I was once a public libarian in charge of a library’s young-adult section. This included a collection of “Classics” – which is library-talk for “books adults want teenagers to read.” You know, the sort of stuff that gets put in high-school English summer reading lists; books for which Cliffs publishes notes. Faulkner, Hemingway, Homer, Fitzgerald, Chaucer, Pynchon, Salinger, Joyce – serious mainstream litchracha. Most of the authors are dead, of course. (There was also a larger general YA collection of books we expected teenagers would want to read – Twilight novels, Cirque du Freak, graphic novels and manga, etc.)
What authors, writing today, will someday be considered “Classics” by that standard?