By John Sutherland
This little heritage takes on a really giant topic: the fantastic span of literature from Greek fantasy to photo novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. He introduces nice classics in his personal impossible to resist manner, enlivening his choices with humour in addition to studying: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, 1984, and dozens of others.
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A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland