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Heroes and Legends
- The Most Influential Characters of Literature
- By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
- Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
- Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
- Original Recording
Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.
A great way to learn about literature
- By Roger on 10-10-2015
Excellent and insightful.
Would you listen to Heroes and Legends again? Why?
Professor Shippey offers great insights into the evolution of heros and villains in literature.
What did you like best about this story?
The variety of characters and the changing attitudes that shaped them over the centuries.
What does Professor Thomas A. Shippey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He tells the story, as opposed to me reading it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The book is broken into lectures of one hour duration, perfect for walking or exercise sessions.