Or that Keith Waterhouse, who is now remembered solely for Billy Liar, also worked on a doomed musical of Andy Capp? : Great Puzzles in Nineteenth-century Fiction (World’s Classics), Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? : The Stories Behind the Titles, best books offering an introduction to literary theory, Lives of the Novelists: A History of Fiction in 294 Lives, the curious and rather disgusting origins of the title, The Literary Detective: 100 Puzzles in Classic Fiction (Oxford World’s Classics), Is Heathcliff a Murderer? 863,799 ratings — https://www.amazon.com/Literature-Fiction-Kindle-eBooks/b?node=157028011 Read 91 246 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. It’s both more meditative and confrontational than the others, containing as it does war journalism and transcendental declarations of faith. John Sutherland is one of the best authors of books about literature, so he actually features on this list twice…. published 1988, avg rating 4.27 — published 1866, avg rating 3.99 — I got James Wood, “How Fiction Works” on the way from my public library, because of this article. : and Other Shakespeare Puzzles, is also worth checking out. for “books about books,” it’s fun to see Dirda having fun, and I was reminded of Bill Bryson’s I’m a Stranger Here Myself—a collection of wise and witty commentary from a gifted observer and a seasoned polymath. published -700, avg rating 3.85 — 646,711 ratings — We’ll admit we’re kicking off with a rather partisan choice, since Tearle is the founder-editor of Interesting Literature. updated May 09, 2016 03:48AM — 1,687,255 ratings — Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. (Oxford World’s Classics). Lucky for me I’m a critic, and, even luckier, that I’ve been tasked with discussing five—count ‘em, five—books about books being published this year. Thanks so much for sharing! His prose is straightforward and direct, and his criticism sharp and acute. As a companion of sorts to James Wood’s book, I would recommend Charles Baxter’s “The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot”. 1,947,843 ratings — In fact, it’s probably my favorite category: books on books. After reading all these books on books, I feel like I’ve engaged in some bibliophagy. published 1847, avg rating 3.81 — published 1952, avg rating 4.31 — 2,907,165 ratings — If you’re more specifically interested in the history of the novel and how this form has developed in English literature, this is an engagingly written and frequently very witty introduction to the English novel, from Defoe to James Joyce. published 1985, avg rating 3.90 — Take, for instance, his assessment of Haruki Murakami way back in 2000, before he’d become one of the most recognizable writers in the world and a perpetual contender for the Nobel Prize: “No other contemporary writer has impressed me more than Haruki Murakami.” Or his view of Don DeLillo (a view I happened to agree with): “Don DeLillo is one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. Foster’s How to Read Novels like a Professor was great as well. (Oxford World’s Classics), Oxford World’s Classics: Henry V, War Criminal? 756,511 ratings — 366,581 ratings — I put a link to my Delicious account. Listopia > Literature Book Lists. 244,375 ratings — He also extols Dover Books, which he credits, via editor and vice president E.F. Bleiler, with “rediscovering and making available some of the greatest names in Victorian and Edwardian popular fiction.” Whether he’s recommending books as holiday gifts or discussing his love (like me!) lit. published 1877, avg rating 3.78 — Ordered the Eagleton book. These short essays find Dirda in a lighter, more personal mode than he often is, since he was pretty much given carte blanche with his assignment. I haven’t read any of these before, but The Library Detective looks really interesting. A classic for a reason – Steinbeck’s George and Lennie loom large in American literature. Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email. His seems to be quite the prolific polymath. One of the more disheartening chapters deals with “representations of the West in books around the world,” and, not surprisingly, the West doesn’t come out looking all that great. Not… me. James Wood, How Fiction Works. Pingback: Saturday Miscellany – 3/21/15 | The Irresponsible Reader. To paraphrase Whitman, I celebrate books, and sing books, and what I assume you shall assume, for every book belonging to me as good belongs to you. published 1884, avg rating 3.78 — published 1851, avg rating 3.98 — published 1818, avg rating 3.98 — published 1603, avg rating 3.97 — I’m going to end with Melissa Pritchard’s A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write. Breaking bestselling records even today, this dystopian society hits uncomfortably close to home. published 1951, avg rating 3.69 — Since simply listing the books and providing a short write-up of each would make for dull reading, Morgan instead narrates her journey in a mix of memoir and criticism, covering everything from translation issues to the paucity of world literature in your average bookstore. More than friends (sorry, everyone). In British author Ann Morgan’s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe the author sets herself an ambitious goal: after a year of reading only women, she decides to spend a year “trying to read a book from every country in the world.” That’s 197 books (195 from UN countries, plus Taiwan and Kurdistan), and includes countries many Americans have never heard of let alone read a book by one of its citizens. 2,390 books — 12,693 voters So you love a Bad Boy or Tortured Hero. published 1926, avg rating 4.37 — In their hearts they were frightened.” Parks finds, in an Italian translation, the word but inserted between the two sentences. published -750, avg rating 4.12 — 2,744,684 ratings — 480,164 ratings — Hope it is helpful to you. published 1925, avg rating 4.28 — 834,446 ratings — 265,862 ratings — Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Rebecca Solnit: Our First Black Woman President Is Here, In Praise of Bob Dylan’s Narrative Strategies… and His Verbs, The First Mughal Emperor's Towering Account of Exile, Bloody Conquest, and the Natural World, Growing Up in the Soviet Union's Hero City, Five Books That Have Helped to Define Flash Nonfiction, The Most Unusual Murder Weapons in Crime Fiction, 5 Psychological Thrillers You Should Read in November, Let's Explore a Complicated Thriller Archetype: The Femme Fatale.
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