Ry period they are part of or sometimes even how to understand these terms humor in 19th century realism is a different beast than humor in say the 14th century work The *CANTERBURY TALES DEPENDING ON YOUR INTENTIONS *Tales Depending on Your Intentions Reading This Book intentions reading this book ll either be a decent enough read or an utter disappointment I want to read Fairly brief highly readable enjoyable I read the first edition I suppose it represents a mainstream late 20th century British consensus Ongoing discussion among students is yet to disclose whether this tome is meant as a practical joke or a serious attempt at writing sound literary history If the latter is the case I must say Mr Alexander has failed miserably A loose collection of unfounded criticism rather than a historical survey of English literature this work fails to provide the reader even with basic insight in the characterising features of the literary periods discussed Moreover the author makes use of an opaue set of terminology including vague judgements such as serious novels of Character and Environment or about Orwell a better journalist than a writer At no point does he feel the need to spell out their meaning Freuently an author or topic is introduced only for the discussion to be interrupted by the treatment of another writer after which Michael comes back to the first author under discussion If this book wants to be what it purports it is a literary history useful to all students of English it needs thorough revision. W of each chapter• boxed biographies of authors and tables of publications and historical events• on page definitions of important terms and concepts• suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter to aid study• portraits of authors illustrations maps and an inde.
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Book I Ve EverI ve ever the opportunity to reference Hoping to buy a copy in the future If you need a general overview of authors important throughout English history this is a good enough book If you need a general overview of literary periods and you expect explanations on *WHAT WAS CENTRAL TO WHICH PERIOD THIS IS *was central to which period this book is the right one as opposed to that you ll be with endless biographies and brief history lessons On top of that although the book is well divided into periods genres and authors the author has a tendency to jump from one point to another To give a brief example of this the last author handled in Chapter 13 is Sean O Casey In the 22 lines that constitute this section a mere seven are spent talking about him and his plays In the remaining space he talks about Auden founding a Group Theatre with little to no rhyme or reason to how this relates to O Casey Auden himself was already spoken about earlier on in the book It s a generally enjoyable read and it does give a nice overview of all the different authors and their works but as a history of literature as a whole it fails in delivering a good enough explanation on what makes the different literary periods what they are Works are instead described with sometimes subjective terms such as powerful or described to be humorous or satiric without any explanation of how this relates to the litera. Ing on the book's established reputation and success the third edition has been revised and updated throughout It now provides a full final chapter on the contemporary scene with on genres and the impact of globalizationFeatures of this best selling book include• a helpful overvie. Best book for reading about all the eras centuries in one place Its reader friendly uite interesting One of those books which helped me a lot in my uni days Very well written go for it if u are preparing for NET exam or PGT I d recommend this for people who are
interested in learning about selected works and authorsin learning about selected works and authors English literature However for someone like me who has to study for a detailed reading list exam and
needs actual facts about the different literary periods this is definitelyactual facts about the different literary periods this is definitely wrong book Not only *is this book unstructured and opaue it completely rejects the idea of objectivity *this book unstructured and opaue it completely rejects the idea of objectivity than once blatantly shows favouritism with expressions as explicitly as calling works bad or praising authors as the best of their ind The remark that contemporary poetry cannot reach greatness speaks of a bitter old man and is the last in a string of unprofessional instances The works chosen are reviewed instead of presented and the book is filled with strange commentaries such as on whether or not homosexuality is natural Not only completely off topic but also not based on scientific evidence and a strange obsession over authors Christianity If this book were presented as a collection of reviews one could maybe turn a blind eye to the inconsistent subdivisions and in paragraph topic chances Maybe But it is presented as a historic scientific and academic overview and is This was not reading friendly I would have preferred explanation about A History of English Literature has received exceptional reviews Tracing the development of one of the world's richest literatures from the Old English period through to the present day the narrative discusses a wide range of True Stories Of New England Captives Carried To Canada During The Old Fr key authors but never loses its clarity or verve Build.