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Date Posted: 4/21/2010 11:01 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/22/2010 12:00 PM ET
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The Prince is certainly classical literature, but ... isn't it non-fiction?

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I don't have a recent copy to check, but I suspect rather strongly that an examination of the library filing data inside the book will file the book under politics. Reasonably certain not literature.

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I believe "classical literature" can be defined broadly enough to include historical and philosophical writings such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Machaivelli, among many others.  But a novel is necessarily fictional, which The Prince is not.

Checking in PBS database (should have thought of that earlier) The Prince lists as: 

Literature & Fiction >> History & Criticism >> Criticism & Theory >> General

Nonfiction >> Politics >> History & Theory