Classic literature is the recordings of the human heart and spirit, and, thus, has universal appeal. Of paramount importance to any culture, literature is immortalized truth that is not tampered with; it is the veritable outpourings of men's souls, a truth that is renewed over and over with the recordings of other poets and writers....semper veritas. To underscore this idea, French philosopher Denis Diderot wrote, "The truest history is full of falsehoods, and your romance if full of truths."
Classic literature provides not just enjoyment, but also understanding, expanding and refining the mind of the reader, thus illuminating people's sense of life. Indeed, it is one of life's greatest instructors and comforters. Interpretive literature, critics agree, has as an objective both pleasure and understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, "For only that book can we read which relates to me something that is already in my mind." Literature, thus, also connects the reader with the community of man, who, like the reader, has struggled, wept, lost, and known triumphs in life.