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- Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 54.99
The literary, political, and artistic interests of poet and cultural icon Stephen Spender are illuminated in this narrative based on his private papers, tracing his rise to success as a poet in the 1930s through his later years as cultural statesman of the twentieth century, and examining his relationships with such luminaries as Dylan Thomas, Sylv more...
- Oxford University Press, UK 2007; US$ 9.99
For the last century, the tastes and preferences of readers of fiction have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal what we have been reading - and why. - ;'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For... more...
- Oxford University Press, UK 2005; US$ 8.99
Ace literary detective John Sutherland challenges the reader to discover just how well you really know your favourite author. Starting with easy, factual questions the quiz progresses to find out how much you know by deduction and hypothesis- what really motivates the characters, and what is going on underneath the surface? Hugely entertaining as well... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 42.95
First published in 1981, this book offers a study of British and American popular fiction in the 1970s, a decade in which the quest for the superseller came to dominate the lives of publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Illustrated by examples of the lurid incidents that catapult so many books into the bestseller charts, this comprehensive study... more...
- Random House 2010; US$ 10.67
How much heavier was Thackeray's brain than Walt Whitman's? Which novels do American soldiers read? When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? And, while we're about it, who wrote the first Western, is there any link between asthma and literary genius, and what really happened on Dorothea's wedding night in Middlemarch... more...
- Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 13.99
How Literature Works is an indispensable book for any reader seeking a greater appreciation of their favorite novel, poem, or play. It offers a lively and straightforward guide to literary thinking. With a series of compact essays the renowned literary critic John Sutherland--widely admired for his wit and clear reasoning--strips away the obscurity... more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 41.00
Drawing on extensive research, John Sutherland builds up a fascinating picture of the cultural, social and commercial factors influencing the content and production of Victorian fiction, discussing major writers such as Collins, Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray and Trollope alongside writers also very popular with the reading public - Reade, Lytton and Mrs... more...
- Profile 2011; US$ 47.98
Arranged in chronological order the novelist's lives are opinionated, informative, frequently funny and often shocking. Professor Sutherland's authors come from all over the world; their writings illustrate every kind of fiction from gothic, penny dreadfuls and pornography to fantasy, romance and high literature. The book shows the changing... more...
- Quercus 2011; US$ 18.03
Literature suffers from appearing both deceptively easy and dauntingly difficult. We all like to think we can read a novel and understand what 'genre', 'style' and 'narrative' mean, but do we really understand them fully and how they can enrich our reading experience? How should we approach the works of great writers such as William Shakespeare, T.S.... more...
- Icon Books 2012; US$ 11.65
For fans old and new, this is a fascinating tour through Charles Dickens?s novels in the hands of a master critic and interpreter of his work. Oliver Twist ? Great Expectations ? David Copperfield ? all contain riotous fictional worlds that still live and breathe for readers today. But how much do we really know about the dazzling imagination that... more...