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Exploring more than 100 of the world's most important literary works and the literary geniuses that created them, this book is the perfect introduction to the subject of literature and writing.

The Literature Book features some of the world's most celebrated books, plays and poetry, including Latin American and African fiction, and best-selling masterpieces from the most renowned authors ever to have lived. 

Filled with inspirational quotes, detailed plot summaries and feature boxes bringing the timeless works of literature to life and setting them into their wider social and cultural context. The audiobook also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning. 

From Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Shelley's Frankenstein, The Literature Book, narrated by Katherine Press, is a must-have for any literature student or fan of fiction.

©2016 Dorling Kindersley Ltd (P)2019 DK Audio

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  • Lex
  • 19-02-2020

Thoroughly enjoyable

From 3000BC right up to Half of a Yellow Son by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie this mad dash through *some* of the world's literary history is great fun, and has prompted me to try some novels that I would otherwise have left unread. I listened to this on Audible.co.uk in the car: 15hrs and 20mins. Great fun, if you're not too proud to read an introductory teratment to a topic, and to specific books, you may already know much of. I say *some* because much poetry is left out (and that dealt with is treated too superficially to be of interest), and the focus from Daniel Defoe onwards is the novel, and genres of fiction writing. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • Sean
  • 17-01-2020

This

Would've been a good buy if the narrator showed some enthusiasm for what she was readin' but she droned on a bit, thought my ears were gonna bleed, so it's no to good buy, yes to goodbye.

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  • Ms. G. Fink
  • 04-03-2020

A detailed and informative over view!

This book gives an introduction to the history of literature and poetry from 3000 BCE to the modern era! This is great for those who want a detailed overview of literacy classics.

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