By John Sutherland
This "little history” takes on a truly huge topic: the fantastic span of literature from Greek fable to photo novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is ideally fitted to the duty. He has researched, taught, and written on nearly each zone of literature, and his infectious ardour for books and examining has outlined his personal lifestyles. Now he courses younger readers and the grown-ups of their lives on an unique trip "through the wardrobe” to a better wisdom of the way literature from internationally can delivery us and support us to make feel of what it skill to be human.
Sutherland introduces nice classics in his personal impossible to resist manner, enlivening his choices with humor in addition to studying: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, 1984, and dozens of others. He provides to those a less-expected, own number of authors and works, together with literature frequently thought of good less than "serious attention"—from the impolite jests of Anglo-Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code. With masterful digressions into numerous themes—censorship, narrative methods, self-publishing, style, creativity, and madness—Sutherland demonstrates the complete intensity and intrigue of studying. For more youthful readers, he bargains a formal creation to literature, promising to curiosity up to tutor. For more matured readers, he gives you simply an analogous.
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There is no way of knowing how justiﬁed Greene’s punning allusion to Shakespeare’s alleged conceitedness was, but what we know about Shakespeare’s dramatic writings at the time does suggest a fair amount of artistic ambition and self-consciousness. Some time between Greene’s attack in 1592 and Heywood’s letter in 1612, Shakespeare must have written his sonnets. No reader can ignore how prominently the theme of poetry as immortalization ﬁgures in them. 7 Sonnet 74 will serve as an example: But be contented when that fell arrest Without all bail shall carry me away.
W. W. Greg, A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration, 4 vols. 1314. html. Dyson’s “Catalogue” is preserved in the Codrington Library of All Souls’ College, Oxford (MS 117). 43 William Drummond of Hawthornden drew up lists of “Bookes red be me” for the years 1606 to 1614. 45 In Drummond’s lists, plays appear alongside “Knox, Chronicles,” “The Holie Loue of Heuinlie Wisdome,” and Sir Thomas Hoby’s translation of Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier, which indicates that he found nothing inappropriate about juxtaposing playbooks with “serious” books.
W. Greg, Companion to Arber (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967), 321. George Wither, The Schollers Purgatory (London, 1624), a3r. A facsimile edition is available in “The English Experience” series (Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1977). For the original text of the royal “privilege” and for some of the other surviving legal documents, see Greg, Companion to Arber, 212–18. On Wither’s dispute with the Stationers’ Company, see Norman E. Carlson, “Wither and the Stationers,” Studies in Bibliography, 19 (1966), 210–15; Jocelyn C.