I recall reading a short story in the 80s, either in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine or Analog. It took place in a somewhat post-apocalyptic society, that was only slowly returning to any semblance of civilization. The protagonist, IIRC, was applying for acceptance at a university, where he hoped to learn to read, and later to read and provide the world with further understanding of the classics of Western Civilization’s Golden Age of Literature.
The twist was that “the classics of Western Civilization’s Golden Age of Literature” comprised all printed material that survived the collapse of civilization. Thus, the library had a couple of Shakespeare’s plays, right next to a series of children’s books, based on a pixie-like character who looked like a kewpie doll.
In point of fact, the illustration for the story showed the kewpie doll pixie leaning insouciantly against a bust of the Bard, on a bookshelf with only a small number of books on it.
Anybody recall the title? TIA.