➦ A Little History of Literature Ebook ➬ Autor John Sutherland – Cheapnikeshoes.co

From The Epic Of Gilgamesh To Harry Potter, This Rollicking Romp Through The World Of Literature Reveals How Writings From All Over The World Can Transport Us And Help Us To Make Sense Of What It Means To Be Human Original , First Printing


7 thoughts on “A Little History of Literature

  1. says:

    Ich hab mir das Buch als Hilfe f r das berblickswissen f r mein Englisch Staatsexamen bestellt Durch den netten Schreibstil wurde die f r mich trockene Literaturgeschichte sogar unterhaltsam Der Autor hat es geschafft, sich auf die wichtigsten Infos zu konzentrieren, so dass die Kapitel eine angenehme L nge haben und man einen guten berblick ber das jeweilige Thema bekommt Die kleinen Zeichnungen jedem Kapitel sind au erdem eine nette Erg nzung


  2. says:

    The author took a lot of care to make the flow of the book smith and entertaining all the time It contains a lot of smart jokes and interesting facts.Highly recommend


  3. says:

    This book strongly resembles Saul Steinberg s famous New Yorker cover of New York City, but instead of New York streets writ large we have British authors with all the writers from other countries scattered haphazardly in the background.This necessarily gives a biased history of literature Given these limitations this is a well written, enlightening but very superficial literary history, aimed at the high schooler or college Freshman.It takes us only until the 5th chapter to get to Chaucer and we pretty much stay mainly on the British islands for the next 35 Sutherland, an expert in 19th Century British literature, pulls out interesting facts from all ages of writing and writes with a very light hand But we get a full chapter on Hardy and Tennyson, but only a paragraph or two on Proust and Joyce and Kafka He covers topics such as censorship, best sellers, screen adaptations and book prizes in their own chapters as well.A chapter on Virginia Woolf is typical covered are a short bio, a survey of her works, feminist criticism and the Bloomsbury Group All in seven pages But this is a little history so there is truth in advertising and when moving at this pace, there are no longeurs.The book is continually entertaining, informative and very basic It is like those tour buses that introduce you to a new city showing you places that you may care to return to at some future time in order to linger.


  4. says:

    This was probably an impossible commission After a brief introduction covering myth, fable and the sagas, what we get is restricted to English lit with a little American, and the smallest nod to foreign European languages That said, this is a fair overview of this huge subject by somebody who clearly loves it and has read everything Whether you agree with everything he chooses to write about or what he says about the works he covers doesn t much matter the important bits are covered and the book as a whole is interesting and I think would provoke an intelligent teenager into exploring further the wealth and variety that English lit has to offer Will the American readership be miffed, though


  5. says:

    He might as well have called it A Little History of Western Literature given his scant mention of any historical development in the eastern front save for the current writers Mo Yan from China who is a Nobel Laureate and Haruki Murakami from Japan who has a global following, both of which were only mentioned in passing Substitute English for Western and the book becomes even accurate, because after quick brushstrokes on the precursors of literature in the west, dedicating 4 out of 40 chapters on myths, epics and tragedies from various old world superpowers, he formally begins to follow the trail of literature in English beginning with Chaucer s Cantebury Tales.These gripes aside, this little history will satisfy lovers of literature like me who are interested to follow the treasure trail of developments in the tools printing and publishing , authorship copyright laws , milieus romanticism, modernism, post modernism, dystopian, absurdist, existentialist, metaphysical, magic realism, etc , types novels, poetry, plays, criticism and trends reading groups, bestsellers, ebooks, adaptations, literary prizes, etc that lead us to the book that we have in our hands.Easter eggs such as discovering that italics is so named because the first designer of the slanted type is from Italy, that font is so called because these are the receptacles of shapes where molten lead is poured to create the type, and that these fonts are stored in cases where the capital letters are found in the upper case, all add to the fun of reading this book Many other tidbits such as these are inconspicuously found all over, and discovering them adds to the fun of reading.Knowing the tumultuous and multi branched scope of literature s historical development in this book gave me greater appreciation of all the books I ve read and will read, and for that alone I cherish this book and highly recommend its reading.


  6. says:

    John Sutherland s books are always hugely enjoyable, with lots of informative tidbits scattered throughout This is a little programmatic than others of his I ve read his series on 19th Century novels Is Heathcliff a Murderer Can Jane Eyre Be Happy and their successors is not to be missed , but always thoughtful with interesting perspectives on his literary subjects.


  7. says:

    Having read Sutherland s Lives of the Novelists, and listened to his marvelous lecture series on British Literature via Audible I knew I was in for a treat And this new book did not disappoint, being as it was written in Professor Sutherland s distinctive style.I was never bored rather, I was inspired to read MORE I can genuinely recommend this book to anyone who needs a good reason to return to Literature And for those who never left it, Sutherland will help you to get even out of reading.