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    DescriptionThis 'little history' tackles a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task, having researched, taught and written on every area of literature. His infectious passion for books and reading has defined his own life. Now he guides young readers and adults on an entertaining journey revealing 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 humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, 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 attention' - from the rude jests of Anglo-Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code. With masterful digressions into various themes - censorship, narrative tricks, self-publishing, taste, creativity and madness - Sutherland demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading.

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    A Little History of Literature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Sutherland
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300186857
    ISBN 10: 0300186851

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000, LIT007000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    DC22: 809
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A23500000
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 809
    LC classification: PN511 .S746 2013
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DSB
    Illustrations note
    40 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    05 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature, University College London. A trenchant critic and columnist, he has taught students at every level and is the author or editor of more than 20 books including Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and Lives of the Novelists.
    Review quote
    Praise for John Sutherland: 'John Sutherland is among the handful of critics whose every book I must have. He's sharp-eyed and sharp-tongued, with a generous heart and a wise head.' - Jay Parini