A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland

By John Sutherland

This "little history” takes on a really titanic topic: the wonderful span of literature from Greek delusion to photograph novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is ideally suited to the duty. He has researched, taught, and written on nearly each quarter of literature, and his infectious ardour for books and studying has outlined his personal existence. Now he publications younger readers and the grown-ups of their lives on an exciting trip "through the wardrobe” to a better knowledge of the way literature from internationally can delivery us and aid us to make experience of what it skill to be human.

Sutherland introduces nice classics in his personal impossible to resist means, 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 choice of authors and works, together with literature frequently thought of good lower than "serious attention"—from the impolite jests of Anglo-Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code. With masterful digressions into a number of themes—censorship, narrative methods, self-publishing, style, creativity, and madness—Sutherland demonstrates the complete intensity and intrigue of analyzing. For more youthful readers, he bargains a formal creation to literature, promising to curiosity up to show. For more matured readers, he offers simply an analogous.

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I think what hurts is that she should peg me so definitely as a nut. I am rather ashamed of this and sorry I ever began leveling with her. She demands the truth & when she gets it becomes so hurt that she must call it a lie. ” In a case of art imitating life imitating art—with no clear chronology—Sigal’s own thinly fictionalized iterations of that discovery contain sentences and phrases that are virtually identical to language in The Golden Notebook. Who borrowed from whom?  S” (“CS writing about DL” 124, Sigal’s ellipsis).

Lessing’s Czech lover—whom she identifies in her autobiography with the pseudonym, Jack, and fictionalizes in The Golden Notebook as Michael—was, in her own estimation, the most serious love relationship of her life (Walking 155). In Sigal’s thinly fictionalized version of Lessing’s biography, Coral has been “desperately unhappy” since Vashes left her (Coral typescript 104). Though she wishes for a man in her life as much for her young son’s sake as for her own, she acknowledges that she’s “gotten used to being alone and living on [her] own” and that, no matter how lonely she is, she will not compromise her integrity for a man (104).

In Sigal’s rendering, the dissatisfied Coral left her first marriage and began to work in 20 Literary Half-Lives a Johannesburg department store. There, she became involved with its manager, a “German-Jewish refugee, a Communist playwright and friend of Brecht” (“Jake Blue” 9), who not only was married but, as it later emerged, was a spy for British intelligence concerning South Africa. When Otto Vogel’s wife discovered his affair with Coral Brand, she filed for divorce; because of Otto’s prominence in the community, the legal action led to a high-profile scandal (10).

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