A tale of two cities was first released in two parts in two different newspapers.The only Shakespeare I ever really enjoyed, was that movie version of 'The Merchant of Venice'. Otherwise, it is dire, tedious, conceited literary onanism.
Then again I'm pretty good at sums, so it may be a brain hemisphere thing.
If you think that’s bad, some people on this very site believe that the ability to recite Homer’s Iliad in ancient Greek from memory is the ideal vehicle to be Prime Minister of the country.Clearly you are a bunch of philistines and do not appreciate the art of classic literature. This brings me to another point. Why are things like classical works still seen as an ideal vehicle for teaching reading and English language skills? Because someone said so once upon a time.
The education related threads on here are just the same. People bemoan the fact that schools are not exactly like the were in the old days. It must madden the likes of @Ortholith and @Nimbus mad.
If you think that’s bad, some people on this very site believe that the ability to recite Homer’s Iliad in ancient Greek from memory is the ideal vehicle to be Prime Minister of the country.
I can recite many of the witticisms of Homer Simpson* - do I stand a chance?
Typically 'The Classics' were the preferred subject for Civil Service types - not much good when you have to try to decide between industrial strategies x and y, or negotiate major deals.
*If I could say just a few words, I'd be a better public speaker.