Book clinic: what constitutes ‘well read’?

No two people’s lists are the same, but the Anglo-American greats and the ancient Greeks and Romans are all required reading

Since it is seen as a great accolade for a person to be thought “well read”, I wonder what the minimum requirement might be to be considered thus?
David Handley, Yorkshire

Robert McCrum, author and former literary editor of the Observer
In 1618, two years after Shakespeare’s death, a well-read adult could easily load all the books they had collected on to a decent-sized cart. Not only was there a consensus about what a good library should consist of, it was also quite easy to accumulate the necessary classics in good Renaissance translations.

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