Surveying the whole world of books, literary essayist Dirda opens with an impassioned critique of modern reading habits, then presents many of the great, and idiosyncratic, writers he loves the most. He starts with ancient classics and ends with groundbreaking science fiction; in between, he writes about everything from Renaissance intellectual history and Russian literary theory to spaghetti westerns and neglected modern masters.--From publisher description.
From the publisher: A guide to "classical learning" helps readers fill in the holes in their education as it looks at great works of fiction, autobiography, history, poetry, drama, and other genres and provides annotated listings of suggested readings.
From the publisher: Works of high regard ranging from ancient writings to modern classics are noted as well as discussions of the writer's work as a whole, critical evaluations of each work, and suggested related readings.
From the publisher: This engaging love letter to reading follows the great authors and classics that transformed the world, and contains insightful descriptions, analysis, and comments about a wide range of genres – fiction, poetry, drama, children's books, philosophy, history, science, and reference books.
From the publisher: Discover the stories behind the adjectives - Dickensian, Kafkaesque, etc - and the writers behind the stories as you explore the greatest novels of all time. This book is a trove of reviews covering a century of memorable writing, handpicked by a team of international critics and literary luminaries.
From the publisher: An upbeat primer on how to enjoy classic novels from an academic perspective traces the form's traditions and influences, offering insight into such topics as literary symbolism, the grammar of the novel, and the ways in which an author's choices impact a story's structure.