Five Books That Are Great Introductions to Studying English Literature

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Five books that provide an accessible short introduction to the study of English Literature

In a previous post, we offered our pick of ten great books about literature, some of the very best books we’ve read in the course of our research for this blog. Now, we’ve narrowed this down to a more specific topic: those books which serve as great short introductions to the study of English Literature. Whether you’re studying English at school or university, or you’re a fan of literature and would like to understand more about how novels and poems work, these five books are great guides to the subject – and they’re theory- and jargon-free, too. Click on the title of each book for more information about it.

Terry Eagleton, How to Read Literature. Eagleton is never less than an amusing and knowledgeable guide, and in this recent book he provides a breezy…

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