A Little History of Literature

little historyJohn Sutherland provides what is promised, sort of…  It is a little history of literature, well, really mostly a little history of English literature.  And by English literature, I mean from England, not from English speaking countries.  Although he does start with the epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey – how could he ignore those – he rarely branches out after that.  While Shakespeare, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and other English authors and poets have their own chapters, and rightfully so, he dedicates only single chapter to American literature, with very small references to many great American authors.  There are also mentions of American authors, and authors from other countries, sprinkled in other chapters where he discusses popular literature, e-books, publishing, and other general literary subjects.

Having gotten my chief complaint out of the way, since I was hoping for a more well-rounded representation of literature, the book did provide a wonderful little history of chiefly English literature.  The information is provided in an informal tone, with interesting insights into the cultural, personal, and historical influences.  Intermingled with the chapters about specific authors are chapters about the history of the literary industry, providing readers with an opportunity to consider these impacts as well.  Anyone who loves literature, and wants to gain greater insight into the history of English literature, will find this an interesting and easy read.

Title: A Little History of Literature
Author: John Sutherland
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Literature
Pages: 288
Publication: Yale University Press, November 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books.  And who doesn’t love lists??

This week’s challenge is to list the top ten books on my winter To-Be-Read list.  My TBR list never gets shorter, it’s much longer than 10 books, and there are probably many that I am not even thinking about yet, but here are ten books that I am looking forward to reading this winter…

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