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The Western Lit Survival Kit

by Sandra Newman
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2012-04-05
Genre: Literary Criticism
Pages: 320 pages
ISBN 13: 1846142830
ISBN 10: 9781846142833
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Synopsis : The Western Lit Survival Kit written by Sandra Newman, published by Penguin UK which was released on 2012-04-05. Download The Western Lit Survival Kit Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. ... Finally Over CHAPTER 14 Conclusion: Beyond Western Lit Timeline: Great Moments inthe History of Western Literature Timeline: Livesof the Great Authors ACKNOWLEDGMENTS PENGUIN BOOKS THE WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT Sandra Newman is. -- There they sit, the great tomes of classical literature, taunting you with their length and difficulty, as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and what's actually any good? Why does most writing about the classics have words like 'seminal' or 'oeuvre' in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction? Now you can enjoy the classics without fear. This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon, century by century: from Ancient Greek drama to the modern novel, via Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, Tolstoy and Proust. There are entertaining plot summaries, unpretentious definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors' lives. With each work assigned ratings from 1 to 10 on Importance, Accessibility and Fun, you'll discover what's really worth bothering with and what you can safely discard without guilt. This book will make the things you've read clearer, inspire you to tackle the ones you've always meant to and make you sound far cleverer than you really are.

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