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David Duffy

Through the magic of Google, in 1806


"We heartily wish the art of book-making were somewhat less thriving among us...if no good be likely from the labours of a writer, he had much better, both on his own account, and on that of his readers, remain quiet. We confess that we speak feelingly on this subject: destined, as we are, to be readers of books, which sometimes neither find, nor deserve, any Readers beside Reviewers...Instead of such selections as these, or any others from ancient or modern classic writers..."

Modern classic here seems to be that written in the style of the Ancient classics.


"Classic...A Greek or Roman author work. As a substantive, it must be qualified to have a different meaning; eg a modern classic, a French classic, etc"

Eric Schliesser

Yes, It's clear that sometime between 1720s and 1820s, a 'classic' can be modern.
Hi David, you may enjoy a diagram by Bryce Huebner:

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