important to "keep people mindful on whose shoulders we stand," Coates says, but he believes that when it comes to defining which books are truly "black classics," black readers should have the last word on which ones make the cut.
Koelling, a YA/Reference Librarian at Washington's Bothell Regional Library, maintains that classics are "the cream of the literary crop," of great value to teens today and not "musty, old irrelevant tomes.
However, they are not inexpensive to stock--until now, thanks to the recent change in policy by eBook Classics, which is now offering schools perpetual licenses for up to 500 titles that include such classics as "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane, "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, "Night and Day" by Virginia Woolf, the works of William Shakespeare, and other books commonly found on middle and high school reading lists.
It's easy to see why literary classics have often fared so well at the box office.
In this sense, for all our talk about classic ballet, I suspect that classic ballet has very few real, twenty-four-carat classics.
A few months ago I found myself writing about the importance of repertory to classic ballet companies and emphasizing the significance of ballet's somewhat short supply of classics.