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The Western Lit Survival Kit

An Irreverent Guide to the Classics, From Homer to Faulkner
Newman, Sandra, 1965- (Book - 2012 )
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A side-splitting tour that makes it a blast to read the Western literary canon, from the ancient Greeks to the Modernists.

To many, the Great Books evoke angst: the complicated Renaissance dramas we bluffed our way through in college, the dusty Everyman's Library editions that look classy on the shelf but make us feel guilty because they've never been opened. On a mission to restore the West's great works to their rightful place (they were intended to be entertaining!), Sandra Newman has produced a reading guide like no other. Beginning with Greek and Roman literature, she takes readers through hilarious detours and captivating historical tidbits on the road to Modernism. Along the way, we find parallels between Rabelais and South Park, Jane Austen and Sex and the City, Jonathan Swift and Jon Stewart, uncovering the original humor and riskiness that propelled great authors to celebrity.

Packed with pop culture gems, stories of literary hoaxes, ironic day jobs for authors, bad reviews of books that would later become classics, and more.



Baker & Taylor
Presents a guide to the classics of western literature, citing popular culture, information on literary hoaxes, and bad reviews to foster appreciation for the great works of the past.

Baker
& Taylor

The co-author of How Not to Write a Novel offers a unique guide to the classics, using interesting pieces of pop culture, information on literary hoaxes and bad reviews to foster appreciation for the great works of the past. Original.

Authors: Newman, Sandra, 1965-
Statement of Responsibility: Sandra Newman
Title: The western lit survival kit
an irreverent guide to the classics, from Homer to Faulkner
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2012
Characteristics: xii, 280 p. ; 23 cm.
Subject Headings: Criticism Literature Best books
Topical Term: Criticism
Literature
Best books
LCCN: 2011032730
ISBN: 9781592406944
Branch Call Number: 011.73 N
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