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This little history takes on a very big subject the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels from TheEpic of Gilgameshto Harry Potter John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task He has researched taught and written on virtually every area of literature and his infectious passion for books and reading has defined his own life Now he guides young readers and the grown ups in their lives on an entertaining journey through the wardrobe to a greater awareness of how literature from across the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be human Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way enlivening his offerings with humor as well as learning Beowulf Shakespeare Don uixote the Romantics Dickens Moby Dick The Waste Land Woolf 1984 and dozens of others He adds to these a less expected personal selection of authors and works including literature usually considered well below serious attentionfrom the rude jests of Anglo Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code With masterful digressions into various themescensorship narrative tricks self publishing taste creativity and madnessSutherland demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading For younger readers he offers a proper introduction to literature promising to interest as much as instruct Forexperienced readers he promises just the sameThis little history takes on a very big subject the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels from TheEpic of Gilgameshto Harry Potter John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task He has researched taught and written on virtually every area of literature and his infectious passion for books and reading has defined his own life Now he guides young readers and the grown ups in their lives on an entertaining journey through the wardrobe to a greater awareness of how literature from across the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be humanSutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way enlivening his offerings with humor as well as learning Beowulf Shakespeare Don uixote the Romantics Dickens Moby Dick The Waste Land Woolf 1984 and dozens of others He adds to these a less expected personal selection of authors and works including literature usually considered well below serious attentionfrom the rude jests of Anglo Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code With masterful digressions into various themescensorship narrative tricks self publishing taste creativity and madnessSutherland demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading For younger readers he offers a proper introduction to literature promising to interest as much as instruct Forexperienced readers he promises just the sameThis little history takes on a very big subject the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels from TheEpic of Gilgameshto Harry Potter John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task He has researched taught and written on virtually every area of literature and his infectious passion for books and reading has defined his own life Now he guides young readers and the grown ups in their lives on an entertaining journey through the wardrobe to a greater awareness of how literature from across the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be humanSutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way enlivening his offerings with humor as well as learning Beowulf Shakespeare Don uixote the Romantics Dickens Moby Dick The Waste Land Woolf 1984 and dozens of others He adds to these a less expected personal selection of authors and works including literature usually considered well below serious attentionfrom the rude jests of Anglo Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code With masterful digressions into various themescensorship narrative tricks self publishing taste creativity and madnessSutherland demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading For younger readers he offers a proper introduction to literature promising to interest as much as instruct Forexperienced readers he promises just the same


8 thoughts on “A Little History of Literature (Little Histories)

  1. says:

    Ich hab mir das Buch als Hilfe für das Überblickswissen für mein Englisch Staatsexamen bestellt Durch den netten Schreibstil wurde die für mich trockene Literaturgeschichte sogar unterhaltsam Der Autor hat es geschafft sich auf die wichtigsten Infos zu konzentrieren so dass die Kapitel eine angenehme Länge haben und man einen guten Überblick über das jeweilige Thema bekommt Die kleinen Zeichnungen jedem Kapitel sind außerdem eine nette Ergänzung


  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 factsHighly recommend


  3. says:

    I was expecting to read a history of World Literature Instead it is history of English Literature Conseuently many great and famous writers are missed


  4. says:

    This is an enjoyable history of English Literature which consists of short essays on everything from early myths through Shakespeare the very first novels poetry Austen Dickens literature for and about children the censorship of books and all the way up to today with bestsellers book prizes and reading groups being discussedAlthough this does not really give you a great deal of depth about any particular topicauthor it is a great introduction and very readable A good starting point for anyone wishing to extend their reading or wanting to read the classics and being unsure of where to start All the major authors as well as important movements – from Romanticism to Modernism – are mentioned here From Woolf to Proust and the Bronte’s this is a great overview of classic literature through the ages


  5. says:

    Utterly dull The title has nothing to do with what's in that book I'm not certain what the author had in mind but it wasn't about history of literatureTo summarise in few words what you'll get from this book is a summary of the most famous and classical masterpieces of literature through the ages everything condensed with few paragraphs and in every chapter there's a constant reference to all the others every time an author is mentioned a certain chapter is referred where he's mentioned there again Any reader should prepare himherself for the VAST AMOUNT of spoilers for those who have had in mind to read any Kafka Thomas Mann Jane Austin and many classicsI would say that maybe 15% of the book will give the reader some light information about the literature itself and the development of books throughout historyI had to force myself to read it till the end and at the same time skip some parts where the author kept giving out spoilers in his never ending summaries of the classics


  6. says:

    I confess to being a bit of an unsuccessful academic snob I left university knowing a decent amount about French and Arabic literature but little general or English specific information about literature I therefore wanted a comprehensive survey and looked about for some heavy weighty clever books to make my shelves look intelligent than their owner Of course this book doesn't fit into that category it has cute little pictures and mentions Fifty Shades of Filth and Bob Dylan but I popped it into my cart at the end of my trip as I enjoyed John Sutherland's 'Desert Island Discs' broadcast and thought it would be 'nice' So far needless to say it's the only one I've read and most likely the only one I'll enjoyIt's a terrific book written with a charming balance of erudition honesty enthusiasm and self deprecation Not once does Sutherland wave his credentials in your face; rather he's an expert in the 'Show Don't Tell' school of authorship as he guides the reader throughout the history of the written word and makes it very easy to enjoy and absorb in the processWhereas I was expecting a chiefly chronological survey divided into dates Sutherland's book is split into 40 odd chapters on different literary ideas or phenomena which although they follow a broad chronological outline in that they start with Athens scrolls and end with Kindle misery focus on authors' modes styles and contexts for their writingI've given four stars as I couldn't help thinking that this should really be called A Little History of Literature through the lens of ENGLISH Literature with some foreign bits thrown in to fill the important gaps we Brits couldn't manage For example although Kafka Camus and Sartre are trotted out to discuss the unsettling bits of 19th20th century literary thought it is Austen who is given most credit for developments in narrative form and prose techniue when it was really Flaubert who broke the mould but who is just trumped up for a bit of scandal in the chapter on censorship I know I wanted English than French but a point is there Similarly Chaucer is the main man for the Ye Olde stuff but no European details are given It's a short work and it works very well but I do think there's a bit of a labelling clash Of course as Sutherland is an English professor nobody should judge him for sticking to his strengths which he does beautifullyAll in all buy it and read it You'll learn a lot and you'll enjoy this stroll through the annals of the written word


  7. says:

    Fantastic easy to read book Covers a range and is really easy to read without including ridiculously technical words


  8. says:

    Brilliant read interesting and entertaining