Don't Know Much About Literature: What You Need to Know but Never Learned About Great Books and Authors

Don't Know Much About Literature: What You Need to Know but Never Learned About Great Books and Authors

by Kenneth C. Davis, Jenny Davis
     
 

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From Homer to Harry Potter, from Chaucer to Charlotte's Web, a compelling compendium of history's most influential literary works and writers



Did a whale named "Mocha Dick" inspire Melville's masterpiece?

Who was the first poet to speak at a presidential inauguration?

Which French-speaking high school football star shook up the

Overview

From Homer to Harry Potter, from Chaucer to Charlotte's Web, a compelling compendium of history's most influential literary works and writers



Did a whale named "Mocha Dick" inspire Melville's masterpiece?

Who was the first poet to speak at a presidential inauguration?

Which French-speaking high school football star shook up the literary world?

Do you freeze when someone mentions Faulkner? When the conversation turns to the Odyssey, do you want to take a hike? Have no fear. For years, Kenneth C. Davis's New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® books have enlightened and enthralled us with a winning blend of fascinating facts and wonderfully irreverent fun. Now he sets his sights on our literary IQ in Don't Know Much About® Literature. With this rich treasure trove of knowledge and intriguing information about the world's great books and authors, Kenneth Davis and his daughter, Jenny, demystify Dracula, capture Kafka, and help you brush up on your BrontË in the inimitable and endlessly entertaining Don't Know Much About® style.

Editorial Reviews

One can only imagine all the embarrassing situations from which Kenneth C. Davis's Don't Know Much About…. series has saved readers. His books' easily digestible facts have served as an instant education for those still confused about matching presidents to wars. Now Davis has entered the great arena of world literature, offering palatable tidbits about the writers and works you might know if you had been more attentive during all those years when you were more occupied with dating. Don't Know Much About Literature is a great conversation starter; who knows, it might even help you meet Ms. or Mr. Right.
Library Journal

In this latest addition to Kenneth Davis's popular "Don't Know Much About" series, he and daughter Jenny quiz readers about writers, books, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, famous first and last lines, and other literary trivia. The book's scope is broad, with selections ranging from "Children's Classics" to "Beowulf" and "Fictional First Ladies." The Davises provide questions, answers, and a summary paragraph for each category but don't order the material in any predictable way, sandwiching Agatha Christie between Kafka and Melville, a technique that forces each entry to stand in isolation. Some of the questions are true or false; others ask readers to identify a character, book, play, poem, or movie. Meant to make learning about literature entertaining, this guide should refresh memories and may entice readers into exploring some of the books they always meant to check out. However, unlike Kenneth Davis's earlier book on history, objective quizzes about great literature only capture a small dimension of the reading experience. Recommended for large public collections.
—Nancy R. Ives

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061719806
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/2009
Series:
Don't Know Much About Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com.

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